Advising Terminology

Academic Advisor

Professional staff member assigned through the Academic College to degree-seeking students to offer degree counseling and advice as well as academic policy and procedural guidance.

Add

Adjusting a completed schedule of courses by adding a new course. May not occur after the Census date otherwise known as the 12th class day (in long semesters). Refer to class schedule or University calendar.

Admission

The process of being brought into the University. A student is not considered for admission until all specified forms and fees have been received.

AP

Advanced placement courses taken during high school. An exam is offered at the conclusion of an AP course and the resulting score may qualify a student to receive college credit. Please refer to catalog for specific list of AP exams that will be accepted as equivalent to A&M-Corpus Christi courses, the minimum score required, and the number of semester hours that may be awarded.

Audit

A method of enrollment for a course whereby the student does not earn academic credit. However, students are still required to pay the full current tuition rate. Permission of the instructor of the course and the appropriate dean is required. A student will not be given permission to audit a course until the first day of classes. Under no circumstance may audit be converted to credit.

Census Date

The day, each term, on which official calculations are determined. For long semesters such as fall and spring it is the 12th class day, and for summer terms the 4th class day. Registration and Adds may not occur after this date.

Class Days

The days, Monday through Friday, during which the University is in session; not the days on which an individual class meets.

CLEP test

The College-Level Examination Program is a paid testing service which may earn the test taker college-level credit in undergraduate college courses based on their score. For more information please see the University Catalog under “Academic Policies – Credit By Examination”.

Closed Class

A course offering that has reached its maximum enrollment.

Degree Student

One admitted to a degree program.

Drop

The process of terminating enrollment in one or more classes while remaining enrolled for at least one class for the same semester. A fee is charged for dropping a class after the term has started.

3 Drop Rule

Upon retaking a particular course for the third time (whether voluntarily or out of need/drop/failure) a fee will be applied to enrolling in the course.

6 Drop Maximum

Beginning in Fall 2007 and thereafter, a student may not drop more than 6 (six) courses during their entire undergraduate career.

Dual Credit

The process where students receive college course credit while simultaneously earning credit toward high school graduation.

Faculty Mentor

Full-time faculty member assigned to degree-seeking students to offer career guidance and mentorship as well as course specific advice and assistance.

Freshman

A degree-seeking undergraduate who has earned fewer than 30 semester credit hours. Also referred to as “first year student.”

Full-Time

A degree-seeking undergraduate attempting 12 or more semester hours in a semester. A graduate student attempting 9 semester hours in a semester. The load for other terms is shown elsewhere in the University catalog.

GPA

Grade Point Average, also referred to as GPA. For calculation of: refer to the catalog or your academic advisor.

Graduation

The ceremonial completion of a degree program. The degree is not awarded until all academic requirements are certified as completed. The student initiates application for graduation at point of registration for last term of study. An application must be processed for each attempt.

Graduate Student

A student who holds a baccalaureate degree and is enrolled in a graduate program of study.

Hold

A note placed in a student record which restricts a particular activity. Only the office that places a hold can remove it.

Junior

A degree-seeking undergraduate who has earned at least 60, but fewer than 90 semester credit hours.

Late Registration

A period beginning with the first day of classes and ending on or before the census date during which registration may occur. Special permission may be required. A late registration fee is assessed.

Matriculation

The initial registration as a degree-seeking student toward a particular degree. A student matriculates once for each degree. Matriculation ends when a student applies for graduation for that particular term.

Non-Degree Student

One taking classes without the expectation of receiving a degree. A non-degree student is neither part time nor full time, and is not classified as freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior.

Post baccalaureate (PostBac) student

A student who holds a baccalaureate or higher degree but intends to seek an additional bachelor's degree or an additional undergraduate major or minor. May also be a student who intends to take undergraduate coursework required for Texas public school teacher certification.

Pre/Co Requisite

A requirement that must be completed before/at the same time a course may be attempted.

Registration

Reserving space in a course (a process called tallying) followed by payment of all tuition and fees: it is a two-part process. Registration is not completed until payment has occurred.

Restricted Course

One for which admission is limited to a particular classification of student. A student who has been enrolled in error can be removed administratively.

Scholastic Probation

A term that applies to a student whose cumulative Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi grade point average (GPA) falls below 2.0. Scholastic probation will result on a registration hold being placed on your record.

Sophomore

A degree-seeking undergraduate who has earned at least 30, but fewer than 60 semester credit hours.

Senior

A degree-seeking undergraduate who has earned 90 or more semester credit hours.

Transcript

A record of a student’s academic history at the University. It is prepared by the Office of Admissions. Please check with that office for preparation schedule and fees.

Transient

A student who pursues a degree at another institution and is currently in good standing but wishes to enroll in courses at TAMUCC and transfer them back to their home institution. Transient students must apply for admission and submit a letter of good standing.

Withdrawal

The process of dropping all classes for a given term. A check-out process is involved, and the student is not associated with the University until he/she seeks reinstatement for a subsequent term.