Special Services and Opportunities

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Enrollment Management

Located in the Welcome Center at 2200 Campbell Street, the departments in Enrollment effectively recruit, enroll and support a diverse student body at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Enrollment Management 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, Registrar, Financial Aid and Scholarships, Veterans and Military Services, New Student and Family Programs, and Testing Center.

Undergraduate Admissions Office—Freshman and Transfer

Located in the Welcome 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 Welcome 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.

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: www.tamuc.edu/financialaid.

Freshman Entering Texas A&M-Commerce—Effective with the  2021-2022 year, incoming freshman students who have been admitted to the University , except those admitted through the Program for System Admission (PSA) program* are  considered for institutional freshman scholarships. Eligibility for a freshman  institutional scholarship is based on class ranking and high school GPA. The  institutional scholarships available to entering freshman are the: Blue and Gold, and Presidential Scholarships. The review process does not guarantee that a student will receive a scholarship offer since funding is limited.  For consideration of donor funded scholarships, students are encouraged to complete the General Scholarship Application in the myLEO student portal. Additional information is available at the Financial Aid and Scholarships website at: http://www.tamuc.edu/scholarships.

Transfer Students—Effective with the 2021-2022 year, students who have submitted official college transcripts to the Office of Admissions and have been admitted to the University will be considered for a transfer scholarship if they meet at least the minimum of 45 college-level credit hours or Associate’s Degree and minimum 3.0 GPA requirement. The review process does not guarantee that a student will receive a scholarship offer since funding is limited.

Additional information is available at the Financial Aid and Scholarships website at: www.tamuc.edu/financialaid.

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 www.studentaid.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 at: www.studentaid.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 only to be January 15th. The priority deadline for other grants, except Pell, is January 15th. 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 at: www.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.

Withdrawal Consequences for Financial Aid

When a student who is receiving Federal Financial Aid withdraws from a semester, the Financial Aid Office is required by the Department of Education to perform a Return to Title IV calculation.  This Return to Title IV calculation is used to determine how much Federal Financial Aid the student had earned prior to the withdrawal using the student’s last day of academic engagement.  If the calculation determines that the student has participated in over 60% of the semester, the student has earned all of their Federal Financial Aid for the semester.

If the calculation determines that the student has not participated in over 60% of the semester, then the Financial Aid Office is required to return any unearned Federal Financial Aid to the Department of Education.  This return of Federal funding may result in a balance due to the university and the student would be required to pay this amount to the university.

Withdrawing from the semester may either place students on a Financial Aid Warning or a Financial Aid Suspension, depending on their current Satisfactory Academic Progress status.  A student who is considering withdrawing is encouraged to contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships for additional information.

Students may visit the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships website for the most up-to-date information on financial aid and scholarships.

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: www.tamuc.edu/financialaid.

For additional information, visit the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships website at: www.tamuc.edu/financialaid.

Veterans and Military Services

Located in the Welcome Center 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

Title 38 TAMUC 3679(e) Compliance

The following policies and procedures are of primary concern to veterans, servicepersons, members of guard and selected reserves, and other eligible persons who receive VA educational benefits while enrolled at the University.

Please note: Academic standards of progress and attendance are covered under school standards of progress as specified by the Texas A&M University-Commerce Commission on Higher Education, License Division, and are required by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

In accordance with Title 38 US Code 3679 subsection (e}, this school adopts the following additional provisions for any students using U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs {VA} Post 9/11 G.I. Bill® (Ch. 33} or Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (Ch. 31) benefits, while payment to the institution is pending from the VA. This school will not:

  • Prevent the student’s enrollment;
  • Assess a late penalty fee to;
  • Require student secure alternative or additional funding;
  • Deny their access to any resources (access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities} available to other students who have satisfied their tuition and fee bills to the institution.

However, to qualify for this provision, such students may be required to:

  • Provide Chapter 33 Certificate of Eligibility (or its equivalent} or for Chapter 31, VA VR&E’s contract with the school on VA Form 28-1905 by the first day of class.

Note: Chapter 33 students can register at the VA Regional Office to use E-Benefits to get the equivalent of a Chapter 33 Certificate of Eligibility. Chapter 31 student cannot get a completed VA Form 28-1905 (or any equivalent} before the VA VR&E case-manager issues it to the school.

  • Provide written request to be certified;
  • Provide additional information needed to properly certify the enrollment as described in other institutional policies

Disapproval of courses

(a)(1) Except as provided by paragraph (2), any course approved for the purposes of this chapter which fails to meet any of the requirements of this chapter shall be immediately disapproved by the Secretary or the appropriate State approving agency. An educational institution which has its courses disapproved by the Secretary or a State approving agency will be notified of such disapproval by a certified or registered letter of notification and a return receipt secured.

(2) In the case of a course of education that would be subject to disapproval under paragraph (1) solely for the reason that the Secretary of Education withdraws the recognition of the accrediting agency that accredited the course, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, in consultation with the Secretary of Education, and notwithstanding the withdrawal, may continue to treat the course as an approved course of education under this chapter for a period not to exceed 18 months from the date of the withdrawal of recognition of the accrediting agency, unless the Secretary of Veterans Affairs or the appropriate State approving agency determines that there is evidence to support the disapproval of the course under this chapter. The Secretary shall provide to any veteran enrolled in such a course of education notice of the status of the course of education.

(b) Each State approving agency shall notify the Secretary of each course which it has disapproved under this section. The Secretary shall notify the State approving agency of the Secretary’s disapproval of any educational institution under chapter 31 of this title.

(c)(1) Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter and subject to paragraphs (3) through (6), the Secretary shall disapprove a course of education provided by a public institution of higher learning if the institution charges tuition and fees for that course for covered individuals who are pursuing the course with educational assistance under chapter 30, 31, or 33 of this title while living in the State in which the institution is located at a rate that is higher than the rate the institution charges for tuition and fees for that course for residents of the State in which the institution is located, regardless of the covered individual’s State of residence.

