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Undergraduate Requirements

 

Entering Freshmen
Academic Probation and Provisional Admission
Transfer Student
Texas Success Initiative
Non-Degree Seeking Student (Transient)
Fresh Start

ENTERING FRESHMEN      

A person having earned a high school diploma, GED, or who is in the process of  completing the high school credits within two (2) semesters is considered an  entering freshman. To be admitted as an entering freshman, an applicant must  meet the following requirements:              
  • Application for Undergraduate Admission.
  • Official High School Transcript showing rank in class or official GED passing scores. Final acceptance will be granted upon submission of official transcript showing date of graduation and completion of high school credits. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the institution attended.
  • Official college/university transcript(s) sent directly from each institution attended, if any college credit has been earned. A minimum overall grade point average of 2.00 is required. Coursework from other institutions is used for course placement.
  • The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Testing (ACT) scores.              
    HS Class Rank

    SAT score (minimum)

    ACT score (minimum)

    Top 40%

    No minimum but must submit score

    No minimum but must submit score

    Lower 60%, GED, Home School, Non-ranking high school

    900 Total (Critical Reading and Math only for SAT test date prior to March 2016)

    980 Total (Redesigned SAT test date March 2016 or after)

    19

    Provisional

    840 Total (Critical Reading and Math only for SAT test date prior to March 2016)

    920 Total (Redesigned SAT test date March 2016 or after)

    17

  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required of all students having academic studies from a country where English is not the native language. A minimum TOEFL score of 69 (ibt TOEFL) or 193 (Computer-based) or 523 (Paper-based) or 5.5 on the IELTS is required. This score must be sent directly from the testing service and dated within two (2) years of enrollment.  The College of Education requires TOEFL IBT scores of at least 26 in each of the four areas (reading, listening, speaking, writing) of the test for admission.

State of Texas Uniform Admission Standards            

Texas Education Code 51.803-51.809 (Uniform Admission Standards), requires that all students meet one of the following college readiness standards to be eligible for consideration for admission at a Texas Four-Year Public Institution.       

    • Successfully complete the recommended or advanced (distinguished) high school program or complete the portion of the program that was available to them; or
    • Successfully complete a curriculum that is equivalent in content and rigor to the recommended or advanced (distinguished) high school program at a high school that is exempt from offering such programs; or
    • Satisfy the College Readiness Benchmarks on the SAT or ACT assessment:
      • SAT – 1500 out of 2400;
      • ACT – 18 English, 21 Reading, 22 Math and 24 Science

Student Curriculum Information and Academic Records

Texas public schools are to provide the curriculum information on the student’s  academic record (transcript) no later than the completion of their junior year.  Students graduating from private high schools in Texas can be documented by the  students’ high school using one of the following forms available at the Texas  Higher Education Coordinating Board website:

Texas Private  High School Certification Form 1 (for students who did not complete  IPC prior to 2010-2011)

Texas Private  High School Certification Form 2 (for students who completed IPC prior to  2010-2011)  

Texas Private  High School Certification Form 3 (for students graduating under the  Foundation High School Program in 2014-2015 or later)

NOTE: International Students must also complete the requirements listed under International Student Admission.

IMPORTANT:All students must meet Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirements before enrollment. See Texas Success Initiative in the section entitled UNIVERSITY COLLEGE.

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TRANSFER STUDENT      

A student entering Texas A&M International University at the sophomore (30  to 59 hours), junior (60 to 89 hours), or senior (90 or more hours) level from  a college or university is considered a transfer student. Those students who  wish to transfer with less than 30 earned semester credit hours must have  minimum cumulative of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale and must also satisfy the regular  freshman entry requirements. Information regarding lower level course  equivalents may be found in Appendix D.

To be admitted as a transfer student, an  applicant must submit the following information to the Office of Admissions (Additional requirements for the music program may be found in the College of Arts and Sciences - Department of Fine and Performing Arts; for the Teacher Education Program in the College of Education; and for the Nursing Program in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences).        

  • Application for Undergraduate Admission
  • Official college/university transcript(s) sent directly from each institution attended. A minimum overall grade point average of 2.00 is required. Even though a grade below "C" will be calculated into the grade point average, it may not satisfy degree requirements.
  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing  System (IELTS) is required of all students having academic studies from a country where English is not the native language. A minimum TOEFL score of 69  (ibt TOEFL) or 193 (Computer-based) or 523 (Paper-based) or 5.5 on the IELTS is  required. This score must be sent directly from the testing service and dated  within two (2) years of enrollment.

Texas Education Code establishes the criteria for automatic transfer admission to Texas A&M International University.  "It is the responsibility of the applicant for admission under this section to (1) express and clearly claim in the application entitlment to admission under this section; and (2) timely provide to the general academic teaching institution the documentation required by the institution to determine the student's entitlement to admission under this section." Section 51.8035.

