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Division of Student Access and Success

 The Division of Student Access and Success was created in January 2009 to provide students at Texas A&M University-Commerce with opportunities and experiences that will foster their access to and success in higher education. The unprecedented organizational structure of this division reflects a continuum of support services that are required for today’s students to have the transformational experience desired from earning a college degree.

The Division of Student Access and Success includes the following units: Enrollment Management and Retention, including undergraduate admissions, registrar, financial aid and scholarships, Hispanic outreach, military personnel and veterans' services; University College, including college readiness and student assessment, success coaches, early intervention, freshman success seminars and student engagement, and developmental education; Honors College; Campus Life and Student Development, including residential learning and living, Morris Recreation Center, Sam Rayburn Student Center, counseling services, diversity affairs, student judicial services, student organizations and activities, applied leadership institute, and student health services; Student Support Services, including Trio programs, career development, and student retention initiatives,  Outreach, including off-campus sites and programs and distance education.

Texas' Closing the Gaps goals stress the need for higher education institutions to rethink current organizational structures to focus on student access and success. A cohesive and unified framework in which academic and social support policies and practices go hand-in-hand with increased expectations for student success is necessary for today's students, particularly those who have traditionally been underserved.

Texas A&M University-Commerce has created an organizational structure that first focuses on creating partnerships with public schools and community colleges to align curriculum, instruction, and expectations. A Student Access and Success Center provides a one-stop shop concept for student support services. This facility is located at 2200 Campbell Street.  Locating all enrollment management and University College functions in one facility, allows the university to form a team to focus on the success of each new student. Freshmen Success Seminars, as well as early intervention processes, allow the university to diagnose concerns and prescribe strategies to assist students with their educational experience. Success coaches, rather than traditional academic advisors, have been hired and trained to assist students in developing personalized educational plans focused on career goals and financial resources.

The traditional Student Affairs organizational structure has been replaced by focusing on campus life and student development. Specific learning outcomes for the postsecondary experience have been developed so that students not only receive a degree that prepares them for success in their chosen careers, but also provides them with specific knowledge and skills that are transferable to any setting. These specific learning outcomes are focused on leadership, globalization, service learning, and wellness.

The university has identified the traditional "gate-keeping" courses with which data indicate students have difficulty. Innovative academic support services have been and will continue to be implemented, monitored, and adjusted to increase student success rates.

Texas A&M University-Commerce has created two offices to focus on two populations targeted in the Strategic Enrollment Plan. An Office for Hispanic Outreach  has been formed and resources dedicated  to focus on the university’s goal of becoming an Hispanic-Serving Institution within three years. An Office for Military Personnel and Veteran Services has been formed and Texas A&M University-Commerce has been designated a “Military Friendly School” by G.I. Jobs.  The designation is reserved for the top 15% of colleges, universities and trade schools in the United States that are reaching out to America’s veterans as students.

Office of Student Disability Resources and Services

Students with disabilities at TAMU-Commerce are encouraged to participate in all aspects of campus life. Therefore, Student Disability Resources and Services (SDRS) provide services to students with disabilities to ensure accessibility to university programs. Some of the services SDRS offers include accommodations counseling, evaluation referral, disability-related information and resources, adaptive technology counseling and equipment for on campus use, testing accommodations, and interpreter services for academically related purposes.

All students with disabilities who need accommodations must file an application for eligibility as well as provide current documentation of disability. Applications are available in the Office of Student Disability Resources and Services and also on their website at Services/studentDisabilityResources And Services/studentResources/default.aspx

SDRS is located in Room 132 of the Gee Library. For additional information email or call 903-886-5150 or visit Services/studentDisabilityResources And Services/studentResources/default.aspx

TRIO Programs

The TRIO Programs of Texas A&M University-Commerce consist of Student Support Services and Upward Bound. Each program is designed to assist low-income, first generation, and disabled students with a quality education. The goal is to ensure that each student is provided with quality academic support in the areas of tutorial assistance, college and career counseling, leadership skills, and character education.

The TRIO Department is located on the third floor of the Halladay Student Services Building. Student Support Services provides advisement, academic counseling, and free tutorials in basic skills, general education subjects, and socio-cultural activities to strengthen each participant’s academic and personal background. The Upward Bound Program is a “Pre-Collegiate” program designed to assist high school (9-12 grades) students in preparing for college academically and socially. The primary goal is to make certain that each student receives the proper academic and social skills, training and development necessary to succeed in high school and college.


Enrollment Management and Retention Division Offices

Located in the Student Access and Success Center at 2200 Campbell Street. The Enrollment Management and Retention Division effectively recruits, enrolls and retains a diverse student body at Texas A&M University-Commerce. The Enrollment Management and Retention Division prides itself in providing exemplary student service in a continuous improvement and cohesive environment. The offices that provide quality customer service to our students include: Undergraduate Admissions for Freshman and Transfer students, Registrar, including Veterans and Military Services,  Financial Aid and Scholarships, Hispanic Outreach and Student Programs and New Student Orientation.

Undergraduate Admissions Office—Freshman and Transfer

Located in the Student Access and Success Center at 2200 Campbell Street, this office is responsible for both the recruitment and enrollment of new undergraduate students. For more information, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 903-886-5000.

Office of the Registrar

Located in the Student Access and Success Center at 2200 Campbell Street, the Registrar’s Office is the custodian of student’s permanent academic records. The Graduation Coordinator located in the Registrar’s Office, is responsible for the certification of university candidates for graduation. For more information, please contact the Registrar at 903-886-5068.

Veterans and Military Services

Located in the Student Access and Success Center at 2200 Campbell Street. The Veterans and Military services office administers Veterans' Administration educational benefit programs for veterans and their dependents who may be eligible to receive benefits under any one of several programs. Applications and further information are available in the Veterans and Military Services Office or by calling 903-886-5123.


Through the University of North Texas
A&M-Commerce students are given the opportunity to participate in the Air Force ROTC program
through the University of North Texas. For more information, the student should contact:

Unit Admissions Officer
Division of Aerospace Studies
AFROTC-Detachment 835

Aerospace Studies, Department Chair
1155 Union Circle #305400
Denton, TX 76203-5400
(940) 565-2074

The courses which may be taken in this AFROTC program are located below.


The Air Force ROTC courses are taught on the campus of the University of North Texas, Denton,Texas. Students register and pay for the courses through MyLeo. Directions to UNT

Aerospace Studies, AER

103-104. The Foundation of the United States Air Force. 1 hour each. (1;1) Survey of the structure and missions of Air Force organizations; officership and professionalism; and an introduction to communication skills.

203-204. The Evolution of the U.S.A.F. Air and Space Power. 1 hour each. (1;1) Focus on factors contributing to the development of air power from the earliest beginnings through two world wars; the evolution of air power concepts and doctrine; the global war on terrorism; and an assessment of communicative skills.

292. Cooperative Education in Aerospace Studies. 1–3 hours. Supervised work in a job directly related to the student’s major, professional field of study or career objective. Prerequisite(s): student must meet employer’s requirements and have consent of department chair. May be repeated for credit.

331-332. Leadership Studies. 4 hours each. (3;1) Study of leadership and management fundamentals, professional knowledge, leadership ethics and communication skills required of an Air Force officer. Case studies are used to examine Air Force leadership and management situations as a means of demonstrating and exercising practical application of the concepts being studied.

332. Prerequisite(s): AERO 331.

431-432. National Security Affairs/Preparation for Active Duty. 4 hours each. (3;1) Examines the need for national security, analyzes the evolution and formulation of the American defense policy, strategy, and joint doctrine; investigates the methods for managing conflict; and overview of regional security, arms control and terrorism. Special topics of interest focus on the military as a profession, officership, the military justice system, civilian control of the military, preparation for active duty, and current issues affecting military professionalism.

431. Prerequisite(s): AERO 331 and 332.

432. Prerequisite(s): AERO 331, 332 and 431.

492. Cooperative Education in Aerospace Studies. 1–4 hours. Supervised work in a job directly related to the student’s major, professional field of study or career objective. Prerequisite(s): 12 hours credit in aerospace studies; student must meet employer’s requirements and have consent of department chair. May be repeated for credit.

Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships

Located in the Student Access and Success Center at 2200 Campbell Street. Texas A&M University-Commerce is dedicated to helping students attain a quality education. Eligibility for competitive merit-based scholarships is determined primarily by the results of the SAT or ACT college entrance tests and a student’s high school academic record. All freshman scholarship recipients are required to attend an early summer orientation and registration session, usually conducted in June. Some, but not all, of the competitive scholarship programs may act to reduce an out-of-state student’s tuition charges from nonresident to Texas resident levels. This status is determined by legislative act and is subject to change. All scholarships are only for full-time students, unless otherwise indicated. All students who have been admitted into the University will be considered for scholarships.

Satisfactory Academic Progress—The staff of the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships evaluates the academic progress of each scholarship recipient at the end of each semester to determine if the recipient continues to meet the requirements as set by the awarded scholarship.  To review the scholarship requirements, please visit the scholarship website at

Freshman Entering A&M-Commerce—Students who have been admitted to the University will be considered for scholarships. A separate application is not required. The primary scholarships available to entering freshman are the: Academic Excellence; Blue and Gold; Presidential.

Transfer Students—Students who have been admitted to the University will be considered for scholarships General Transfer or Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships. Students need to complete the scholarship application for general and departmental scholarships which is located within their myLEO. Please click here ( ) to access the myLeo account.  Once signed into the myLEO account, the application is located under the section labeled “myLEO”.The primary scholarships available for junior-community transfer students are: Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship; the Transfer Scholarship.

Financial Aid Office

A student planning to enroll at A&M-Commerce who seeks financial aid should complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA). Online information is available at .

Most financial aid granted at A&M-Commerce is based upon the student’s financial need and is awarded on a priority basis according to file completion date. Students who do not demonstrate financial need will be eligible for the Direct unsubsidized and for the Federal Parent Loans for Students (Fed. PLUS). Academic progress and scholastic standing are taken into consideration when aid is awarded. Recipients are required to maintain the number of hours for which they are paid. Prorated repayment of aid is expected from students who withdraw or drop hours. All applications must be completed by the priority deadline to insure availability of funds. Programs with limited funding (TPEG, FSEOG, FCWS, Perkins, and other grants, but not the Pell Grant) are awarded to eligible students on a first-come, first-serve basis. Priority for these funds is given to full-time students who have completed their financial aid file by the priority deadline. For information on the priority date and to view all forms of available financial aid please visit the website at .

Withdrawing on Financial Aid/Return of Title IV Aid

 A student who receives Title IV aid and withdraws or is suspended from the University during a term in which the student began attendance, will have his or her eligibility for aid recalculated as prescribed by the 1998 amendments to the Higher Education Act of 1965.

Title IV aid is earned in a prorated manner on a per diem basis up to and including the 60% point in the term. After the 60% point all aid is considered earned. The percentage earned is calculated by dividing the number of days completed by the total number of days in the term. It is the unearned percentage of aid that determines the amount that must be returned to the Title IV program(s). The University, as well as the student, may be required to return to the federal government the unearned portion of the Title IV funds. When the University returns its unearned portion of the Title IV funds, a portion of the students institutional charges may be left outstanding. The University will require students to pay any portion of institutional charges that are left outstanding after the University returns Title IV funds. This may cause the student to owe both the University and the Federal government.

Students who are considering withdrawing, should contact the Financial Aid Office for a thorough explanation of how this policy will affect them. Additional information on the Return of Title IV Aid policy, including examples, is on the A&M-Commerce Financial Aid website,

Satisfactory Academic Progress Procedure (SAP)

The Higher Education Amendment Act of 1965, as amended, mandates institutions of higher education to establish a minimum standard of “Satisfactory Academic Progress” for students applying and receiving financial aid.
For additional information visit the Office of Financial Aid website at . A copy of the policy is also available in the Office of Financial Aid located in the Student Access and Success Building. 


Office of Hispanic Outreach and Student Programs

Located in the Student Access and Success Center at 2200 Campbell Street. The mission of the Office of Hispanic Outreach and Student Programs is to raise a greater awareness on the importance of higher education among groups and individuals at high schools, community colleges and in the general community with a special focus on Hispanic/Latino students and their community. Office staff advise prospective Hispanic/Latino students and families on the college application process, financing their education and the student support services available to ensure their college success. The office is responsible for coordinating and implementing various outreach activities, new student orientation and educational programs in an effort to enhance the university’s diverse enrollment. The Office of Hispanic Outreach and Student Programs is located in the Student Access and Success Center at 2200 Campbell Street and can be reached via e-mail at or by calling our bilingual (English/Spanish) line at 903-468-8699.

Hispanic Outreach:


New Student Orientation and Registration

Located in the Student Access and Success Center at 2200 Campbell Street. The New Student Orientation and Registration program is the first step for all newly admitted students. Orientation is designed to make this transition a smooth and enjoyable experience by addressing the common needs of incoming students. New Student Orientation is designed to provide first-year and transfer students with the opportunity to become familiar with the campus services; meet faculty, staff and current students; learn about campus activities and organizations; receive academic advising; and register for classes. New Student Orientation is a mandatory step for all new students.

Parents who choose to attend the orientation program have their own activities and have opportunities to meet key faculty and administrative personnel for an exchange of questions and ideas. Parent attendance is not mandatory.

New Student Orientation programs are offered prior to the fall and spring semesters. Students will be provided with dates upon their acceptance to the University. Before attending an orientation, a student must be fully accepted to the university, have completed and met Texas Success Initiative requirements by either taking the THEA or other acceptable placement test (or have documentation of being exempt), and complete the orientation reservation process. There is a $100 orientation fee that will be assessed to all new students who are required to attend orientation. The fee will be posted to the student’s account upon registration for courses. If the student receives financial aid, scholarship or other financial assistance funds, these may cover the fee, otherwise the student is responsible for payment of the fee. If students are attending an off-campus location or teaching site, they should contact that location directly for specific orientation information pertinent to that program.

Another opportunity offered through New Student Orientation and Registration is the Lion Camp experience. Student leaders serve as camp counselors who facilitate activities, discussions, games, and presentations. During Lion Camp, new students develop friendships, an awareness of their personal values, and essential survival skills as well as discover how to use the university services to maximize their strengths and success. Lion Camp occurs after the residence halls open before classes begin for the fall.



Offices of the Dean of Campus Life and Student Development

The Dean of Campus Life and Student Development (CLSD) at A&M University-Commerce is committed to the development of a seamless learning environment in which information learned in the classroom and activities outside the classroom are integrated. This holistic approach is designed to help students get involved and take control of their education. Each of the program areas within the offices of Campus Life and Student Development has a specific mission, but one common goal: to provide education, outreach, and support to you.

The Dean serves as the Student Service Fee Advisory Committee chair and works with faculty and professional staff on a variety of issues.

Children’s Learning Center (CLC)

A licensed, 4-Star Desingated learning center/day care is located on campus.  Instruction and care is provided for children ages six weeks to five years of age.  The CLC also offers an after-school program during the school year and an exciting KID CAMP during the 10 week summer sessions.  The CLC provides a developmentally appropriate curriculum and equipment for all children in a consistent learning environment.  The CLC offers the CCAMPIS (Child Care Access Means Parents in School) Grant each semester to undergraduate financial aid recipients. The CLC prides itself on quality care and an academic environment.  For more information on the Children's Learning Center, you can reach the director by calling 903-886-5769 or on the web at .

Student Health Center

Medical services are available at the Student Health Service Office, located in Henderson Hall, to students who are currently attending classes at A&M-Commerce. Services include diagnosis and treatment of minor illnesses, minor injuries, minor surgery, x-ray and lab procedures. Students are seen Monday thru Friday from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM; after hour illnesses, car accidents and other emergencies may be seen at the local hospital at the expense of the student. Walk-in appointments are available; however, students are encouraged to call 903-886-5853 to call and schedule an appointment.

Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination Requirement

The State of Texas has passed a new law (HR 4189) that will require all first-time freshman and transfer students who wish to live in campus residence halls or apartments to have a vaccination against bacterial meningitis. All first-time freshmen and transfer students wishing to live on campus after January 1, 2010 must provide the following before moving into campus housing:

1. Certification from a physician evidencing that the student has been vaccinated at least ten (10) days prior to moving into the residence halls; or

2. An affidavit or a certificate from a physician stating that the vaccination would be injurious to the health and well being of the student or stating that the vaccination has been declined for reasons of conscience. Contact Residential Living and Learning for help obtaining the affidavit.

Department of Residential Living and Learning

A&M-Commerce can accommodate approximately 1,800 single students and 100 families in campus housing. The costs for these facilities are reasonable, and the facilities are varied to meet different lifestyle alternatives. Staff members provide residents with services and programs that are structured to assist and develop a positive living and learning environment.

Residency Requirement

The housing residency requirement stipulates that all beginning single undergraduate students who are not commuting from the home of their parents or legal guardian must reside in University housing (residence halls) and to purchase a University meal plan. Students planning to live at home in Commerce or the immediate vicinity are required to file a notarized Commuting Authorization form with the Department of Residence Life prior to registration. Students must notify the Department of Residence Life of any change in name or address. For cost information regarding both single and family housing, please contact the Department of Residence Life, Texas A&M-Commerce, P.O. Box 3011, Commerce, TX 75429 or call 903-886-5797. Additional information is available at the department’s website at .

Single Housing

Single student housing provides students with the opportunity to experience the advantages of on-campus living. Single students will have the opportunity to select from co-ed, Greek, a small female hall, single or double room assignments, and apartment facilities. Each of these facilities will offer unique opportunities for students.

Cable television, central air and heat, and ethernet connections are provided in each room. Mail service is provided in Smith, Whitley, Berry and the New Pride Apartments. Housing is available on a limited basis when classes are not in session. Residents may be asked to consolidate during break periods and will be charged a fee for the entire break period.

Once a single student application and $100 deposit is received applicants will receive an assignment letter and room and meal plan contracts prior to the beginning of the semester.

Family Housing

Two-bedroom apartments are available in family housing. Family housing students are required to rent a post office box on campus because mail delivery is not available in these facilities. Some apartments are furnished and the rent includes all utilities.

Once a family housing application and a $100 deposit is received, applicants will receive an assignment letter and a housing contract prior to the beinning of the semester.

Counseling Center

The Counseling Center provides free services to currently enrolled University students. Counselors are available to listen, lend support and help students meet the daily challenges of college life.  Programs and services are offered that will help students maximize their potential for personal and academic success.  Services include individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, and consultation and referral.  Legal assistance, educational outreach, biofeedback, and a relaxation room are also available.  Confidentiality is respected, and counseling records are not included as part of a student's academic record.  For more information about services or to schedule an appointment, com by the Counseling Center in the Halladay Student Services Building, Room 204, or contact 903-886-5145.  We encourage all students to take advantage of the services the Counseling Center has to offer.  Sometimes a little help can make a big difference!

Assistant Dean of Campus Life and Student Development

The Assistant Dean has the responsibility to educate the campus community regarding standards for student conduct and to foster a community of civility, integrity, dignity, respect for others and appreciation for diversity. The office is responsible for the administration of the student discipline system, student concerns, and the Behavior Intervention Team. The overall goal is to support the student in the most appropriate manner that fosters growth and development while addressing the behavioral misconduct or concern in a manner that fosters growth and development while addressing the behavioral misconduct or concern in a manner that educates and guides the student. The office serves as a resource for students concerning their rights and resposibilities to their community, as well as providing assistance to faculty, staff, and students regarding student disciplinary matters, behavioral issues, or student concerns in general. Additionally, the Assistant Dean works collaboratively with other departments across campus to provide special programs that are designed to enrich and enhance the campus community.

Sam Rayburn Student Center (SRSC)

With over 92,000 square feet of space for leisure enjoyment, facilities for meetings, banquets, and conferences, the SRSC seeks to be the hub of activity for campus. The SRSC serves as the center of campus life and encourages students, faculty, staff, and the community to come together.

The first floor features many services for the campus community, including lost and found and an information reception area. For fun, The Club provides nightly entertainment and hosts a recreation room with pool tables and the latest in electronic games. If you need a special gift, supplies, snacks, or books—the Campus Bookstore and Convenience Store is located there. A Food Court complete with Grill 151 and Einstein Brothers Deli are right across from The Club and next to the Campus Dining Room. If you need large-scale printing, posters, or specially imprinted gifts or awards, the Pride Shop is there to help you design and impress!

The second floor houses the offices for Student Activities and Leadership, which includes student organizations, the Campus Activities Board, Greek Life, The Golden Leos (the student ambassadors for the University), and Student Government. This is a place for the campus community to come together to create new programs, ideas, and projects. Their mission is to promote student learning, involvement, and success. Activities sponsored by student organizations and university departments in the SRSC include major events by nationally known entertainers, lectures, movies, cultural, social, and recreational programs and activities. A list of A&M-Commerce’s student organizations can be found in the Student’s Guidebook. The second floor also houses the SRSC administration, scheduling, and Campus Dining. A unique feature is our Monster Studio which is a digital video production studio where students can create training and promotional materials for their organizations and events.

The Center for Applied Leadership

The Center for Applied Leadership exists to equip people to answer one question:

"What will you do TODAY that changes the world?" To that end the CAL provides specialized opportunities to learn more about StrengthsQuest, leadership solutions, problem solving and communication. Through proven programs like Toastmasters, Adventure Programs and Equine Interactive Leadership- participants learn through experience how best to lead and creat change.

Located in 203 Halladay, the CAL produce videos, write mobile apps and provides face to face consulting in a broad range of leadership areas for community, corporate and campus groups.


Programs and Services

Academic Success Center

The Academic Success Center (ASC) is focused on providing academic resources to help each student reach their intellectual potential and achieve academic success. Tutoring programs for selected CORE courses include Supplemental Instruction, Mobile Academic Success Center in Whitley residence hall, and walk-in tutoring in the library. See the ASC website for day, time and location information. Additionally, there are excellent resources available on the ASC website to increase your ability to study effectively, facilitate time management strategies, and enhance your learning.

It is everyone's goal to walk across the stage and recieve their diploma. The time and effort behind that diploma is the real success. The ASC tutoring programs are available to help develop the skills required to reach those academic goals. Undergraduate students who meet application criteria provide the tutoring services. Application form and criteria information may be found on the ASC website: .

Career Services

(903) 468-3223

Office Hours: M-F, 8am-5pm

Student Access and Success Center, Room 152

What will I major in?  What am I going to do when I graduate? Where will I work?  These are big decisions a college student will need to make.  Career Development is here to help you along the way from freshmen to graduate.  We are here for you!  Take advantage of these opportunities to “Make the Connection” with Career Development:

·        My Plan - ( ) web based career assessment system that is easy to use.  Whether you are deciding/changing a major or narrowing your major career options, MyPlan should be in your plans.  Call our office today and ask for the FREE code.

·        Career Counseling - a one-on-one opportunity for you to have your MyPlan interpreted by a career professional and obtain direction with clear and practical decision making tools. Call to schedule an appointment.

·        Job Search -  programs and events provide professional development opportunities  such as resume/cover letter critique, mock interview, job fairs, business etiquette dinner, groundhog job shadow day, on-campus interview and job search workshops. These are offered throughout each semester.

·        Lion Tracks ( ) is an online system that connects you to potential employers.  You may search updated full-time, part-time, internship and co-op job opportunities.  You may upload your resumes and cover letters.  Employers may view your resumes and post their job announcements.  Lion Tracks also features our upcoming calendar of events and job fair employer  participant lists.

The Writing Center

Hall of Languages 106

(903) 886-5280

The Writing Center (a.k.a.- The Communication Skills Center) is located in the Hall of Languages on the east side of the campus. As you come in the main Hall of the Languages entrance, the Center is on the right (room 106).

Since 1977, the Writing Center at Texas A&M University-Commerce has been committed to assisting writers at all levels. By working with students on-on-one or in small groups, tutors help writers at all stages of the writing process from brainstorming to polishing a final draft.  Our goal is to improve student writers through improving their individual writing abilities.  The ultimate goal is for students to take advantage of the learning inherent in the writing process.

Hours vary, but typically the Writing Center is open Monday-Thursday 9-4 and Friday 9-1.  Online students may take advantage of our Online Writing Lab; more information about the Online Writing Lab (OWL) can be found here:

Writing Center services are free and available to all undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty members.  No appointment is necessary, but during midterms and finals, appointments are encouraged.

Honors College

The Honors College is administered by the Dean of Honors, who also serves as chapter sponsor for Texas Lambda Chapter of Alpha Chi (a national honors society), and as faculty advisor for the Student Honors Council.


Students will be admitted into the Honors College as they begin their first (freshman) year at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Although there are not strict cut-off scores for admission to the college, competition for spaces is intense. Generally, students should have ACT scores of 27 or higher and/or SAT scores (critical reading and mathematics) of 1200 or higher, and be in the top 10% of their class if they intend to apply for admission to the Honors College. However, exceptions can be made. For instance, a valedictorian with an SAT score of 1170 should consider applying for admission. The final step of the admission process is an interview.

Honors Courses

Honors College students will take approximately 25% of their course work in Honors sections. Honors sections will be designated with an H on the course schedule and may only be enrolled in with Honors or Departmental permission. Enrollment in these sections will be capped at 20. Honors College students should consult with the Dean of the Honors College and a departmental advisor before registration each semester.

Instructors for honors sections will be carefully chosen by Department Heads in consultation with the Dean of the Honors College. These faculty will have reputations for excellence in teaching and a direct interest in teaching honors students.

Honors Probation

Upon admission, Honors students are required to maintain a minimum 3.3 cumulative GPA. Students whose cumulative GPA falls between 3.0 and 3.29 will be assigned Honors Probationary status, that allows them to raise their GPA while continuing to enjoy the benefits of the Honors College. An exception is allowed for first-semester freshmen who may be assigned probationary status with a GPA between 2.7 and 3.29. Students may be on probation for a maximum of two consecutive semesters.

Honors Thesis

The honors experience culminates in an Honors Thesis. The Honors Thesis is an opportunity to pursue an area of interest in much greater detail than usually afforded in class. A thesis can consist of library research, original research, or be a creative project. The thesis can count as course work in the student’s degree program. The department courses numbered 490H and 491H are reserved for use in the students’ major departments in designing their plans of individual study as candidates for graduation with Honors. A thesis proposal must be approved before the student moves on to the final thesis project.

Honors College students must complete an Honors Thesis to graduate from the University with a bachelor’s degree. Students who withdraw from the Honors College before enrolling for their fifth semester at Texas A&M University-Commerce will not be held to this requirement.


Honors graduates are rewarded by being given a Presidential reception as they near graduation and are awarded special recognition at the graduation ceremony. In addition, the level of honors is noted on the graduate’s diploma and transcript. Students in the Honors College may register for all courses at the time of graduate student registration.

Honors Scholar Program

Students entering the Honors Program between Fall 1993 and Spring 2007 must fulfill the following four requirements to graduate with an Honors degree:

  1. Complete two Honors courses (See the Honors Director to be permitted into one of these courses).
  2. Take one semester of Honors Colloquium (HC 400) for one semester credit hour sometime during the student’s stay at A&M-Commerce. (Evaluation will be through a series of short reaction papers).
  3. Complete Honors Reading (491) and Honors Thesis (490) courses of three credits each. Students must submit the thesis and pass an oral exam to graduate with the appropriate level of Honors (Honors, High Honors, Highest Honors).
  4. Attain a minimum 3.25 GPA at the time of graduation.

Students interested in entering the Honors Scholar Program after Spring 2007 should consult with the Dean of the Honors College. For additional information, visit the Honors Web Page at:

Mathematics Skills Center

The Mathematics Skills Center primarily provides assistance for students enrolled in entry and developmental level mathematics courses. Most student workers in the Math Skills Center are also capable of providing assistance for students enrolled in calculus courses. Located in Binnion Hall, room 328, the Math Skills Center offers one-on-one tutoring throughout the day and includes evening tutoring on nights when developmental and entry level math classes are held. Lab hours vary each semester. Call for posted hours.

Services other than tutoring which are offered in the Math Skills Center include calculator assistance and computer software programs which supplement entry and developmental level mathematics textbooks. The Math Skills Center has an attached computer lab in Binnion 327, which is accessible through Binnion 328.

Students or faculty interested in further information are welcome to call the Math Skills Center at 886-5961. Also, the Director of the Math Skills Center is available to answer questions or discuss concerns with the Math Skills Center. Call Pamela Webster, Director, at 886-5950 or see her in Binnion 315.

Office of Student Assessment and Evaluation

Exams administered by this office include the American College Test (ACT), Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT and SAT II), the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA), Texas Exam for Educator Standards (TExES); the Junior Level Essay (JLE), the General Educational Development (GED), the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), and the College Level Examination Program (CLEP).

Additional information about any of these exams can be provided by calling the Student Assessment Office at 903-886-5122.

International Studies Program (Study Abroad)

Texas A&M University-Commerce promotes a number of international studies programs as part of its globalization strategy. Students have the opportunity to participate in the British Studies Program (London), Spanish Culture and Language in Spain (Madrid or Valladolid), Bilingual/ESL Education (Cuernavaca, Mexico) and Global Business (China).  Other programs are available in Australia, Austria, China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Peru, Russian, South Africa, and Spain. For information on these and other international studies programs, contact the director of International Studies at 903-468-6034.

International Student Office


The International Student Office offers assistance to international students and exchange visitors in regard to academic, personal, and immigration-related concerns and refers them to other offices (on or off campus) as needed. Services provided by the International Student Office include an international new student orientation, informational workshops, coordination of special activities, liaison with the Department of Homeland Security and Department of State regarding nonimmigrant students and exchange visitors, documentation for travel, employment authorization, extension of stay, etc. The International Student Office also handles the issuance of Forms I-20 and DS-2019 to nonimmigrant students and exchange who have been officially admitted or invited to the University. For more information, contact John Mark Jones; phone 903-886-5097; fax 903-468-3200; E-mail .


University Institutional Advancement

This division of the university serves as the creative force that articulates a passion for the University, inspiring others to be generous in their giving and loyal in their support. It includes three areas: development (fund raising), marketing communications (including KETR) and alumni relations. Development

The purpose of the Development Office is to acquire gifts for scholarships, endowments, fellowships, research, capital improvements, and other programs. This is achieved through solicitation of individuals, corporations and foundations, direct mail, employee gifts (Bridge Builders), as well as special campaigns.

With the support of the Advancement Services department, the development office also maintains, organizes, plans and develops activities for the Texas A&M University-Commerce Foundation Board of Directors. Acquisition and disbursement of all gifts are monitored by the development office.


The Foundation was established in 1970 to assist the University in seeking and administering private sector support. Its assets are managed through The A&M University System and there is an A&M-Commerce board of directors who lead efforts to solicit gifts from corporations, foundations, government granting agencies, alumni and other individuals.

Alumni Relations

This office is responsible for building and maintaining relationships with the University’s 60,000-plus alumni. Alumni Relations provides administrative support for the Texas A&M University-Commerce Alumni Association as well as special services to individual alumni and alumni groups.

Alumni Relations assists Marketing Communications in producing The Pride, a twice-yearly magazine for alumni and friends of the University. The office also plans and executes alumni events such as class and organization reunions, homecoming weekend, commencement receptions, alumni chapter activities, the alumni directory, alumni awards and recognition, alumni-funded scholarships, alumni ambassadors, distinguished alumni and other programs.

Marketing Communications

The Marketing Communications department develops and implements the strategic marketing efforts for the university including the design, production, and implementation of all advertising, branding, marketing materials, Public Relations, as well as design and maintenance of the university’s website. The department supervises the operation of the on-campus public radio station KETR 88.9 FM and coordinates the University’s collegiate licensing program. Marketing Communications is responsible for the university's integrated marketing strategy, communicating information about the university’s activities, events, programs and people. The department includes graphic designers, publications and news writers, media specialists, web management, photographers and videographers, and serves as the University’s official liaison with the news media. The department is also responsible for the graphics standards and branding as well as crisis communications. This office also publishes several faculty/staff and alumni-related newsletters.

Marketing Communications designs and produces all of the promotional materials for the University including the publication of the PRIDE magazine, the President’s Report and all university, college and department promotional materials including brochures, newsletters, flyers and other collateral materials. This office also oversees the university website and works closely with other departments and organizations in the maintenance of their web pages.

The department oversees the collegiate licensing efforts of the University.

As part of the Marketing Communications department, the 100,000-watt KETRFM 88.9 Public Radio station provides local and nationally produced news, sports, weather, public affairs, and national programming. The KETR staff includes the general manager, news director, program manager, and program producer as well as volunteers and students from the University’s Radio/Television department. The KETR digital signal broadcasts to a 75-100 mile radius of the University and is also online at . The KETR studios along with the Marketing Communication offices are located on the first floor of Binnion Hall, facing Education Drive.


University Police Department

This office provides police services and all security functions for the university. The University Police Department also provides many services for the faculty, staff, students and visitors on campus. The department is responsible for investigation of criminal activity, crime prevention programs, safety awareness, public service assistance for motorists, event security and parking enforcement. The department is responsible for the enforcement of university parking regulations as well as motor vehicle laws. All motor vehicles parking on campus must be registered with the department and the parking permit properly displayed.

Officers of the department are certified by the State of Texas as commissioned peace officers, and have full law enforcement authority.

The University Police Department is open 24 hours a day for assistance. The office is located on the first floor of Henderson Hall on Monroe Street. Emergency— 911; Non-Emergency—903-886-5868. For a copy of crime statistics, call or come by the UPD, or visit us online at .