International Student Admission
REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION
DEADLINE: The completed application and all supporting documents must be received by the following dates:
Fall semester – June 1;
Spring semester – October 1;
Summer semester – March 1.
To apply for admission (All visa holders must submit this application):
Applications and documents received after the deadline date may be used for admission to the following semester. No final approval or I-20 will be issued unless all of the admission procedures and requirements are met. Some degree programs may require additional deadlines that are set by the academic School of Arts and Science, School of Business Administration, School of Education and Human Development, or School of Nursing.
Submission of Texas Common Application for Admission
An application for admission and additional international student forms may be obtained by choosing FUTURE STUDENTS link from the UHV website: www.uhv.edu/future_students.aspx. Then choose INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS link (www.uhv.edu/oar/international.aspx) from the list of resources on the left side of the page. The Apply Texas Application is submitted electronically by the student. It is received in the Office of Admissions 24 to 48 hours after submission. Students should include a current email address to enable the UHV staff to contact them for additional information as needed. There is also a question on the Apply Texas Application where students may give the name and contact information for someone else who may be checking on their application process. If this question is blank, only the student applicant may obtain admission information about the student’s admission status.
When the student has successfully submitted the application, an email will be sent that states their application has been completed. This does not mean you have completed the entire application process, but that your electronic application is being sent to the University of Houston-Victoria to download into our applicant records. The process to submit and download your application will take 24 to 48 hours. When your application has been entered into UHV student records system, a second email will be sent to you stating your UHV ID number and a temporary password. You may use this information to check your application status online.
Official Transcripts and Degree Documents
An official transcript, and degree/diploma certificate, including mark sheets (if available) for each year, from EACH secondary school, college or university attended must be sent directly from each institution to the University of Houston-Victoria, Office of Admissions, 3007 N. Ben Wilson, Victoria, Texas 77901.
Additional information regarding transcript requirements may be found to the left of this page under International Students, Transcript Requirements.
Students may want to obtain a syllabus, catalog, or similar bulletin with course descriptions to support specific course transfer when working with the academic advisor in the desired degree program. Course transfer to specific academic programs is not determined in the Office of Admissions, but is accomplished through each academic school after students are enrolled in the program.
An official TOEFL score report must be sent directly to the University of Houston-Victoria Office of Admissions and Records from the Educational Testing Service. Exemptions to TOEFL requirements are listed under English requirements in this brochure.
International Enrollment Forms
- F-1 Student Visa Form must be completed, signed, and submitted to the Office of Admissions. You may scan the document and send to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to:
University of Houston-Victoria
Office of Admissions
3007 N Ben Wilson
Victoria, Texas 77901
- Financial Support Documents - Bank documents for student and/or sponsor, from the financial institution, translated in English to show currency in US dollars when possible must be submitted to the Office of Admissions with the F-1 Student Visa Form. These financial documents must verify available funds the student will need for tuition, fees, living expenses, health insurance, transportation, and other costs. The USCIS Form I-134, Affidavit of Support, must be used by sponsors who are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents. You may request this form from Admissions or see the website for Forms: http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/.
- Immunization Records - Beginning Spring 2012, all students under the age of 30 must have been previously vaccinated for meningitis and provide medical records to the university prior to enrollment. Please see related information for this requirement on the Admissions web page, www.uhv.edu/oar . Related immunization requirements may be found in the Student Housing information for incoming Freshmen and Sophomore students.
- Visa Documents - Students that are already living in the United States must submit copies of all previously issued I-20s, your I-94, visa page, and passport page with picture and expiration date.
ADDITIONAL UNDERGRADUATE INFORMATION
To be eligible for undergraduate admission to the University of Houston-Victoria, a student must have earned a minimum 2.0 (A=4.0) grade point average, and must have satisfied all sections (Reading, Writing, and Mathematics) of the Texas Success Initiative placement requirements listed in the University course catalog. Exam scores must be sent directly to UHV by the testing service, or the scores must appear on an official transcript being sent from a college formerly attended.
In computing grade point averages, only the semester hours and grades earned on the last enrollment in a repeated course will be used for computation of the required grade point average for admission. A student will not be considered for admission if not eligible to return immediately to any former institution(s).
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATE ADMISSION
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 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. The appropriate graduate school will determine whether or not the applicant is qualified for that graduate program. Admission to the university does not guarantee a student admission to the graduate program.
