UHV Catalog 2007-2008

Undergraduate Admission

Application
The Apply Texas Application may be submitted by students who are U.S. citizens or Legal Permanent Residents (LPR) of the United States. To access the Apply Texas Application, see the UHV website www.uhv.edu and click on "Apply Now".

International applicants who currently hold a visa that permits enrollment, or have pending permanent residence status, may submit the Apply Texas Application for International Students. On the UHV website, choose the link for International Students. This link will direct you to the International Student information page. From this page, you may choose the link to the International Student Admission Application. F1 or J1 visa applicants may also access admission forms from this page.

When applicants submit the completed application, they will receive an email confirmation from Apply Texas that the application was submitted successfully. UHV Office of Admissions and Records will receive the application in 24 to 48 hours, and the applicant will receive a PeopleSoft ID and temporary password by email. The applicant will then be able to check their admission status through PeopleSoft Self Service. Applicants may also be contacted by email to provide additional information needed for the admission process.

Applications for admission should be submitted as early as possible to ensure time for processing before registration. The completed application, with supporting documents, constitutes the basis upon which eligibility for admission is determined. All questions on the application must be answered fully. Admission is invalid if granted on the basis of incorrect information or omitted facts, which if known, would have caused the applicant to be ineligible.

A student must contact the Office of Admissions and Records if he/she does not enroll for the semester/term indicated on the original application.

Transcripts
It is the applicant’s responsibility to have complete, official transcripts sent directly from each institution of higher education the applicant has attended to the Office of Admissions and Records of UH-Victoria. UHV considers transcripts official only when they bear both the signature of the registrar and the seal of the issuing school and are sent directly to the UHV Office of Admissions and Records from the registrar’s office of each school the applicant has attended.

If the applicant’s official transcript(s) have not arrived at the UHV Office of Admissions by the 12th class day of a fall or spring semester/term or the 4th class day of a summer term, UHV may administratively withdraw the applicant from all classes for the term. Also, UHV may require the applicant to forfeit all tuition and fees. Records from one institution carried on a transcript from a second institution do not qualify as credentials for admission.

Students must supply the UHV Office of Admissions and Records with official transcripts, mark(grade) sheets, and confirmation of degrees or diplomas of any and all academic studies attempted at international colleges/universities prior to enrollment. If necessary for English translation, two sets of official transcripts are required. One set must be in the original language and one English translation (if necessary), describing all academic studies attempted and completed must be on file before the final evaluation can proceed. Transcripts should plainly indicate the dates of attendance, the subjects, and the marks (grades) earned. They should also reflect any degrees or diplomas awarded.

Official transcripts should be issued directly to UHV by the registrar, principal or responsible head of each institution attended. When this is not possible, documents certified by an embassy or consular official as true copies may be accepted. Uncertified copies are not acceptable. The university will make a reasonable determination of those courses completed outside the United States. However, international students may be required to have a catalog match evaluation performed by an outside agency in order to determine course equivalencies. This may take longer to complete, and it is imperative that students submit international documents as early as possible to ensure adequate time for application approval.

If a student has previously obtained a comprehensive evaluation from an outside agency, UHV may accept an official copy of the evaluation and a copy of the original documents for admission purposes. The student should notify the Office of Admissions and Records prior to requesting the agency to send the evaluation copy in order to determine if the agency evaluation is acceptable for admission purposes.

The applicant must submit a transcript of any college work attempted previously at another institution whether or not the applicant earned any credit.

Transcripts become the property of UH-Victoria and cannot be returned. They will remain on file in the UHV Office of Admissions and Record for two years or until the applicant enrolls at UHV, whichever occurs first.

English Proficiency
All students attending the University of Houston-Victoria must be proficient in the use of English. Students, regardless of immigration status, whose educational instruction has not been in the English language and/or whose first or native language is not English, must demonstrate English proficiency in one of the following ways:

TOEFL: A valid, official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) exam score of a minimum of 550/paper-based, 213/computer-based, or 79/iBT is required. Photocopies are NOT acceptable. Scores must be less than 2 years old. You will need to request an official score report to be sent directly to the University of Houston-Victoria. The UHV school code is 6917. This TOEFL requirement is minimal. Specific graduate programs may have higher requirements. Please refer to your school’s section of the course catalog for additional information. Appeals regarding TOEFL requirements will be referred to the academic dean as a member of the Academic Council.

