The University of Texas at Arlington

Undergraduate Catalog 2008-2009

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Volume XCII – July 2008
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UT Arlington Undergraduate Catalog Fall 2008
Undergraduate Admissions

Office of Admissions, Records and Registration

123 Davis Hall · Box 19411 · 817-272-MAVS (6287) · Fax: 817-272-3435 · www.uta.edu/admissions · admissions@uta.edu

Application for Admission

New prospective students who wish to enroll at The University of Texas at Arlington must apply for admission. They should apply as early as possible. All application materials—signed application, appropriate application fee or fee waiver documentation, official copies of transcripts of all high school and all college work attempted, and official test scores when appropriate—should be submitted by the priority deadlines. Completed applications will be accepted after the priority deadlines until the first day of classes. A late application fee will be assessed. However, adherence to the deadlines ensures careful evaluation of credentials resulting in an admission decision and notification of that decision to the student in time for orientation, academic advising, registration and fee payment.

All documents, including official transcripts submitted to the Office of Admissions, become the property of the University and will not be returned to the student. Official transcripts must be currently dated with an issue date that closely corresponds to the date the admission application is submitted. An offer of admittance to UT Arlington is only valid for the semester indicated on the admission application. Applicants wishing to be considered for a future semester other than the one identified on their first application must submit a new application. Although a new application must be completed, a second application fee will not be required if the application process is being updated for the first time within the same academic year. If the second or subsequent admission application reflects a change in academic history, the student must provide the new official transcripts and test scores reflecting any new work completed since the first application was submitted. Once complete, the student's admission status will be re-evaluated.

Priority Deadlines

Application Deadline Fall Semester Spring Semester
& Winter Intersession
Summer Semester
& Summer Intersession
Freshmen June 1 December 1 April 1
Transfer students June 1 December 1 April 1
Former students June 1 December 1 April 1
International students May 1 October 1 March 1
Transient students June 1 December 1 April 1

Apply Texas Application

Pursuant to Section 51.762 and 51.763 of the Texas Education Code, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board adopted a uniform undergraduate admission application called the Apply Texas Application. All undergraduate freshmen, transfer, former and transient students applying to a Texas public institution of higher education must use this form. It may be accessed and sent electronically via the Internet at www.applytexas.org.

Admission Application Fee

All new applicants to UT Arlington must pay a $35 (U.S. Citizen/Permanent Resident) or a $50 (International) non-refundable admission application fee. U.S. citizens and permanent residents with international academic credentials must pay a $50, instead of a $35 application fee. Any application or application fee received after the published application deadline will be assessed a $50 application fee. The fee must be paid by check, credit card or money order in U.S.dollars. Admission decisions will not be made until after the application, application fee and all academic credentials are received and reviewed. Applicants who are not admitted or who do not enroll on the basis of their original admission application may receive one free update within the same academic year.

Freshman Admission

An applicant for admission, to be admitted to The University of Texas at Arlington, must have graduated from an accredited high school or is on track to graduate from high school prior to enrollment at UT Arlington. Applicants must submit an application for admission, an application fee, an official high school transcript indicating rank-in-class and official scores on the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT). If an admission offer is made prior to graduation, a second official transcript that identifies the graduation date and final class rank will be required prior to the first day of classes.

All applications for admission from prospective freshmen are reviewed individually. Decisions are based on factors that predict academic success: rank-in-class; and scores on standardized admission tests at the freshman level.

Applicants who meet the minimum SAT/ACT requirements listed in this section or who graduated in the top 25 percent of their class from an accredited Texas high school are guaranteed admission. Those who have a different pattern of rank and test scores will be considered on an individual basis and may be asked to submit additional information such as recommendations from teachers and counselors, a writing sample or an interview. Applicants who do not meet unconditional criteria will also be evaluated on the following factors:

If the applicant does not meet admission requirements after individual review, admission may be deferred pending completion of a minimum of 30 transferable credit hours at a junior or community college with a grade point average of at least a 2.25. Students with at least a 2.0 but less than a 2.25 overall GPA are encouraged to apply and may be considered on a space available basis.

Prospective freshmen who have graduated from high school and who are not admissible unconditionally, may be offered the Gateway Advantage Program.

