Student Enrollment

Admissions

Texas A&M International University is an equal opportunity educational institution. In compliance with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Executive Order 11246, Texas A&M International University is open to all persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, and disabled veteran or veteran of the Vietnam Era who are otherwise eligible for admission as students.

For more information on admission requirements, please refer to Undergraduate and Graduate admissions information section of the catalog.

Recruitment and School Relations

The Office of Recruitment and School Relations is responsible for undergraduate recruitment and the Concurrent High School student program. To obtain information on academic and prospect student programs at Texas A&M International University, contact:

Office of Recruitment and School Relations
Texas A&M International University
Senator Judith Zaffirini Student Success Center Room 130
5201 University Boulevard
Laredo, Texas 78041-1900, U.S.A.
Phone: 956.326.2270
Fax: 956.326.2269
Toll Free: 1.888.4TX.AMIU (489.2648)
email: enroll@tamiu.edu
http://www.tamiu.edu/prospect

Concurrent Enrollment Program for High School Students

Qualified high school students in 11th and 12th grade may enroll in university-level courses at TAMIU as a dual-enrollment student. Concurrent students may not enroll in more than six (6) credit hours each long semester or summer session. A Concurrent Authorization Statement form must be submitted each subsequent semester and students must maintain a 2.0 or higher grade point average based on a 4.0 scale in order to continue in the program.

Concurrent Admission to Texas A&M International University is only granted for the semester for which students apply. Students who do not enroll for the semester for which they are approved should contact the Office of Recruitment and School Relations before attempting to enroll for another semester.
Implementation of concurrent admissions policy is the responsibility of the Director of Recruitment and School Relations. The University Admissions Standards and Exceptions Committee must approve any exception to the admission policy.

  1. Application for Concurrent Admission. This application must submitted online at www.applytexas.org. Applicants must submit a Concurrent Authorization Statement form with parent and high school counselor signatures.
  2. Official High School Transcript. The official high school transcript must show student’s most updated GPA, including all coursework completed. Official transcripts must be received in a sealed envelope or online by the high school or official transcript service provider.
  3. Official college/university transcript(s). Any college/university transcripts other than TAMIU must be sent directly from each institution attended, if any college credit has been earned. A minimum overall grade point average of a 2.0 is required.

All students must attempt all three sections of the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Placement Exam (i.e. Mathematics, Reading, and Writing) before course registration.  Applicants who neglect to meet the required TSI placement scores, will not be allowed to take the corresponding university-level courses. See Texas Success Initiative in the section entitled University College.

Testing Center

The Testing Center, ZSC 201, coordinates university testing which includes credit by examination (CLEP), placement testing (Texas Success Initiative), departmental exams and other assessment programs.

Texas Success Initiative (TSI)

The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) was adopted by the Texas legislature in the Summer of 2003 (Texas Education Code, Section 51.307) and became effective September 1, 2003.  Every Texas public institution of higher education (IHE) must meet the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) mandates which require IHE to provide individualized programs to ensure the success of students in higher education.  Texas A&M International’s Developmental Education Plan is available on the web (forthcoming) under the home page for University College.

In addition, each entering undergraduate student must document college readiness as approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). The TSI test measures skills in reading, mathematics, and writing.  The TSI cannot be used as a criterion for admission; only placement. Institutions may not require a higher standard for entry into introductory college level classes than permitted by the state.

Students who do not pass or take all sections of the TSI are required to take developmental education courses in at least one of the component areas in order to enroll at Texas A&M International each semester.

Students who have not passed the Writing portion of the TSI are restricted from taking ENGL 1301; those who have not passed the Reading portion of the TSI are restricted from taking reading intensive courses (HIST 1301 and HIST 1302, PSCI 2305, and PSCI 2306 and PSYC 2301); and those who have not passed the mathematics portion of the TSI, are restricted from taking MATH 1314, MATH 1333, or MATH 1342. The above courses may only be taken if the developmental sequence was completed and passed.

For further information on TSI completion, contact the University College Testing Center, Zaffirini Student Success Center (ZSC), room 201.

Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Exemptions: Students who have scored at or above the test scores listed below are exempt. For further information, contact the University College Testing Center, ZSC room 201.

Test English Math Composite
SAT (valid for 5 years) 500 500 1070
Redesigned SAT (valid for 5 years) EBRW - 490 530 ----
ACT (valid for 5 years) 19 19 23
TAAS (valid for 3 years) 89 reading 86 Texas Learning Index
1170 writing
TAKS 2200 2200
writing sub score - 3
STAAR ECO English 3 (Level 2) Algebra 2 (Level 2)

Other Exemptions:

  1. A student who has graduated with an associate or baccalaureate degree from an institution of higher education.
  2. A student who transfers to an institution from a private or independent institution of higher education or an accredited out-of-state institution of higher education and who has satisfactorily completed college-level course work as determined by the receiving institution.
  3. A student who has previously attended any institution and has met the readiness standard of that institution.
  4. A student who is serving on active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States, the Texas National Guard, or as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States; and has been serving for at least three years preceding enrollment.
  5. A student who on or after August 1, 1990, was honorably discharged, retired, or released from active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States or the Texas National Guard or from service as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States.

For more information or for TSI academic advising, students may contact the Testing Center, or the Advising and Mentoring Center, both located on the second floor of the Zaffirini Student Success Center.

Credit by Examination

Texas A&M International University allows students to receive a maximum of thirty-three (33) semester hours of credit by examination for specified freshman and sophomore level courses. The University awards credit for scores on certain tests listed in the Catalog. Students must be officially enrolled at Texas A&M International University to receive official credit with a grade of “CR.” Students must select TAMIU as school recipient in order to receive credit to be posted on their TAMIU transcript. The Testing Center does not report official CLEP scores to the Office of the University Registrar for posting on transcripts; this is the students’ responsibility.

Advanced Placement Program (AP)

Examinations offered by the College Board Advanced Placement Program are administered during late spring by high schools. Students usually take the examinations after completing Advanced Placement courses although experience in an AP course is not required. Interested students should contact their high school counselors for information concerning registration and test sites. High school students and currently enrolled students should have the College Board forward their scores to the Office of the University Registrar. Advanced Placement scores of entering freshmen are generally received in late July. Students can receive a grade or credit only by Advanced Placement (AP) for the following courses with the scores indicated:

AP Exams Credit Score Hours Earned Course Required Title
Art, History of 3+ 3 ARTS 1301 History of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture
Biology 3+ 4 BIOL 1306,1106 Principles of Biology I
Chemistry 3 4 CHEM 1311,1111 General Chemistry I and Lab
4+ 8 CHEM 1311,1111 General Chemistry I and Lab
CHEM 1412,1012 General Chemistry II and Lab
Computer Sciences 3+ 3 MIS 1305 Introduction to Computer Applications
Economics, Macro 3+ 3 ECO 2301 Principles of Macroeconomics
Economics. Micro 3+ 3 ECO 2302 Principles of Microeconomics
French Lang & Comp 3+ 3 FREN 1311 Introductory French I
Government 3+ 3 PSCI 2305 American National Government
History-United States 3+ 6 HIST 1301,1302 The US to 1877 and the US Since 1877
Mathematics Calculus AB 3+ 4 MATH 2413 Calculus I
Mathematics Calculus BC 3+ 4 MATH 2414 Calculus II
Physics 1 3+ 4 PHYS 1301,1101 General Physics I and Lab
Physics 2 4+ 8 PHYS 1301,1101 General Physics I and Lab
PHYS 1302,1102 General Physics II and Lab
Psychology 3+ 3 PSYC 2301 Introduction to Psychology
AP Exam Score (Credits) TAMIU Course Title
Spanish Language 3 (12) SPAN 1311,1312 Intro Spanish for N-Native Speakers I & II
SPAN 2311 Interm Spanish for N-Native Speakers I
SPAN 2312 Interm Spanish for N-Native Speakers II
Spanish Literature 3 (12) SPAN 1311,1312 Intro Spanish for N-Native Speakers I & II
SPAN 2311 Interm Spanish for N-Native Speakers I
SPAN 2312 Interm Spanish for N-Native Speakers II
English Lang & Comp 3 (3) ENGL 1301 English Composition I
English Lit & Comp 3 (3) ENGL 1301 English Composition I
4 (6) ENGL 1301,1302 English Composition I & II