(2) For purposes of this subsection, a covered individual is any individual as follows:

(A) A veteran who was discharged or released from a period of not fewer than 90 days of service in the active military, naval, or air service less than three years before the date of enrollment in the course concerned.

(B) An individual who is entitled to assistance under­

(i) section 3311(b)(9) of this title; or

(ii) section 3319 of this title by virtue of the individual’s relationship to­

(I) a veteran described in subparagraph (A); or

(II) a member of the uniformed services described in section 3319(b) of this title who is serving on active duty.

(C) An individual who is entitled to rehabilitation under section 3102(a) of this title.

(3) If after enrollment in a course of education that is subject to disapproval under paragraph (1) by reason of paragraph (2)(A), (2)(8), or (2)(C) a covered individual pursues one or more courses of education at the same public institution of higher learning while remaining continuously enrolled (other than during regularly scheduled breaks between courses, semesters or terms) at that institution of higher learning, any course so pursued by the covered individual at that institution of higher learning while so continuously enrolled shall also be subject to disapproval under paragraph (1).

(4) It shall not be grounds to disapprove a course of education under paragraph (1) if a public institution of higher learning requires a covered individual pursuing a course of education at the institution to demonstrate an intent, by means other than satisfying a physical presence requirement, to establish residency in the State in which the institution is located, or to satisfy other requirements not relating to the establishment of residency, in order to be charged tuition and fees for that course at a rate that is equal to or less than the rate the institution charges for tuition and fees for that course for residents of the State.

(5) The Secretary may waive such requirements of paragraph (1) as the Secretary considers appropriate.

(6) Disapproval under paragraph (1) shall apply only with respect to educational assistance under chapters 30, 31, and 33 of this title.

(d) Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, the Secretary or the applicable State approving agency shall disapprove a course of education described in paragraph (14) or (15) of section 3676(c) of this title unless the educational institution providing the course of education-

(1) publicly discloses any conditions or additional requirements, including training, experience, or examinations, required to obtain the license, certification, or approval for which the course of education is designed to provide preparation; and

(2) makes each disclosure required by paragraph (1) in a manner that the Secretary considers prominent (as specified by the Secretary in regulations prescribed for purposes of this subsection).

(e)(1) Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, beginning on August 1, 2019, a State approving agency, or the Secretary when acting in the role of the State approving agency, shall disapprove a course of education provided by an educational institution that has in effect a policy that is inconsistent with any of the following:

(A) A policy that permits any covered individual to attend or participate in the course of education during the period beginning on the date on which the individual provides to the educational institution a certificate of eligibility for entitlement to educational assistance under chapter 31 or 33 of this title and ending on the earlier of the following dates:

(i) The date on which the Secretary provides payment for such course of education to such institution.

(ii) The date that is 90 days after the date on which the educational institution certifies for tuition and fees following receipt from the student such certificate of eligibility.

(B) A policy that ensures that the educational institution will not impose any penalty, including the assessment of late fees, the denial of access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities, or the requirement that a covered individual borrow additional funds, on any covered individual because of the individual's inability to meet his or her financial obligations to the institution due to the delayed disbursement of a payment to be provided by the Secretary under chapter 31 or 33 of this title.

(2) For purposes of this subsection, a covered individual is any individual who is entitled to educational assistance under chapter 31 or 33 of this title.

(3) The Secretary may waive such requirements of paragraph (1) as the Secretary considers appropriate.

(4) It shall not be inconsistent with a policy described In paragraph (1) for an educational institution to require a covered individual to take the following additional actions:

(A) Submit a certificate of eligibility for entitlement to educational assistance not later than the first day of a course of education for which the individual has indicated the individual wishes to use the individual's entitlement to educational assistance.

(B) Submit a written request to use such entitlement

(C) Provide additional information necessary to the proper certification of enrollment by the educational institution

Rule of Construction

Pub. L. 115-407, title I, §103(c), Dec. 31, 2018, 132 Stat. 5370, provided that: “In a case in which an individual is unable to meet a financial obligation to an educational institution due to the delayed disbursement of a payment to be provided by the Secretary under chapter 31 or 33 of such title [title 38) and the amount of such disbursement is less than anticipated, nothing in section 3679(e) of such title, as added by subsection (a), shall be construed to prohibit an educational institution from requiring additional payment or imposing a fee for the amount that is the difference between the amount of the financial obligation and the amount of the disbursement.”

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
940-369-7116

Aerospace Studies, Department Chair
1155 Union Circle #310977 #305400
Denton, TX 76203-5400
940-565-2074

http://www.afrotc.com

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.

New Student & Family Programs

The Office of New Student & Family Programs is located in The Welcome Center. This office serves as one of the first steps for prospective and admitted students as well as their family members. This office is responsible for overseeing the programming for College Readiness initiatives, Rising Lion and the Lion Family Experience.

College Readiness programming serves prospective students and their family members with transitioning successfully to institutions of higher education. The program includes College Readiness workshops offered in-person or virtual with topics such as applying to college, exploring your academic majors and careers, paying for college and student leadership and civility. The Office of New Student & Family Programs offers these workshops in a module format to our ISD partners with staff videos and Lion Lessons from current A&M-Commerce students. We also offer this content in-person during our outreach programming with specialized populations such as the Boys & Girls Club, AVID, and Uplift Education programs.

Rising Lion programming is an exciting summer opportunity that prepares incoming freshmen for academic success. The academic program provides resources and support that will help students transition smoothly into college life. As a participant, students will take two classes during the Summer II semester. There are wrap around services such as a personal mentor, small class sizes and an Academic Success Team to help with academic advising, counseling and career exploration. To learn more about this program, visit the website at https://www.tamuc.edu/risinglion/

Lion Family members have an important role during their student’s transition to University life. As a family member, you can learn more about the services and programs offered to your student while they are away at college. We are committed to providing an environment where your student can grow and flourish. As a Lion Family member, you can join the Lion Family Experience by going to the Parents tab at tamuc.edu. The Lion Family Experience will provide you with personalized newsletters, important dates and communities for family members like you. Family Weekend is a celebration in September for family members and their students to enjoy a weekend of festivities at A&M-Commerce. Family Festival is hosted in April for family members and their students to enjoy a day full of entertainment, food and fun.