Rank in High School Graduating Class Minimum Acceptable SAT Score Minimum Acceptable ACT Score
Top 25% No minimum score but students must submit scores. No minimum score, but students must submit scores.
Second quarter 1050 22
Third quarter 1150 25
Fourth quarter Individual review Individual review
Engineering: For full-major status, applicants to the College of Engineering are required to present the following minimum test scores in addition to meeting other criteria specified in the College of Engineering section of this catalog: Minimum SAT Score Minimum ACT Score
  1200 28
Prospective engineering majors who meet general university requirements for admission, but not the above listed test scores, will be reviewed and considered on the basis of individual merits by the College of Engineering for admission as pre-majors.

Entrance Examination

Freshman applicants for admission must take the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT). The SAT is given nationally in October, November, December, January, April, May and June. Any student graduating from high school in 2006 or later, must also submit the writing score from the new SAT or the writing score from the ACT. Students taking the ACT should make sure they sign up for the writing exam since it is an optional component of the regular ACT. Test applications and a sample test bulletin can be obtained from the Educational Testing Service, College Board ATP, CN 6200, Princeton, N.J. 08541-6200 or online at www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/sat/about.html. The ACT is given nationally in October, December, February, March and June. Test applications and a sample test bulletin can be obtained from American College Testing Program, P.O. Box 414, Iowa City, Iowa 52243 or online at www.actstudent.org. Test applications can also be obtained from a local high school or from the Office of Testing Services at UT Arlington. Applications will not be accepted later than one month prior to the test date. The applicant should complete one of the examinations at least three months prior to the start of the semester for which admission is sought.

High School Preparation

It is recommended that students complete the college preparatory program of study offered by their high schools. For purposes of admission as a freshman to the University, passing the General Educational Development Test (GED) is not considered to be the equivalent of graduating from high school. An applicant with a GED certification may be eligible for admission under the Individual Approval clause explained later in this section of the catalog.

In order for majors in architecture, engineering, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, mathematics, and physics, and B.S. candidates in geology and psychology to start their mathematics sequence with analytic geometry, applicants should have at least 3 1/2 units of high school mathematics. Those who made low scores on the mathematics part of the SAT or the ACT examination are required to take, without credit toward a degree, the necessary mathematics courses prerequisite to taking analytic geometry.

Early Admission and Honors Academy Programs

The Early Admission and Honors Academy Programs are designed for high school students who wish to gain college credit at UT Arlington and the Honors College while still attending high school. It is also possible for students in some school districts to earn dual credit for their course work. Students should contact their home school district or the Honors College for further information regarding dual credit.

Early Admission students must submit:

Official minimum SAT scores of 1050, a minimum PSAT score of 105, a minimum ACT composite score of 22, or a minimum pre-ACT (PLAN) score of at least 19.

Each individual admitted into this program will be enrolled in regular University classes and will receive credit for the course work completed at the end of the semester. A permanent academic record will be established for each person enrolled under the Early Admission Program.

Upon completion of the Early Admission Program, a student who wishes to continue enrolling at UT Arlington must complete a Freshman Application for Admission and submit an official final high school transcript.

Honors Academy

The Honors College offers an outstanding program of study for exceptionally motivated high school students. A student may earn credit hours toward the college degree while also receiving credit toward the high school diploma for the course work taken at UT Arlington. Granting of dual credit is subject to the policies of each independent school district under the guidelines of the Texas Education Agency. Students should check with their home districts or the Honors College for more information regarding dual credit.

Honors Academy students must submit:

Qualified Honors Academy students are eligible to receive scholarships, will be enrolled in Honors College classes and will receive credit for the course work completed at the end of the semester. A permanent academic record will be established for each person enrolled under the Honors Academy Program.

Upon completion of the Honors Academy Program, a student who wishes to continue enrolling at UT Arlington must complete a Freshman Application for Admission and submit an official final high school transcript.

Gateway Advantage (Provisional Admission)

A student who graduates from an accredited high school, but does not meet the minimum test score and class rank requirements for regular admission to the University, may be eligible for provisional admission in the Gateway Advantage Program. A Gateway student must enroll in the first year following high school graduation. Gateway students will only be admitted for the fall term. By completing the following requirements, a student may enroll for the next session and will be classified as an undeclared major until the first 30 hours have been successfully completed. The number of spaces available in the Gateway Program is limited.

A Gateway Program student must:

To increase their chances for academic success, students will meet with an advisor in the University Advising Center (241 Davis Hall) several times during the first semester. The priority application deadline for the fall Gateway Program is June 1. All Gateway students must meet the requirements of the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) or provide proof of exemption prior to registration.