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Students can receive credit by College-level Examination Program (CLEP) for the following courses with the scores indicated:

CLEP Examination Name Passing Score Hours TAMIU Course Title
American Literature 50 3 ENGL 2327 American Literature to the Civil War
Analyzing & Interp Lit 50 3 ENGL 1302 English Composition II
College Composition 50 3 ENGL 1301 English Composition I
English Literature 50 3 ENGL 2322 British Literature Through Neoclassicism
American Government 50 3 PSCI 2305 American National Government
History of the US I: Col-1877 50 3 HIST 1301 The US to 1877
History of the US II: 1865-Pres 50 3 HIST 1302 The US Since 1877
Lifespan Growth & Dev 50 3 PSYC 2314 Lifespan Growth and Development
Introductory Psychology 50 3 PSYC 2301 Introduction to Psychology
Introductory Sociology 50 3 SOCI 1301 Introduction to Sociology
College Algebra 50 3 MATH 1314 College Algebra
Principles of Biology 50 4 BIOL 1306,1106 Principles of Biology I and Lab
Calculus 50 4 MATH 2413 Calculus I
Chemistry 50 4 CHEM 1311,1111 General Chemistry I and Lab
Info Systems & Comp Appl 50 3 MIS 1305 Introduction to Computer Applications
French Language (Lev I) 50 6 FREN 1311 Elementary French I
FREN 1312 Elementary French II
Spanish Language (Lev I) 50 6 SPAN 1311 Intro Spanish for N-Native Speakers I
SPAN 1312 Intro Spanish for N-Native Speakers II

International Baccalaureate Program (IB)

Texas A&M International University recognizes the value of the International Baccalaureate Program (IB) and has approved granting of credit for the IB Higher Level exams when a score of 5 or higher is attained. A score of 4 or higher on any higher level or standard level exam will be awarded to IB diploma candidates only.

The following are IB exams offered for credit at Texas A&M International University:

IB Course Exam Level Required Score TAMIU Course(s) Credit Hours
Best Language
Language A1 (SL) 4 or higher ENGL 1301 3
Second Language
Language A2 (SL) 4 or higher SPAN 1311, 1312, 2311, 2312 12
(SL) 4 or higher FREN 1311, 1312, 2311, 2312 12
Language B (SL) 4 or higher SPAN 1311, 1312 6
(SL) 4 or higher FREN 1311, 1312 6
Language Ab (SL) 4 or higher SPAN 1311 3
(SL) 4 or higher FREN 1311 3
Individuals and Societies
Economics (SL) 4 or higher ECO 2301 3
(HL) 4 or higher ECO 2301, 2302 6
History of the Americas (HL) 4 or higher HIST 1301, 1302 6
Philosophy (SL) 4 or higher PHIL 1301 3
Psychology (SL) 4 or higher PSYC 2301 3
Experimental Science
Biology (SL) 4 or higher BIOL 1406 4
(HL) 4 or higher BIOL 1406, 1413 8
Chemistry (SL) 4 or higher CHEM 1411 4
(HL) 4 or higher CHEM 1411, 1412 8
Physics (SL) 4 or higher PHYS 2325, 2125, 2326, 2126 8
Mathematics
Mathematics (HL) 4 or higher MATH 2412, 2413 8
Further Mathematics (HL) 4 or higher MATH 2412, 2413 8
Mathematical Models (SL) 4 or higher MATH 1325, 2414 7
Mathematical Studies (SL) 4 or higher MATH 1324 3
The Arts
Visual Arts (SL) 4 or higher ARTS 1301 3
Music (SL) 4 or higher MUSI 1306 3
Theater Arts (SL) 4 or higher DANC 1351 3


University Registrar

Registration 

Students who are officially admitted to the University may register for courses. Prior to each academic semester and for each summer session, a registration period is held. Dates of these registration periods and the dates of other transactions that affect student course schedules are available in the online academic calendar.

