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General Admission/Application Information | Majors & Major Codes | Undergraduate Admission | Requirements for Admission | International Student Admission | Postbaccalaureate Admission | Temporary Graduate Admission | Graduate Admission | Transfer of Undergraduate Credits | Transfer of Graduate Credits

University of Houston – Victoria
Office of Admissions

University West, Suite 104
3007 N. Ben Wilson, Victoria, Texas 77901
For Admissions questions telephone:
(361) 570-4110 or toll-free (877) 970-4848
Fax: (361) 580-5500
Web: www.uhv.edu/oar         Email: admissions@uhv.edu

At UH-Victoria, the Office of Admissions is responsible for
administering UHV admissions policies.

 

Terminology for University of Houston-Victoria

In 2007, the University of Houston-Victoria implemented a new student information system called PeopleSoft. It is important that you become familiar with the following new terminology.

 Old Terminology New Terminology 
 Concentration/Certification  Subplan 
 Level  Career
 Major  Plan
 School/Level  Program
 Semester Term
 PeopleSoft  Student Self-Service or MyUHV

Appointment Time / Appointment Number/ Access Time: Required for students during registration. These indicate the day and time that the student may begin registration.

Continuing Student: Students who are enrolled for the current semester/term, or who have been enrolled beyond the census date of a semester/term during the year.

Early Registration: The first registration period each semester/term, restricted to continuing students and to those new or former students who have been fully matriculated by the deadline. Early registration requires an assigned appointment time, which indicates when a student may begin registering for that semester/term.

Former Student: Students who have not attended UHV beyond the census date during the past academic year, and the students who have completed their degree requirements and earned a UHV degree. 

Late Registration: The last registration period for a semester/term, held during the first week of classes. A non-refundable late registration fee will be assessed to students whose first semester/term registration is during late registration. 

Matriculated: A new or former student who has completed the application process and is eligible to register.

Open/Regular Registration: A period of registration that is open to all eligible students. This registration period ends before semester/term classes begin.

Service Indicator / Hold / Encumbrance: A negative service indicator is an encumbrance (hold) placed on a student’s record that prohibits them from attaining varying degrees of service from the university until it is cleared.

Student Identification Number (MyUHV ID / Username): A unique number assigned by the university to each student.

Student Self-Service System: The student record system used for admissions, registration, fee payment, financial aid, requesting transcripts, and applying for graduation.

Transient Student:  Transient students are typically enrolled at another institution who may want to take a course(s) and then transfer them back to their "home" institution.  Transient students  are considered non-degree seeking and are limited to one semester with transient status.  A student who chooses to continue enrollment at UHV must submit a new application and official transcripts from all schools previously attended before being allowed to register for any subsequent terms.

 

General Admission/Application Information

In order to be considered for admission a student must send appropriate documents and credentials to the Office of Admissions and Records.  For timely and accurate processing, students should ensure that all official documents have been submitted prior to registration.  Students are encouraged to request electronic transmission of all transcripts; such transmission may shorten the processing time by two or three days.

For additional information contact Student Solutions:
(361) 485-4995 or toll-free (800) 687-3738
Or Email:  admissions@uhv.edu
Admissions Fax:  (361) 580-5500

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 MyUHV ID by email.  The applicant will then be able to check their admission status through MyUHV  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.

Deadlines

There are no specific deadlines for admission applications from citizens or permanent residents of the United States. However, applicants should submit credentials as early as possible to ensure adequate time for processing before registration. International students must submit applications for admission and all supporting admission documentation, regardless of your degree objective, by the following dates to ensure time for processing:

Fall – June 1 Spring – October 1 Summer – March 1

 

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, or
  6. Submit International English Language Testing System (IELTS) band score of 6.5 or higher.

Readmission of Former Students

A former student of UH-Victoria is not required to file a new application for admission.

 A former student must submit transcripts from all colleges attended since the last enrollment at UH-Victoria.

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

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.

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

International Students (non U.S. citizen nor a permanent resident of the United States; a holder or prospective holder of an F-1 student visa) – See “International Student Admission” section for additional information regarding international transcripts and/or evaluations. 

All transcripts, marks, and certificates submitted to UHV become the property of the university and are not returned to students. If only one set of documents is issued by the student’s country of origin, students should send attested/certified copies of the documents/translations in the appropriate manner indicated below. DO NOT send the original document issued to the student by the university or government agency. UHV is not responsible for damage to original documents submitted by applicants. For possible temporary conditional admission, take the original document to a campus location nearby and request that a UHV staff member make a copy of the original document for submission to the Office of Admissions.

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.

 

Program Plans
School of Arts and Sciences

 

 PLAN

 DEGREE

CONCENTRATIONS

Applied Arts and Sciences

  B.A.A.S.

 

Biology
Biotechnology
Communication
Computer Information Systems
Digital Gaming and Simulation
General Business
Leadership and Enterprise Studies
Legal Assistance and Administration
Marketing
Network and Security
Psychology

Web and Media

 Biology**

 B.S.

 

 Criminal Justice Administration

Certificate (available with any graduate plan)

 Communication

 B.A. / B. S.

 

 Computer Science**

 B.S.

Computer Science
Digital Gaming and Simulation
Information Systems

 Humanities**

 M.A.I.S

Bioinformatics,
Biomedical Science,
Business,
Communication,
Computer Science,
Criminal Justice,
Education,
English,
Film,
Forensic Science,
History,
Homeland and International Security, Mathematics,
Psychology,
Publishing,
Religion 

 Mathematical Sciences**

 B.A. / B.S.

 Mathematics

 Psychology

 B.A. / B.S

 

 Psychology

 M.A.

Counseling Psychology
School Psychology
Forensic Psychology

 Publishing

 M.S.

 

 Spanish Certificate

Spanish for Professionals Certificate (available with any plan)

**Secondary Teacher Certification Option Available.

School of Business Administration

 

 PLAN DEGREE   CONCENTRATIONS
 Business Administration  B.B.A.  Accounting
Finance
General Business
Healthcare Administration
Management
Marketing
 Strategic M.B.A.  M.B.A.  Accounting
Economic Development
Entrepreneurship
Finance
General Business
International Business
Management
Marketing
 Global M.B.A.  M.B.A.  Accounting
Economic Development
Entrepreneurship
Finance
General Business
Management
Marketing
 M.S., Economic Development & Entrepreneurship  M.S.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

* TEA (Texas Education Agency) Certification Program.
** See School of Education and Human Development section of UH-Victoria Catalog for certification programs.