The Office of New Student & Family Programs can be reached via phone at 903.886.5117. If contacting by email, please use the appropriate email found below:

Rising Lion – RisingLionProgram@tamuc.edu

New Student & Family Programs – NSFP@tamuc.edu

Find the Office of New Student & Family Programs online at https://www.tamuc.edu/office-new-students-and-family-programs/

First-Year TRAC

Located in the College of Innovation and Design office suite in 173 Waters Library, the First-Year TRAC initiative provides entering undergraduate students with guidance and services necessary for success at the University. The First-Year TRAC supports the University’s vision through application of high academic standards, high quality programs and a personal educational experience for each student. The First-Year TRAC is comprised of Signature Courses and campus-wide events. Contact the office at 903-468.8174 or email: Sierra.Jones@tamuc.edu

Basic Skills Policy

A&M-Commerce shall assess the academic skills of each entering undergraduate student to determine the student's readiness to enroll in freshman-level academic coursework.  This assessment may not serve as a condition of admission to the University

Students found to be not ready for college-level work as determined by the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) exam will be enrolled in the appropriate developmental courses to prepare them for college-level work. Beginning Fall 2018, Texas state law requires that developmental courses be offered concurrently with coordinating college-level courses.  This is known as the co-requisite model. 

Co-requisite model in English: Upon completion of the developmental education sequence in English, students must enroll and remain enrolled in ENG 1301 until completion; students will be simultaneously enrolled in both ENG 100 and ENG 1301 concurrently.

Upon completion of the developmental education sequence in English, students must enroll and remain enrolled in ENG 1301 until completion; students will be simultaneously enrolled in both ENG 100 and ENG 1301 concurrently.

Students not requiring developmental work in English must be continuously enrolled in ENG 1301 until successfully completed.

Students in the College of Innovation and Design that are not college ready must begin the ENG 100 and ENG 1301 co-requisite during their first term of enrollment and remain enrolled in English until this requirement has been met.

Co-requisite model in Math:  Developmental Pathways in Mathematics will be chosen according to major.  If a student is determined to be in a “NON-Algebra intensive” major, which does not require College Algebra (MATH 1318)  or Business Math (MATH 1324), then that student will be enrolled in MATH 120 concurrently with either Contemporary Math, MATH 1332 or Elementary Statistical Methods, MATH 1342, depending on major requirements.  If a student is determined to be in an “Algebra-intensive” major which requires either MATH 1314 or MATH 1324, then that student will be enrolled in Intermediate Algebra, MATH 131 concurrently with either MATH 1314 or MATH 1324, depending on major requirements.  Enrollment in the co-requisite model will continue until the developmental course is successfully completed.  For examples of majors which are Algebra-intensive, refer to the description of the major or speak with a member of the Academic Success Team.

Students not requiring developmental work in Mathematics must be continuously enrolled in either MATH 1314, 1324, 1332, or 1342 (depending on the requirements of the major) until successfully completed.

Upon completion of the developmental education sequence in mathematics, students majoring in programs housed in the College of Business (COB), the College of Education and Human Services (COEHS), the College of Science and Engineering (CoSE) and the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CASNR) must begin the appropriate college math sequence for their programs. COB, CoSE and CASNR students must be continuously enrolled in mathematics until their core curriculum math requirements have been met.  Students in the College of Innovation and Design (CID) who are not college ready in both English and Math should complete their English requirements first.  Upon completing English, CID students must begin the co-requisite math sequence within the next two terms and be continuously enrolled in mathematics until their requirements have been met.  Students in other colleges will be encouraged to complete college mathematics in as timely a manner as possible.

Grades for developmental courses will be listed as “R” grades.  The “R” means that the grade is developmental and does not count in the GPA

Students subject to this Basic Skills Policy who request to drop English or Math will require approval from the Dean of the College of Innovation and Design.

Each Academic Success Team will maintain an advising hold on students to insure compliance

Contact the Dean of the College of Innovation and Design with questions at 903-886-5878.

First-Year Leadership Class (FLC)

The First Year Leadership Class is a two-semester, two-credit hour course focused on leadership development, service and team-building skills. Students receive a $2000 per semester tuition scholarship for their first year, equipping students with the personal leadership skills and education necessary to lead throughout their college experience. Requires application; contact the Assistant Director of First-Year Initiatives with questions at 903-468.8174 or email: Sierra.Jones@tamuc.edu

The First-Year TRAC

The First-Year TRAC is a program designed to help first-time freshmen students transition to college life. TRAC is an acronym that stands for Transforming Relationships and Academic Connections. 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
  • Take a Mentoring course led by a Peer Mentor
  • Take a Signature Course with a distinguished professor
  • Attend First-Year TRAC events on campus

Signature Courses

Signature Courses (UNCO 1301) are engaging, dynamic courses reserved for first-year freshmen. These courses 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, group projects, oral presentations, group discussion, proposals/ sales pitches, and other active, experiential learning strategies.

Signature Courses must meet the following Core Curriculum objectives:

  1. 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.
  2. Students will be able to analyze, evaluate, or solve problems when given a set of circumstances, data, texts, or art.
  3. 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.

Peer Mentoring

Upon enrolling in the university, all first-time freshmen students will be enrolled in a zero credit course UNCO 101: Mentoring led by a Peer Mentor. This course orients students to college life while supporting the student's transition to become successful and engaged in all segments of the university's programs and services. This course prepares students for optimal success at the university and beyond by motivating them to develop skills, knowledge, and behaviors that will create confident, self-sufficient learners. Attendance in this course is expected.