Freshman Registration

To assist freshmen who are entering the University in the fall semester, special freshman registrations are held in conjunction with freshman orientation. Only freshmen who attend orientation are permitted to meet with an advisor, be advised and register at this time. Dates for Freshman Orientation are provided for entering freshmen in advance of the scheduled orientation days. Individuals who desire financial aid assistance should have contacted the Office of Financial Aid and completed paper work several months in advance of Freshman Orientation in order that their aid may be processed in a timely manner. (See the Financial Aid section of the catalog and contact the Office of Financial Aid for details regarding financial aid.)

Pre-Registration for Current Students

Students who are currently enrolled (students who have attended the University within the last two semesters) are permitted to register in advance during the prior semester provided they are in good standing with the University. Registration dates are listed in the online academic calendar and are otherwise announced on the University Uconnect portal. Students are encouraged to become knowledgeable of the rules governing preregistration, consult their advisor prior to pre-registration, and understand the arrangements for payment of tuition and fees. Students receiving financial aid are encouraged to consult with the Office of Financial Aid prior to the pre-registration period to permit proper processing of their financial aid (See the Financial Aid section of the catalog for details and contact the Office of Financial Aid regarding financial aid.).

Transfer Students and Students Re-Enrolling After One or More Years' Absence 

Students who are transferring to the University or who are re-enrolling in the University after an absence of one year or more, are permitted to register for classes during the registration days just prior to the commencement of classes if they have been admitted or readmitted. This registration period is provided to enable a student to complete the registration process including consulting advisors, signing up for classes and paying tuition and fees. Students who are seeking financial aid and who have not completed this process several months in advance of this registration will inevitably be delayed in receiving funds from federal grants and secured and unsecured loans. (See the Financial Aid section of the catalog for details regarding financial aid.) Registration dates are listed in the online academic calendar.

Students receiving veterans educational benefits must provide transcripts  from all previously attended post-secondary schools, a copy of their DD 214, and records of military educational programs completed to the school for evaluation of potential transfer credit.

Student Advisement

Students are encouraged to visit with faculty advisors during the fall and spring semesters for degree and class schedule planning. At announced times, all currently enrolled undergraduate students and currently enrolled graduate students who have been admitted to a graduate program or are seeking teacher certification will be permitted to advance register for courses in the subsequent term. Advisors in all disciplines are available at each college or school. Both the Office of Admissions and the Office of the University Registrar can assist students to identify and contact their faculty advisor. Also, please see Academic Responsibilities in the section entitled Academic Regulations - Undergraduate.

Public Information Policy and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

Pursuant to the provisions and intent of Chapter 552, Texas Government Code, known as the Public Information Act, and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 as amended, a University policy has been established relating to the accessibility of student information in the custody of the University.

FERPA affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. They are:

1. The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the university receives a written request for access. Students should submit to the University Registrar, dean, head of the academic department or other appropriate official, written requests that identify the record(s) they wish to inspect. The university official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the university official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.

2. The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes are inaccurate or misleading. Students may ask the university to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write the university official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. If the University decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, the university will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of his or her right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.

3. The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. One exception which permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the university in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel, health staff, and student employees); a person or company with whom the university has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor, collection agent, or the National Student Clearinghouse); a person serving on the Board of Regents; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility. Upon request, the university discloses education records without consent to officials of another school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll. A&M International will automatically forward a student’s record to these institutions upon their request.

The right to file a complaint with the U. S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by Texas A&M International University to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is:

Family Compliance Office
U. S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, S.W.
Washington, DC 20202-4605

Directory information consists of a student’s full name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, major and minor fields of study, classification, enrollment status (full-time, part-time, undergraduate, graduate, etc.), participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of athletic team members, dates of attendance, degrees, awards received (including types of award), the last educational agency or institution attended previous to TAMIU, and photograph.