Admission to a graduate program depends on (1) the applicant’s grade point average on all work attempted, undergraduate and/or graduate, beginning with the semester during which the first of the 60 most recently earned semester hours was taken and (2) the score on the General Aptitude Test (verbal and quantitative sections only) of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Business majors must submit scores from the Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) and follow the requirements for graduate school admission set by the School of Business Administration. Counseling majors may substitute scores from the Miller Analogy Test (MAT) for the GRE score requirement. In general, the higher an applicant’s grade point average, the lower the test score needs to be for graduate admission approval.
Students, other than Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) applicants, are considered for admission to graduate programs on the basis of an admission index. 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.
To determine an applicant’s eligibility for graduate admission, an Admissions Index is computed which combines the grade point average (GPA) on the last 60 semester hours with the GRE or other test score.
Admission Index formula for GRE tests taken prior to August 1, 2011 or GMAT or MAT exams:
(GPA x 200) + the sum of verbal and quantitative sections only of the GRE, or (GMAT x 2) or (MAT x 18).
Admission Index formula for GRE tests taken on or after August 1, 2011:
(GPA x 200) + (15 x [the sum of verbal and quantitative sections only of the GRE - 260]).
- Admissions index of 1,400 or higher for GRE (prior to August 1, 2011) or GMAT or MAT tests; or an index of 980 or higher for GRE (after August 1, 2011) - Students are admitted, so long as they meet any additional criteria specific to a particular degree program. Students who are denied admission may discuss their options with an academic advisor.
- Admissions index of 1,300-1,399 for GRE (prior to August 1, 2011) or GMAT or MAT tests; or an index of 890-979 for GRE (after August 1, 2011) - Students may be admitted by the dean of the school, considering scores on the analytic portion of the GRE or equivalent), grades in parcicularly relevant courses, or other relevant indicators of a student's potential to success in a given graduate degree program. Such admission may be conditional or probationary with initial coursework specified. Students who are denied admission may discuss their options with an academic advisor.
- Admissions index below 1,300 for GRE (prior to August 1, 2011) or GMAT or MAT tests; or an index below 890 for GRE (after August 1, 2011) - Students will not be admitted and may not appeal the decision. Students who are denied admission may discuss their options with an academic advisor.
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.
Some programs may require additional documents. In addition to submitting official transcripts and/or scores on the graduate admissions test, applicants may be required to submit one or more of the following documents, as specified by the relevant degree program:
- 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 stating the reason for application to the program and career goals.
Please see the admission information for your degree program on the webiste or in the UHV 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. Admissions staff will assemble the documents and calculate the admissions index. If the student’s index meets the minimal requirements, the file is sent to the relevant academic school. The School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business Administration, School of Education and Human Development, or School of Nursing will review the index and supporting qualitative documents and approve or disapprove admission. The academic school will notify the Office of Admissions and Records of the decision and the student will be notified immediately.
Summary of Graduate Admission procedures:
- Complete the Apply Texas admission application and submit to UHV.
- Submit official transcript(s), mark sheets for each year of attendance, certificates and confirmation of degree or diploma, from EACH secondary school, college, and university attended. Transcripts must be in English and be mailed directly to UHV from each institution in sealed envelopes that have not been opened by students. (Mail to: University of Houston-Victoria, Office of Admissions, 3007 N. Ben Wilson, Victoria, Texas 77901. See “Official Transcripts and Degree Documents” above regarding submission of documents.
- Appropriate exam scores must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service to the University of Houston-Victoria. MAT minimum score of 50 for counseling majors may be substituted for the GRE score. GMAT minimum score of 450 is required for business majors.
- An official report of the TOEFL score (minimum score of 79 iBT) sent directly from the Educational Testing Service to UHV. Exceptions to TOEFL are listed under English requirements in this brochure.
- Submit F-1 Student Visa Form, signed and dated by student.
- Submit Financial documents, recently dated and translated to show currency in U.S. dollars when possible, in English by the banking institution. These documents must verify available funds for the student or sponsor. The Immigration Form I-134, “Affidavit of Support” must be used for sponsors who are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents. Request this from Admissions or see the U.S. Immigration Services website for forms: http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/.
- Additional required documents (letters of recommendation, essays, resumes, etc.) for admission may be requested for specific degree programs.
DEADLINE: To assure processing, the student’s completed application and all supporting documents should be submitted by the international student deadline which applies to the desired semester:
Fall – June 1
Spring – October 1
Summer – March 1
Any application or documents received after the deadline may be used for the following semester. No final approval or I-20 will be issued unless all of the admission procedures and requirements are met.
University of Houston-Victoria
Office of Admissions
3007 N Ben Wilson, Victoria, Texas 77901
Telephone: (361) 570-4110 Fax: (361) 580-5500
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