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Policies and Procedures

Timely Degree Completion

45 Hours to Undergraduate Major Policy

Applies only to students who enter the University in Fall 2012 and thereafter.

Each student enrolled in a bachelor's degree program at UT Arlington shall file a degree plan no later than the end of the second regular semester immediately following the semester in which the student earned a cumulative total of 45 or more semester credit hours for coursework successfully completed by the student.  This coursewoek includes transfer courses, international baccalaureate courses, dual credit courses, credit awarded by examination and any other course for which the institution the student attends has awarded the student college course credit.

A student transferring to UT Arlington who begins the student's first semester with 45 or more semester credit hours of course credit for courses shall file a degree plan no later than the end of the student's second regular semester (fall or spring term).  A student whose first term is summer will have through the end of his/her fall term to file the degree plan.  Students who are unable to be admitted to a major of their choosing must see an academic advisor in the University Advising Center for special permission to enroll.

At each registration for a semester, a student who is required to have filed a degree plan before   the semester shall verify:

  • the student has filed a degree plan.
  • the courses for which the student is registering are consistent with the degree plan.

If a student does not timely file a degree plan as required, then they will be notified a degree plan is required by law under House Bill 3025.  Also, we will require the student to consult with an academic advisor for filing a degree plan during the semester in which the student receives the notice.  The student may not obtain an official transcript from the UT Arlington until the student has filed a degree plan.

Reverse Articulation Requirement

Applies only to students who enter the University in Fall 2012 and thereafter.

Legislation passes as part of House Bill 3025 also establishes a reverse articulation program for the awarding of an Associate degree.  Students who transferred from or previously attended a lower-division institution of higher education, earned at least 30 semester credit hours for coursework at the lower- division institution and have completed 90 semester credit hours while enrolled at a general academic institution will be contacted by their general academic institution to provide permission to send the lower-division institution the student’s transcript.  The lower-division institution will evaluate the transcript to see if the student is eligible to receive an Associate’s degree.