A&M International Welcomes High School Students Early with DAP

Outstanding high school juniors and seniors who are itching to enroll at a university in hopes of securing their higher education degree early have an option to do so at Texas A&M International University.

The Distinguished Achievement Program (DAP) allows high school upperclassmen to earn both high school (accelerated) and college credits taking designated classes in American government, English, speech, economics and U.S. history.

Students interested must have no less than an 85 grade point average for all course work completed and have written permission from their high school counselor. They must also have taken the TASP test.

Myrna González, associate director of admissions, said by participating in the DAP students can secure college credits year-round and become better prepared for the challenges of a university.

González said students may also choose to enroll under additional programs and take any course they wish.

A&M International also offers scholarships to a select number of students to cover their tuition costs, said González.

"The advantage of participating in any of these programs is that you will be able to get a head start at our University," Gonzalez said, "Depending on the courses you take, you could eliminate one whole year of courses in advance and take advantage of unique programs we offer such as internships and student exchanges abroad."

A&M International also benefits from students who start early, she said.

"By having these students enroll early, we can show them what we are all about so that by the time they are freshmen, they will know what an excellent opportunity A&M International offers them to earn a post secondary degree here in their community," she said.

For further information, please contact González at 326-2206. University office hours are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Journalists who need additional information or help with media requests and interviews should contact the Office of Public Affairs and Information Services at pais@tamiu.edu