A&M International Welcomes High School Students Early with DAP

High school juniors and seniors excelling in academics can get a head start at Texas A&M International University this Fall by participating in a unique program geared for students interested in enrolling in University courses early.

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 before graduation.

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.

Maria Rosillo, director of admissions, said by participating in DAP students can secure college credits year-round and become better prepared for the challenges of a University.

Rosillo said students may also choose to enroll as concurrent students and take courses available to freshmen.

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

"The advantage of participating in any of these programs is that you will be able to get a head start at our University," Rosillo 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 on DAP or concurrent enrollment, please contact Rosillo at 326-2442, e-mail mrrosillo@tamiu.edu or visit offices located in Killam Library 155D.

For information on student scholarships, please contact Araceli Rangel, financial aid director, at 326-2225, e-mail arangel@tamiu.edu or visit offices located in Canseco Hall 302E.

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