Individual Approval

Graduation from an accredited high school is a prerequisite for admission to the University for most individuals. However, freshmen with the following educational profiles may be considered for admission under certain circumstances.

Applicants should submit an admission application, application fee or fee waiver documentation, official transcripts of all high school grades completed from all unaccredited or home schools, official transcripts of all partially completed grades from accredited high schools, GED test scores if applicable, and official SAT or ACT test scores. Admission will be based on the freshman criteria stated in the Freshman Admission section of this catalog with emphasis placed on each individual's academic preparation and readiness to begin a college-level curriculum. Applicants with exceptional circumstances are encouraged to discuss their educational plans with an admission counselor.

Individuals age 25 or older who have graduated from an accredited high school may be considered for admission without taking the SAT or the ACT. The Admissions Review Committee and the director of admissions have the authority to waive the entrance examinations for applicants 25 years of age who can present persuasive evidence that they are prepared to profit by the studies they wish to take. Such students may, however, be ineligible for federal student aid under the "Ability to Benefit" rules. An individual admitted under this waiver will be required to enroll as an undeclared major until 30 semester hours have been successfully completed. An application for admission, an official copy of the high school transcript, official transcripts of all attempted college work and the application fee will be required for admission consideration. The testing waiver does not apply to international students who must submit the results of the SAT and TOEFL for admission purposes.

An applicant seeking admission under the Individual Approval provisions who has any course credit from previous college enrollment must meet the University transfer requirements for all college work attempted. Passing the General Educational Development (GED) Test is not recognized by UT Arlington as being equivalent to graduation from an accredited high school.

Students denied admission may appeal the decision by sending a letter of written appeal addressed to the Admissions Appeal Committee, The University of Texas at Arlington, Box 19111, Arlington, TX 76019. In the letter, students should provide the committee with the reason(s) they feel they should be admitted to the university and provide any additional information not provided at time of application including letters of recommendation, new transcripts, and new test scores. Students can expect a decision from the committee within two weeks from its receipt of the appeal.

Transfer Admission

Prospective students who have attempted college-level courses beyond 30 hours are considered transfer students. An applicant who is not eligible to continue at another institution for academic or disciplinary reasons is not eligible for admission to The University of Texas at Arlington. Applicants, whether a new or former student, who have attended another collegiate institution may not disregard any part of their academic record except as permitted under the "fresh start" option described in this section. Applicants who fail to report all college course work are subject to disciplinary action, including expulsion, and possible loss of credit for subsequent work taken at the University.

All college-level courses except those determined to be developmental or pre-college-level courses are used to compute a transfer grade point average. Grades earned in every course attempted are part of this calculation with the exception of 10 hours of repeated courses. In the case of repeated courses, the second course attempt is counted and the first forgiven even if the second attempt is a withdrawal. Subsequent attempts after the second time a course is taken are counted toward the grade point average calculated for transfer admission. To be considered for admission, transfer applicants must have a minimum 2.25 GPA on all previous college work. Students with at least a 2.0 but less than a 2.25 overall GPA are encouraged to apply and may be considered on a space available basis.

Freshman Transfers

(less than 30 college hours completed)

Applicants who have completed fewer than 30 hours of transferable credit must have a grade point average of at least 2.25 to be admitted. In addition, they must meet the admission requirements for entering freshmen at UT Arlington. Freshman transfer students must submit: 1) an official score report from a national administration of the SAT I or ACT, 2) an official high school transcript showing graduation and rank-in-class, 3) a completed undergraduate application form, 4) official transcripts of all college work attempted, and 5) the application fee or fee waiver documentation. Students taking college classes while still in high school will be considered freshmen instead of transfer students.

Transfers With Sophomore or Higher Classification

(30 or more college hours completed)

Applicants who have completed 30 or more hours of transferable credit must have at least a 2.25 grade point average to be admitted. Students taking college classes while still in high school will be considered freshmen instead of transfer students.

Prospective transfer students who have completed 30 or more transferable credit hours must submit: 1) an undergraduate application for admission, 2) an official transcript from each accredited college or community college attended, and 3) the application fee or fee waiver documentation.