Peer Mentors receive training and supervision for their work with students by enrolling in the zero semester hour course UNCO 2301: Leadership and Engagement. This course is designed to provide valuable academic, social and professional development to ensure successful leadership in working with undergraduate peers. The course focuses on communication, critical thinking, creativity and innovation to inspire others. Students are encouraged to become leaders in the classroom and on campus.

Honors College

The Honors College, located in Prairie Crossing, 1809 Monroe Street, is an honors learning community of 300 students, with approximately 65 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 capstone 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 one of two apartments style halls (Prairie Crossing or New Pride 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 honorscollege@tamuc.edu.

Admission

Students will be admitted into the Honors College as they begin their first (freshman) year at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Admission is only available to students who are entering college directly following their high school graduation. 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

Honors Courses

Students in the Honors College are required to complete 30 credits of honors work. Twenty one of these 30 semester hours will be completed in Honors-designated courses. To complete the remaining 9 hours Honors College Students will enroll in a subset of the following courses based upon their capstone experience:

H C 200 First Year Experience - 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 a capstone experience. 

H C 300 Thesis Seminar - 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 301 Global Research - (Two Semester Hours): The concept of globalization, as seen through various disciplines, will be presented, contrasted, and critiqued. Special focus is given to developing a research acumen to investigate global issues and problems. A series of group presentations addressing a global topic or issue will require students to apply globalization theories learned throughout the semester, working to increase students’ awareness of global issues and events.. (second year, fall only) Students must complete course with a grade of “C” or better to be eligible to travel and to fulfill program graduation requirements.

H C 302 Applied Leadership - (Two 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. (second year, spring only) Students must complete course with a grade of “C” or better to be eligible for program internship and to fulfill program graduation requirements.

H C 400 Honors Colloquium – 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. Students must complete course with grade of “C” or better to fulfill program capstone requirements.
 

H C 401 Honors Senior Capstone - (Three Semester Hours). The senior capstone requires students to perform an in-depth examination of issues related to their future career. The course requires students to draw upon a variety of experiences including, but not limited to, leadership training, coursework, co-curricular activities, and program-based learning opportunities to inform this examination. Emphasis will be placed on understanding how skills acquired during these experiences can and will be applied after college. Successful completion of the course will require a public display of mastery. Students must complete course with grade of “C” or better to fulfill program capstone requirements.
 

H C 495 Honors College Program Internship - (Three Semester Hours). This course provides an opportunity for selected students to earn Honors credit for an approved work experience in a professional organization. Supervision of the experience is under the guidance of a practicing professional and can be in various fields of study. Terms and conditions of internship must be approved before enrollment. Students must complete course with grade of “C” or better to fulfill program capstone requirements.
 

H C 497 Special Topics - (Three Semester Hours). Study Abroad. Changing each summer term, the study abroad course provides an opportunity for selected students to earn Honors credit for an international learning experience. This multidisciplinary course changes based on instructor and selected travel location(s). Students must complete course with grade of “C” or better to fulfill program capstone requirements.
 

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.

Pathways to Honors Graduation

Successful defense of an Honors Thesis. The thesis experience strengthens a student’s research and critical thinking skills along with improving writing and oral presentation skills. Completing the thesis is (a) Required of all students who receive the full scholarship; (b) the default option if student is not chosen to travel abroad and does not complete an approved internship; (c) Students who successfully defend an Honors Thesis are eligible for all three levels of Honors (i.e., Honors, High Honors, Highest Honors).

Travel abroad experience. International travel can be a life changing experience that allows students to see the world from other perspectives. Students can improve their foreign language skills and traveling invariably tests one’s problem solving skills. There are only two accepted pathways to completing this requirement: (a) Traveling internationally with the annual class that is created by the Honors College office. This trip lasts approximately 3 weeks and occurs during the summer. The optimal time for this trip would be after the student’s sophomore year of college.  Each year substantial funding for approximately 20 students will be available – students will apply for one of these spots.  The application process is competitive and a spot on the trip is not guaranteed; (b) Semester study abroad through a recognized program or at an accredited university. Approval from the Honors College, before the trip, is required for it to count toward the capstone requirement and graduation with Honors. A public display of accumulated knowledge is required to receive credit. This public display will occur in the 400 level non-thesis senior seminar.

Internship experience. Internships are yet another High Impact Educational Practice. Internships allow students to hone their problem solving and communication skills (among other skills). Students can fulfill this requirement through the following pathways: (a) HC office sponsored internship.  Each semester the Honors College will provide the funding for up to 20 university departments to employ a student worker.  Departments will compete for this opportunity and will have to assure that the student is provided with a meaningful project based assignment during their internship; (b) Department/University approved internship. At times, university students can secure an internship through their department (HHP is a good example of this) or through the Career Development office. Approval from the Honors College, before the internship, is required for it to count toward the capstone requirement and graduation with Honors. A public display of accumulated knowledge is required to receive credit. This public display will occur in the 400 level non-thesis senior seminar.

Honors College students must complete an Honors capstone project and outlined program coursework in addition to general degree requirements for a bachelor’s degree to be conferred.

Benefits

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. Students interested in doing so must complete following requirements to graduate with Honors:

  1. Complete two Honors courses (See the Honors Advisor to be permitted into one of these courses).
  2. Take one semester of (H C 300 Thesis Seminar) for one semester credit. As mentioned above, this course helps students understand the thesis process.
  3. 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). Completion of an Honors Thesis is the only pathway to graduation with Honors for students in the Honors Scholars program.
  4. Attain a minimum 3.3 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/Current%20and%20Transfer%20Students/HonorsScholarProgram/default.aspx

Regent Scholars Program

Regent Scholars Program (RSP) provides outstanding freshmen a four-year scholarship equivalent to 50% 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. Note: The Regents Scholar Program is being phased out, no new students will be admitted to this program.