 

School of Nursing

 

 PLAN  DEGREE CONCENTRATIONS 
 Nursing (RN to BSN)  B.S.N.  
 Nursing (Second Degree)  B.S.N.  
 Nursing  M.S.N Nurse Administration*
Nurse Education*
 Nursing (RN to MSN Bridge)  M.S.N. Nurse Administration*
Nurse Education*

 

Undergraduate Student Admission

Admissions Requirements:

 

Freshman - First Time Enrolled

An applicant who graduated or will graduate from a U.S. high school (accredited, non-accredited, or home school) or earned a GED certificate must meet 2 of the 3 following requirements to be eligible for regular admission:

  • Rank in the top 50% of the graduating senior class.* (Not applicable to GED or home schooled students.)
  • Overall high school grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale under the "recommended" or "advanced" high school program, or a curriculum that is equivalent in content and rigor as the recommended or advanced program.

            Note: Students who pass the GED exam will be recognized as satisfying the 2.0 grade point average (GPA) requirement.

  • Minimum score of 18 on the Enhanced American College Test (ACT) OR a minimum score of 860 on the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) Reasoning Tests [critical reading and math sections].

 

*Per HB588 – An applicant will be automatically admitted if they graduated in the top 10% of their class from an accredited Texas public high school within the two years prior to the academic year for which admission is sought, and an application is submitted by the published deadline.
Students who fail to meet minimum admissions requirements may be individually reviewed and considered for advised admission. To request an individual review please visit www.uhv.edu/eforms to complete and submit an appeal form to the Office of Admissions and Records.

Home-schooled students are required to take and submit either the ACT or SAT exam and meet 2 of the 3 requirements listed above. Home-schooled transcripts must be signed by the principal.

A permanent resident alien who has completed two or more years in, and graduated from, a U.S. high school is required to meet the admission requirements established for U.S. citizens.

Transfer (Students with 12 or more semester credit hours of college credit, other than high school advanced/dual credit)

A transfer undergraduate student must have earned at least a 2.0 (A=4.0) cumulative grade point average in all nonremedial college level coursework from a(n) institution(s) 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. Transfer students must also have satisfied the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirement, or shown college readiness according to the provisions of the Texas Success Initiative and UHV. Please refer to the Texas Success Initiative section of this catalog for more information regarding TSI.

Transient (Visiting) Undergraduate Students (one full term only)
UHV will accept transient (visiting) students who have met the following requirements:

  • Apply Texas Application
  • Letter of proof of enrollment in good standing at their home college or university or official or unofficial transcript;
  • Cumulative college or university grade point average of at least a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale on all transferable hours.
  • Limit of one (1) full term only. 

Transient students are typically enrolled at another institution who may want to take a course(s) and then transfer them back to their "home" institution. Transient students considered non-degree seeking and are limited to one semester with transient status. A student who chooses to continue enrollment at UHV must submit a new application and official transcripts from all schools previously attended before being allowed to register for any subsequent terms.

Other Requirements:

Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Requirement

TSI General Information

Students attending Texas public institutions of higher education must be in compliance with the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) mandated by the State of Texas in 2003. The law requires that entering college students demonstrate college readiness in mathematics, reading, and writing before enrolling in college-level course work, unless the student qualifies for an exemption. Students can demonstrate compliance through meeting exemption criteria or through meeting passing standards on TSI assessment instruments.

UHV administers the Accuplacer, Asset, and Quick THEA for TSI assessment purposes, but also accepts Compass test scores to measure college-level readiness in reading, mathematics, and writing. 

UHV Requirements

Students can be admitted to UHV without being TSI complete or exempt; however, they will not be able to register for some UHV classes until they are TSI complete or exempt. Your advisor can help the student determine what courses they may take until TSI complete

Students who fail to meet the minimal passing standards of a TSI assessment instrument or the prerequisites for math established by the university must be advised, receive tutoring, or complete developmental coursework in the appropriate areas so that they can become academically ready to perform all college-level course work.

TSI Exemptions

Students are exempt from TSI if they meet one of the following exemption criteria and submit the appropriate documentation mentioned below by mail or fax to the UHV Admissions and Records Office.

Exemption Criteria

  1. Test Exemption – if any one of the following test scores (ACT, SAT, TAKS, TAAS) are met, students are exempt from that area and must present those official test scores, if not shown on their high school transcript, to UHV.

 

Reading  ACT ( within 5 years from date of testing): Composite 23 and English 19 (must meet or exceed both scores)
SAT** ( within 5 years from date of testing): Composite 1070* and Critical Reading/Verbal 500 (must meet or exceed both scores)
TAKS (within 3 years from date of testing): ELA 2200 and Writing Essay score 3 (must meet or exceed both scores)
TAAS (within 3 years from date of testing) (replaced by TAKS): 89
 Math ACT ( within 5 years from date of testing): Composite 23 and Math 19 (must meet or exceed both scores)
SAT** ( within 5 years from date of testing): Composite 1070* and Math 500 (must meet or exceed both scores)
TAKS (within 3 years from date of testing): Math 2200
TAAS (within 3 years from date of testing) (replaced by TAKS): Texas Learning Index (exit level) of 86
 Writing ACT ( within 5 years from date of testing): Composite 23 and English 19 (must meet or exceed both scores)
SAT** ( within 5 years from date of testing): Composite 1070* and Critical Reading/Verbal 500 (must meet or exceed both scores)
TAKS (within 3 years from date of testing): ELA 2200 and Writing Essay score 3 (must meet or exceed both scores)
TAAS (within 3 years from date of testing): 1770 

*SAT Composite = Critical Reading Plus Math

**A Note about the SAT:

The name of the SAT has recently changed to "SAT Reasoning Test"; the name "New SAT" has been used for the version of the test administered after January 2005. The verbal portion of the New SAT has been renamed "critical reading.” Both old and new total, math, and verbal/critical reading scores that are less than five years old may be used to meet TSI requirements as described here. The essay section of the New SAT may not yet be used to meet TSI requirements.  