Transfers With Degrees

An applicant who has received a degree from another accredited senior college or university will be admitted as a degreed undergraduate. Acceptance into specific academic programs will be subject to the criteria set by each academic department. Applicants seeking a second baccalaureate degree must submit an application for admission, application fee, and an official transcript from each college attended as an undergraduate student to the Office of Admissions. The applicant should submit required credentials for admission by the priority deadline date. Non-degree seeking applicants must submit an application for admission, application fee, and an official transcript from the degree-granting institution. These procedures are for undergraduate admission only; information about admission to a graduate program may be obtained from the UT Arlington Graduate School. An applicant who wishes to take graduate course work before gaining admission to the Graduate School should contact the UT Arlington Graduate School and the graduate advisor in the appropriate academic department.

Credit Evaluation

The Office of Admissions completes an evaluation of transfer credit for all admitted degree-seeking students. This evaluation does not constitute approval of the credit for use toward a degree. Decisions on which transferred courses satisfy degree requirements are solely within the jurisdiction of a student's academic department. Policies governing the evaluation of transfer credit include the following:

a. University course numbers may be modified in transfer credit evaluations to reflect differences in the number of credit hours. For example, if a course has 4 hours from the sending institution such as Mathematics “College Algebra,” the course will be brought in as MATHTRAN 1000, since UT Arlington’s “College Algebra” is a three-hour course.

b. Courses taught at other institutions often have no direct UT Arlington equivalents, but may be accepted in transfer. If such a course is in a discipline offered at the University, credit without a specific course number is awarded in the appropriate academic department. General elective credit may be awarded if no equivalent department exists at the University; use of elective credit toward a degree may be restricted by the student's academic department.

c. Courses taught at other institutions that are determined to be developmental or workforce credit are not accepted as transfer credit. Transfer credit of English courses taught at institutions in non-native English-speaking countries may be restricted or not accepted.

Transfer of Lower Division Course Credit

UT Arlington operates in accordance with Section 61.821, et seq., of the Texas Education Code. This statute recognizes that all lower division academic courses are fully transferable among public institutions and count toward the same degree at any public college or university in Texas. As such, any Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approved core or field of study curricula are fully transferable to equivalent UT Arlington academic programs with the following stipulations:

Catalog Eligibility for Texas Community College Transfers

A student transferring from an accredited public community college in Texas has the same choice of catalog, designating degree requirements, that would have been possible if the student's dates of attendance at the University had been the same as the dates of attendance at the community college. However, the student's choice of major may affect whether or not transferable course work may be counted toward a degree.

Former and Continuing Students

A student who has attended UT Arlington previously, but has not been enrolled for one calendar year must reapply for admission by submitting an application for admission and application fee to the Office of Admissions, Records and Registration. Continuing students, those who have been officially enrolled at UT Arlington during the calendar year, do not need to reapply for admission.

If a former student has attended another college or university since last enrolling at UT Arlington, the student must submit official transcripts from all institutions attended. Academic performance in such work will be factored into the enrollment/eligibility process. Students transferring back to the University must have a minimum cumulative 2.25 grade point average on all college-level courses attempted since last enrolled at UT Arlington. Former students on academic probation or suspension upon resigning from UT Arlington may be required to obtain special permission to re-enroll from the academic dean's office of their intended major or from the University Advising Center.

Any student who withdraws from the University to perform active military service (not including Texas National Guard training exercises) will not have to reapply for admission, but will be readmitted upon a request made within one year of being released from active military services and may be eligible for the same financial assistance provided before the student's withdrawal. This right to readmission is afforded under Section 51.9242, Texas Education Code.

Applicants cannot be admitted without required credentials. Former international students seeking readmission must refer to the catalog section titled International Students.

Transient Admission

Undergraduate students who are pursuing degrees at other colleges and universities during the long session (fall and spring semesters) and wish to continue their studies at the University for one semester may be admitted to some undergraduate programs as transient students. Individuals who wish to enroll as a transient student must submit an admission application, application fee and official transcript from their home campus. Admittance requires good academic standing from the home institution. Transient students may not enroll in two consecutive semesters at UT Arlington. A transient student who wishes to be admitted to the University on a regular basis must apply for admission in accordance with the procedures, criteria and deadlines governing transfer admission. Students who attend the University as transient students and then are admitted on a regular basis are immediately subject to the University's academic regulations. In particular, such students will be placed on scholastic probation upon enrollment if their grade point average for work undertaken as a transient student at the University is below 2.0. Transient students are subject to all Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirements. TSI requirements are listed in the Office of Counseling and Career Development section of this catalog.