Expectations
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.

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.

Community Service

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.

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.

Global Courses

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.

Honors Courses: 

 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.

The Division of Student Affairs Programs and Services

Student Affairs 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.

Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Located on the second floor of the McDowell Administration building, the Vice President for Student Success and 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.

Campus Recreation

The mission of Campus Recreation is to educate, connect, and inspire people to lifelong activity and well-being. We offer a variety of ways to be physically active and improve your wellbeing. Most students pay a Recreation Center fee in their tuition that covers the costs of these opportunities. Over a dozen intramural sports are offered every semester ranging from basketball, flag football, and volleyball, to tennis, cricket, and table tennis. Club sports are organized by students and they practice and compete against other universities on a regional and national level, with opportunities such as fishing and table tennis. With over 20 different group fitness sessions offered every week, you can find ways to stay active with Zumba, yoga, cycling, strength training, etc. Outdoor adventure opportunities are also offered with trips around the region to hike, bike, kayak, rock climb, and much more. In addition to these programs, students can come to the Morris Recreation Center (MRC) to play basketball, volleyball, racquetball and many other sports. The MRC also includes weight and cardio rooms, activity room, outdoor leisure pool, and an indoor rock wall. Check out all these options and more on the Campus Recreation website: https://tamuc.edu/CampusRec or by calling 903-468-3181.

The Office of Intercultural Engagement & Leadership (IEL)

The Office of Intercultural Engagement and Leadership serves as the hub for social justice, experiential leadership, service and inclusion programs and initiatives.  The Office also provides a space that students can call "home", equipped with a relaxation lounge, study space, conference room and staff that are great resources for on and off campus information.

IEL's mission is to develop global leaders committed to service, lifelong learning, and inclusion by providing a supportive environment of co-curricular excellence and transformative experiences. Meet us on the 2nd floor of the Rayburn Student Center to learn more about cultural awareness, leadership, social justice, and community engagement. Visit our website: http://www.tamuc.edu/IEL   or call 903-468-3046 for more information about your options in the Office of Intercultural Engagement and Leadership.

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. Special Living and Learning Communities (LLCs) are also offered within various residence halls and apartments: Honors College, Regents Scholars, African American Male Mentorship Program, Latino American Mentorship Program, Sista2Sista, Mujeres de Accion, Lions in Leadership, STEM, Women in AG, Thrive, Studio 360, Well-being and Transfer House.  Residential Living and Learning serves both undergraduate and graduate students, single and with family. Contact RLL at 903-886-5797.

Residency Requirement

All single, first-year and second-year undergraduate students who are not commuting from the home of their parents or legal guardians must reside in University housing (residence halls) and all first-year and second-year residents are required to purchase the 19 Exchange Meal Plan for the full academic year. Second-year live-on required students may also choose the 14-Meal Plan. 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/campuslife/housing/default.aspx

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 various residence hall options such as: shared or private rooms, co-ed or single-sex floors, Gender Inclusive housing, residence hall or apartment, Living and Learning Communities or Sorority housing. Each facility offers unique opportunities for students.

Rayburn Student Center (RSC)

The Rayburn Student Center provides programs, activities, and facilities for the campus community to gather, connect, and engage.  The Rayburn Student Center features 120,000 square feet of modern meeting rooms, a food court, Chick Fil A, cafeteria, University Bookstore, Student Club, graphic design and campus marketing services, informal lounges, patios, and ATM. 

The student center is located on the corner of Neal and Stonewall Streets right across from the McFarland Science Center.  http://tamuc.edu/RSC

Student Engagement

The Office of Student Engagement is the center of your college experience.  We can help you make the most of your TAMUC experience through student organizations, campus activities, fraternity and sorority life and special events and programs such as Lion’s Roar Weeks of Welcome and Homecoming.  Check out all of these options and more on the Student Engagement website: https://www.tamuc.edu/office-of-campus-life-student-success/student-engagement/ or by calling 903-468-5818

Campus Activities Board

The Texas A&M University-Commerce Campus Activities Board strives to provide a diverse range of student-led entertainment and events to the university community.  Our Programs complement, cultivate, unify, and contribute to the efforts of Texas A&M University-Commerce. We remain true to our founder William L. Mayo's creed of "ceaseless industry, fearless investigation, unfettered thought, and unselfish service to others." Some of our well-known events you can expect to see are the Haunted House, Homecoming Talent Show and CABFEST! If you have any questions about how to join or our events please contact Taylor Egerton, the Student Engagement Coordinator, at taylor.egerton@tamuc.edu.

Fraternity and Sorority Life

The purpose of Fraternity & Sorority Life at TAMUC is to stimulate the intellectual and personal growth of each of its members, to challenge its members to be the best versions of themselves and life purposeful, fulfilling lives, to give back to the community through education, service & philanthropy and to enrich the overall college experience. With nearly 400 members at 21 chapters, Fraternity & Sorority life makes up about 7% of the student population at TAMUC. While each chapter is unique in their own way, we, as a community, strive to uphold our pillars, scholarship, leadership, service & philanthropy, and brotherhood/sisterhood.

Homecoming

Homecoming is a tme when current students, faculty, staff and alumni come together to celebrate the life-long community that comes with being a lion.  A&M-Commerce has stood proudly since 1889 leaving its legacy in Texas over the past 100+ years. Join us for some of our most beloved homecoming traditions such as Hot Dog Spirit Rally, bon-fire and of course the homecoming football game.

Lion’s Roar Weeks of Welcome

One of our oldest traditions on campus, Lions Roar, is our fall/spring welcome week where you are invited to events throughout the day which encourage you to meet other students, discover campus organizations and make important connections. You’ll have opportunities to get connected with peers, departments and the Commerce community during the first week of school. Kick-off this exciting chapter in your life as a member of your Lion Pride with lots of free food, fun and giveaways!

Student Government Association

The Student Government Association serves and represents the student body through outreach, engagement programs, and meeting with students. Stop by our office on the first floor of the Rayburn Student Center to meet with our Executive Officers or Senators. Join us for meetings on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. in RSC Legacy A&B. We have many committees, such as campus life and academic affairs that work to enhance the collegiate experience. We also have leadership positions available if you are interested in serving as a Senator or Officer; applications are available on our website www.tamuc.edu/sga.

Student Organizations

We offer over 100 students organizations that provide developmental opportunities to connect and engage with other student leaders. Our students organizations offer pro-grammatic experiences and make the campus vibrant.  If you are interested in starting an organization, you can meet with the Assistant Director of Student Government Association and Student Organizations in the Office of Student Engagement.

Office of Student Diversity & Inclusion (Hispanic Outreach & Retention)

Located in the Welcome Center at 2200 Campbell Street, the mission of the Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion (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 Latino community. Our staff advise prospective students and families on the college application process, financing their 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 student enrollment. The Office of Hispanic Outreach and Retention can be contacted at HispanicOutreach@tamuc.edu or by calling our bilingual (English/Spanish) line at 903-886-5067.

Counseling Center

The Counseling Center provides free mental health and wellbeing 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. Individual, couples, and group counseling is available face to face or by teletherapy in Texas. We also provide consultation and referral, educational outreach, and crisis intervention including after-hours and weekends. Psychiatric evaluation and medication management is available for students utilizing counseling services. Legal advising services is provided by a licensed attorney and scheduled by appointment. 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, #203, or call 903-886-5145. We encourage all students to take advantage of the services the Counseling Center has to offer. Our mission is to support, connect, and empower!The Counseling Center provides free mental health and wellbeing 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. Individual, couples, and group counseling is available face to face or by teletherapy in Texas. We also provide consultation and referral, educational outreach, and crisis intervention including after-hours and weekends. Psychiatric evaluation and medication management is available for students utilizing counseling services. Legal advising services is provided by a licensed attorney and scheduled by appointment. 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, #203, or call 903-886-5145. We encourage all students to take advantage of the services the Counseling Center has to offer. Our mission is to support, connect, and empower!

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.

Student Rights & Responsibilities

Located in the Halladay Student Services building, Suite 201, Student Rights & Responsibilities fosters learning and personal accountability by educating the University community on behaviors that promote civility and ethical standards. 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 conduct matters. The Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) is an advisory group to the Dean of Students that is focused on students of concern and students in crisis. 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.

Behavioral Intervention Team

The Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) is an advisory group to the Dean of Students that is focused on students of concern and students in crisis. 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. For more information about the BIT, please visit: https://www.tamuc.edu/campuslife/campusservices/studentRights/behaviorIntervention.aspx

Student Guidebook

Students are informed about their student rights and responsibilities primarily through the Student Code of Conduct which is produced by the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities 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/student_guidebook/Student_Guidebook.pdf  to all students, faculty and staff. Limited hard copies of the guidebook are available in the office of Student Right & Responsibilities.

Student Health Services

Student Health Services is located in Henderson Hall.  The student clinic offers affordable medical care to undergraduate and graduate student of Texas A&M University – Commerce. Some of the primary health care services include acute care, minor injuries, allergy injections, birth control, EKG’s, immunizations, flu shots, TB testing, lab testing, minor surgical procedure, physical exams, splints, STI testing & treatment, stiches, women’s health, wound care, asthma management, X-Rays and telemedicine.  903-886-5853  

https://www.tamuc.edu/student-health-services/?source=universalmenu

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.

Student Disability Services

Texas A&M University–Commerce is committed to promoting an academic, recreational, and social experience for disabled students that is fully inclusive and accessible. Disabled students at A&M-Commerce are encouraged to participate in all aspects of campus life. Student Disability Services (SDS) 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 can be completed in the SDS office or online at www.tamuc.edu/SDRS.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Phone: 903.886.5150

E-mail: StudentDisabilityServices@tamuc.edu

Location: James Gee Waters Library | Room 162

Student Support Services

Career Development

Career Development is located on the second floor of the Library, Suite 225. Career Development develops relationships with employers resulting in career opportunities for students/alumni, while providing quality career preparation tools to develop the essential skills needed to compete in job market. The office provides a number of programs and services throughout the year for students as they prepare for a successful transition into their careers. 

Programming throughout the year includes:

  • Design Your Life Series, workshops, and in-depth career exploration events
  • Career and Internship fairs, industry panels, and networking events
  • Lion Mentorship Program and Lion Job Shadow to learn from alumni and other professionals
  • Job search workshops focused on professional development, marketable skills, and career readiness.
  • One-on-one industry specific Career Coaching in person or VIRTUAL

Services available to all students include:

  • Résumé and cover letter consultation
  • Career assessment and coaching using a robust tool called YouScience
  • Job search resources including mock interviews (BigInterview), LinkedIn consultations, and applications and letter for professional schools or employment
  • The Lion Wardrobe (professional dress for students & free professional headshots)

All students and alumni have access to the job and internship database, HireaLion, powered by Handshake. Contact Career Development at 903-468-3223 or visit the website at www.hirealion.com.

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-Friday 9-4.

The Writing Center is located in David Talbot Hall (the former Hall of Languages) on the east side of the campus. As you come in the main 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:

http://www.tamuc.edu/academics/colleges/humanitiesSocialSciencesArts/departments/literatureLanguages/writingCenter/onlineWritingLab.aspx

All Students will have access to Writing Center resources through the D2L/Brightspace course module.

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.

Undergraduate Tutoring Services

Undergraduate Tutoring Services (UTS), formerly the Academic Success Center, is comprised of multiple programs which were designed to aid undergraduate students in learning and better understanding their course material. Since Fall of 2011, UTS has been dedicated to using these programs to support our undergraduate students with their overall academic success and achievement.

The main office of UTS, located on the second floor of the Waters Library in room #201C, doubles as a walk-in tutoring location for a variety of core-level courses. Tutoring for Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and other undergraduate-level science courses is provided on the first floor of the McFarland Science Building in room #110, also known as the JAMP room. Supplemental Instruction (SI) Leaders provide tutoring and group study sessions for the classes they are assigned. Lastly, UTS is partnered with Tutor.com, which provides live online tutoring for students 24/7. URL: www.tutor.com/tamuc

Together, these programs provide tutoring and academic assistance to undergraduate students at no extra cost to them. On average, students who regularly attend tutoring sessions have a higher rate of passing their classes than those who do not. With tutoring, students are more likely to avoid failing grades and less likely to drop their classes.

For more information regarding our services, locations, and hours, visit the UTS website at www.tamuc.edu/UTS,  call our office at 903-468-8620, or email our office at UTS@tamuc.edu or our Coordinator Jodi White at Jodi.White@tamuc.edu.

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.

Off-Site Locations

Collin Higher Education Center

www.tamuc.edu/chec

3452 Spur 399, McKinney, TX 75069

Texas A&M University-Commerce partners with Collin College to provide undergraduate and graduate degrees at the Collin Higher Education Center (CHEC) in McKinney. A&M-Commerce at CHEC is a great alternative for students living in the Collin County area who want an A&M-Commerce education minutes from their home. Students who have already completed an associate degree or have a substantial number of college academic credit hours can earn their baccalaureate and graduate degrees in programs offered at the CHEC. A&M-Commerce at CHEC offers four undergraduate degree programs, including the BA/BS in Education (EC-6 with Teacher Certification), BS in Sport and Recreation Management, BA/BS in Human Services, and a BS in Psychology. Our three graduate degrees include an MED/MS in Counseling, a MED/MS in Curriculum and Instruction, and an MSW in Social Work. A&M-Commerce at CHEC also offers a PH.D in Counselor Education and Supervision. For questions regarding the location of programs, contact A&M-Commerce at CHEC at 972-599-3122 or email at chec@tamuc.edu

A&M-Commerce at Frisco

www.tamuc.edu/frisco

Texas A&M University-Commerce and Collin College partner to bring university classes to the residents in and around the fast-growing city of Frisco at Collin College's Preston Ridge Campus. Students can choose from four undergraduate programs: a BS in Agribusiness, BSW in Social Work, BBA in General Business, and a BBA Business Analytics. A&M-Commerce at Frisco also offers an MS in Business Analytics. Take the next step towards earning an accredited bachelor's or master’s degree by contacting A&M-Commerce at Frisco at 972-377-1665 or email frisco@tamuc.edu

Mesquite Metroplex Center

www.tamuc.edu/Mesquite

3819 Towne Crossing Blvd, Mesquite, TX 75150

The Mesquite Metroplex Center is conveniently located between I-30, LBJ 635 and Hwy 80 in Mesquite, approximately 2.5 miles east of the Dallas College Eastfield Campus. This facility consists of seven traditional classrooms, two classrooms for video conferencing, a computer lab, seminar area, library, conference room and faculty/staff offices. A&M-Commerce offerings at this center include courses toward an MED/MS in Curriculum & Instruction with teacher certification, MED/MS in Secondary Education, MED/MS in Special Education with Educational Diagnostician certification, MS in Higher Education, MS in Counseling, MED/MS in Early Childhood Education, MA/MED/MS in Reading, MS in Mathematics, SSP in School Psychology, an an MSW in Social Work. Undergraduate programs include a BSW in Social Work (upper-level courses), a BA in Spanish, and a BA/BS in Education (EC-6 Generalist). Also available are courses toward an EDD in Supervisions, Curriculum, and Instruction, and an 18 credit hour graduate certificate in teaching History. To learn more about degree programs at the Mesquite Metroplex Center contact us at 972-613-7591 or email mesquite.metroplex@tamuc.edu

Navarro College Partnership-Corsicana 

www.tamuc.edu/Navarro

3200 W. 7th Avenue, Corsicana TX 75110

A&M-Commerce at Navarro offers a BA/BS in Education with concentrations in EC-6 and 4-8 available for students pursuing a career in teaching. Students may also earn bachelor’s degrees in Criminal Justice, Computer Science, and Computer Information Systems. Graduate programs include an MED/MS in Special Education and an MS in Mathematics. Advising for various online degrees, including a Bachelor’s of Applied Arts and Sciences, BSBA in Business Administration, and a Bachelor's of General Studies, is also available at the Corsicana location. Contact the A&M-Commerce at Navarro at 903-875-7617 or email Navarro.Corsicana@tamuc.edu.

A&M-Commerce at Dallas

www.tamuc.edu/dallas

8750 North Central Expressway, Dallas, TX 75231

A&M-Commerce at Dallas features state-of-the-art facilities to fully support and inspire your pursuit of excellence. Undergraduates can complete a BFA in the award-winning Visual Communication program with tracks in Art Direction, Design, or New Media. Graduate students may complete an MS in Higher Education, MA in Art, MBA in Business Administration, MSA in Accounting, or an MSF in Finance. Our Dallas location also offers undergraduate courses toward a BSW in Social work, or a BS in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems. Additional graduate offerings include courses toward the following degrees: MED/MS in Counseling, MS in Management, MS in Marketing, Professional Counseling Licensure, and a PHD in Counselor Education and Supervision. For additional information, contact A&M-Commerce at Dallas at 214-954-3600 or email Dallas@tamuc.edu.[AS1] 


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RELLIS

www.tamuc.edu/rellis

3100 Texas Highway 47, Bryan, TX 77807

The Texas A&M University RELLIS Campus is a unique, innovative partnership that brings education, workforce development, industry, and research together on a single campus. The Academic Alliance at RELLIS includes a community college district along with academic program offerings by A&M System universities. A&M-Commerce offers three bachelor’s degrees at RELLIS, including a BS in Computer Science, BS in Computer Information Systems, and a BS in Cybersecurity. For additional information, contact RELLIS at 979-317-3410 or email education@rellis.tamus.edu.

Additional Student Resources and Services

Study Abroad Programs

Texas A&M University-Commerce promotes a number of international studies programs as part of its globalization strategy. Students have a broad range of options as they pursue study opportunities internationally, but the University’s centerpiece program is the growing set of faculty-led programs it continues to develop—we now have a broad range of disciplines undertaking study programs with new destinations being added every year: Argentina, Australia, Belize, Cambodia, Guatemala, Sweden, Costa Rica, Mexico, China, Korea, United Kingdom and more. For those students who would prefer an opportunity to study abroad for a longer period of time, there are several programs available that offer summer, semester-long or year-long programs. To date, we’ve had students study in Ireland, the United Kingdom, Thailand, Japan, Italy, France, the Galapagos Islands, Spain, Chile, Costa Rica and more. Finally, we have a long-standing relationship with the University of Southern Mississippi that allows our students to participate in their annual British Studies Program in London.

For information on these and other international studies programs, please contact the Office of International Programs at 903-468-6034. 

Office of International Programs

The International Student and 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 International Student and 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 International Student and 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

Division of Philanthropy and Engagement

The Division’s primary charge is to bring the University’s mission to life by building and cultivating a strong culture of philanthropy and engagement that serves as a source of strength, sustainability, and opportunity for our University. 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. The Division of Philanthropy and Engagement includes these areas: annual giving and special programs, major gifts, philanthropy operations, and alumni engagement.

Major Gifts, Annual Giving and Special Programs, and Philanthropy Operations

The purpose of the philanthropy team is to build relationships through meaningful engagement and fulfilling experiences which inspire philanthropic support, for unrestricted support, scholarships, endowments, professorships, research, capital improvements and other programs and priorities as identified. This is achieved through strategic cultivation, stewardship, and solicitation of individuals, corporations and foundations, direct mail, employee gifts (Bridge Builders), as well as special campaigns. Philanthropy Operations personnel partner with frontline fundraisers, donors, and campus stakeholders to successfully initiate and further a strong philanthropic culture through intentional management, analysis, and leveraging of critical data needed to inform strategy and conduct the operations that engage and steward our supporters. Specifically, this includes gift processing, database management, reporting and analysis, prospect management and research, stewardship and donor relations, events, and restricted fund management.

Texas A&M University-Commerce Foundation

The Texas A&M University-Commerce 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 volunteer board of directors which leads efforts to be ambassadors for the university as well as solicit gifts from corporations, foundations, government granting agencies, alumni and other individuals.

Office of Alumni Engagement

The Alumni Engagement office provides support for the Texas A&M University-Commerce Alumni Association, as well as special opportunities and services to alumni and student groups. The Alumni Center serves as the focal point of alumni activities on campus. The alumni brick garden located at the Alumni Center provides alumni and friends an opportunity to leave a visual and lasting legacy for themselves and loved ones.   

The Alumni Engagement team plans and executes alumni events such as class and organization reunions, homecoming weekend, alumni speaking engagements, networking events with students, regional alumni activities, tailgating, alumni awards and recognition, alumni-funded scholarships, alumni ambassadors, distinguished alumni and other programs. Additionally, the department works to keep alumni informed with the latest university updates via social media and virtual networking.

For more information about the Philanthropy and Engagement Division, please contact us at giving@tamuc.edu, 903-468-8187, or online at https://www.tamuc.edu/giving/.

Office of Marketing and Communications

The primary mission of the Office of Marketing and Communications is to promote, strengthen and protect the A&M-Commerce brand. A team of graphic designers, communications specialists, media specialists, web developers, photographers, videographers, team leaders and support staff work together to carry out this mission.

Office of Marketing and Communications:

  • Develops strategic marketing strategies and plans
  • Designs and produces promotional materials for the university, including recruitment materials like brochures, newsletters, postcards, flyers, billboards and digital advertising media
  • Maintains the university’s website (tamuc.edu)
  • Manages the university’s social media accounts, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and TikTok
  • Shares university news via press releases and the official news site (news.tamuc.edu)
  • Oversees university brand standards, including graphic standards and brand voice
  • Publishes crises and weather communications

88.9 KETR:

A&M-Commerce boasts a 100,000-watt public radio station, 88.9 KETR.

The station’s signal broadcasts up to a 75-mile radius of A&M-Commerce.  It is found online at www.ketr.org and is available for streaming on iHeart Radio, iTunes Radio and TuneIn Radio.

KETR provides:

  • National and regional news
  • NPR and BBC programming
  • Locally produced programs
  • A&M-Commerce sports and high school football broadcasts
  • Severe weather coverage
  • Podcasts
  • Other programming

KETR also provides access to invaluable hands-on learning where students can cultivate and foster excellence in broadcast and journalism.

University Police Department (UPD)

UPD provides full police services and all security aspects for the University, as well as additional services for faculty, staff, students, and visitors on campus.  The department is responsible for investigation of criminal activity, crime prevention programs, safety awareness programs, public service assistance for motorists, event security and parking enforcement.  The department enforces the University’s parking regulations as well as State motor vehicle laws.  All motor vehicles parking on campus must be registered with the University and have the parking permit properly displayed.

UPD officers 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.  For emergencies on campus, call 903-886-5111, or 903-886-5868 for non-emergencies.  A call to 911 will be routed through Commerce Police Department and can be immediately transferred to UPD communications.  For a copy of crime statistics, visit www.tamuc.edu/crimestats or call or come by UPD.

Emergency alerts are automatically sent to all A&M-Commerce email addresses.  Those students, faculty, and staff who have TAMUC Single Sign-On (SSO) and password can register to receive text message alerts.  The system also pushes the emergency notification message to LionSafe, Twitter, and RSS.  To register, visit:  MyLeo, select Apps, and select Alert System Settings.

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