NOTE: International Students must also complete the requirements listed under International Student Admission.          

IMPORTANT: The State of Texas required all students to meet the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) mandates.  TAMIU will use the state approved TSI Exam as a form of assessment and honor any state approved alternative assessment instruments.  The University will use the TSI exemptions as stipulated by the State of Texas under the TSI plan.  The TSI score is not a determinant component for admissions into A&M International. For information, contact the University College at  (956) 326-2134.           

Transfer Curricula and Resolution of Transfer Disputes for Lower-Level Courses: The transfer curricula shall be as prescribed by the current issue of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's guide to transfer curricula and transfer of credit.          

The following procedures shall be followed by public institutions of higher education in the resolution of transfer disputes involving lower-level courses:          

  • If an institution of higher education does not accept course credit earned by a student at another institution of higher education, that institution shall give written notice to the student and the other institution that the transfer of the course credit is denied.
  • The two institutions and the student shall attempt to resolve the transfer of the course credit in accordance with the Higher Education Coordinating Board rules and/or guidelines.
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UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSION AS A SPECIAL NON-DEGREE SEEKING STUDENT (TRANSIENT)      

A person who is earning university credits which are not applicable to a degree  at Texas A&M International University is considered a special non-degree  student. It is the policy of this institution to allow any student to enroll in  any course for enrichment or other purpose as long as the prerequisites are met or exceptions to these requirements are approved.

Students classified under this category are not  entitled to claim the prerogative of graduating under the provisions of the  catalog in force at the time of initial enrollment. Students may, on their own  initiative, request at any time to be reclassified as a regular degree-seeking  student. An updated application for admission with a written request for  reclassification should be submitted to the Office of Admissions. The student  will then become responsible for satisfying the requirements of the catalog in  force at the time of the request or any subsequent catalog within the established five-year period of limitation. For additional information call the  Office of Admissions at (956) 326-2200.      

To be admitted as a special non-degree transient student, an applicant must submit the following information:          

  • Application for Undergraduate Admission.  Students who have a bachelor degree and interested in graduate level courses need to complete an Application for Graduate Admission.
  • Official college/university transcript(s). A minimum overall grade point average of 2.00 is required. Undergraduate students need to submit official transcript(s) from each institution attended. Students who have a bachelor degree need to submit an official transcript from the last institution attended sent directly from each institution.
  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing  System (IELTS) is required of all students having academic studies from  a country where English is not the native language. A minimum TOEFL score of 69  (ibt TOEFL) or 193 (Computer-based) or 523 (Paper-based) or 5.5 on the IELTS is  required. This score must be sent directly from the testing service and dated  within two (2) years of enrollment.

    NOTE: International students with an F1 visa must apply as degree-seeking candidates and are not eligible for non-degree admissions.             

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ACADEMIC PROBATION AND PROVISIONAL ADMISSION

Freshmen applicants graduating below the top 40% are granted provisional admission for  a single semester with a minimum of 920 Redesigned SAT total (840 total on the  SAT Critical Reading and Math sections for test taken prior to March 2016) or a  minimum of 17 composite on the ACT. The applicant may also petition to have  their academic credentials reviewed by the Undergraduate Admissions Committee  for a single semester conditional admission. The required documentation,  including the Applicant Review Form, must be submitted to the Office of  Admissions no later than two weeks prior to  the start of the semester. The review form may be obtained at the Office of  Admissions or online.  The committee reserves the right to place other  requirements as deemed necessary.

Applicants granted admission will be placed on provisional status and allowed  to enroll for one semester. During the first semester of enrollment, students  must meet the following conditions: (1) enroll and complete a full-time course  load to include the following nine semester credit hours - UNIV 1101, Learning  in a Global Context I; English or Math (may be developmental); and a  three hour course from the core curriculum, (2) complete the semester with at  least 2.0 grade point average (excluding grades obtained with credit by exams  and including developmental courses), and (3) attend monthly counseling  sessions with the Retention Specialist in the Advising and Mentoring Center.  The Advising and Mentoring director will review each student's grades at the  end of the semester to determine if full admission will be granted based on  University policy. Students that earn below an institutional cumulative 2.0 GPA  (including developmental courses) the first semester will be placed on academic  suspension.

Transfer applicants
with an overall grade point average below 2.00 from all  colleges or universities attended may petition to have their academic  credentials reviewed by the Undergraduate Admissions Committee for a single  semester conditional admission. The required documentation, including the Applicant  Review Form, must be submitted to the Office of Admissions no later than  two weeks prior to the start of the semester. The review form may be obtained  at the Office of Admissions or online. The committee reserves the right to  place other requirements as deemed necessary.

