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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, Veterans and Military Services, Financial Aid and Scholarships, Hispanic Student Outreach & Retention, First-Year Transition Programs (Orientation), University College, including Success Coaches, First-year Leadership Class (FLC), Regent’s Scholar Program, Student Assessment, College Readiness and Retention, Developmental Education, Early Intervention, Freshman Success Seminars and Student Engagement; Honors College; Student Support Services, including Trio programs, Career Development, Academic Success Center, Student Disability Resources and Services; Campus Life and Student Development, including Residential Learning and Living, Morris Recreation Center, Sam Rayburn Student Center, Counseling Center, Children’s Learning Center, Judicial Services, Student Organizations and Activities, Leadership Engagement and Development, and Student Health Services.

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 advisers, 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 post-secondary 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 Student Outreach & Retention has been formed and resources dedicated to focus on the University’s goal of becoming a 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. This 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.

Enrollment Management and Retention

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.

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.

University 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/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: .

Veterans and Military Services

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:

Air Force ROTC Program

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
AFROTC-Detachment 835

Aerospace Studies, Department Chair
1155 Union Circle #310977
Denton, TX 76203-5400
(940) 369-8011

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.

Direct Student Access

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 .

Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships

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: .

Freshman Entering Texas A&M-Commerce—Incoming freshman students who have been admitted to the University will automatically be considered for one of the freshman scholarships based on their official SAT or ACT college entrance test scores. The academic scholarships available to entering freshman are the: Blue and Gold, Academic, Presidential, and the new Mane Freshmen Achievement Scholarship.  The automatic review process does not guarantee that a student will receive a scholarship offer since funding is 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: .

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 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 Admissions Office.  Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships are limited based on available funding.  Additional information is available at the Financial Aid and Scholarships website .

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.

Financial Aid

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 . 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 due to a waiver such as an in-state scholarship or an assistantship.  Additional information on financial aid programs, requirements, etc. is available at: .

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 FAFSA completion date in our office. Dependent students who do not demonstrate financial need may be eligible for the unsubsidized Direct Stafford Loan and for the Federal Parent PLUS Loan. More information about the Parents PLUS Loan and how to apply is  available at . Programs with limited funding (TPEG, FSEOG, CWS, 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. The state of Texas has set the priority deadline for the Texas Grant and the Top 10% Scholarship program 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 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 at .

Withdrawing on Financial Aid/Return of Title IV Aid
A student who receives Federal Student Aid (Title IV aid) and withdraws, 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 including 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. 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: .

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 at .

For additional information, visit the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships website at . A copy of the policy is also available in the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships located in the Student Access and Success Center.

Office of Hispanic Outreach & Retention

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 or by calling our bilingual (English/Spanish) line at 903-886-5185.

Our office also manages the Latino American Mentorship Program (LAMP). In an effort to motivate male Hispanic students, the LAMP program provides a supportive learning community for mentors and mentees. LAMP strives for its members to not only graduate from college, but further their careers by building connections with faculty, staff, and practicing professionals while developing lifelong learning skills. The program concentrates on retention, professional development, academic success, and completion. If you have any questions about LAMP do not hesitate in contacting our office.

Hispanic Outreach:

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, as well as most Saturday mornings at 10AM. Within the Campus Visits program, junior high, high school, and community organizations can request Group Visits to bring a group of students to experience A&M-Commerce. These are schedule 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 $100 Student Orientation Fee that will be posted to the student’s account upon completion of New Student Orientation. 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 $25 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 –

Campus Visits/Mane Event Preview Day –

Transition Programs –

Find the Office of First-Year & Transition Programs online at .

University College

Located in the Student Access and Success Center at 2200 Campbell Street, University College provides entering undergraduate students access to guidance and services necessary for success at the University and coordinates the general education courses that will assist them throughout as they become life-long learners. University College supports the University’s vision through application of high academic standards, high quality programs and a personal educational experience for each student. These efforts have resulted in an increased retention rate for FTFE. First-Year Seminar , First-Year Leadership Class, Regents’ Scholars, and Early Intervention are some of the programs provided by the University College. Units within the College also include: Student Assessment and College Readiness, Success Coaches, and Developmental Education. Contact the office at 903-886-5878 or email .

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 -

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 -

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

Regent's Scholars Program

Regents' Scholars Program 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 to thirty-five students each year are admitted to the program.

To qualify for RSP, a student must meet qualifications for Honors College and proceed through the Honors College admissions process. The basic requirements for Honors College are:

  • ACT Composite of 27 or higher; SAT (Critical Reading and Math) of 1200.
  • Graduation in top 10% of high school class.