International Students

All prospective students from countries other than the United States who are not immigrants and have not been granted permanent residency must submit: 1) an International Student Application. 2) the application processing fee of $50 U.S., which is not refundable. 3) Entering freshmen must present completed official secondary school transcripts, diplomas, certificates and/or national test examination scores as appropriate for the educational systems in their country. In order to be considered for freshman admission you must have completed a secondary school series equivalent to that of United States high school graduation. Transcripts and exam marks should be attested as true copies of the originals by the school you attended. Notarized copies are not used for admission. If documents are written in a language other than English, complete and official English translations must be provided with the original language transcripts, exam records and diplomas. Official SAT I or ACT scores are required for entering freshmen with less than 30 semester hours of university level course work (equivalent to one year of full time study). The minimum required SAT I score for entering freshmen educated in a country other than the U.S. is 900. The minimum ACT score is 19. International Freshman applicants educated in the U.S. must meet U.S. freshman admission standards regarding high school class rank and SAT I or ACT scores. Scores must be sent directly to UT Arlington from the Testing Service in order to be considered official. Student score reports are not used for admission processing.

International Transfer Students must submit official transcripts or mark-sheets of all college or university level course work showing subjects completed and grades (marks) earned. Transcripts and diplomas must be attested as true copies of the originals by the school you attended or UT Arlington. Notarized copies are not used for admission. If documents are written in a language other than English, complete and official English translations must be provided with the original language transcripts, exam records and diplomas.

4) Official TOEFL scores are required from International students (entering freshman and transfer students) from non-native English speaking countries on the following visas: B, C, D, F, H-4 dependents of H-1C, H-2A, and H-2B visa holders, J, M, O-2, O-3, P, Q, S, TN, TD, TWOV. Applicants who have graduated from secondary schools or colleges in the following countries are exempt from the TOEFL: Anguilla, Antigua, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada (except Quebec), Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Grand Cayman, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Liberia, Montserrat, New Zealand, Sierra Leone, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Trinidad/Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, and United Kingdom.

The TOEFL will be waived for those applicants:

The minimum acceptable score on the TOEFL is 79 on the Internet-based test, 550 on the paper-based test and 213 on the computer-based test. Scores must be sent directly to UT Arlington from the Testing Service in order to be considered official. Student score reports are not used for admission processing.

5) The applications of prospective students from countries other than the United States are reviewed on an individual basis, and admission decisions are based on the strength of the previous academic work, scores on the SAT if required, and the Test of English as a Foreign Language score. Academic background and curriculum are important considerations in decisions on admissibility.

6) International students who plan to attend UT Arlington on an F-1 (student visa) and who wish to be issued an I-20 must present a copy of their passport, I-94 card and evidence of sufficient financial support while studying in this country. Please see the latest Financial Statement Form at UT Arlington's Web site at www.uta.edu/admissions for the most current estimate to be documented and types of acceptable documentation.

7) International Students on any visa other than F-1 must present a copy of their passport and I-94 card.

8) Prior to course registration each prospective International student must clear through the Office of International Education. In addition, International students on the following visas are required to attend an International Orientation before registering for classes: A-2, e-2, F-1 (including transfer students) H-4, J-1, J-2, L-2, O-3, R-2, TD.

9) Prior to course registration each prospective International student must have a Tuberculosis screening and/or chest X-ray in order to enroll. For further information please call the Health Services Immunization Clinic at 817-272-7143 or visit their Web site at www.uta.edu/health_services.

Texas Success Initiative

All new entering UT Arlington undergraduate students must meet the requirements of the Texas Success Initiative (TSI).

The Texas Success Initiative has been developed by the state legislature to ensure student success at institutions of higher education. The two major steps of the program are (1) assessment of each student's academic skills in reading, writing, and math before enrolling and, (2) advisement into appropriate developmental coursework for any academic skills that need improvement. Under the Texas Success Initiative, all new entering students must take the Texas Higher Education Assessment test unless the student is exempt.

You are exempt if you:

Taking the Texas Higher Education Assessment

UT Arlington requires incoming students who are not exempt to take the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA), Asset, Compass or Accuplacer test. To find out more about THEA, go to www.thea.nesinc.com or the UT Arlington Testing Services Web site: www.uta.edu/uac/testing/tsi-thea.

