Special Services and Opportunities
Click on any of the following links for information:
- Enrollment and Retention Division Offices
- The University College
- Honors College
- Campus Life and Student Development Programs
- University Institutional Advancement
- University Police Department
- Safe Spaces Ally Project
Located in the Student Access and Success Center at 2200 Campbell Street, the departments in Enrollment Management and Retention effectively recruit, enroll and retain 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.
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.
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/Degreeworks Coordinator, also located in the Registrar’s Office, is responsible for the certification of university candidates for graduation. For more information, please contact the Registrar's office at 903-886-5068 or visit our website at: http://www.tamuc.edu/admissions/registrar/default.aspx.
Located in the Student Access and Success Center in the Registrar's Office at 2200 Campbell Street, the Veterans and Military Services Office administers Veteran's Administration educational benefit programs for veterans and their dependents that 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 or visiting our website at: http://www.tamuc.edu/admissions/veteransAffairs/default.aspx
Through the University of North Texas
Texas A&M University-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
Aerospace Studies, Department Chair
1155 Union Circle #310977
Denton, TX 76203-5400
The courses which may be taken in this AFROTC program are located below.
Courses in Aerospace Studies
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.
Located in the Student Access and Success Center at 2200 Campbell Street, Direct Student Access, is a critical unit dedicated to helping to serve students and improve their experiences with obtaining information regarding services provided by the offices involved in our division and the greater university community. Specifically, questions regarding Financial Aid and Scholarships, Registration, New Student Orientation, Admissions and Hispanic Outreach are commonly answered at our front counter. Our switchboard directs students to the appropriate offices based on communicated needs. We consistently evaluate student experiences and our processes to develop ways to streamline and improve them via data driven decision making and student feedback. Please contact us at 903.886.5102 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Texas A&M University-Commerce is dedicated to helping students attain a quality education. Numerous university scholarships are available to assist students with the costs associated with higher education. The general university scholarship application is accessed through the student myLEO portal. 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 students who have been admitted into the University may apply for scholarships. There are priority deadlines for aid with limited funding. Information on priority deadlines can be found on the Financial Aid and Scholarships website at: www.tamuc.edu/financialaid.
Freshman Entering Texas A&M-Commerce—Effective with the 2017-2018 year, incoming freshman students who have been admitted to the University by April 15th, except those admitted through the Program fo System Admission (PSA) program* are will automatically be considered for one of two freshman scholarships. Eligibility for a Freshman Access and Success Scholarships is based on the student’s class ranking. The academic scholarships available to entering freshman are the: Blue and Gold, Presidential, and the Mane Freshmen Achievement Scholarship. The automatic review process does not guarantee that a student will receive a scholarship offer since funding is very limited. We encourage all students to complete the General Scholarship Application in the myLEO student portal for other university scholarships. Additional information is available at the Financial Aid and Scholarships website at:http://www.tamuc.edu/scholarships.
Transfer Students—Students who have submitted official college transcripts to the Office of Admissions and have been admitted to the University will automatically be considered for a transfer scholarship if they meet at least the minimum of 45 college-level credit hours and minimum 3.0 GPA requirements. The automatic review process does not guarantee that a student will receive a scholarship offer since funding is very limited.
If you are Phi Theta Kappa Member, official documentation stating that you are a Phi Theta Kappa member will need to be sent to the Undergraduate Admissions Office. Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships are limited based on available funding. Additional information is available at the Financial Aid and Scholarships website at:www.tamuc.edu/financialaid.
Graduate Students—While graduate student scholarships are limited, admitted graduate students are encouraged to apply by completing the General Scholarship Application. Access to the scholarships application is available through the myLEO student portal.
There are many other university endowments/departmental scholarships in which a Scholarship Application is required. We encourage all students to complete the Scholarship Application through the myLeo portal.
A student planning to enroll at Texas A&M University-Commerce who seeks financial aid should complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA). The FAFSA is completed on line at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Students who are not able to complete the FAFSA due to their immigration status may be able to file the Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA). Requirements to complete the TASFA include Texas residency and eligibility to pay the Texas in-state tuition rate, not as the result of a waiver such as an in-state scholarship or an assistantship. Additional information on financial aid programs, requirements, etc. is available at: www.tamuc.edu/financialaid.
Most financial aid granted at Texas A&M University-Commerce is based upon a student’s financial need and is awarded on a priority basis according to the FAFSA completion date in our office. Dependent students who do not demonstrate financial need may be eligible for the Federal Student Unsubsidized Direct Stafford Loan and for the Federal Parent PLUS Loan. More information about the Parents PLUS Loan and how to apply is available atwww.studentloans.gov. Programs with limited funding (TPEG, FSEOG, CWS, and other grants, but not the Federal 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. The state of Texas has set the priority deadline for the Texas Grant and the Top 10% Scholarship program for renewals only to be March 15th. The priority deadline for other grants, except Pell, is March 31st. Academic progress and scholastic standing are taken into consideration when aid is awarded. Recipients are required to maintain and complete the number of hours for which they are paid. Pro-rated repayment of aid is expected from students who withdraw or drop hours. Information on requirements, priority deadlines, standards of academic progress for financial aid eligibility can be found atwww.tamuc.edu/financialaid.
Withdrawing on Financial Aid/Return of Title IV Aid
A student who receives Federal Student Aid (Title IV aid) and withdraws, or receives semester grades of all F’s, or is suspended from the University during a term in which the student began attendance, will have his or her financial aid eligibility recalculated as prescribed by the 1998 amendments to the Higher Education Act of 1965.
Federal Student Aid (Title IV aid) is earned in a prorated manner on a per diem basis up to and through the 60% point in the term. After the 60% point of the term, 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 Federal Government (Title IV program(s)). The University, as well as the student, may be required to return the unearned portion of the Title IV funds to the Federal government. When the University returns its unearned portion of the Title IV funds, a portion of the student's 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. As a result of this process, the student may owe both the University and the Federal government.
Students, who are considering withdrawing, should contact the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships for a thorough explanation regarding the consequences of dropping/withdrawing and how it can impact their Financial Aid. Students who withdraw will be on financial aid suspension for when they register in a new semester. Approval is required from a finanical aid representative to process the withdrawal request. Additional information on the Return of Title IV Aid policy, including examples, is available from the Financial Aid Office. This policy is accessible on the A&M-Commerce Financial Aid and Scholarships website: www.tamuc.edu/financialaid.
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 receiving financial aid. The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships has outlined the Satisfactory Academic Progress on the website atwww.tamuc.edu/financialaid.
For additional information, visit the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships website atwww.tamuc.edu/financialaid. A copy of the policy is also available in the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships located in the Student Access and Success Center.
Located in the Student Access and Success Center at 2200 Campbell Street, the mission of the Office of Hispanic Outreach and Retention is to raise greater awareness of the importance of higher education among groups and individuals at high schools, community colleges, and in the general community with a special focus on the Hispanic community. Office staff advise prospective Hispanic students and families on the college application process, how to finance an education, and the student support services available to ensure their success. Our office is responsible for coordinating and implementing various outreach activities and educational programs in an effort to enhance the University’s diverse enrollment. The Office of Hispanic Outreach and Retention can be reached via e-mail at HispanicOutreach@tamuc.edu or by calling our bilingual (English/Spanish) line at 903-886-5185.
Office of First-Year & Transition Programs
The Office of First-Year & Transition Programs in located in the Student Access and Success Center. This office serves as one of the first steps for prospective students and all newly admitted students. This office is responsible for overseeing the Campus Visits program, New Student Orientation, and Transition Programs.
The Campus Visits program is designed to provide prospective students the opportunity to come to campus, take a tour, and visit with various departments and resources. Campus Visits are available every weekday at 10AM and 2PM. Within the Campus Visits program, junior high, high school, and community organizations can request School/Community Visits to bring a group of students to experience A&M-Commerce. These are scheduled on weekdays as available.
Mane Event Preview Day serves as our largest prospective student on-campus event. Every fall and spring, A&M-Commerce will showcase various areas of the University ranging from academics to campus activities. Participants have an opportunity to speak with representatives from Undergraduate Admissions, Residential Living and Learning, Financial Aid & Scholarships, Veterans & Military Services, Hispanic Outreach & Retention, and a multitude of student organizations. Faculty members also prepare interactive sessions that will provide a glimpse into the 140+ degree programs and majors we have to offer.
New Student Orientation is designed to make the transition to A&M-Commerce 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 undergraduate students. New Student Orientation is an important step in becoming a part of the A&M-Commerce family. There is a $125 Student Orientation Fee for Freshmen and a $100 student orientation Fee for Transfer Students. This fee will be posted to the student’s account upon completion of New Student Orientation requirement. If the student receives financial aid, scholarship, or other financial assistance funds, these may assist in covering the fee, otherwise the student is responsible for payment of the fee.
While parents and guests are not required to attend New Student Orientation with their student, programming is available for those who choose to attend. The Parent & Guest Orientation track provides an opportunity to meet key faculty and administrative personnel, as well as other college parents, while hearing about campus resources. There is a $35 Parent & Guest Orientation Fee per guest due prior to attending the New Student Orientation session.
New Student Orientation is offered prior to the fall and spring semesters. Students will be provided with dates upon their acceptance to the University. A student must be fully accepted to the University before they are able to attend a New Student Orientation session. Student must also have completed and met the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirements by taking the TSI Assessment or provide documentation of exemption. Lastly, each student needs to provide evidence of compliance with the State of Texas Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination requirement (SB 1107). All New Student Orientation reservations are completed online through the student’s myLEO account.
Students enrolled in one of A&M-Commerce’s online only degree programs (100% online) or at one of our off-site locations should contact the academic college advisor or the specific off-site location Director/Coordinator for New Student Orientation information pertinent to that specific program. These students will complete an Online Orientation that includes interactive information regarding the services available and identifies links to webpages, telephone numbers, and campus resources and departments.
Once students move on campus, Lion Camp is the first program for new Lions. Lion Camp takes place the Thursday, Friday, and Saturday before classes start in the fall. The Orientation Team and Lion Camp volunteers facilitate programming for all new students including activities, discussions, games, and presentations. During Lion Camp, new students develop friendships, an awareness of their personal values, and essential transition skills, as well as discover how to use the University resources to maximize their strengths and success.
After Lion Camp, the office sponsors various Transition Programs throughout the academic year to assist in a new student’s journey through A&M-Commerce. These programs are designed to continually assistance students in their success beyond the start of the semester. These programs are open to both new and current students.
The Office of First-Year & Transition Programs can be reached via phone at 903.886.5088. If contacting by email, please use the appropriate email found below:
New Student Orientation – email@example.com
Campus Visits/Mane Event Preview Day – firstname.lastname@example.org
Transition Programs – FirstYearTrac@tamuc.edu
Find the Office of First-Year & Transition Programs online at http://www.tamuc.edu/orientation
Located in the Student Access and Success Center at 2200 Campbell Street, The University College provides entering undergraduate students access to guidance and services necessary for success at the University and coordinates the Texas Core Curriculum courses that will assist them throughout as they become life-long learners. The University College supports the University’s vision through application of high academic standards, high quality programs and a personal educational experience for each student. Signature Courses, the First-Year TRAC (Transforming Relationships & Academic Connections), the University's Common Read, Mentor Groups, the First-Year Leadership Class, and Early Intervention are some of the programs provided by the University College. Units within the College also include: The Testing Center, Success Coaches, and Developmental Education. Contact the office at 903-886-5878 or email email@example.com.
Basic Skills Policy
A&M-Commerce assesses the academic skills of each entering undergraduate student to determine readiness for college-level work, per state law.
Students found to be unready for college-level work will be enrolled in the appropriate developmental courses to prepare them for college-level work. Continuous enrollment in developmental courses is required until developmental courses are completed with a “C” or better.
Beginning fall 2014, developmental work will count towards a student’s GPA. Poor grades can lead to academic suspension/probation and affect financial aid status.
Upon completion of developmental work (ENG 100) in English, students must enroll in and remain enrolled in ENG 1301 until completion. Students can be simultaneously enrolled in both ENG 100 and ENG 1301. Students not requiring developmental work in English must enroll in ENG 1301 until completion.
Upon completion of developmental work in mathematics (PJCM 300 and/or MATH 131), students majoring in programs in the College of Business and Entrepreneurship (CBE), College of Education and Human Services (COEHS), and the College of Science, Engineering and Agriculture (COSEA) must begin the appropriate college math sequence for their programs. Students in all three colleges must be continuously enrolled in mathematics until their full math requirements have been met.
Contact the Dean of The University College with questions at 903-886-5878.
University College Success Coaches
University College and its Success Coaches serve two distinct populations of students at Texas A&M University-Commerce:
Students just out of high school or entering higher education for the first time, regardless of college hours earned by examination or dual credit, until they meet the following conditions:
A. Complete their first academic year at A&M-Commerce;
B. Complete twenty-four semester hours of credit bearing courses; and
C. Satisfy the Texas Success Initiative requirements - https://nextcoursecatalog.tamuc.edu/undergrad/administrative-procedures/#texas_success_initiative_TSI
Transfer students will be advised by a Success Coach until they meet the following conditions:
A. Complete thirty semester hours of credit bearing courses, whether at Texas A&M-Commerce or elsewhere; and
B. TSI Complete - https://nextcoursecatalog.tamuc.edu/undergrad/administrative-procedures/#texas_success_initiative_TSI
When students meet the benchmarks listed above, their Success Coach will refer them to the appropriate college and/or department for future advising. Success Coaches will notify each student and their receiving college and/or department at the time that they meet these conditions.
Students and their Success Coaches are partners in meeting the essential learning outcomes that support student success. The partnership requires participation and involvement of both the Success Coach and student. In this partnership both the Success Coach and student have well-defined responsibilities.
Expected Student Learning Outcomes for Student Interaction with Success Coaches
Through the interaction with Success Coaches at Texas A&M University-Commerce,
- Students will be able to articulate a basic understanding of degree requirements.
- Students will be able to articulate a basic understanding of the University’s primary academic tools, policies and procedures.
- Students will be able to articulate a basic understanding of general education core requirements.
- Students will be exposed to the value of life-long learning.
First-Year Leadership Class (FLC)
The First Year Leadership Class is a two-semester, two-credit hour course focused on leadership development, service and multiculturalism. FLC is a living and learning community that creates a close-knit Texas A&M University-Commerce environment, equipping students with the personal leadership skills and education necessary to lead throughout their college experience. Students receive a $2000 per semester tuition scholarship for their first year and live together in campus housing. The First-Year Leadership Class truly inspires participants to take an active role in the campus and Commerce community. Requires application; contact Leadership Engagement & Development (L.E.A.D.) with questions at 903-468-3046 or mailto:LEAD@tamuc.edu
The Testing Center
This unit administers various national, state and local testing instruments. Office effectiveness is measured by expansion and modification of services, as well as by volume of traffic and students assisted. The office also promotes college readiness through cooperation with public schools, academic departments and other campus offices in highlighting readiness issues.
Some of the exams administered by this office include the American College Test (ACT), Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT and SAT II), TSI Assessment, the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA), Texas Exam for Educator Standards (TExES); 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.
The math skills center serves students requiring remediation in mathematics. This program involves close cooperation with the department of mathematics. One of the main emphases of this cooperation has been ensuring greater access to college-level math for entering students. The result has been an increased percentage of first-year students completing college-level math. The other area of cooperation has been in experimentation with delivery and pedagogy in developmental math (MATH 131). Both efforts contributed to institutional effectiveness by helping increase retention and decrease time to graduation. The reading and writing falls under the Department of Literature and Languages but offers similar support.
Additional Student Resources and Services
Testing Center: http://www.tamuc.edu/academics/testingOffice/default.aspx
The First-Year TRAC
The First-Year TRAC is a program designed to help first-time freshmen students transition to college life. Since there is more to a rewarding college experience than excelling academically, the First-Year TRAC helps ensure students are engaging with their experience in all that ways that studies show will ensure success.
As part of the First-Year TRAC students will:
- Attend New Student Orientation
- Attend Lion Camp
- Participate in a mentor group
- Take a Signature Course with a distinguished professor
- Read the University’s Book in Common
- Attend First-Year TRAC events on campus
Signature Courses are engaging, dynamic courses reserved for first-year freshmen enrolled in the University College. These courses should highlight the faculty member’s passion for the topic and communicate knowledge on that topic for a general first-year student. Ideal Signature Courses include interactive student engagement including, for example, group projects, oral presentations, group discussion, proposals/ sales pitches, and other active, experiential learning strategies.
Signature Courses must meet the following Core Curriculum objectives:
- In written, oral, and/or visual communication, students will communicate in a manner appropriate to audience and occasion, with an evident message and organizational structure.
- Students will be able to analyze, evaluate, or solve problems when given a set of circumstances, data, texts, or art.
- Students will demonstrate an understanding of societal and/or civic issues.
Students enrolled in Signature Courses will participate in “The Lionizing,” a culminating semester-end event where they will present a project from the course in the genre of the instructor’s choice.
Upon enrolling in the university, all first-time freshman students will be assigned to a Mentor House led by a peer mentor. Attendance at Mentor House meetings and programming are required of first-year students enrolled in the University College.
The University’s Common Read
Each academic year the University selects a Common Read with which the campus will read and engage. If funds permit, students enrolled in the University College will be invited to present a project on the Common Read that demonstrates their understanding of the text. Students who participate in these presentations will be entered into a contest to go on a university-sponsored trip to Washington, D.C. during Spring Break of their freshman year.
The Honors College, located in Prairie Crossing, 1809 Monroe Street, is an honors learning community of 200 students, with 50 full-ride academic scholarships awarded to incoming freshmen each year. These students take roughly half their core courses in Honors sections, attend a series of colloquia, and complete a thesis project. Although classes are a key part to the learning experience, also emphasized are the many learning opportunities that exist outside of the classroom. An Honors learning community, in keeping with the “personal educational experience,” is fostered by housing Honors College students in the modern and attractive Prairie Crossing apartments. Many late night study and chat sessions invariably enhance the learning experiences of students. On and off campus programs are scheduled to provide educational and experiential opportunities. For students who are not in the Honors College, the Honors Scholar Program provides opportunities to take courses in the Honors sections, and engage in high level creative and critical thinking. It provides students with many of the same academic benefits and requirements as the Honors College and allows them to graduate with honors. Honors Scholars have the opportunity to enter at virtually any point in their university studies. Contact the Honors College at 903-468-3001 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students will be admitted into the Honors College as they begin their first (freshman) year at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Admission to the Honors College (and Regents Scholar Program) is a two-step process. Class rank (at the time of application), test scores (composite, not super scores), and the essay rating (up to 5 points) are used to create an application score to determine if a student moves to the interview stage of the application process (If a student has taken both the ACT and SAT only the higher of the two composite scores will be used in the score calculation). The second step of the admission process is an interview with the Honors Scholarship committee
All students will be required to complete 6 semester hours in Honors-designated courses. This will complete the first requirement for students who wish to pursue an honors thesis as part of the honors scholar program. Permission from the Honors Advisor is required for enrollment.
In addition to Honors coursework, students in the Honors College are required to complete a total of 96 community service hours, 24 each semester of their sophomore and junior years. In order to document service hours, students must fill out and turn in a service hour sign-off sheet to the Honors College office.
H C 200 - First Year Experience (One Semester Hour). The course helps new students make the adjustment to the demands of the university environment and specifically for the demands of the Honors College program by: 1) building the sense of community within the program; 2) increasing awareness of global issues and events; 3) describing the benefits of completing an honors thesis.
H C 300 - Thesis Seminar (One Semester Hour). This course is designed to help students understand the Honors Thesis process. What is a good thesis? How does a student choose a thesis advisor? What comprises an Honors Thesis defense? These and other questions will be answered. The final goal of the course is a draft of a student’s thesis proposal.
H C 400 – Honors Colloquium (One Semester Hour). The Honors Colloquium comprises a series of speakers who are asked to present to students on a topic about which they are passionate. The speakers come from different areas of the university and community including faculty, staff, administrators, alumni, and civic leaders. The colloquium is designed for upper division students (i.e., students with junior or senior standing) with the goal of presenting students with a wide range of thought and new ideas.
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 which provides the student with time to raise their GPA while continuing to enjoy the benefits of the Honors College. An exception is allowed for first-semester freshmen.
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 take many forms including both "traditional" research and creative projects. Students are not required to pursue a thesis project based upon their major field of study - although they typically do. The thesis can count as course work in the student's degree program. The thesis process begins by enrolling in HC300 – our thesis preparation seminar. Students will discover what a thesis is, how to choose an advisor, and other best practices as they relate to Honors Theses. Next students will enroll in a 491 class. The final goal of this class is the successful defense of their Honors Thesis proposal. Finally, students will enroll in a 490 class, in which they will complete and defend their thesis.
Honor 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 (i.e., Honors, High Honors, Highest Honors) is noted on the graduate's diploma and transcript.
Honors Scholar Program
All students are welcome to endeavor to graduate with Honors from Texas A&M University-Commerce. If the student is not a member of the Honors College, the pathway to doing so is the Honors Scholar Program. All RSP students are encouraged to also complete an honors thesis as part of their educational career. Students interested in doing so must complete following requirements to graduate with Honors:
- Complete two Honors courses (See the Honors Advisor to be permitted into one of these courses).
- Take one semester of (H C 300 Thesis Seminar) for one semester credit. As mentioned above, this course helps students understand the thesis process.
- Complete Honors Reading (491) and Honors Thesis (490) courses of three credits each. Students must successfully write and orally defend their thesis in order to graduate with the appropriate level of Honors (Honors, High Honors, Highest Honors).
- Attain a minimum 3.25 GPA at the time of graduation.
Students interested in entering the Honors Scholar Program should consult with the Dean of the Honors College. For additional information, visit the Honors Web Page at: http://www.tamuc.edu/academics/specialPrograms/HonorsPrograms/HonorsScholarProgram/default.aspx
Regent Scholars Program (RSP) provides outstanding freshmen a four-year scholarship equivalent to 70% of the published tuition, fees, and room and board rates for the academic year. The program allows students to pursue a bachelor's degree in their chosen field while developing their awareness of international issues and cultural contrasts. In addition, RSP provides students with leadership training and experience that will allow them to have a positive impact upon the lives of others on campus and in their future profession. Thirty students each year are admitted to the program.
To qualify for RSP, a student must meet qualifications for the Honors College and proceed through the Honors College admissions process.
Students will be admitted into the Honors College as they begin their first (freshman) year at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Admission to the Honors College (and Regents Scholar Program) is a two-step process. Class rank (at the time of application), test scores (composite, not super scores), and the essay rating (up to 5 points) are used to create an application score to determine if a student moves to the interview stage of the application process (If a student has taken both the ACT and SAT only the higher of the two composite scores will be used in the score calculation). The second step of the admission process is an interview with the Honors Scholarship committee
To maintain the RSP scholarship, a student must earn 3.3 GPA each semester and students must be enrolled full-time at the University. RSP students must live on campus for four years as a part of a living-learning community created around the program. All RSP students must sign and abide by the Regents Scholar acceptance agreement and code of conduct. In recognition of the University's investment in their education, Regents Scholar must contribute to the intellectual, social and cultural life of the campus and Commerce communities through campus and community service.
Regents Scholars must complete the RSP academic program which includes specific global core curriculum, honors-designated courses and leadership courses.
The most unique, life-changing aspect of this program is the opportunity for a study-abroad experience the summer after completing the junior year. Financed by a combination of scholarships, these travel experiences provide academic credit and a memorable foreign cultural experience.
For questions concerning the Regents Scholar Program, contact the Honors College office at 903.468.3001 or email to:RegentsScholars@tamuc.edu
Regent Scholar Advising
Students accepted to the Regents Scholar Program are advised by an advisor in the Honors College in conjunction with their faculty, departmental or college advisor.
Students in the Regents Scholar Program are required to complete a total of 96 community service hours, 24 each semester of their sophomore and junior years. In order to document service hours, students must fill out and turn in a service hour sign-off sheet with the Director of the Regents Scholar Program.
Regents Scholar Probation
Upon admission, Regents Scholars are required to maintain a minimum 3.3 cumulative GPA. Students whose cumulative GPA falls between 3.0 and 3.29 will be assigned probationary status which provides the student with time to raise their GPA while continuing to enjoy the benefits of the Regents Scholars Program. Students whose GPA falls below the 2.99 mark may be assigned probationary status or may have the scholarship revoked. Based on the situation, a determination will be made by the Dean of the Honors College. An exception is allowed for first-semester freshmen.
Honors Scholar Program: All students are welcome to endeavor to graduate with Honors from Texas A&M University-Commerce. If the student is not a member of the Honors College, the pathway to doing so is the Honors Scholar Program. All RSP students are encouraged to also complete an honors thesis as part of their educational career. Students interested in doing so must complete the following requirements to graduate with Honors:
- Complete two Honors courses (See the Honors advisor to be permitted into one of these courses).
- Take one semester of Thesis Seminar (HC 300) for one semester credit hour. (The course is designed to get students started on their Honors Thesis.)
- 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).
Regent's Scholars Program Courses
RSP 112 Global Colloquium (One Semester Hour) - A rotating set of invited guest speakers share their expertise in the area of globalization through the lens of their discipline. Faculty who teach GLB courses, conduct faculty-led study abroad courses, are Global Fellows, or are administrators and staff tied to international education will be selected to present. Course is organized with the emphasis on discussion.
RSP 200 Global Research (Three Semester Hours) - Globalization, as seen through the disciplines of the humanities, social sciences, arts, and business will be presented, contrasted, and critiqued. Special focus will be given to developing a research acumen to investigate global issues and problems. Group presentations will require students to apply the globalization theories learned over the semester.
RSP 201 Applied Leadership (Three Semester Hours) - An introduction to and overview of the fundamental concepts of leadership, this course focuses on the significance and applicability of leadership theory to everyday action. Through experiential learning opportunities, students will learn to develop common purpose in groups through strategic planning and a focus to collective efficiency and potency for change.
RSP 297 Special Topics - Special Topics - Special topics course. May be repeated as topics vary.
RSP 400 RSP Senior Seminar - RSP Senior Seminar (One Semester Hours) - The Senior Seminar affords a capstone experience in which students perform an in-depth examination of a global issues as it relates to the major they have chosen. The course requires students to draw upon their leadership training, their coursework so far, and their experiences with other cultures to reexamine their own positions on topics of global interest.
RSP 497 Special Topics- Special Topic: Study Abroad. Changing each summer term, the course is the study abroad component of the Regents Scholar Program. The course is led by a faculty member who has excelled in teaching and has a direct interest in global issues. Course theme and destination are decided by the traveling faculty member after selection by a committee within the Honors College.
All RSP students will complete 15 semester hours of Global-designated Courses. These courses are designated GLB in the course schedule, and connect to the university’s QEP initiative “preparing students for an interconnected world.” With the help of their honors advisor, students will select courses offered from different departments that have a common theme of global competence. Many of these courses will also fulfill university studies requirements. Student completing GLB courses can begin to build a portfolio of experiences that prepare students for engaged citizenship in an increasingly diverse world, and become eligible for Global Scholar recognition offered through the university’s QEP.
All students will be required to complete 6 semester hours in Honors-designated courses. This will complete the first requirement for students who wish to pursue an honors thesis as part of the Honors Scholar Program. Permission from the Honors Advisor is required for enrollment.
Collin Higher Education Center
3452 Spur 399, McKinney, Texas 75069
Texas A&M University-Commerce has partnered with three area universities to provide undergraduate and graduate degrees at the Collin Higher Education Center (CHEC) in McKinney. CHEC is a great alternative for students that live in the Collin County area and want an education from A&M-Commerce minutes from their home. Students who have already earned an associates degree or have a substantial number of college academic credit hours are able to complete their baccalaureate and graduate degrees offered at the CHEC. A&M-Commerce offers three undergraduate degree programs, BA/BS Interdisciplinary Studies in Elementary Education (with Teacher Certification), BS in Psychology, and BA in Spanish, and two graduate degrees, MEd in Curriculum and Instruction (Elementary Education) and MEd in Counseling. Contact CHEC at 972-599-3122 or email at email@example.com
Collin College Partnership- Preston Ridge Campus
9700 Wade Boulevard, Frisco TX 75035
Texas A&M University-Commerce and Collin College have partnered to bring university classes to the citizens in and around the fast-growing city of Frisco at Collin’s Preston Ridge Campus. Students are able to choose from junior- and senior-level college courses that prepare them for careers in marketing, business, environmental science and agribusiness. University officials plan to expand course offerings in the future which, pending approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, may lead to the offering of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs. For additional information, contact the Preston Ridge Campus at 972-599-3122 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Mesquite Metroplex Center
2600 Motley Dr., Mesquite, Texas, 75150
The Mesquite Metroplex Center is conveniently located between I-30, LBJ 635 and Hwy 80 in Mesquite, approximately 1.4 miles south of Eastfield Community College. This facility consists of 15 traditional classrooms, two interactive video (ITV) rooms, two computer labs, a teaching computer lab, seminar area, library, conference room and faculty/staff offices. Degree programs available at this center are master’s degrees in educational leadership, curriculum & instruction, secondary education, special education, and global e-learning as well as courses supporting other programs such as psychology and social work. Undergraduate programs include BSW in Social Work and BA in Spanish. To learn more about degree programs at the Mesquite Metroplex Center contact us at 972-613-7591 or email email@example.com
Navarro College Partnership-Corsicana
3200 W. 7th Avenue, Corsicana TX 75110
The A&M-Commerce-Navarro College Partnership - Corsicana offers a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in EC-6, 4-8 Math, 4-8 Science, and 4-8 Math and Science available for students pursuing a career in teaching. Students may also earn bachelor’s degrees in Criminal Justice, Environmental Science, Computer Science, and Computer Information Systems. A master's in Mathematics is also available. Advising for various online degrees, including a Bachelor’s of Applied Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, and Liberal Arts is also available at the Corsicana location. Contact the Navarro Partnership location in Corsicana at 903-875-7617 or email Navarro.Corsicana@TAMUC.edu
Navarro College Partnership – Midlothian Higher Education Center
899 Mount Zion Road, Room 107, Midlothian TX 76065
Midlothian Higher Education Center (MHEC) is located on the Navarro College Campus, 899 Mount Zion Rd., Room 107, Midlothian, Texas 76065. Students attending the MHEC can earn a bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies leading toward teacher certification in EC-6 Generalist or Bilingual EC-6 Generalist. Advising for various online degrees, including a Bachelor’s of Applied Arts and Sciences is also available at the Midlothian location. Contact MHEC at 972-775-7232 or email Navarro.Midlothian@TAMUC.edu
The Universities Center at Dallas
1910 Pacific Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75201
The Universities Center at Dallas conveniently offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs from Texas A&M University-Commerce in Downtown Dallas. Undergraduate programs include a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communication with an emphasis in the following: Art Direction, Design Communication or New Media. Graduate programs include the MBA, MFA in Art with emphasis in Visual Communication, MS in Accounting, MS in Finance, MS in Management and courses toward Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, Master of Art in Spanish and a Doctorate in Higher Education. For additional information contact the Universities Center at Dallas at 214-954.3600 or email Dallas@tamuc.edu
Campus Life and Student Development supports the University’s mission by providing support services and student development programming to assist students in having a personal educational experience through cultural and social opportunities, to encourage undergraduate and graduate students to become life-long learners, and to discover and disseminate knowledge for leadership and service.
Assistant Vice President of Campus Life and Student Development and Dean of Students
Located on the second floor of Halladay Student Services building, the Assistant Vice President of Campus Life and Student Development & Dean of Students is responsible for supporting the goals of the University as the senior student affairs officer by providing vision, leadership and supervision for personnel, facilities, programs, and other resources to ensure an atmosphere conducive to the holistic development of students.
Fraternity and Sorority Life
The office of Fraternity and Sorority Life is located on the second floor of the Rayburn Student Center. This office provides high-quality, student development programming that contributes to the academic mission of the university by facilitating opportunities for scholarly success, community service, campus leadership, and fraternal friendships in a safe, nurturing environment.
S.E.E.D.S. seeks to become a local, regional, and nationally recognized office that actively engages students in diverse experiences and leadership development opportunities while promoting social justice that will create a community of acceptance as well as nurture an atmosphere of inclusive and positive social change. This office is located on the first floor of the Rayburn Student Center.
Residential Living and Learning
Located in the Halladay Student Services building, Residential Living and Learning (RLL) is committed to the educational philosophy of Texas A&M University–Commerce and promotes the unique, personal development of each resident by providing them with a safe, secure, and reasonably priced living/learning environment. Each residence hall offers activities and events that engage the student in their living communities as well as the University community through a unique Residential Curriculum model. RLL is excited to offer a Faculty-in-Residence program for the full 2017-2018 year in select residence halls and apartments. Special Living and Learning Communities (LLCs) are also offered within various residence halls and apartments: Freshman Leadership Class, Honors College, Regents Scholars, Spirit Den, African American Male Mentorship Program, Latino American Mentorship Program, Sista2Sista, Mujeres de Accion, Women’s Leadership, and STEM. Additionally, the Sophomore Year Experience program offers students the opportunity to enhance critical thinking skills developed during the freshman year to explore a broad range of topics in a global context throughout the academic year, culminating with international travel related to the topic of study. Residential Living and Learning serves both undergraduate and graduate students, single and with family. Contact RLL at 903-886-5797.
All single, freshman and sophomore undergraduate students who are not commuting from the home of their parents or legal guardians must reside in University housing (residence halls) and all freshmen are required to purchase either the Unlimited Meal Plan or 19-Convenience Meal Plan for the full academic year. This policy covers all beginning students who are starting college in the same year as their date of graduation from high school. Students who have been out of high school for one year or more are exempt from this policy. 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 Residential Living and Learning of any change in name or address. For cost information please contact the Department of Residential Living and Learning, 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 http://www.tamuc.edu/studentLife/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 traditional residence halls and apartment facilities that include floor or building options for co-ed, single-gender, Sorority, Living and Learning Communities, single and double rooms. Each facility will offer unique opportunities for students.
There are a limited number of married and family housing apartments available.
Morris Recreation Center
The Morris Recreation Center is a $12 million state-of-the-art recreation facility that is a focal point of the campus life at Texas A&M University-Commerce. The facility features the following activity areas: two multi-purpose basketball courts, a 45 foot climbing wall and bouldering wall, three lane jogging track, four multi-purpose racquetball courts, large fitness room with cardiovascular machines and weight equipment, fitness activity room, classroom, lounge, and men's and women's locker rooms. The outside area includes: An Outdoor MAC Court, heated leisure pool, two-tier hot tub, two sand volleyball courts, picnic tables, barbeque pits, and a sunbathing area. The newest addition to the facility is the outdoor Multi Activity Court that will house numerous intramural and special events as well as be available for informal soccer, futsal, and volleyball. The Morris Recreation Center serves as the "heartbeat" of student life where participants can learn, engage, grow, and recreate. Additional information about our services is available at the department's website: http://www.tamuc.edu/CampusLife/campusRecreation/default.aspx or by calling our business center at 903-468-3170.
Cain Sports Complex
Located on the western edge of campus, the Cain Sports Complex is a multi-purpose outdoor facility for Texas A&M University-Commerce. It features multiple sport fields, multi-purpose green space, two barbecue grills, and eight picnic tables. Home to Campus Recreation's intramural program, the Cain Sports Complex plays host to numerous outdoor Intramural events. This area is great for parties, organizational events, or simply a fun weekend with family or friends with an approved reservation.
Outdoor Adventure Center
The Outdoor Adventure program provides adventure and educational opportunities promoting active lifestyles, appreciation for natural environments and personal development. Activities include day and weekend trips, cycling and a bike shop, clinics, disc golf course, and outdoor gear rental. The Outdoor Adventure Center also features a challenge course which offers adventure-based learning opportunities to enhance leadership, decision-making and communication skills through an interactive process for groups to develop as a team. This hands-on approach is designed to help individuals learn from their interaction with others and then apply those principles to their life situations. The course offers 13 low challenge course elements and 18 high element challenges. The newest addition to the Outdoor Adventure program will feature a 7 to 10 mile bike trail that winds through 179 acres of dense wood and grassland with an anticipated opening date of fall 2015.
Crabtree Tennis Courts
The Crabtree Tennis Court complex is currently being renovated and relocated. When finished we hope to have 4-6 courts located within the grounds of the Cain Sports Filed Complex. The complex will be open for informal play and tournaments
Rayburn Student Center (RSC)
As a department, the Rayburn Student Center provides premier programs and activities, service with excellence, and state-of-the-art facilities for the campus community to gather, connect, and experience. The Rayburn Student Center provides 120,000 square feet of modern meeting rooms, a food court, dining room, student Club, Pride Shop for graphic design and printing needs, game room, informal lounges, patios, and the Student Involvement Suite. In addition, the RSC features a University Bookstore, the Mane Card student ID office, the Serving Engaged, Empowered and Diverse Students (S.E.E.D.S.) suite, and the Leadership Engagement And Development (L.E.A.D.) suite.
The Student Involvement Suite (SIS)
The Student Involvement Suite provides many services and opportunities to help maximize students’ college experiences. Much of what we do is centered on providing resources, increasing involvement, and enhancing learning experiences. Students are encouraged to get involved and make the most of their college experience! Being involved helps students to connect with one another, their campus, and their community. Students have opportunities to participate in events, join organizations, access resources and develop their leadership skills through our programs and services. The Student Involvement Suite is home to the Campus Activities Board, Student Government, Fraternity & Sorority Life, Golden Leos, and approximately 120 other student organizations.
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 to maximize students' potential for academic and personal success. Services include individual, couples, and group counseling, consultation and referral, crisis intervention, and educational outreach. Also available to students are legal advising, psychiatric evaluation, sand tray therapy, and biofeedback, as well as a relaxation room with four massage chairs. The Counseling Center is a warm and welcoming environment. 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, come by the Counseling Center in the Halladay Student Services Building, #204, or call 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.
Children’s Learning Center
The nationally accredited, four-star designated Children's Learning Center is located on campus and serves children six weeks to five years of age. The CLC also offers an after-school and summer KID CAMP program for children ages 6-12 years of age. The Children's Learning Center provides the latest in curricula and educational play experiences and now offers a Nature Learning Environment which allows for outside gardening and working in the outdoors to learn about nature. The CLC prides itself on exceptional, quality care in an academic environment. 903-886-5769.
Located in the Halladay Student Services building, Judicial Affairs works 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 addresses behavioral misconduct, provides a resource for students concerning their rights and responsibilities and provides assistance to faculty, staff and students regarding student disciplinary matters. The Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) is an advisory group to the Dean of Campus Life and Student Development. The focus of BIT is to focus on prevention and timely intervention before a crisis arises. The office addresses issues of both undergraduate and graduate student populations. 903-886-5195.
Students are informed about their student rights and responsibilities primarily through the Student Guidebook which is produced by the Office of the Assistant Dean of Campus Life and Student Development annually. The Code of Student Conduct is applicable to every student enrolled at the University, whether the student is in residence, participating in study abroad, or completing coursework at an off-site location or online. Each student is expected to be fully acquainted with and held responsible for compliance with all published University policies. The student guidebook is available online http://www.tamuc.edu/campuslife/documents/studentGuidebook1.pdf to all students, faculty and staff. Limited hard copies of the guidebook are available in the office of the Assistant Dean of Campus Life and Student Development.
Leadership Engagement and Development
Located in the Rayburn Student Center, the Leadership office offers opportunities to undergraduates to learn about and enhance leadership skills through various workshops, retreats and conferences that will help students discover their strengths, talents and values. The L.E.A.D. program develops well rounded, responsible leaders through leadership education, global education, and service-learning. The purpose for L.E.A.D. is to provide innovative, experiential opportunities which promote students’ commitment to life-long learning and holistic development. 903-468-3042, Danielle Davis - www.tamuc.edu/LEAD
Student Health Services
Located in Henderson Hall, the Health Services office offers affordable health care to undergraduate and graduate students as well as to the faculty and staff of A&M-Commerce. Some of the primary health care services include acute care and injuries, allergy injections, birth control, EKG’s, immunizations, flu shots, TB testing, labs, minor surgical procedures, physical exams, splints, STD/STI testing and treatment, stitches, women’s health, wound care, x-rays, diabetic and smoking cessation classes, and health related presentations and workshops. 903-886-5853.
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 enrolled after January 1, 2010, wishing to live on campus must provide the following before moving into campus housing:
- Certification from physician evidencing that the student has been vaccinated at least ten (10) days prior to moving into the residence halls; or
- 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.
The Writing Center
Since 1977, the Writing Center at Texas A&M University-Commerce has been committed to assisting writers at all levels. By working with students one-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.
The Writing 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). For more information about the Writing Center call (903) 886-5280.
Online students may take advantage of our Online Writing Lab. More information about the Online Writing Lab (OWL) can be found here:
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 the students enrolled in calculus courses. Located in Binnion Hall, room 328, the Math Skills Center offers one-on-one and group tutoring throughout the day and includes evening tutoring on nights when developmental and entry level math classes are held. Lab hours for Fall and Spring semesters are Monday and Wednesday, 8am – 8pm, Tuesday and Thursday, 8am – 6pm, and Friday 8am – noon. During summer semesters, hours vary. 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 are able to work on homework systems and other math-based applications on these computers.
Students or faculty interested in further information are welcome to call the Math Skills Center at 903-886-5961. Also, the Director of the Math Skills Center is available to answer questions or discuss concerns with the Math Skills Center. Call Dr. Pamela Webster, Director, at 903-886-5950 or see her in Binnion 315.
Student Support Services
Academic Success Center
Located in Gee Library on the 1st Floor #103, the Academic Success Center (ASC) is an academic tutoring program for all undergraduate students, that assists in learning and better understanding course content for success in the Core Curriculum.
To provide students with academic support the following programs were implemented in fall 2011: the Supplemental Instruction (SI) program, the JAMP room for science courses, and Walk-In tutoring in Gee Library. These programs provide tutoring, study groups, and, supplemental instruction (SI) for undergraduate students. An online tutoring program is also available to benefit undergraduate students, whether they are located on campus, or at the off-site locations; www.tutor.com/tamuc. Each undergraduate student is provided four hours of online tutoring. On average, students who regularly attend Peer Educator’s tutoring sessions have a higher percentage of ABC grades and fewer DF grades and drops than those who do not. Contact the ASC at 903-468-8620: email ASC@tamuc.edu; or Coordinator Jodi.Oelrich@tamuc.edu
Career Development is located in the Student Access and Success Center (One Stop Shop) at 2200 Campbell Street. The mission of Career Development is "to educate students and provide opportunities throughout their college career to achieve employment success." The office provides a number of programs and services throughout the year for students as they prepare for a successful transition into their careers. Programs include various events throughout the year including career and internship fairs, lion job shadow, business etiquette dinners, networking events, career closet (professional dress for students), and job search related workshops focused on professional development, marketable skills, and career readiness. Services available to all students include résumé and cover letter consultation, career assessment and counseling (MyPlan.com) job search resources, mock interviews (PerfectInterview), LinkedIn consultation, and applications and letter for professional schools or employment. Career Development provides a guide, "Make the Connection Guide", available online for undergraduates, graduates and alumni. All students and alumni may register and receive access to the job and internship database, Hirealion. Contact the Office of Career Development at 903-468-3223 or visit the website at www.hirealion.com.
Office of Student Disability Resources and Services
Texas A&M University–Commerce is committed to promoting an academic, recreational, and social experience for students with disabilities that is fully inclusive and accessible. Students with disabilities at A&M-Commerce are encouraged to participate in all aspects of campus life. Student Disability Resources and Services (SDRS) offers accommodations counseling, disability-related resources, access to adaptive technology, assistive equipment, and academic/non-academic accommodations.
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 website at www.tamuc.edu/SDRS
Location: James Gee Library | Room 162
Located in the Halladay Student Services building, 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 of TRIO 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. Contact TRIO at 903-886-5833.
Additional Student Resources and Services
- Student Guidebook http://www.tamuc.edu/CampusLife/documents/studentGuidebook.pdf
- University Registrar http://www.tamuc.edu/registrar
- IT Help Desk http://www.tamuc.edu/CampusLife/CampusServices/CITESupportCenter/default.aspx
- University Calendar Fall, Spring, and Summer 2014-2015 http://web.tamuc.edu/admissions/registrar/academicCalendars/
- Educator Certification www.tamuc.edu/teacher
- Texas Bookstore Textbooks http://www.amcbookstore.com/home.aspx
- Books/Materials (to determine textbooks for your courses and to purchase the correct textbooks for your courses or access): http://www.amcbookstore.com/SelectTermDept.aspx; http://www.amcbookstore.com/Buyback.aspx
- James G. Gee Libraryhttp://www.tamuc.edu/library/
- International Student Services www.tamuc.edu/isso
- Global Programs-International Studies/Study Abroad www.tamuc.edu/internationalstudies
- Veterans and Military Services http://www.tamuc.edu/admissions/veteransAffairs/
- Student Assessment, College Readiness and Retention http://web.tamuc.edu/academics/testingOffice/default.aspx
- Safe Spaces Ally Project https://www.tamuc.edu/CampusLife/CampusServices/safeSpaces/default.aspx
- Project Respect http://www.tamuc.edu/CampusLife/CampusServices/projectRESPECT/default.aspx
- Student ID card Mane Card office http://www.tamuc.edu/campuslife/campusServices/maneCard/
- University Police http://www.tamuc.edu/campuslife/campusServices/universityPoliceDepartment/default.aspx
- Auxiliary Services http://www.tamuc.edu/aboutUs/administrativeOffices/businessAdministration/departmentsOffices/auxiliaryServices/default.aspx
International Studies Program (Study Abroad)
Texas A&M University-Commerce promotes a number of international studies program as part of its globalization strategy. Students have the opportunity to participate in the British Studies Program (London), The Spanish Culture Program (Valladolid), Spanish in Spain (Madrid), Global Business (China), and special programs such as European Tourism and Korean Culture. Other programs are available in Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Russia, South Africa and Turkey. The fall listing for all programs will be announced in September.
For information on these and other international studies programs, contact the Office of International Studies at 903-468-6034.
International Student Office
The Office of International Student Scholar Services (ISSS) 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 Office of International Student Scholar Services include an international new student orientation, informational workshops, coordination of special activities, liaison with the Department of Homeland Security and Department of State regarding non-immigrant students and exchange visitors, documentation for travel, employment authorization, extension of stay, etc. The Office of International Student Scholar Services also handles the issuance of Forms I-20 and DS-2019 to non-immigrant students and exchange visitors who have been officially admitted or invited to the University. For more information, 903-886-5097, email Intl.Stu@tamuc.edu, or go to www.tamuc.edu/isso.
This division of the University serves as the creative force that articulates a passion for the University, faculty/staff, alumni, students, and the community, inspiring others to be generous in their giving and loyal in their support. Institutional Advancement includes these areas: annual and special programs, major gifts, advancement services, alumni relations and marketing communications (including KETR).
Major Gifts, Annual and Special Programs and Advancement Services
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.
The Foundation was established in 1970 to assist the University in seeking and administering private-sector support. The foundation’s assets are managed through The A&M University System, and the foundation is governed by a board of directors which leads efforts to solicit gifts from corporations, foundations, government granting agencies, alumni and other individuals.
This office is responsible for building and maintaining relationships with the University's 80,000-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, alumni awards and recognition, alumni-funded scholarships, alumni ambassadors, distinguished alumni and other programs.
The Department of Marketing Communications develops and implements the strategic marketing efforts for A&M-Commerce and off-site locations and online offerings. Marketing Communications designs and produces all of the promotional materials for the university, including the publication of the PRIDE Alumni Magazine, the President's Report and a portion of the university, college and departmental recruitment materials such as brochures, newsletters, postcards, and flyers
Marketing Communications is responsible for the university's integrated marketing strategy as well as communication about the activities, events, programs and purpose behind these initiatives. The department includes graphic designers, publications and news writers, media specialists, photographers, videographers and a project manager. The department is also responsible for the graphic standards and branding as well as crisis and weather communications.
Also a function of Marketing Communications is the university’s 100,000 watt on-campus public radio station, 88.9 KETR. KETR provides national and regional news, National Public Radio and American Public Media programming, locally produced programs, A&M-Commerce sports and high school football broadcasts, severe weather coverage, and other programming. KETR also serves as a learning environment for university students to pursue excellence in broadcasting and journalism. The digital signal broadcasts to a 75-100 mile radius of A&M-Commerce, and is online at www.ketr.org and available to stream on iTunes Radio. The KETR studios, along with the Marketing Communications offices, are located on the first floor of Binnion Hall facing Education Drive.
UPD 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 the 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 copy of crime statistics, call or come by UPD or visit us online at www.tamuc.edu/crimestats