To maintain the RSP scholarship, a student must earn 3.25 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' Scholars acceptance agreement and code of conduct. In recognition of the University's investment in their education, Regents' Scholars 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, leadership and foreign language courses.  Regents’ Scholars must choose either to complete an Honors Thesis, do an individual service project approved by the program, or make a formal academic presentation over a world issue.

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 earn students’ academic credit and a memorable foreign cultural experience.

For questions concerning the Regents' Scholars Program, contact the Dean of University College at 903-886-5878 or email

Regent's Scholars Program Courses

RSP 111 Critical Thinking - Critical Thinking I (One Semester Hour) - First-year success seminar for the Regents' Scholars Program.  The course helps new students make the adjustment to the demands of the university environment and the Regents' Program.  The course prepares students specifically for the demands of the program by: 1) building the sense of community within the program; 2) increasing awareness of global issues and events; 3) introducing and implementing leadership practices and theory; and 4) instructing students to the idea of being change agents of the institution.  Special focus will be given to assisting student with increasing individual awareness and developing a greater sense of self-focusing on actions, values, and strengths.

RSP 112 Critical Thinking II - Critical Thinking II (Two Semester Hours) - A continuation of RSP 111, the first-year success seminar for the Regents’ Scholars Program, the course aids students in making the adjustment to the university environment. The course prepares students for program expectations: 1) building a sense of community within the program; 2) increasing student awareness of global issues and events; 3) introducing and implementing leadership practices and theory; and 4) instructing students to the idea of being change agents of the institution. Special focus will be given to assisting students with increasing awareness of global issues, focus on team/group dynamics, and present formal projects requiring them to focus on awareness, stereotypes and multiculturalism.

RSP 200 Leadership - Leadership Theory I (One Semester Hour) - This course will examine the etymological origins of leadership and discriminate between popular notions of leadership models and empirically-tested theories.  Students will develop working knowledge of the history of leadership and the evolution of leadership theories including: great man trait, behavior/style, situational/contingency, influence/charisma, reciprocal/relational theories.  Group learning goals are to learn to develop common purpose in groups, student elements of strategic planning including development of mission, vision, goal and outcome statements.  Personal development will include understanding the nature of influence and power.  Students will draft a beginning theory of leadership that must be presented in class, continuing the process of refining and improving effective oral and written communication skills.

RSP 201 Leadership Theory II - Leadership Theory II (Two Semester Hours) - Course continues examination of the etymological origins of leadership, distinguishing between popular notions of leadership models and empirically-tested theories. Students develop working knowledge of the history of leadership and evolution of theoretical models. Group learning goals include developing common purpose in groups, elements of strategic planning including development of mission, vision, goal and outcome statements. Student work and development will be evaluated through the conceptualization, proposal, design, and implementation of group service projects/assignments for benefit of campus and community.

RSP 297 Special Topics - Special Topics - Special topics course. May be repeated as topics vary.

RSP 400 RSP Senior Seminar - RSP Senior Seminar (Three Semester Hours) - Capstone experience for Regents’ Scholars, the Senior Seminar affords students an opportunity for in-depth examination of global issues from a variety of perspectives. 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.

Student Assessment, College Readiness and Retention

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.

Developmental Education

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.

Honors College

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 .


Students will be admitted into the Honors College as they begin their first (freshman) year at Texas A&M University-Commerce.  Although there are no strict cut-off scores for admission to the college, competition for space 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 Advisor permission.  Enrollment in these sections will be capped at 25.  Honors College students should consult with the Assistant Dean of the Honors College and a departmental advisor before registration each semester.

Instructors for honors section will be carefully chosen by Department Heads in consultation with the Dean of the Honors College.  Honors 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 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.

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 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. A thesis proposal must be approved before the student moves on to the final thesis project.

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 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

All students are welcome to attempt 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.  Students entering the Honors Program must fulfill the following four requirements to graduate with Honors.

  1. Complete two Honors courses (See the Honors Dean to be permitted into one of these courses).
  2. Take one semester of Honors Colloquium (HC 300) for one semester credit hour sometime during the student's stay at A&M-Commerce.  (The course is designed to get students started on their Honors Thesis.)
  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 should consult with the Dean of the Honors College.  For additional information, visit the Honors Web Page at: .