Under certain conditions, applicants who are required to submit TOEFL scores may be tested again.

Exceptions to TOEFL requirements are:

  1. Institutional TOEFL: The TOEFL exam is administered on selected dates every year at locations around the world. In addition to these international TOEFL exams, individual institutions such as the University of Houston are also authorized to administer the TOEFL exam. This TOEFL is referred to as an institutional or Satellite TOEFL. It is essentially the same in content as the international TOEFL exam but may only be recognized by the institutions that administer. UHV will recognize institutional TOEFL exams taken at one of the University of Houston campuses or other campuses approved by the Academic Council. Interested applicants should contact the UHV Office of Admissions and Records for information.


  2. Have completed 9 semester hours of lower division English in an accredited U.S. college or university, 3 of which must be in composition and 3 in literature; or


  3. Have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher in an accredited U.S. college or University; or


  4. Have completed the equivalent of at least three years of full-time study at a recognized secondary school, college or university whose primary language of instruction is English; or


  5. Are recommended for academic study by an English Language Institute recognized by the University of Houston-Victoria, after completing the highest level of Intensive English Study.

Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Requirement [formerly TASP]
The Texas State Education Code requires that all students who enter Texas public institutions for the first time must be assessed for reading, writing, and mathematics skills. Performance on the test will be used as a condition of admission to UHV and all other Texas upper-level universities. To give Texas public higher education more flexibility in their efforts to develop better academic skills among students who need them for success in college, the 78th Texas Legislature repealed the Texas Academic Skills Program and replaced it with the Texas Success Initiative (to be codified as Texas Education Code 51.3062).

Transfer students who have attended a public institution of higher education in Texas must pass the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) prior to enrolling in upper-level courses. Students who are entering from other Texas public institutions must already have satisfied the requirements of the Texas Success Initiative (TSI). Students entering from out-of-state or private institutions may satisfy TSI requirements based on a review of specific coursework as determined by the Office of Admissions and Records.

The THEA test is offered several times annually at designated locations, as specified in the THEA information bulletin, available through the internet at www.THEA.nesinc.com. It is the responsibility of the student to have THEA scores sent directly to UHV from the National Evaluation Systems, Inc. or the scores for each section of the test must appear on an official transcript being sent from a college/university you have previously attended. There is no limit to the number of times that you may take any or all sections of the THEA test. You do not have to pass all sections at the same time to satisfy the law; however, you must satisfy all sections prior to unconditional admission to UHV.

The THEA Quick Test, which is also an official THEA test, will be administered prior to the beginning of each term. For more information and to register for the exam, students should contact the Academic Center at (361) 570-4288. A $10 non-refundable administration fee (check or money order made payable to UHV) is due at the time of registration. On the THEA Quick Test date, students will need to bring two forms of identification (including one with photo identification) and a $29 check or money order made payable to National Evaluation Systems (NES).

Whether you choose to take the THEA test at a location identified in the THEA bulletin or take the THEA Quick Test at UHV, you must complete the test before you register in any UHV course work for credit. Scores are usually available for retrieval within seven days after test administration. If you take the test immediately before you begin classes at UHV, you must delay your registration until your scores arrive at the Office of Admissions and Records.

If a concurrently enrolled student fails any section of the THEA test, that student may take college courses related to the section(s) of the THEA test on campuses where such courses are offered.

Students who have completed between 30 and 53 semester hours may be admitted conditionally if they have taken but not successfully completed all three sections of the THEA test. They must have satisfied the TSI requirement by the time they complete 54 semester hours and before they enroll solely at UHV.

IMPORTANT: Teacher Certification students are not exempt from taking the THEA test. A passing score on each portion of the THEA test is required for admission to the teacher certification program. See the Teacher Certification section of this catalog or Office of Teacher Education Records for more information.

For more information, you may contact the Center for College Readiness at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board by phone at (512) 427-6525 or through the website at http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/TASP/.

Requirements for Undergraduate Admission

To be eligible for unconditional admission to UH-Victoria a student must have earned a minimum of 54 semester hours in nonremedial college level course work from an institution accredited by one of the six recognized regional accrediting associations. The six associations are Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and Western Association of Schools and Colleges. In addition, the student must have earned at least a 2.0 (A-4.0) grade point average, must have passed all parts (reading, writing and mathematics) of the TASP/THEA exam, or shown college readiness according to the provisions of the Texas Success Initiative and UHV, and must have official transcripts on file from all previously attended colleges no later than the 12th class day of a fall or spring term or no later than the 4th class day of a summer term.

Also, a student who has completed 54 semester hours of nonremedial college level course work and is enrolled in a current long semester at another university may be accepted for admission on a conditional basis if a 2.0 (A=4.0) average over all college work prior to the current semester is indicated on the transcript(s). This conditional admission status will be changed to regular admission status after receipt of an official supplemental transcript showing that a minimum 2.0 average has been maintained over all hours attempted.

Per H.B. 2066 approval in 1995, a student who has successfully completed a minimum of 30 semester hours of course work at an accredited college or university may enroll at UH-Victoria if the student meets regular admission requirements and is concurrently enrolled in another college or university. Proof of concurrent enrollment at another institution will be required each term until the student has completed 54 semester hours.

In computing undergraduate grade point averages, only the semester hours and grade earned on the last enrollment in a repeated course will be used for computation of the required grade point average for admission.

A student will not be considered for admission if ineligible to return immediately to any former institution(s) or if suspended three times, regardless of institution. A student disapproved for admission may appeal. Appeals must be submitted in writing to the Office of Admissions and Records. The university reserves the right to admit any applicant on probation.

Academic Fresh Start

An undergraduate applicant for admission who is a Texas resident may seek to enter UH-Victoria pursuant to the "academic fresh start" statute, Texas Education Code 51.931. If an applicant elects to seek admission under this 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 term in which the applicant seeks to enroll. An applicant who elects to apply under this statute may not receive any course credit for courses taken 10 or more years prior to enrollment.

An applicant must inform the Office of Admissions and Records in writing if the student wishes to apply under the “fresh start” statute. Forms are available in the Office of Admissions and Records.

Postbaccalaureate Admission

To be eligible for admission under the postbaccalaureate classification in the undergraduate career, a student must have at least a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution but not be enrolled in a graduate program. The application for admission to postbaccalaureate studies should be filed as early as possible to ensure time for processing before registration. An official transcript showing the completion of the student’s most recent degree must be sent directly from the institution conferring that degree to UH-Victoria. A postbaccalaureate student seeking another undergraduate degree or teacher certification is required to submit transcripts from all former institutions. All students must provide proof of English proficiency prior to approval for admission.

Although unofficial documents may be accepted for course registration purposes, official transcripts showing the last semester of course work and degree earned must be received in the registrar’s office by the 12th day of classes during the fall and spring terms and by the 4th day of classes during the summer terms.

Postbaccalaureate students may not register for graduate courses unless admitted as temporary graduate students. Postbaccalaureate students intending to take any graduate courses should request "temporary graduate student" admission on their application.

A student must file a new application for a future term or request an update of the application to a future semester if the student does not enroll for the semester indicated on the original application.

Temporary Graduate Admission

To be eligible for admission under the temporary graduate classification in the graduate career, a student must have at least a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution but not be admitted to a graduate program at UHV. An official transcript showing the completion of the student’s most recent degree must be sent directly from the institution conferring that degree to UH-Victoria.

Holders of F1 student visas are not eligible for temporary graduate admission. All students must provide proof of English proficiency prior to approval for admission. Although unofficial documents may be accepted for course registration purposes, official transcripts showing the last semester of course work and degree earned must be received in the registrar’s office by the 12th day of classes during the fall and spring terms and by the 4th day of classes during the summer terms.

Temporary graduate students may take a maximum of 12 credit hours of graduate work. Temporary graduate students in the School of Education and Human Development’s VOICE program may take a maximum of 18 credit hours of graduate work. If a temporary graduate student is later admitted to a graduate program, applicable graduate courses taken, up to a maximum of 12 credit hours (18 for VOICE students) successfully completed within the previous 10 years or the period specified by the degree program, will be included on the student’s degree plan as approved by the school.

Temporary graduate students intending to seek admission to a graduate program are officially approved temporarily into a graduate program, up to a maximum of 12 semester credit hours. Temporary graduate students seeking admission to a graduate program may obtain application forms from the Office of Admissions and Records. A student must file a new application for a future term if the student does not enroll for the term indicated on the original application. Permanent admission to a graduate program will be made on the basis of an admission index (see “Requirements for Graduate Admission”). Temporary graduate students NOT intending to seek admission to a graduate program are considered “Non-Degree Seeking,” and are not eligible for federal financial aid funds.