If you took THEA or Quick THEA and did not have the scores sent to UT Arlington, notify the Office of Admissions, Records and Registration so the scores can be retrieved from National Evaluation Systems. The following offices can retrieve scores if the student signs a waiver to release scores to the University:

If you attended a Texas public college for dual-credit while you were in high school or are transferring from a Texas public college, you were required to take one of the tests approved by the Higher Education Coordinating Board – THEA, ASSET, COMPASS, ACCUPLACER (or MAPS if taken before September 1, 2003.) All these tests are accepted by UT Arlington.

Your scores should be listed on your college transcript. It is your responsibility to ask your community college to send an official transcript to the UT Arlington Office of Admissions.

We also accept faxed scores if they are sent directly from the college you attended. The fax number for the Office of Admissions, Records and Registration is: 817.272.3435.Note: The Office of Admissions, Records and Registration will not accept transcripts for evaluation of transfer courses by fax.

If you do not pass a section of the THEA or alternative assessment, you are required to enroll in developmental coursework for the failed areas. You should speak with your advisor to ensure that you are enrolled in the right courses: www.uta.edu/studentsuccess and click on “Academic Advising Info” for contact information for your major advisor.

Major Classifications

All entering students will be classified either as undeclared majors, pre-majors or majors. All entering students who are not ready to declare a major will be admitted as undeclared majors. Pre-majors and majors will be advised by departmental advisors, and undeclared majors will be advised in the University Advising Center.

Enrollment as a Non-Degree Student

A student who holds a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, including The University of Texas at Arlington, may choose to apply for admission as a non-degree student in one of the undergraduate colleges or schools and is subject to the rules that apply to other undergraduates. Students may, with the approval of the director of admissions and the academic dean, change to degree-seeking status in an undergraduate college.

Consideration for the non-degree option is made by submitting an admission application, application fee and an official transcript showing the awarding of at least a bachelor's degree. Materials must be submitted by the deadline for undergraduate admission.

Admission to a Degree Program

Admission to the University's degree programs is determined by application to the academic unit offering the degree. Before being admitted to a degree program, students must fulfill all departmental and college requirements. Degree programs may require students to complete additional courses or hours in residence prior to applying for admission to the degree program. Until students are admitted into a degree program, students will remain on pre-major status.

Academic Fresh Start

Section 51.931 of the Texas Education Code provides that a resident of Texas may apply for admission to the University as an undergraduate student without consideration of course credit or grades earned 10 or more years prior to the semester the applicant plans to enroll. To be admitted, the applicant must meet the admissions standards in effect at the time of application. Students admitted under the "fresh start" option may not receive credit for any course work taken 10 or more years prior to enrollment. The Academic Fresh Start provision does not affect Texas Success Initiative exemptions claimed on the basis of college credit earned prior to September 1989.

After enrollment, a message will be posted to the student's academic record at UT Arlington indicating admission has been g ranted through the Academic Fresh Start provision. Once this option has been claimed and the student has enrolled at any state institution, the provision cannot be reversed. An applicant may use the Academic Fresh Start provision only once at UT Arlington.

Academic Fresh Start may be claimed only upon application to the University and will not be applicable to currently enrolled UT Arlington students. Once a student has enrolled, Academic Fresh Start may only be requested upon application for readmission to the University. Students apply for readmission after resigning for one calendar year. All requests for Academic Fresh Start should be made to the Office of Admissions by completing an Academic Fresh Start form.

Orientation and Early Registration

Orientation and Early Registration is a program which includes placement testing, group sessions to prepare for the transition to UT Arlington, resources for academic success, and an introduction to social and extracurricular opportunities. A highlight of the program is early advising and registration.

Upon completion of the admission requirements and admittance to the University, students are sent information regarding orientation from the UT Arlington Division of Student Affairs. The orientation program is required for all first-time freshmen students.

For students starting UT Arlington in the fall semester, several orientation options are available. New freshman students may attend one of several one-and-a-half-day sessions offered in June, July and August. Students have the option to stay overnight in the residence halls. Parents of freshman students are invited to attend a separate but concurrent program. There are limited accommodations for parents or guests on campus. Transfer students and adult students may attend a one-day program in July or August. All Orientation programs conducted during the summer include Academic Advising and Early Registration. For students starting in the other semesters, Orientation and Early Registration is offered prior to the start of the semester.

