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Undergraduate Student Admission


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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.

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 non-remedial 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.

University of Houston System Student Pathways
Undergraduate students from UHV or other UH System campuses may participate in the UH System Student Pathways Program by submitting the one-page Pathways application to attend to any UH institution without applying through the ApplyTexas website. Students who choose this option may take up to six hours of coursework to apply to their current undergraduate degree plan. The courses may be taken during a single semester or in two different semesters. Currently, the program allows for a maximum of 6 hours during the student’s academic career and the courses must apply to the student’s current degree at the home institution. There is no application fee, and all university services at both the home and the host institution are available to students during the semesters in which they are enrolled in the program. At the conclusion of the semester, the student’s grades and credit are sent back to the student’s “home” university automatically. Financial aid is also available through consortium agreements among the four universities. Contact the Office of Admissions for information about the process.

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.

Admissions Appeals: A student disapproved for admission may appeal. Appeals must be submitted in writing to the Office of Admissions. Appeal forms are available on the Admissions website at http://www.uhv.edu/oar/forms.aspx The University reserves the right to admit any applicant on probation.

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.

Current TSI placement scores are under review by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and subject to change effective Fall 2013 as a result of House Bill 1244.

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.

Students who are not TSI complete upon enrolling at UHV must co-enroll in the appropriate developmental course(s) at a community college each semester until they become TSI complete. A TSI hold will be placed on the student’s record until appropriate TSI documentation (i.e., test score, course grade) is provided to the academic advisor. Students have at most 3 semesters from their first semester of enrollment at UHV to become TSI complete and remain enrolled at the university.

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 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.

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 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 - Revised Summer 2013

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.

Enrolled students who have attended UHV prior to Summer 2013, and have remained continuously enrolled, must submit scores required at the time of entry to UHV (see * notations in the table below).  Beginning with the Summer 2013 semester, 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 – 63 or higher (*Students currently enrolled prior to Summer 2013 must score 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 – 38 or higher (*Students currently enrolled prior to Summer 2013 must score 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 – 39 or higher (*Students currently enrolled prior to Summer 2013 must score 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 – 230or higher (*Students currently enrolled prior to Summer 2013 must score 270 or higher.)
THEA Writing – 220 or higher
TAKS Reading - 2200 Mathematics - 2200 (*Students currently enrolled prior to Summer 2013 must score 2400 or higher.)
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 ApplyTexas common online application. www.ApplyTexas.org.
  2. Official high school or home school transcript or official copy of GED certificate.
    • 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.
    • 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 College Board 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) must submit SAT scores, and official higher secondary completion certificates and grades from their country of origin that equate to graduation from high school in the United States.  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.
  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.

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 in writing if the student wishes to apply under the “fresh start” statute.  Forms are available in the Office of Admissions.