  1. Degree Exemption- mail or fax an official transcript to UHV noting either an associate or baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution;
  2. Out-of State or Private Institution Course Work Exemption – mail or fax an official transcript showing completion of college-level coursework with a C or better transferred from an out-of-state or private institution of higher education;
  3. Previous Exemption – mail or fax the official determination of having met readiness standards at a previous institution of higher education;
  4. Certificate or Non-Degree Seeking Program Exemption - notify UHV of non-degree seeking status, or of seeking a certificate that does not have TSI requirements;
  5. Military Service Exemption or Waiver – submit to UHV a DD214 or Notice of Benefits Eligibility that demonstrates active duty as a member of the US armed forces, the Texas National Guard, or as a member of a reserve component of the US armed forces and service at least 3 years preceding enrollment; or honorable discharge, retired or released from active duty on or after August 1, 1990.

Although students may be exempt from taking any of the TSI tests, education students pursuing Teacher Certification are not exempt from taking the THEA test. A passing score in each portion of the THEA test is required for admission to the teacher certification program. See the Teacher Certification section of the catalog or Office of Teacher Education Records at 361-570-4264 for more information. 

TSI and Transfer Students

Students transferring to UHV from regionally accredited private or out-of-state institutions with grades of “C” or better in the courses listed below in all three TSI areas (writing, reading and math) will meet TSI requirements. Students need to mail or fax to UHV Admissions and Records official copies of transcripts showing these grades. 

Students who do not have grades of “C” or better in all three areas must take an approved TSI test in those areas.

 

 TSI Writing (TSI compliant in writing if you achieved a “C” or better in one of the two courses listed below)
 ENGL 1301 (Composition I)  ENGL 1302 (Composition II)        
 TSI Reading (TSI compliant in reading if you achieved a “C” or better in any one of the courses listed below)
 HIST 1301, HIST 1302 (U.S. History)  ENGL 2321, ENGL 2322, ENGL 2323 (British Literature)  ENGL 2331, ENGL 2332, ENGL 2333 (World Literature)  ENGL 2326, ENGL 2327, ENGL 2328 (American Literature)  PSYC 2301 (General Psychology)  GOVT 2301, GOVT 2302, GOVT 2305, GOVT 2306
(American Government)
 TSI Math (TSI compliant in math if you achieved a “C” or better in any one of the courses listed below)
 MATH 1332 (College Mathematics)  MATH 1333 (College Mathematics)  MATH 1314 (College Algebra)  MATH 1316 (Plane Trigonometry)  More advanced mathematics course for which any of the above are prerequisites.  

Partial TSI Exemption
Students will have a partial TSI exemption and will be required to provide documentation to support their partial exemption if they have

  • Obtained a composite score on the appropriate test and the required minimum score on either the math or verbal English language arts. Students will be exempt from that individual section of TSI but will have to take the others sections. For example, students who score high enough on the SAT to be exempt from the math portion (Composite 1070 and Math 500), but not the writing or reading portions will need to take just the writing or reading sections of the TSI.
  • Completed college-level coursework in one or two of the three designated areas (reading, math, and writing) with a grade of “C” or better and so may be exempt from those sections of the TSI. Students will still have to take the other portions of the TSI for which they are not exempt.

 

Approved TSI Tests and Required Scores

Students not TSI exempt can complete any of four approved TSI tests: (a) Accuplacer, (b) Asset, (c) Compass, and (d) THEA/Quick THEA. UHV offers the Quick THEA, Accuplacer, and the Asset.

Students may take any of these four tests from any institution of higher education, but must provide UHV with official score reports for that test.

To be able to enroll in most UHV courses, students must meet the minimum scores as shown in the table below:

 

 

Accuplacer    Reading Comprehension – 78 or higher  Elementary Algebra – 80 or higher Written Essay – 6 or higher (or a 5 written essay score and an 80 or higher on the Accuplacer Sentence Skills)
 Asset  Reading Skills – 41 or higher  Elementary Algebra – 55 or higher Written Essay – 6 or higher (or 5 Written Essay score and a 40 or higher on the Asset Writing Skills)
 Compass  Reading Skills – 81 or higher  Algebra – 65 or higher Written Essay – 6 or higher (or 5 Written Essay score and a 59 or higher on the Compass Writing Skills)
 THEA/Quick THEA (formerly TASP test)  Reading – 230 or higher  Mathematics – 270 or higher THEA Writing – 220 or higher
 TAKS   Reading - 2200  Mathematics - 2400 Writing Essay 3

TSI and Core Curriculum Area Course Enrollment

The table below shows which UHV core curriculum classes students can take if they are not TSI complete in the specific TSI areas of reading, writing, and math. Students will need to become complete in all three areas.

 

Core Component Area  Courses  Semester Credit Hours (SCH)  Not Complete in Reading  Not Complete in Writing   Not Complete in Math
 10 Communication ENGL 1301
ENGL 1302
 6 No No Yes
 20 Math 1 course
COSC 1301
 3 Yes Yes No
 30 Natural Science 2 courses  6 No No Yes
 40 Humanities 1 course  3 No No Yes
 50 Visual and Performing Arts 1 course  3 No No Yes
 60 History HIST 1301
HIST 1302
 6 No No Yes
 70 Government GOVT 2305
GOVT 2306
 6 No No Yes
 80 Social and Behavioral Sciences 1 course  3 No No Yes
 90 Institutionally Designated Option COSC 1301
SPCH 1315
 6 No No COSC 1301 – Yes
SPCH - Yes
     Total:  42      

 

What to Submit:

Freshman - First Time Enrolled 

(Students with a U.S. high school diploma or GED education, or less than 12 semester credit hours of college credit.)

  1. Application for Admissions - Apply using the Apply Texas common online application. www.ApplyTexas.org.
  2. Official high school or home school transcript or official copy of GED certificate. 
    1. The high school transcript should show class rank, grade point average, and date of graduation. Seniors may submit applications and transcripts during the fall or spring semester of their senior year showing the current grade point average and class ranking; however, your school must send an official final transcript as soon as possible after graduation.
    2. The home school transcript should show the high school courses completed and in progress, explanation of grades, grade point average, and any honors. The transcript should also include the signature of the principal.
  3. Official college/university transcripts from all institutions attended, if applicable. This also applies to students concurrently enrolled in a secondary school while attending a college/university.
  4. ACT or SAT test score results – Scores must be sent directly from the CollegeBoard or ACT, or on official high school transcripts.
  5. Proof that the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) * requirement has been met. Submit official THEA, TASP, ASSET, COMPASS, SAT, ACT, or ACCUPLACER scores or provide proof of a valid exemption from the TSI requirement. Refer to the TSI section of this catalog for more information.
  6. International Students (non U.S. citizen nor a permanent resident of the United States; a holder or prospective holder of an F-1 student visa) – See “International Student Admission” section for application process/deadlines and required documents.

 * The TSI requirement is not an admissions requirement. However, ALL students must satisfy the TSI requirement prior to participation in registration.

Transfer (Students with 12 or more semester credit hours of college credit, other than high school advanced/dual credit)

  1. A completed application for undergraduate admission. www.uhv.edu (Apply Now)
  2. An official transcript from EACH college attended, sent directly from each institution to UH-Victoria.
  3. Proof that the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) * requirement has been met. Submit official THEA, TASP, ASSET, COMPASS, SAT, ACT, or ACCUPLACER scores or provide proof of a valid exemption from the TSI requirement. Refer to the TSI section of this catalog for more information.  IMPORTANT: Teacher Certification students are not exempt from taking the THEA test. A passing score on each portion of the TASP/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.
  4. International Students (non U.S. citizen nor a permanent resident of the United States; a holder or prospective holder of an F-1 student visa) – See “International Student Admission” section for application process, deadlines and required documents.

* The TSI requirement is not an admissions requirement. However, ALL students must satisfy the TSI requirement prior to participation in registration.

Transient (Visiting) Undergraduate Students – (one term only)

  1. A completed application for undergraduate admission. www.uhv.edu (Apply Now)
  2. A letter of proof of enrollment in good standing at their home college or university or official or unofficial transcript.
  3. Cumulative college or university grade point average of at least a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale on all transferable hours. 

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.

Post-Baccalaureate Student Admission

Admissions/Other Requirements:

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. 

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 term if the student does not enroll for the term indicated on the original application.

What to Submit:

  1. A completed application for postbaccalaureate admission. www.uhv.edu (Apply Now)
  2. An official transcript showing the completion of the student’s most recent degree must be sent directly to UH-Victoria from the institution conferring that degree. each college attended, sent directly from the institution to UH-Victoria.
  3. A postbaccalaureate student seeking another undergraduate degree or teacher certification is required to submit transcripts from all former institutions attended.
  4. Although unofficial documents may be accepted for course registration purposes, official transcripts showing the last semester/term of course work and degree earned must be received in the Office of Admissions by the 12th day of classes during the fall and spring terms and by the 4th day of classes during the summer terms. 
  5. Submit proof of English proficiency prior to approval for admissions.

Temporary Graduate Student Admission

Admissions/Other Requirements:

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.

Students who reside outside the United States to complete the graduate program may be granted temporary graduate admission status. Holders of F-1 student visa must be fully approved into a graduate program and the university prior to enrolling in classes if you come to the United States to complete your graduate studies. 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 Office of Admissions 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. 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.

What to Submit:

  1. A completed application for temporary graduate student admission. www.uhv.edu (Apply Now)
  2. An official transcript from the college from which the most recent degree and/or course work was earned, sent directly from the institution to UH-Victoria.

Graduate Student Admission

Admissions/Other Requirements:

The applicant for a graduate program must have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher in 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. Foreign institutions which may not be formally accredited by United States accrediting agencies must be recognized by the Ministry of Education in the country where the institution is located as maintaining high academic standards, and authorized to grant degrees by the Ministry of Education or appropriate government agency in the country where the institution is located. For graduate admission, applicants with international credentials must have earned a baccalaureate degree comparable to a 4-year baccalaureate degree in the United States. Admission to the university does not guarantee a student admission to a graduate program. The appropriate graduate school will determine whether or not the applicant is qualified for admission into the graduate program.

A student transferring from another graduate school must have at least a 3.0 (A=4.0) grade point average on all graduate work attempted

Transient (Visiting) Graduate Students (one full term only)

  • UHV will accept transient (visiting) students who have met the following requirements:
  • Apply Texas Application.
  • Completion of at least a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
  • Letter of proof of enrollment in good standing in a graduate program at their home college or university or official or unofficial transcript showing completion of at least a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
  • Limit of one (1) full term only. 

 

Transient students are typically enrolled at another institution and who may want to take a course(s) and then transfer them back to their "home" institution. Transient students are considered non-degree seeking and are limited to one semester with transient status. A student who chooses to continue enrollment at UHV must submit a new application and official transcripts from all schools previously attended before being allowed to register for any subsequent terms. Transient graduate students may not enroll for more than twelve (12) hours, which is the maximum hours allowed a Temporary Graduate Student.

GMAT Waiver Information
Please see the School of Business Administration section of the catalog for information regarding the GMAT waiver policy.

Graduate Admissions Index
Students, other than Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) applicants, are considered for admission to graduate programs on the basis of an admission index, as indicated below. The academic schools may have additional criteria for certain degree programs and may consider admitting students whose indices are below the minimum but within the range specified.

The admission index results from a combination of the following:
Grade point average (GPA) over at least the last 60 hours.
Verbal and quantitative scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or equivalent scores on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT).

Admission index formula for GRE tests taken prior to August 1, 2011, or GMAT or MAT tests
Grade point average (GPA) x 200 + (GRE Verbal and Quantitative combined scores, or equivalent scores on the GMAT or MAT test)
Example: 2.5 GPA x 200 + (400 Verbal + 400 Quantitative) = 1,300 index

Admission index formula for GRE tests taken on or after August 1, 2011:
Grade point average (GPA) x 200 + (15 x (GRE Verbal and Quantitative combined score – 260)
Example: 2.5 GPA x 200 + (15 x (145 Verbal + 145 Quantitative) – 260) = 950 index

A Health Sciences Reasoning Test score of 15 or higher is required for admission to the MSN and RN to MSN Bridge programs. The student may take the HSRT twice for admission.

In addition to submitting official transcripts (see previous section on transcripts for admission requirements) and test scores, applicants are required to submit supporting documents, as specified by the relevant degree program. See the appropriate school section of this catalog for supporting documents required. Possible documents may include:

A letter of application and/or resume
A recommendation from a practicing professional in the field of study or a related field
A personal essay

Applicants also may have to complete prescribed courses prior to admission to the degree program. Please see the particular degree program in this catalog for an explanation of the specific admission requirements for that program.

Applications and all supporting documents should be sent to the Office of Admissions at the university. That office determines whether the application is complete and meets the minimal admissions index. It then forwards the file to the relevant academic school. The school reviews the index and supporting qualitative documents and approves or disapproves admission. See the relevant school section in this catalog for specific program requirements.

An applicant who has earned a baccalaureate degree after electing to enroll under the “academic fresh start” will have only the courses and grades earned after that enrollment date used in computing the grade point average.

No more than 12 credit hours of graduate-level courses completed prior to admission will count toward fulfillment of graduate program requirements.

Postbaccalaureate students who wish only to take certain graduate courses should request “temporary graduate student’ admission on your application. As a temporary graduate student, you may take up to 12 credit hours of graduate course work. If you are later admitted to a graduate program, applicable graduate courses you have taken, up to a maximum of 12 credit hours successfully completed within the previous 10 years or the period specified by the degree program, will be included on your degree plan as approved by the school.

(Note that all grades in courses applicable to the degree count when a student gains admission to a graduate program.)
International students must also meet the requirements for international admission as outlined in this catalog and the International Student Information Brochure.

Test Scores

The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test, or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is required of all applicants applying for graduate admission, other than applicants to the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). Applicants to the MSN program and the RN to MSN Bridge program will be required to take the Health Sciences Reasoning Test (HSRT). Applicants to the M.Ed. Counseling Program may substitute the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) and applicants to Business Administration must take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). For students taking the GRE, only verbal and quantitative sections of the General Test are used for determining graduate eligibility.

Applicants holding a master’s degree or higher from an accredited institution are not required to submit test scores. 

Test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to the Office of Admissions of UH-Victoria. Scores no longer being reported will not be accepted and the student must retake the exam. Information concerning the GRE, GMAT and MAT tests may be obtained from the Office of Admissions or from the testing companies. For GRE call (609) 771-7670, access website at www.gre.org or write Graduate Record Examinations, Educational Testing Service, P.O. Box 6000, Princeton, NJ 08541-6000. For GMAT, Call (609) 771-7330, access website at www.gmac.org or write Graduate Management Admission Test, Educational Testing Service, P.O. Box 6103, Princeton, NJ 08541-6103. For MAT, call 1-800-622-3231 or write The Psychological Corporation, 555 Academic Court, San Antonio, TX 78204-2956.

The institutional code number for UHV is 6917 for the GRE. The GMAT program codes for University of Houston-Victoria are:

30K-2W-88 Strategic MBA (Including Bridge)
30K-2W-02 MBA Global (Including Bridge)
30K-2W-37 MS, Economic Development & Entrepreneurship

What to Submit:

  1. A completed application for graduate admission. www.uhv.edu (Apply Now)
  2. An official transcript from EACH college attended, sent directly from each institution to UH-Victoria.
  3. Appropriate exam scores must be sent directly from the testing service to UH-Victoria. See “Test Scores” below for more information.
  4. Appropriate documents such as letters of reference, essays, etc., to meet specific school requirements. See appropriate school section of this catalog for more information.
  5. International Students (non U.S. citizen nor a permanent resident of the United States; a holder or prospective holder of an F-1 student visa) – See “International Student Admission” section for application process, deadlines, and required documents.

NOTE: The only transcript requirement for applicants holding a master’s degree or higher from an accredited U.S. institution is an official transcript from the institution which awarded the degree, sent directly from that institution to UH-Victoria

International Student Admission

The University of Houston-Victoria is authorized by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to accept international students who enter the United States with an F-1 student visa. The following information pertains to admission for the F-1 visa holder. The Office of Admissions is required by law to enter student information and update the student information each semester/term in the USCIS Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) regarding student enrollment and related personal information. The Office of Admissions will issue an I-20 to students who are fully approved to study at UHV after the following steps for admission to the university are completed by the student.

Admissions/Other Requirements:
All other admission requirements that apply to the level of admission the student is seeking will be required for admission to the undergraduate or graduate program of choice. Undergraduate students seeking admission to UHV will not be issued an I-20 for transfer purposes unless all lower-level course requirements within their degree program have been met.

Graduate applicants will submit to the Office of Admissions all essays, letters of recommendation, personal statements and other information required for approval to the graduate program they are seeking. The admissions analyst will assemble the necessary documents and submit them to the appropriate school for the Dean’s decision regarding acceptance to the program.

Deadlines

International students must submit applications for admission and all supporting admission documentation, regardless of your degree objective, by the following dates to ensure time for processing:

Fall – June 1 Spring – October 1 Summer – March 1

Full-Course Load Requirement
International students who hold an F-1 visa must be in compliance with the regulations set forth by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Enrollment in online courses during the fall and spring terms is limited to one online class within the full-course load. It is the F-1 student’s responsibility to monitor their schedule to comply with this requirement in order to maintain legal visa status while in the United States. Failure to comply with this requirement may lead to termination of the student’s F-1 visa status and possible deportation. No tuition or fees will be refunded to the student in this instance, and degree completion may be delayed or indefinitely interrupted.

What to Submit:

  1. A completed international application for admission. See the international student information on the Office of Admissions web page. www.uhv.edu/International/
  2. An official transcript, mark sheets and degree/diploma certificate from EACH college or university attended, sent directly from each institution to University of Houston – Victoria, Office of Admissions, 3007 N. Ben Wilson, Victoria TX 77901-5731.
  • All transcripts, marks, and certificates submitted to UHV become the property of the university and are not returned to students. If only one set of documents are issued by the student’s country of origin, students should send attested/certified copies of the documents/translations in the appropriate manner indicated below. DO NOT send the original document issued to the student by the university or government agency. UHV is not responsible for damage to original documents submitted by applicants.
  • Include transcript and certificates that show higher secondary school completion.
  • 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 Office of Admissions staff will review a copy of the evaluation and determine whether the student should request the agency to send the evaluation copy, as well as a copy of the documents evaluated, directly to the Office of Admissions. 
  • When possible, applicants should use the International Academic Records Request Form located on the Admissions web page to request records: www.uhv.edu/oar/forms.aspx
  • If original documents are not issued in English, two sets of official transcripts/certificates are required. One set must be in the original language and one English translation 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 or unattested 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.

Test Score Requirements:

Undergraduate applicants must submit THEA (formerly TASP) scores according to provisions of the Texas Success Initiative (TSI), sent directly from National Evaluation Systems, Inc. to UHV; or, the scores/TSI completion must appear on an official transcript being sent from a college formerly attended. 

Graduate Applicants must submit scores for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT), or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores, letters, and essays that are required by their desired degree program. See appropriate school section of this catalog for more information. Minimum scores for the GRE are a total of 800 on the verbal and quantitative sections. GMAT is required for all MBA applicants and the minimum score is 450. MAT scores may be substituted for the GRE by counseling education applicants. The scores will be used with your grade point average to calculate a graduate admission index. See additional information on the test score requirements in the following paragraphs under Graduate Admission

TOEFL exam score report must be requested by the student to be sent to UHV directly from the testing center, or the applicant must meet one of the exemption requirements. See the information on English Proficiency in the “General Admission/Application Information” section for additional information regarding minimum scores and exemptions.

The UHV Letter of Financial Backing Form with applicant or sponsor’s supporting bank documents verifying funds available in English with dollar amounts in US dollars must be submitted before an I-20 can be issued to the applicant. The minimum amounts needed for study at UHV during the Academic Year is posted on the International Students page of the university website www.uhv.edu . It is located in the F-1 international student forms. These amounts are subject to change due to Texas legislative action and UHV policy changes. 

A UHV Statement of Understanding Form must be completed and sent with the application forms.

Photocopies of all previous and current U.S. immigration documents should be submitted by students who are already in the United States. For students outside the U.S., submit photocopy of passport pages with legal name of student applicant and dependents, if they will travel to the U.S. to live with applicant. For students who will transfer to UHV from an institution in the United States, the admissions officer will facilitate the transfer through SEVIS after the student is approved for admission to UHV.

Transfer Credit / Credit by Examination – Undergraduate

Undergraduate Transfer Credit
Transfer students should refer to the following regulations concerning transfer of credits to UH-Victoria. A student in doubt about courses which can be transferred to this university may consult the Office of the Registrar and Student Records. Information as to how specific courses may be applied toward a degree should be obtained from the school of the student’s proposed degree.

General Regulations

  1. The college from which credit is to be transferred must be 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. 
  2. Courses transfer to UH-Victoria on the same level and with the corresponding number of hours as earned at another institution. Grades are never lowered in transfer.
  3. When a course has been repeated for credit, the last grade and credit hours will determine the acceptance for the course.
  4. A student who has completed the core curriculum at another Texas public institution will have satisfied the core curriculum requirements for UHV.
  5. Students who have not completed the core at another Texas public institution are subject to the following guideline. Courses taken at other colleges that do not correspond to courses listed in the Common Course Numbering System section in this catalog or to courses offered by this university may transfer as elective credit and may apply to specific degree requirements with appropriate academic approval.
  6. The following courses are not accepted by the university in transfer.
  • Vocational courses except those required for university degree programs.
  • Orientation, remedial English, remedial reading courses; high school level mathematics or intermediate algebra courses; bookkeeping courses.
  • General Education Development Tests on high school or college level.

Courses in technology will be considered for transfer credit on an individual basis, depending on the student’s plan and the type of course to be transferred.

Credit may be granted for courses taken at military service training schools when such training is considered to be at the baccalaureate level or higher and consistent with the student’s educational objective. Transfer credit will be based on recommendations made in the Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services.

A maximum of 12 semester hours in religion is accepted toward a degree.

To earn a bachelor’s degree at UH-Victoria, 30 of the last 36 upper division hours must be completed with UH-Victoria.

 

The dean of the school of the student’s plan, with the advice and consent of the president or his/her designate, will make the decision concerning the application of transfer credit to the degree program.

Transfer of Vocational and Technical Courses

Vocational or technical courses will transfer for the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree, provided the courses are transferred from a college or university accredited by one of the six recognized regional accrediting associations, the credit is of college level, and the credit is shown on the school’s official transcript.

Transfer Credit From International Institutions

Transfer work from international institutions that do not follow the U.S. pattern of education will be evaluated on an individual basis. Credit will be given for work satisfactorily completed at international institutions offering programs recognized by University of Houston-Victoria. Official credentials submitted directly from the Office of the Registrar and a listing of courses completed and grades awarded must accompany any request for transfer credit. Credentials must contain both English translation, if necessary, and original language of instruction. Courses must be equivalent in character and content to courses offered at UHV. No English composition courses will be transferred from institutions located in non-English speaking countries. American history and American political science/government courses will not transfer from foreign institutions. Courses taken at language training centers or institutes are generally not awarded transfer credit.

Community College Regulations

A student enrolled in a degree program at UH-Victoria may transfer hours from a community college, subject to the following conditions:

  1. Courses taken at a junior college cannot transfer as upper division (junior and senior) credits.
  2. There is no limit to the number of credits transferable from a junior college, but in addition to these credits a student must earn a minimum of 54 semester hours of upper division work toward a bachelor’s degree, with exception to the RN to BSN program which requires 31 upper division hours, and the BAAS program which requires 40 upper division hours.

Correspondence Credit

UH-Victoria does not offer correspondence courses; however, such credit may be accepted in transfer when taken from an accredited college or university. A student may apply a maximum of 18 semester hours of correspondence credit toward a bachelor’s degree. Only 6 semester hours in the plan may be correspondence credit.

Dual Credit
UH-Victoria does not currently offer high school dual credit courses; however, such credit may be accepted in transfer when taken from a college or university accredited by one of the six recognized regional accrediting associations. The credit must be of college level and must be shown on the college or university’s official transcript.

Experiential Learning
The University does not award academic course credit for experiential learning or life experience. As specified by the state, certain kinds of experience may be credited toward fulfilling certification requirements in Education.

Undergraduate Credit by Examination
UH-Victoria recognizes the importance of accepting credit for specified levels of achievement on institutionally approved, standardized examinations. Examples include Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Exam Program (CLEP), Dantes Standardized Subject Test (DSST), and International Baccalaureate (IB) exams. Such work will be treated as transfer credit and is not included in determining any grade point average (e.g., transfer G.P.A. or cumulative UHV G.P.A.). The minimum scores acceptable for the different examinations are stated below. 

Credit by examination earned at another institution may be transferred provided the institution is accredited by one of the six recognized regional accrediting associations, the credit is of college level, and the credit is shown on the school’s official transcript. Exam credits earned at another institution and accepted in transfer does not imply that the credits are applicable to a particular degree program.

The dean of the school of the student’s plan, with the advice and consent of his/her designate, will make the decision concerning the application of any credit by examination to the degree program. 

Credit by Examination requirements/restrictions:

  • Students must be seeking a degree and must satisfactorily complete a fall or spring semester at UHV.
  • Students must meet UH-Victoria’s minimum passing scores (see specific examination section below) in order for examination credit to be used toward a degree program. Official score reports may be required if scores are not reported on a transferring institution’s official transcript.
  • Only UH-Victoria administrations of appropriate tests , official score reports from an approved testing agency, or official transfer institution transcripts are acceptable for credit. Informal score reports are not accepted for credit. The testing agency must provide examination results (scores) directly to UH-Victoria. 
  • Students may attempt credit by examination for degree credit anytime during their undergraduate career at UH-Victoria.
  • A grade of CR (credit) will be assigned where applicable, will not carry grade points, cannot be translated into grades A, B, C, D, or F, and will not replace any existing course grade earned at UHV, in high school, or at another college or university.
  • Credit earned by examination does not count toward the number of semester credit hours required for graduation with honors.
  • Credit by exam may not be used to reduce the general degree requirement of
    • completing a minimum of 30 semester hours in residence on the UHV campus.
    • completing at least 54 semester hours of advanced work at UHV.
    • completing at least 18 of the 54 advanced semester hours in the student’s major at UHV.
    • Completing the minimum total semester hours required for the degree.
  • Credit may not be earned in any course the student has previously completed at any college or university.
  • Credit may not be earned in any course prerequisite to another course in the same subject for which the student has previously earned credit.
  • None of the examinations may be taken more than one time in a six-month period.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
UHV recognizes credit earned through College-Level Examinations of the College Board only if the credit is first certified by the Office of Admissions. The dean of the student’s school at UHV has the option of applying CLEP credit to the student’s degree audit. Students should specify code 6917 to have CLEP test scores sent to the UH-Victoria admissions office.

CLEP General Examinations. UHV does not grant credit on the basis of College Board CLEP General Examination scores.

CLEP Subject Examinations
The table below shows CLEP exams that may be accepted for lower-division credit (unless otherwise specified), the minimum scores required, the equivalent UHV courses, and the number of semester credit hours that may be awarded for these exams. Contact your academic advisor for information regarding possible equivalencies for any CLEP exam not listed below.

Effective July 1, 2001, CLEP began using a new “common recommended credit-granting score” for all CLEP exams. UHV recognizes CLEP credit recommendations as posted on the official student score report.

 

CLEP Subject Examination   Minimum Passing Score  UH-Victoria Course(s)  Maximum Semester Credit Hours
 BUSINESS      
 Financial Accounting  50  ACCT 2301  3
 Information Systems & Computer Applications  50  INSC 1301  3
 COMPOSITION AND LITERATURE      
 College Composition²  50  ENGL 1302  3
 College Composition Modular²  50  ENGL 1301  3
 English Composition with Essay³  50  ENGL 1301  3
 English Composition without Essay³  50  ENGL 1301  3
 English Literature  50  ENGL 1302  3
 Freshman College Composition³  50  ENGL 1301  3
 FOREIGN LANGUAGES      
 French Language, Level 1  50  Toward Foreign Language Reg for BA    6
 French Language, Level 2  59  Toward Foreign Language Reg for BA  12
 German Language, Level 1  50  Toward Foreign Language Reg for BA  6
 German Language, Level 2  60  Toward Foreign Language Reg for BA  12
 Spanish Language, Level 1  50  Toward Foreign Language Reg for BA  6
 Spanish Language, Level 2  63  Toward Foreign Language Reg for BA  12
 Level 1—equivalent to the first two semesters (or 6 semester hours) of college-level foreign language course work.
 Level 2 – equivalent to the first four semesters (or 12 semester hours) of college-level foreign language course work.
       
 HISTORY AND SOCIAL SCIENCES      
 American Government 50  PSCI 2305  3
 History of the United States I: Early Colonization  
 to 1877
50  HIST 1301  3
 History of the United States II: 1865 to Present 50  HIST 1302  3
 Introductory Psychology 50  PSYC 2301  3
 Principles of Macroeconomics 50  ECON 2301  3
 Principles of Microeconomics 50  ECON 2302  3
       
 SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS    
 Biology 50 BIOL 1406 4
 Calculus 50 MATH 2413 4
 College Algebra 50 MATH 1314 3
 College Mathematics 50 MATH 1324 3
 Pre-Calculus 50 MATH 2312 3
 Natural Sciences 50 BIOL 1409 3
       

²These exams will be available to students on July 1, 2010.

³Beginning July 1, 2010, these exams will no longer be available to students. They will be replaced by College Composition and College Composition Modular.

Advanced Placement Examinations

Students typically complete an AP course offered by their high school before taking an AP examination in that subject. However, in consideration of homeschooled students and students whose schools do not offer AP, the College Board does not require you to complete an AP course before taking an AP examination. AP examinations are offered each May in most school districts. You must score a 3, 4, or 5 to earn college credit. Specify code 6917 to have your test scores sent to the UHV admissions office. The table below indicates which Advanced Placement (AP) exams will be accepted as equivalent to UHV courses, the minimum score required, and the number of semester credit hours that may be awarded for these exams. Contact your academic advisor for information regarding possible equivalencies for any Advanced Placement exam not listed below.

 

AP Examination   Minimum Score
Required
 UH-Victoria Course(s  Maximum Semester Credit Hour
 COMPOSITION AND LITERATURE      
 English Language and Composition  4  ENGL 1301  3
   5  ENGL 1301, 1302  6
 English Literature and Composition  4, 5  ENGL 2332  3
       
 LANGUAGES      
 Chinese Language and Culture  4   Toward Foreign Language Reg for BA    3
 French Language  4   Toward Foreign Language Reg for BA  3
 German Language  4   Toward Foreign Language Reg for BA  3
 Japanese Language and Culture  4   Toward Foreign Language Reg for BA  3
 Latin: Vergil  4   Toward Foreign Language Reg for BA  3
 Spanish Language  4   Toward Foreign Language Reg for BA  3
       
 MATHEMATICS      
 Calculus AB   3, 4, 5  MATH 2413  4
 Calculus BC  3, 4, 5  MATH 2413, 2414  8
       
 NATURAL AND COMPUTER SCIENCES      
 Biology  4, 5  BIOL 1406, 1407  8
       
 SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HISTORY      
 Government and Politics – United States  3, 4, 5  PSCI 2305  3
 History – United States  3, 4, 5  HIST 1301, 1302  6
 Psychology  4, 5  PSYC 2301  3

 

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBD)
The International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBD) is an international program of courses and exams offered at the high school level. In keeping with Senate Bill 111 passed in 2005, UH-Victoria will grant credit (CR) for International Baccalaureate (IB) exams with certain required scores to incoming freshmen students. 

Texas institutions of higher education must award at least 24 semester credit hours in appropriate subject areas on all IB exams with scores of 4 or above, as long as the incoming freshman has earned an IBD. However, course credit does not have to be awarded on any IB exam where the score is a 3 or less. This may mean that students will not receive 24 hours of college credit, even if they have an IBD. 

Students must submit an official IB transcript to the Office of Admissions for evaluation and determination of credit.

Dantes Standardized Subject Test (DSST)
The table below shows DSST exams that are accepted for lower-division credit (unless otherwise specified), the minimum scores required, the equivalent UH-Victoria courses, and the maximum number of semester credit hours that may be awarded for these exams. Contact your academic advisor for information regarding possible equivalencies for any DSST exam not listed below.

 

 DSST Exam Minimum Score
Required 
UH-Victoria Course(s)  Maximum Semester Credit Hours (ACE Recommendations)
 Business Mathematics  48  MATH 1325  3B
 Criminal Justice  49/400  CRIJ 1301

 3B/BU  

 Fundamentals of College Algebra  47/400  MATH 1314  3B
 Introduction to Law Enforcement  45  CRIJ 1301  3B
 Principles of Public Speaking *  47  SPCH 1315  3B
 ** = In addition to minimum score of 47 on multiple-choice test, an examinee must also receive a passing grade on the speech      
 B = Baccalaureate Program      
 BU = Baccalaureate Upper Division      

Other Examinations
Credit may be accepted for other nationally recognized standardized exams. Credit for such exams will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Evaluation of Transfer Work

If the application for admission indicates that the student plans to earn a degree at UH-Victoria, college credit earned at another accredited institution will be evaluated in accordance with the transfer of credit regulations in effect at the time of enrollment. The evaluation of transfer work is usually made after enrollment and after the complete transfer record is on file. Copies of the evaluation will be mailed to the student and the school of the student’s plan.

Resolution of Transfer Disputes for Lower Division Courses

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has established procedures to be followed by Texas public colleges and universities in resolving transfer of credit disputes involving lower division courses. Courses covered by this procedure are defined by the Coordinating Board’s guide, “Transfer of Credit Policies and Curricula’’.

If a transfer course covered by the Coordinating Board policies is not accepted, the student may initiate an appeal. A “UH-Victoria Appeal Form” must be completed and submitted to UH-Victoria Office of the Registrar and Student Records within 15 calendar days after the evaluation of transfer work has been sent to the student. (Forms are available at www.uhv.edu/oar/forms.aspx ) .

The two institutions and the student shall attempt to resolve the transfer of the course credit in accordance with the Coordinating Board rules and/or guidelines.

If the transfer dispute is not resolved to the satisfaction of the student or the institution at which the credit was earned, then UH-Victoria will state its reason for course denial to the Commissioner of Higher Education within 45 days after the date the student received written notice of the denial. The commissioner or a designee will then provide a final written decision about the transfer of course credit to UH-Victoria, the student and the other institution.

Transfer Credit - Graduate

The transfer student must meet the regular admission requirements. Credit may be transferred only for graduate credit courses completed with a grade of A or B. These courses, completed in residence at the University of Houston-Victoria under a graduate degree program, must be certified as graduate level by the Office of the Registrar and Student Records of UH-Victoria. Except for the graduate business and nursing programs, the transfer student must complete 75% of the coursework required for a degree program at UHV (for example, 36 hours in a 48 hour program) unless transferring from a UH System institution. In the latter case, the student must complete 50% at UHV. The graduate business programs accept only 6 semester credit hours in transfer, effective Fall 2003. The graduate nursing programs accept only 9 semester credit hours of graduate transfer hours, subject to approval by the UHV academic advisor.

Advanced work completed with another institution prior to the time the institution offered graduate credit will not apply as credit toward an advanced degree at UH-Victoria. The student bears the final responsibility for securing the Office of the Registrar and Student Records’ evaluation. Approval of transfer credit toward a degree is by the appropriate school dean with the advice and consent of the president or his/her designee.

Correspondence Credit

Graduate credit is not granted for correspondence courses and courses taken prior to the student’s admission to a graduate school.