International Student Orientation

The New International Student Orientation provides new international students with information about immigration matters, health services and health insurance, registration procedures, academic rules and regulations, cultural adjustment, and Office of International Education programs and activities. Attendance at this orientation program is required for all non-immigrants who are new to UT Arlington, including transfer students. Orientations are offered on various days in the two weeks preceding each semester. Students are notified by letter of this New International Student Orientation at the time of notification of admission. The dates and details of orientation are included in this letter. Attendance at any other UT Arlington orientation does not substitute for attendance at the New International Student Orientation. Those who do not attend will not be allowed to register during regular registration and must attend a makeup orientation program before being allowed to register in late registration.

College Credit by Examination

The University of Texas at Arlington recognizes that many excellent students have gained academic achievement in certain subject areas prior to entering an institution of higher education. UT Arlington strongly encourages such superior attainment, recognizes it for academic purposes and permits students who have done such work to obtain course credit through examination. Students will be given the opportunity to receive credit by examination in courses within the regular curricular offerings of the University where proficiency may be practically and validly determined by examination.

UT Arlington uses several examination programs to assess the prior academic achievement of undergraduate students. The University awards credit for scores on certain tests from the College Board Advanced Placement Program (AP), the College Board College Level Examination Program (CLEP), the College Board SAT II: Subject Tests, the DANTES Subject Standardized Test (DSST), and the International Baccalaureate Program (IB). UT Arlington also offers advanced standing examinations prepared by departmental faculties.

The following policies govern the awarding of credit by examination by UT Arlington:

Further information regarding test dates, registration procedures and deadlines, fees, current eligibility criteria and petitioning to record credit may be obtained from Assessment Services in Room 201, Davis Hall. Students may write to Assessment Services, University of Texas at Arlington, P.O. Box 19156, Arlington, Texas 76019; call 817-272-3670; or FAX to 817-272-5792; e-mail testing@uta.edu; or Web site www.uta.edu/uac/testing-home.

Placement Examinations

Certain departments offer (or require of) the student an exemption from taking courses based on departmental placement examinations. Such exemption does not grant credit for the course but permits the student to enroll in the next course in the subject area.

Modern Language Placement Examination

The Modern Language Department recommends that students who are native speakers, have high school credit, or equivalent knowledge of French, German or Spanish language take a placement exam prior to enrolling in certain lower-division language courses. Modern Language placements tests are the CLEP French, German, or Spanish Language exams and may be taken in an attempt to earn credit by examination. Students have the option to choose credit with letter grade or credit without letter grade for credit earned depending on level of test performance. Additional credit by examination policies and information are found at www.uta.edu/uac/testing-home.

Texas Residency for Tuition Purposes

The Office of Admissions, Records and Registration determines Texas residency status for all new and continuing UT Arlington undergraduate students. Graduate students should contact the UT Arlington Graduate Office. A review of responses on the admission application is conducted by the residency determination official in accordance with Title 3, Subchapter X of the Texas Education Code. The relevant Texas Education Code statutes and regulations promulgated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board can be found at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Web site.

When incomplete, insufficient or conflicting information is presented on the admission application, the student will be sent a Core Residency Questionnaire. This should be completed and returned to the Office of Admissions, Records and Registration with appropriate supporting documentation prior to registration. After the Core Residency Questionnaire has been reviewed, the student will receive a written response of the residency determination from the Office of Admissions, Records and Registration.

Report of Medical History

A Report of Medical History form will be sent to students when they are accepted for admission.

First-time students: Prior to registration, a first-time student should submit a Report of Medical History to UT Arlington Health Services. It is the responsibility of the student to complete the health form and mail it to UT Arlington Health Services at least two weeks prior to registration. A Report of Medical History form will be sent to students when they are accepted for admission.

Students who are from countries other than the United States and who are not immigrants or have not been granted permanent residency: All students who are from countries other than the United States and who are not immigrants or have not been granted permanent residency must submit to UT Arlington Health Services an International Health Card issued within the past year. The International Health Card must note that the student has tested negative for tuberculosis. Once the card has been presented, the student will be cleared to register for classes. Students who do not present this card will not be permitted to enroll in classes.

International students: In addition to the International Health Card requirement, all international students must be tested by a U.S. medical facility for tuberculosis prior to the 25th class day. Failure to receive clearance from a U.S. medical facility will result in the removal from classes. Testing is available at UT Arlington Health Services.

First-time Non-U.S. Citizen/Non-Permanent Resident and Intensive English students: The University of Texas at Arlington requires all entering Non-U.S. Citizen/Non-Permanent Resident and Intensive English students to: