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Admissions Requirements

Fresh Start

An applicant for admission who is a Texas resident may seek to enter this institution pursuant to the state's academic fresh start statute. If the applicant informs the Admissions Office in writing of his or her election under the statute, the institution will not consider academic course credits or grades earned by the applicant 10 or more years prior to the starting date of the semester in which the applicant seeks to enroll.  An applicant who makes the election to apply under this statute and is admitted as a student may not receive any course credit for courses undertaken 10 or more years prior to enrollment under this section.

Transfer Credit

Transfer policies vary by component program. Decisions on transfer credit are made by the Office of Admissions and Academic Records or the registrar. Any questions should be directed first to these offices. Disputes concerning lower division courses are resolved by the following rule:

In accordance with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the following procedures shall be followed by public institutions of higher education in Texas in the resolution of credit transfer disputes involving lower division courses:

  • If an institution of higher education does not accept course credit earned by a student at another institution of higher education in Texas, the receiving institution shall give written notice to the student and to the sending institution that transfer of the course credit is denied.
  • The two institutions and the student shall attempt to resolve the transfer of the course credit, in accordance with the THECB rules and guidelines.
  • If the transfer dispute is not resolved to the satisfaction of the student or the sending institution within 45 days after the date the student received written notice of denial, the institution whose credit is denied for transfer shall notify the commissioner of the denial.

The Commissioner of Higher Education or the commissioner's designee shall make the final determination about the dispute concerning the transfer of course credit and give written notice of the determination to the involved student and all involved institutions.

Residency

Residence status is determined by the Texas Education Code.  The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board publishes Rules and Regulations explaining the process. Generally, an individual who has lived in the state of Texas for 12 months before entering an institution of higher education can be classified as a resident.  Dependent students whose parents are Texas residents and claim them on their income tax are considered residents.  An individual who comes to the state and enters an institution of higher education before residing 12 months is presumed to come for educational purposes and will be classified as a nonresident. Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Rules and Regulations on Residence Status brochures are available upon request.

Oath of Residency

All students are responsible for signing an Oath of Residency upon application to the programs of The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center.  This oath is used to determine residency along with other information provided in the application.  The student is responsible for responding truthfully to this request.  Providing false information is cause for disciplinary action by the A&M System HSC.

TASP Test Requirements

Undergraduate students are required to take the Texas Academic Skills Program test prior to enrollment.  Although this test is not a part of admission considerations, The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center cannot award a certificate or diploma to an undergraduate student who has not passed all sections of the test or documented an exemption based on certain standardized test scores or factors specified in TASP examination application materials available through the registrar or Office of Admissions and Academic Records.