Applicants granted admission will be placed on probationary status and allowed  to enroll for one semester. Students must earn at least a 2.000 semester grade  point average (GPA) by the end of the first semester. Students will be removed  from probation when the institutional cumulative GPA is greater than or equal  to 2.000. Students that earn below an institutional cumulative 2.0 GPA  (including developmental courses) the first semester or combined summer  sessions will be placed on academic suspension.     

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TEXAS SUCCESS INITIATIVE

The Texas Success Initiative (TSI)  was adopted by the legislature in Summer 2003 (Texas Education Code, Section  51.307) and became effective September 1, 2003. Every Texas public institution  of higher education must meet the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) mandates which  require them to provide individualized programs to ensure the success of  students in higher education. Texas A&M International’s Developmental  Education Plan is available on the web under the University College link.

In addition, each entering undergraduate student  must take the TSI Assessment (TSIA) approved by the Texas Higher Education  Coordinating Board (THECB). This test measures skills in reading, mathematics, and writing and cannot be  used as a criterion for admission. Institutions may not require a higher standard for entry into introductory  college level classes.

Students who do not pass or take all  sections of one of these tests are required to take developmental education  courses in at least one of these areas to enroll at Texas A&M International  each semester they are enrolled.

Students who have not passed the  Writing portion of the TSIA cannot take ENGL 1301, those who have not  passed the Reading portion of the TSIA cannot take reading intensive courses  (HIST 1301 and 1302, PSCI 2305 and 2306, and PSYC 2301) and those who have not  passed the mathematics portion of the TSIA cannot take MATH 1314, MATH 1333, or  MATH 1342.
  These courses may only be taken if  the developmental sequence has been completed, required testing has been  completed, or if the passing TSIA score for the corresponding section has been  achieved. For further information, contact University College, Zaffirini  Student Success Center (ZSC) room 223.

Texas Success Initiative Exemptions: Students who have scored at or above the test scores  listed below are exempt. Students can claim partial exemption if composite  score is met. For further information, contact University College, ZSC room  223.

Test

English
Math
Composite
SAT (valid for 5 years) 500 500 1070
ACT (valid for 5 years) 19 19 23
TAAS (valid for 3 years) 89 reading 86 Texas Learning Index  
  1170 writing    
TAKS 2200 2200  
  writing sub score - 3    
STAAR ECO English 3 (Level 2) Algebra 2 (Level 2)  

Other Exemptions:

  1. a student who has graduated with an associate or baccalaureate degree from an institution of higher education.
  2. a student who transfers to an institution from a private or independent institution of higher education or an accredited out-of-state institution of higher education and who has satisfactorily completed college-level course work as determined by the receiving institution.
  3. a student who has previously attended any institution and has met the readiness standard of that institution.
  4. a student who is serving on active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States, the Texas National Guard, or as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States and has been serving for at least three years preceding enrollment.
  5. a student who on or after August 1, 1990, was honorably discharged, retired, or released from active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States or the Texas National Guard or from service as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States.

For more information or for TSI  academic advising, students may contact the Office of the Dean for University  College, the Testing Center, or the Advising and Mentoring Center located on  the second floor of the Zaffirini Success Center.

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FRESH START      

Senate Bill 1321, passed by the 73rd Texas Legislature, entitles State of Texas residents to seek admission to public institutions of higher education without consideration of courses undertaken ten or more years prior to enrollment. This bill has been called the "Right to an Academic Fresh Start" and it gives the students the option of electing to have the coursework taken ten years or more prior to the starting date of the semester in which the applicant seeks to enroll either counted as usual or ignored for admission purposes. Applicants who elect to apply for admission under this law and who are admitted as students may not receive ANY COURSE CREDIT FOR ANY COURSES taken ten-years or more prior to enrollment.          

Students with three or more semester credit hours awarded prior to Fall 1989, are exempt from the Texas Academic Skills Program regardless of any election of Academic Fresh Start.              

The intent of Fresh Start legislation is to provide students with an opportunity to clear their academic records, if they choose to do so, of all college-level work accumulated ten or more years ago. This opportunity is not automatic and must be requested in writing to the Office of the Registrar.       

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ENROLLMENT AT ANOTHER INSTITUTION      

Any student pursuing a degree at Texas A&M International University may elect to be enrolled at another college or university and transfer the coursework back to A&M International. The Office of the Registrar should be notified of the concurrent enrollment to monitor compliance of degree progress.
Courses listed in the Texas Common Course Numbering Equivalency Chart will transfer in when the student requests an official transcript from the other institution at the completion of the semester.