Concurrent, Dual Enrollment Help HS Students Get Ahead at TAMIU
High school upperclassmen wanting a head start on their higher education
can do so this Spring at Texas A&M International University through
TAMIU's Concurrent Admission Program.
High school juniors and seniors with an 85 or higher GPA for all course
work, and who have written permission from their high school counselor,
have the opportunity to gain credit for University-level classes early
while completing high school requirements. Prior to enrolling, the student
must also have taken the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) test
or have been granted an exemption from the exam.
Gina De La Miyar Gonzalez, associate director of admissions, said starting
University courses early has distinct advantages.
"By participating in this program, students can fulfill high school
credits with University level courses and at the same time, satisfy their
requirements for the Distinguished Achievement Program," she said,
"Students can also get a head start on their degree while still in
high school and defray the cost of tuition and fees by applying for the
Concurrent Admission Scholarship."
Gonzalez said high school students considering this option would find
others following the same path.
"Every semester we have a good number of high school students taking
classes here on campus. This past fall, we had 47 students and in Spring
2004, we had 55. The largest numbers come in the summer. In Summer 2004
we had 163 concurrent or dual enrollment students," Gonzalez said.
Overall, she said concurrent enrollment and dual credit programs can
provide students with remarkable opportunities.
"This is a wonderful chance to get a head start in higher education
and we encourage students to avail themselves of this remarkable opportunity
available to them at their hometown University," she concluded.
The University will reopen for Spring 2005 at 8 a.m. Monday, Jan. 3.
Registration is ongoing through the first day of classes on Monday, Jan.
10. Online Late Registration is available, with fees applied, through
Friday, Jan. 14. For more information, please contact the Office of Admissions
at 326.2200, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
, or visit offices located in the Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library, room
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