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; . 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 ; or Coordinator

Career Development

Located in the Student Access and Success Center 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 available on campus or by scheduled event at off-site locations include: career fairs (both on and off campus), job search related workshops for professional development, mock interviews, lion job shadow, business etiquette dinners, and networking events as well as a Career Closet (Dress for Success). Services available to all students, at off-site locations and online, include résumé and cover letter consultation, career assessment and counseling (, job search resources, mock interviews through Interview Stream, and applications and letters for professional schools or employment. Career Development provides a handbook, “Make the Connection Handbook”, available online for undergraduates, graduates and alumni.  All students and alumni may register and receive access to the job/internship database, HireaLion. Contact the Office of Career Development at 903-468-3223 or visit the website at .

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


Phone: 903.886.5150


Location: James Gee Library | Room 132

TRIO Programs

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

Off-Site Locations

A&M-Commerce at Rockwall

Located at 2610 Observation Trail, Rockwall, Texas 75032, the Rockwall center is located 45 minutes from A&M-Commerce’s main campus. The College of Education & Human Services offers a full master’s program for RISD educators and doctoral program in Curriculum, Instruction & Supervision. The College of Humanities, Social Sciences & Arts offers a BA/BS in Paralegal Studies in a program that is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) and courses leading to a degree in Psychology.  Contact A&M-Commerce at Rockwall at 214-771-4570 or email at .

Collin Higher Education Center

Located at 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 four undergraduate degree programs, BA/BS Interdisciplinary Studies in Elementary Education (with Teacher Certification), BS in Business Administration, BS in Psychology, and BA in Spanish, and three graduate degrees, MEd in Curriculum and Instruction (Elementary Education), MSW in Social Work, and MEd in Counseling. Contact CHEC at 972-599-3100 or email at

Mesquite Metroplex Center

Located at 2600 Motley Dr., Mesquite, Texas, 75150, A&M-Commerce offers the following bachelor-level porgrams: BS in Social Work and BA in Spanish. Students also have the opportunity to earn their master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction (Early Childhood, Elementary Education, & Secondary Education), Reading, Higher Education, Educational Administration, Counseling, Special Education, Psychology, Social Work, Mathematics.   Courses toward an Ed.D in Supervision, Curriculum & Instruction – Elementary Education are also offered.  Contact Mesquite Metroplex at 972-613-7591 or email at .

Navarro College Partnership-Corsicana

Located on the Navarro College Campus, 3200 W. 7th Ave., Corsicana, Texas 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 College Partnership – Midlothian Higher Education Center

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, Business Administration, and Liberal Arts is also available at the Midlothian location. Contact MHEC at 972-775-7232 or email

The Universities Center at Dallas

The Universities Center at Dallas, 1910 Pacific Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75201, offers a variety of Texas A&M University–Commerce undergraduate and graduate degree programs in such areas as business, art and education and is conveniently located in downtown Dallas. The Universities Center at Dallas (UCD) was established in 1994 as the Dallas Education Center (DEC) and was the first multi-institutional teaching center (MITC) for higher education in Texas established by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to provide access to public higher education at the upper division and graduate levels to citizens who live, work and find it convenient to pursue their education in downtown Dallas. The City of Dallas, the business community, and the Alliance for Higher Education partnered to provide opportunities for such access by establishing the DEC, which became the UCD. Contact UCD 214-915-1900 or .

Campus Life and Student Development Programs

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. RLL has many opportunities for students to find a community that fit their interests and needs. It also provides opportunities for students to understand themselves and engage in global citizenship through innovative initiatives that encourage and value diversity, enlightened inclusion, and life-long learning. Each residence hall offers activities and events that engage the students in their living communities as well as the University community. Living and Learning communities include the Freshman Leadership Class, Honors College, Regents Scholars, Spirit Den, African American Male Mentors Program, Latino American Mentorship Program, Women’s Leadership, STEM, Sista 2 Sista, (NEW: African American female), and Mujer de Accion (NEW: Latina). The Sophomore Year Experience offers students an opportunity to use the critical thinking skills learned during the freshman year to implement change that will enhance their local and global communities. Residential Living and Learning serves both undergraduate and graduate students. Contact at 903-886-5797.

Residency Requirement

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 the Department of Residence Life 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 .


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.

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: 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 will include an outdoor multi-purpose activity court that will house numerous intramural and special events as well as be available for informal recreation.  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: or by calling our business center at 903-468-8128.

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 a four court fenced off tennis complex that is open for informal play and tournaments.  The complex is well-lit and open for play seven days a week.

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.

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 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.

Judicial Affairs

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.

Student Guidebook

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 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 -

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:

  1. Certification from 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.

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.

Office of Student Assessment and Evaluation

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.

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 , or go to

University Institutional Advancement

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.

Alumni Relations

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.

Marketing Communications

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 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.

University Police Department (UPD)

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