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Lamar State College - Port Arthur General Admission Information

Admission Information

Thank you for your interest in Lamar State College - Port Arthur. Applicants seeking admission to Lamar State College-Port Arthur must satisfy the admission requirements of the program of study which they desire to enter.

The applicant should be aware that there are different admission requirements for degree and certificate programs.

Please explore the links to the right of this page for additional information.

Where to apply

Admission Applications may be addressed to:

Office of Admission and Records
Lamar State College - Port Arthur
P.O. Box 310
Port Arthur, Texas 77641-0310.

Admission Requirements

Lamar State College-Port Arthur welcomes any student interested in education and personal improvement. As a two-year, lower-division component of the Texas State University System, the Port Arthur campus offers educational opportunity to all citizens through an open-door policy which admits all students who can benefit from post-secondary education. Lamar State College-Port Arthur believes that each individual student is important and welcomes students with diverse backgrounds and needs.

Beginning Freshmen

Students enrolling in college for the first time who fit one of the following categories may apply for admission:

  1. Graduates from an accredited high school;
  2. Those who have earned a General Education Diploma (GED);
  3. Those who are at least eighteen (18) years of age and who do not have a high school diploma or GED may be admitted upon individual approval of the appropriate dean if it can be determined that there is an ability to benefit for the students in the course of study they propose to enter;
  4. Those who are under eighteen (18) and who do not have a diploma or GED may be admitted upon the written recommendation of the principal or superintendent of the last high school attended.

Admission to the institution does not guaranteed admission to a particular degree or certificate program. Please check in the appropriate section of the Catalog to determine if a particular program has special requirements. Beginning freshmen must submit a completed "Application for Admission" form, an official high school transcript or GED Certificate, and appropriate placement scores.

All beginning students must comply with requirements relating to the Texas Academic Skills Program (TASP). Please refer to TASP Policies for more information.

Transfer Students

Transfer applicants are considered for admission on the basis of their previous college records. Applicants must submit a completed "Application for Admission" form, and official transcripts from all colleges previously attended. Transfer applicants must be in good standing with all institutions previously attended. Students on scholastic or disciplinary suspension from another institution must petition the appropriate dean or Vice President for Academic Affairs for individual approval. Contact the Admission Office for further information.

Students transferring from a Texas public college or university are subject to the same TASP requirements that apply to current students. (See special TASP section for details). Therefore, transfer students from Texas public colleges and universities who began their college careers in the 1989 fall semester or later and who have accumulated at least nine (9) hours of college-level credit must have TASP scores on file. Otherwise, enrollment will be limited to remedial and/or other courses which will not count toward graduation.

Students transferring from a non-Texas public college or university who began their college career with the 1989 fall semester or later will have to take the TASP test either before or during the semester of enrollment in their nine (9) credit hour of college-level course work at Lamar State College-Port Arthur.

Credit earned at other accredited institutions will be considered for credit at Lamar State College-Port Arthur according to the following guidelines:

  1. All courses, whether passed, failed, or repeated, are used in calculating the cumulative grade point average of "D" may not count towards graduation.
  2. Acceptance to Lamar State College-Port Arthur does not constitute acceptance to a particular degree or certificate program.

Former Students

Students formerly enrolled (out of school for one long semester or more) at Lamar State College-Port Arthur need only submit a new application for admission. Students with unsettled financial debts to any Lamar component or incomplete records will not be allowed to register until such problems are resolved.

Special Admission Provision

International Student Admission

Students from other countries holding a visa other than a permanent resident visa are considered "International Students." Applicants to Lamar State College-Port Arthur may be accepted for admission and a Form I-20 issued when all requirements have been met. These requirements include:

  1. application for admission;
  2. official secondary school record and official college transcript (if applicable);
  3. show evidence of sufficient financial support for the academic year by submitting an I-134 (affidavit of support), an Immigration and Naturalization Services document; and
  4. adequate proof of competency in English or a score of 500 or better on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), administered by the College Entrance Examination Board, Box 595, Princeton, New Jersey 08540, U.S.A. Scores must be received directly form the testing service. Photocopies or student copies of test scores will not be accepted.

Transfer students who are out of status must file reinstatement for F-1 status with the Immigration and Naturalization Service before they can enroll. Students denied reinstatement will be administratively withdrawn from classes and will be subject to the refund policy in effect at the time of withdrawal.

In fulfillment of immigration regulations, a student must enroll in a full-time course of study which will lead to the attainment of specific educational objectives. A full-time course load is defined as "a minimum of 12 semester hours."

Application deadlines for students requiring I-20's are:

Fall Semester

June 15

Spring Semester

November 1

Summer Sessions

March 15

International students must also present proof of adequate health insurance. Internationals who plan to drive an automobile in the state of Texas must have liability insurance.

Special application forms and details on the procedure to follow in making application for admission to Lamar State College-Port Arthur may be secured by writing to the Office of Admission and Records.

High School Co-Enrollment

A student who has completed his or her junior year of high school may be permitted to enroll upon the recommendation of the high school principal. The class load of such student shall not exceed two college credit courses per semester. However, under special circumstances that indicate a student who has not completed the junior year is capable of college-level work, based on such factors as grade-point average, ACT or SAT scores, and other assessment indicators, the Vice President of Academic Affairs may grant exceptions to the rule.

Special Admission

A person who is 18 or over may be exempt from the admission requirements and admitted on "individual approval," provided the admitting officer is convinced that the applicant's record indicates ability to carry the college work assigned. Students admitted on this condition shall be subject to the same policies and regulations as all other students.

Texas Academic Skills Program

The Texas State Education Code requires that all students ". . . who enter public institutions of higher education in the fall of 1989 and thereafter must be tested for reading, writing and mathematics skills." In response to this mandate, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Texas Education Agency have jointly developed the Texas Academic Skills Program (TASP).

TASP is an instructional program designed to ensure that all students attending public institutions of higher education in Texas have the reading, mathematics, and writing skills necessary to perform effectively in college-level coursework. The program was developed as a response to the growing evidence in Texas and other states that significant numbers of college students and graduates lack some of these basic academic skills. The TASP has five components: diagnostic testing, advisement, placement, remediation, and program evaluation. These components will be used to identify underprepared students and assist them in attaining the skills necessary for success in college study.


The TASP Test is a standardized assessment test designed to determine the reading, mathematics, and writing skills of each student.

Students (including transfers from outside Texas or from a private Texas college or university) entering Lamar State College-Port Arthur in Fall, 1989, and thereafter will be required to take the TASP Test if they: enroll in a college-level degree program; or enter a certificate program that contains nine (9) or more semester credit hours of general education courses.

Students are exempt from the TASP Test requirements only if they:

enter a certificate program that contains fewer than nine (9) semester credit hours of general education courses; or

have earned at least three (3) semester credit hours of college-level work at an accredited institution prior to the Fall, 1989, semester; or make a score of 1070 or greater with a minimum of 500 on both the Verbal and Math on the SAT, a composite score of 23 or greater with a minimum of 19 in English and Math on the ACT, or 86 in Math, 89 in Reading or 1770 in Writing on the TAAS, taken after March 1994 or 1800 on Math, 1800 in Reading and 1800 on Writing on the TAAS taken before March 1994. Minimum scores are subject to change by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Effective Fall `98 Freshmen who have not taken the TASP Test prior to enrollment at Lamar State College-Post Arthur will be required to take the TASP or alternate test before admission to the University.

The TASP Test Registration Bulletin contains detailed information about the test, test dates, and cost. The Bulletin is available from the Student Services Office and in the Learning Center at Lamar State College-Port Arthur; Lamar State College-Port Arthur is an authorized test center for the TASP Test. State regulations regarding the administration and operation of the Texas Academic Skills Program in 1998-1999 were being developed when the catalog went to press. Some of the regulations cited in this section will change. Contact the Learning Center or the Admission Advisor's Office for the latest TASP information.

The TASP Test is divided into three sections: reading, writing, and mathematics. Any student who does not pass all three sections of the test:

must participate continuously in a remediation program in the subject area(s) not passed; may not enroll in any upper-division course the completion of which would give the student sixty (60) or more semester credit hours; and may not graduate from a certificate program having nine (9) or more semester credit hours of general education coursework, an associate degree program, or a baccalaureate degree program. A limited number of TASP test fee waiver vouchers are available each year for individuals who exhibit financial need. For more information regarding eligibility for this service, contact the Financial Aid Office.


Student advisement is an integral part of the TASP. Students are encouraged to discuss the TASP with an admissions advisor prior to enrollment and to utilize academic advisement services on campus. Lamar State College-Port Arthur offers a number of support services designed to assist students in understanding the TASP and meeting its requirements.


Students should not enroll in courses for which they are not academically prepared. Students who are deficient in any basic skill will be placed in an appropriate developmental program designed to remedy the deficiency. Until that deficiency is eliminated, students may be prohibited from enrolling in certain credit courses. Students should consult an academic advisor for a list of courses for which TASP Test passage is a prerequisite.

Developmental Programs

Lamar State College-Port Arthur offers developmental courses to assist students with basic skills in reading, writing, and mathematics. These courses are described in detail elsewhere in the catalog. The Learning Center (Madison Monroe Building, Room 200) also provides tutorial services, self-paced software packages, and assistance with study skills.

Orientation Classes

Students who are enrolled in a developmental course and who have not completed 15 semester hours of college-level work are required to enroll in and complete CLSK 0111 Orientation to College. Providing an introduction and orientation to college, the course assists the student in making adequate social and personal adjustments to college life. Opportunities are provided that allow the students to develop educational and career goals, as well as becoming familiar with institutional curricula and policies. Techniques for time management, note taking, and preparing for exams are also stressed. CLSK 0111 is also highly recommended for all student in their first semester at Lamar State College-Port Arthur. A grade of "S" must be earned to meet the institutional requirement; otherwise, the course must be repeated. The course does not count for credit toward a degree or certificate.

Reentering adult learners may enroll in CLSK 0112 College Dynamics as an alternative to CLSK 0111. The course facilitates an adjustment to college with an emphasis on basic study skills and time management. An overview of college policies, academic curricula, and sources of career information is also provided. The course is recommended for all reentering adult learners. If CLSK 0112 is substituted for CLSK 0111 in order to meet College regulations a grade of "S" is required; otherwise, the course must be repeated. The course does not count toward a degree or certificate.

How to Apply for Admission

  1. Submit application for admission on the official form. Inclusion of a Social Security number is required on this form.
  2. Have your complete high school transcript sent to the College Admission and Records Office immediately after graduation. Partial transcripts before graduation may be submitted but final certification of graduation is necessary.
  3. See Admission Requirements for more information.

Change of Address or Name

Students are responsible for all communications addressed to them at the address on file in the Student Services Office and in the Office of Admission and Records. Any student who moves during a semester must immediately register his change of address in the office of the Vice President for Student Services and in the Office of Admission and Records. Change of name due to marriage, or correction of name because of spelling errors, may be made by completing a name change card at the Admission and Records Office on campus. All name changes must be accompanied by a copy of the legal document making the name change official.

Graduates of Non-Accredited High Schools

Applicants who have not graduated from an accredited high school may be admitted if they (1) have graduated in the upper two-thirds of their class, (2) score 700 or above on the Scholastic Aptitude Test, and (3) have the recommended high school preparation credits.

Ability to Benefit

Students entering Lamar State College-Port Arthur without passing the General Educational Development Test (GED), receiving a high school diploma, or post-secondary degree must show the ability to benefit from the course of study they are pursuing. These students must show the ability to benefit from the course of study they are pursuing by passing an independently administered test approved by the Secretary of the Department of Education before enrollment.

Lamar State College-Port Arthur offers one of the tests approved by the Secretary of the Department of Education at no charge to students who have been accepted for admission but have not yet enrolled in classes. The ASSET test is administered by the LSCPA Learning Center to determine placement in classes and the ability to benefit from programs offered by the College. Please contact the Office of the Admission Advisor for more information concerning the ASSET test.

Entrance Examination

Students who are required to take the entrance examination may submit SAT or ACT scores in fulfillment of this requirement. Both tests are given several times each year at test centers throughout the United States and in many foreign countries. It is recommended that summer and fall applicants take one of these tests early in the senior year and, if possible, no later than February. Location of test centers, test dates, fees, test application forms, sample question booklets, etc. may be obtained without charge from high school counselors by writing to the test agency. SAT inquiries should be directed to the College Entrance Examination Board, Box 1025, Berkeley, California 94704. ACT inquiries should be directed to the American College Testing Program, Box 168, Iowa City, Iowa 52240.

The College reserves the right to require tests of any student if it appears that scores would be helpful in making the admission decision or would be beneficial for advising purposes.


Former students at Port Arthur College or Lamar State College-Port Arthur, who are not currently enrolled or who were not enrolled during the last regular semester, must submit an application for admission. Students who currently are enrolled should follow the procedures for preregistration as described by their advisors or instructors.

Out-of-State Students

Consult the Vice President for Student Services concerning legal requirements for eligibility of tuition at the in-state rate.

Freshman Orientation and Registration

A series of freshman orientation and registration programs is held during the summer months. These small group sessions are designed to acquaint the new student with campus facilities and services, and to give the individual student an opportunity to confer with college departmental advisors about an academic or technical program. Participation is optional, but is strongly recommended. Registration for the Fall Semester is completed at this time and tuition and fees are paid. Books may be purchased or reserved. Attendance at each session is limited and advance reservations are necessary. Details of the program, including available dates, costs and reservation forms, are sent out following issuance of acceptance notices. Reservations should be requested early so a convenient date may be selected. Parents are invited to attend and to participate in programs designed especially for them. Similar programs are available to new students entering the Spring Semester.

Transfer of Credit

Credit earned at another accredited institution is acceptable for transfer and may be used to meet degree requirements, provided the courses are applicable to the curriculum in which the student enrolls. A student who has accumulated a grade point deficiency at another institution(s) and who is admitted on probation, will be required to make up the deficiencies at Lamar-Port Arthur. In order to graduate, a student must have a 2.0 grade point average on all work attempted, on all work attempted at Lamar-Port Arthur, on all courses in the major, and on all courses which may be counted for the degree.

Grades from other institutions are recorded as received. No grade is changed.

Academic Fresh Start

Applicants seeking transfer admission and who have academic credits or grades that were earned ten or more years prior to the semester in which enrollment is sought may elect to seek entry under the terms of academic fresh start. Under this policy the applicant may petition Lamar State College-Port Arthur to not consider, in the admission process, course credits or grades earned ten years or prior. Applicants seeking entry under this section will not receive any credit for courses taken ten or more years prior to enrollment. Applicants applying under academic fresh start are subject to all standard admission and testing criteria applicable to persons seeking admission.

Transfer Dispute Resolution Guidelines

The following guidelines and definitions are established to clarify and enhance paragraph (6) of Chapter 5, Subchapter A, Section 5.4 of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board rule pertaining to Transfer Curricula and Resolution of Transfer Disputes for Lower-Division Courses.


The definitions listed below were established by the Coordinating Board and will serve as criteria to resolve legal questions as specified in Section 1.23, Subchapter C, Chapter 61 of the Education Code, Section 61-078. The publications Transfer of Credit Policies and Curricula of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and Community College General Academic Course Guide Manual: A Manual of Approved General Academic Transfer Courses for State Appropriations to Texas Public Community Colleges are the references for this issue: The following criteria for lower-division and upper-division course credit were adopted by the Task Force to Update the Academic Course Guide Manual.

  1. Criteria for Lower-Division Course Credit/Lower-Division (Baccalaureate/Associate Degree) Courses/Courses offered in the first two years of college study are those which:

    1. Are identified by a majority of public 4-year undergraduate institutions in the state as courses intended to comprise the first two years of collegiate study, AND
    2. Stress development of disciplinary knowledge and skill at an introductory level; OR
    3. Include basic principles and verbal, mathematical, and scientific concepts associated with an academic discipline.

  2. Criteria for Upper Division Course Credit/Upper-Division (Baccalaureate) Courses/Courses offered only in the third or fourth years of a baccalaureate program are those which:

    1. Are identified by a majority of public 4-year undergraduate institutions in the state as courses intended to comprise the third and fourth years of postsecondary study, AND
    2. Involve theoretical or analytical specialization beyond the introductory level, OR
    3. Require knowledge and skills provided by previous courses for successful performance by students.

  3. Free Transferability/Lower-division courses included in the Academic Course Guide Manual and specified in the definition of "Lower-Division Course Credit" shall be freely transferable to and accepted as comparable degree credit by any Texas public institution of higher education where the equivalent course is available for fulfilling baccalaureate degree requirements. It is understood that each Texas institution of higher education may have limitations that invalidate courses after a specific length of time. For Texas community colleges, these freely transferable courses are identified in the latest revised education of Coordinating Board publications Community College General Academic Course Guide Manual - A Manual of Approved General Academic Transfer Courses for State Appropriations to Texas Public Community Colleges, (revised 1996). Specifically excluded are courses designated as vocational, ESEL, technical, developmental or remedial, and courses listed as "basic skills." For senior four-year institutions, lower-division courses that have the same course content and CIP codes as approved by the Coordinating Board shall bear equivalent credit. Specifically excluded are course designated as as ESL/ESOL, technical and developmental/remedial courses.Within the spirit of the law it is realized that differences in interpretation of "same course content" may generate disputes.

  4. Disputes/Transfer disputes may arise when a lower-division course is not accepted for credit by a Texas institution of higher education. To qualify as a dispute the course(s) in question must be offered by the institution denying the credit (receiving institution), or in the case of upper-level institutions, must be published as a lower-division course accepted for fulfilling lower-level requirements. For community colleges, the course(s) must be listed in the Community College General Academic Course Guide Manual, and be offered at the receiving institution. Additionally, the sending institution must challenge the receiving institution's denial of credit.

Instructions for Completing the "Transfer Dispute Resolution" Form

  • The institution whose credit has been denied (sending institution), or the student working through the sending institution, must initiate the dispute. From the date a student is notified of credit denial (date evaluation is sent by the receiving institution), the law allows a maximum of 45 calendar days for the resolution of the dispute by the sending and receiving institutions.
  • In all disputes, Coordinating Board form, CB-TDR, "Transfer Dispute Resolution," must be completed to initiate dispute action. The form will provide notification and documentation of resolution of the dispute or initiate action of the part of the commissioner to resolve the dispute.
  • The "Transfer Dispute Resolution" form must be completed and forwarded to the receiving institution within 15 calendar days after the evaluation has been submitted to the student.
  • Forms will be available in the Vice President of Academic Affairs or designee's office. The student and the VPAA of the sending institution will complete appropriate sections of the form, retain copies of the form, and forward it to the VPAA of the receiving institution.
  • The VPAA or designee of the receiving institution will either resolve the dispute and complete the "dispute resolved" section of the "Transfer Dispute Resolution" or not resolve the dispute and complete other sections of the form.In either case, the receiving institution will forward copies of the form to the student, the sending institution, and to the Commissioner of Higher Education.
  • Failure by the receiving institution to notify the Commissioner in writing, as specified above, within 5 working days after the 45 calendar-day requirement will allow the student or sending institution to send written notification to the commissioner and may result in "automatic" acceptance of the credit by the institution which originally denied the credit.
  • When it is required that the Commissioner or his/her designee resolve the dispute, the resolution will be so designated on the form and copies sent to all parties. Both institutions will maintain form files and the Coordinating Board will maintain a file of all resolutions by institutions. "Disputes" vs. "Problems" Problems that occur during the transfer process will not always be categorized as disputes, and will not follow dispute procedures and guidelines. Problems are clearly within the jurisdiction of the receiving institution. Problems may include, but are not limited to these situations:
    • A student may lose credit hours or have to take additional, lower-level credit hours when he or she changes majors.
    • Students may not decide which upper-level/senior institution they will attend to complete their degree until after they have completed significant lower-level coursework. Courses taken may not apply or transfer to the institution selected.
    • A student may take more than 66 lower-level credit hours.
    • A student may have received unsatisfactory grades in lower-level courses.
    • The student may take vocational, technical, developmental or remedial courses that are not defined as general academic courses.
    • Compliance with external accrediting agencies, newly enacted legislation, and changes in Texas Education Agency or Coordinating Board regulations may invalidate courses students have already completed.
    • Students may take more credit hours in a course category than will transfer. Examples include activity hours in physical education, choir, band, etc.
    • Institutions may not accept work that is considered too old.
    • The student may repeat courses to raise grade point averages. Duplicate credit would not be accepted.

Former Students Returning From Another Institution

Returning students who have not been in attendance for one or more regular semesters must file for readmission by submitting the standard application for admission form. A former student who has attended another college is required to submit a complete record of all work done subsequent to the last date of attendance at Lamar State College-Port Arthur, and to meet the academic requirements for other transfer students outlined in this bulletin. The regular application for admission must be submitted.

Credit by Examination

Lamar State College-Port Arthur awards college credit for successful performance in the following examination programs: College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Program, College Level Examination Program (CLEP), ACT, SAT, SAT Achievement Tests, and departmental advanced standing examinations. Credit through any of the examinations listed in this section is awarded when the student has completed an enrollment term at Lamar State College-Port Arthur and has earned an amount of resident credit equal to the hours earned by examination.

Applicants who wish to receive credit for college-level work completed in high school may do so by submitting their scores on the College Board's Advanced Placement Examinations. Arrangements to take the exams are made through high school counselors.

Subject matter areas and the basis for granting credits for Advanced Placement courses are listed as follows:

Subject Area

Required Score

Credit Granted



Biology 1406 & 1407

Calculus AB


Math 2312 & 2413, or Math 1324 & 1325, or Math 2412, 2413 & 2414



Chemistry 1411



Chemistry 1405 & 1407



Chemistry 1411 & 1412



Economics 2301



English 1301



English 1301 & 1302

Foreign Language


Six hours of Foreign Language

Foreign Language


Twelve semester hours of foreign language



Government 2301 or 2302

History (U.S.)


History 1301 or 1302

Credit is awarded for most of the CLEP Subject Examinations. A complete list of the subjects for which credit can be awarded is available from the Admission Office or the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Credit will not be awarded for the CLEP General Examinations.

Credit will be granted in composition, history, and mathematics for students presenting the following minimum ACT Standard Scores:

ACT Standard Score

LSCPA Course

Semester Hours

English 28

Usage/Mech 14

Rhet. Skills 14

ENGL 1301


English 30

Usage/Mech 15

Rhet. Skills 15

ENGL 1301 & 1302


Mathematics 26

Pre-algebra 14

Alg/Geom 13

Geom/Trig 13

MATH 1332 or 1335


Mathematics 28

Pre-algebra 15 OR

Alg/Geom 14

Geom/Trig 14

MATH 1332 or 1335

MATH 1332 or 1335, & 1324


Reading 28

Soc. Studies 15

HIST 1301 or 1302


Credit earned through the ACT will be recorded on the transcript after the student has earned an equal amount of resident credit at Lamar State College-Port Arthur. The student must petition the Registrar for ACT credit.

Credit will be granted in English and Mathematics for student having the following minimum SAT scores:

ACT Standard Score

LSCPA Course

Semester Hours

Verbal: 590

ENGL 1301


Verbal: 640

ENGL 1301 & 1302


Math: 600

MATH 1332 or 1335


Math: 630


MATH 1332 or 1335, & 1314


MATH 1332 or 1335, & 1324


Credit earned through the SAT will be granted in composition and mathematics after the student has earned an equal amount of resident credit at Lamar State College-Port Arthur. The student must petition the Registrar for ACT credit.

Students who have outstanding high school records or who have participated in accelerated programs are encouraged to take the College Entrance Examination Board's Achievement Tests in the corresponding subject matter areas. Students must enter advanced courses, provided test results indicate they are qualified. Minimum scores are set by the College and students who qualify are notified. Upon the completion of the advanced courses with a grade of "C" or better, college credit is granted as indicated in the following table. Achievement Tests are given on all regularly scheduled test dates other than October. Application is made directly to CEEB.

Subject Matter


Credit Granted



Foreign Lang.



0 to 12

semester hours


Depending on

placement and




4 semester hours

Chem 1411

If validated by

completion of

Chem. 1412 with a

grade of "C" or better.


Level 1

Up to 12

semester hours


Depending on

placement and


Advanced standing examinations are intended only for those students who have had the equivalent, in formal or informal training, or the work being presented in the course in question. Credit may be granted to those who pass

departmental advanced standing examinations with a grade of B or better. Normally, departmental examinations will be given only if CLEP subject examinations are not available.

To secure permission for such examinations, a student must obtain the written permission of the respective Dean of Academic or Technical Programs and the department head responsible for the course. A fee of $25 must be paid to the

Finance Office. Forms are available in the office of the department head. A student having received a grade (passing or failing) in a course may not take an advanced standing examination in that course.

International Students

International students are entitled to all student services and programs for which they are eligible according to law and College definition. The College reserves the right to establish policies for selected groups of students if the policies are in the students' and the institution's best interest. Applicants will be carefully screened for academic excellence, English Proficiency, adequate health, and financial self-sufficiency.

Internationals are encouraged and expected to participate in student activity and organizational programs so as to experience more fully the culture and lifestyles of southeast Texas. It is the student's responsibility to integrate himself into the campus environment; however, the College provides an atmosphere conducive to acceptance of internationals and affords them every opportunity to succeed.

Since the presence of international students also entails responsibility for the college in meeting certain distinctive needs, it is imperative that adequate provision be made for doing so. The College recognizes this responsibility by setting entrance and exit standards for its non-native English speakers that take into account the minimum language skills necessary for success in academic work as well as the minimum standards that a diploma from the College represents.

In order for the international students to achieve their educational objectives, certain academic services are essential. The College provides facilities and staff commensurate with those needs.

Moreover, the College recognizes that English language proficiency, and not citizenship or immigration status alone, is a key criterion in determining, and meeting, the needs of students for whom English is a second language.

Recommended College Preparatory Program for High School Students

In January 1992, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board endorsed the following college preparatory program:

English I-IV

Two courses from

Algebra I and II

Physical Science


Biology I

U.S. Government

Chemistry I

World History

Chemistry II

World Geography

Physics I


Physics II

Foreign Language

Health 1/2

I-III of same

Fine Arts 1/2

Physical Ed 1/2

Computer Science

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