Directory information regarding the student will be provided to the public upon request unless student files a request in the Office of the University Registrar asking to be excluded from the directory or from any other requests for open directory information from outside entities. The request should be submitted by the 12th class day in the Fall and Spring terms, the 4th class day in the summer terms. A request to withhold information may be submitted after the stated deadline for a term, but information may be released between the deadline and receipt of the request. The file of a student who has asked to be excluded from the directory information will remain flagged until the student requests that the flag be removed.

Texas A&M International University will disclose information from a student’s education records only with the written consent of the student, except:

  • To school officials who have a legitimate educational interest in the records.
  • To officials of another school, upon request, in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.
  • To certain officials of the U. S. Department of Education, the Comptroller General, and state and local educational authorities, in connection with an audit, or certain state or federally supported education programs.
  • In connection with a student’s request for or receipt of financial aid, as necessary to determine the eligibility, amount or conditions of the financial aid, or to enforce the terms and conditions of the aid.
  • If required by state law requiring disclosure that was adopted before November 19, 1974.
  • To organizations conducting certain studies for on behalf of the University.
  • To accrediting organizations to carry out their functions.
  • To parents of an eligible student who claim the student as a dependent for income tax purposes.
  • To parents of students under the age of 21 years found culpable of alcohol and drug offenses, to the extent authorized by state law.
  • To comply with a judicial order or a lawfully issued subpoena.
  • To appropriate parties in a health or safety emergency.
  • To an alleged victim of any crime of violence or non-forcible sex offense, the results of any institutional disciplinary proceeding against the alleged perpetrator of that crime with respect to that crime or university rules or policy as authorized by state law.
  • To release information designated as directory information by the university; unless student has requested such directory information be withheld.
  • To a court in which the university is defending itself against legal action initiated by a parent or eligible student.

For information regarding the university’s policy on access to records and to request accessibility to university records, contact the Office of University Registrar.

Transcripts

The transcript is the official record of the student’s academic performance at the University. Official transcripts printed on security paper and bearing the University seal are available from the Office of the University Registrar at a cost of $3.00 per copy. Students must clear any restrictions from his/her record before any transcript request will be honored. A signed and completed transcript request form may be submitted in person, by email, mail, or fax. In compliance with federal privacy laws, a student’s signature is required to release transcripts; therefore, transcript requests cannot be accepted by telephone.

In Person
A transcript request form must be completed and signed by the student at the Office of the University Registrar. A valid picture ID must also be presented. The transcript will be issued at the time of request.

Electronic Transcript
Electronic transcript requests are processed within the same day. Online orders for official electronic transcripts must be placed through the National Student Clearinghouse at getmytranscript.org.

Permanent Record Card (PRC)
If you are a former student that attended either Texas A&I University, Laredo State University, or attended before 1995, you may have a Permanent Record Card (PRC). Please complete and sign the transcript request form and send us a copy of a valid picture ID to transcripts@tamiu.edu or via our mailing address and fax number below.

By Mail or Fax
Students may request a transcript by submitting a completed and signed transcript request form. Payment can be made via check or money order payable to TAMIU (or payment by credit card). The request will be prepared within one to three working days. The request may be submitted via fax 956.326.2249 or mail to the following address:

Office of the University Registrar-Transcripts
Texas A&M International University, ZSC 121
5201 University Boulevard
Laredo, TX 78041-1900

Veterans' Records 

Texas A&M International University has entered into the education and training programs administered by the Veterans Administration. Hence, the University has assumed as one of its chief responsibilities the adaptation of all facilities to meet the needs of returning veterans who desire to take advantage of their eligibility for education and training as provided by Public Laws 16 and 346, 78th Congress; 550 and 894, 82nd Congress; and Public Law 89-358 for veterans of military service after January 3, 1955. Further information can be obtained from the University Registrar. Veterans should register with the Veterans Coordinator in the Office of the University Registrar. The Veterans Coordinator will assist the Veteran in processing all necessary related paper-work. For more information call 956.326.2250.

Commencement

This ceremony occurs two times during the year to honor those students who have successfully completed their degree programs. Only those students who have been certified by their respective colleges and verified by the University Registrar may participate in commencement. The fee for graduation is listed in the Additional Fees section of the catalog. For further information on this process, call the Office of the University Registrar, 956.326.2250.