What you need to do during your CAP Year 2014 - 2015 CAP Requirements
If you're enrolled in CAP during the fall and spring semesters of the 2014-2015 academic year, you’ll do pretty much what other freshmen do on college and university campuses across the country. But at the same time, you’ll be doing the things needed to complete your CAP requirements.
Details about your freshman year
Requirements of your CAP agreement
The agreement that you signed last spring outlined the following requirements for successfully completing the CAP year:
- Complete a minimum of 30 semester credit hours of transferable coursework specified by the UT System school that you choose to attend.
- Earn at least a 3.2 cumulative grade point average on the coursework that you complete.
- Enroll in and complete at least one mathematics course beyond Math 301 (College Algebra) during the fall 2014 or spring 2015 semester.
- Complete all required college coursework during the fall 2014 and spring 2015 semesters.
- Submit a final official transcript to UT Austin by June 1, 2015, from the UT System school that you select to attend.
The 30 semester hours
Here are some details about the 30 semester hours of coursework that you must complete during your CAP year:
- All coursework must be from the approved course list at the UT System school you attend. (See “Course lists and options” below.)
- All coursework must be taken at the UT System school you attend during the fall and spring semesters.
- Credit hours completed during a “mini-mester” or “Maymester” at your UT System school will not count toward the 30-hour requirement.
Course lists and options
During your CAP year, you’ll take courses that have been approved for transfer to UT Austin. That means that if you complete the program successfully, you’ll enroll in UT Austin with at least 30 hours of transferable coursework which can be used toward a degree in either Liberal Arts or Natural Sciences.
The approved CAP course listings vary at each of the UT System universities that participate in the program, but each university offers a large number of courses from which CAP students may choose.
Approved Courses Lists (Fall 2014-Spring 2015)
- UT Arlington Course List
- UT Brownsville Course List
- UT El Paso Course List
- UT Pan Am Course List
- UT Permian Basin Course List
- UT San Antonio Course List
- UT Tyler Course List
You should work closely with the CAP academic advisor at your UT System university to make certain that the courses you take are on the approved course list.
If you have questions or concerns about meeting the requirements using only the courses on the approved list, please speak to the CAP academic advisor at the UT System school you are attending during your CAP year.
Perhaps the most important factor in determining whether you’ll be able to automatically enroll in UT Austin following your CAP year is whether you obtain an overall 3.2 GPA on your transferable coursework. If you do so, and you meet the other requirements, you will be able to enroll at UT Austin in the fall semester following your CAP year without having to apply for admission.
Here are some additional details about GPA:
- None of the individual grades you obtain for your transferable CAP courses can be below a C.
- If you make anything below a C on a course during the fall semester of your CAP year, you will need to retake that course (or take another course in its place) during the spring semester.
- If you retake a course, you may consider the course only once when adding up your semester hours of transferable coursework. That means that you’ll have to take at least 33 hours of coursework to obtain 30 hours of transferable coursework.
One of the courses you take during your CAP year must be a mathematics course beyond College Algebra (Math 301). The mathematics courses that you can take to fulfill this requirement are on the approved course list for the UT System university that you are attending.
Even students who test out of or receive credit for a math course beyond Math 301 before enrolling in CAP must complete a math course beyond Math 301 as part of their CAP studies.
If you’re prepared to enroll in a math course beyond College Algebra when you begin your CAP year, you will work with your academic advisor at the UT System university you attend to select an appropriate course. The mathematics course you take will be counted toward your 30 hours of required coursework.
Need to take College Algebra?
Here are some details about fulfilling the mathematics requirement for students who need to take College Algebra during the CAP year:
- If you aren’t prepared to enroll in a math course beyond College Algebra when you begin your CAP year, you will need to take College Algebra in the fall of your CAP year and then take another mathematics course in the spring to fulfill your mathematics requirement.
- If you take College Algebra in the fall, it will count as part of your 30 hours of required coursework. However, the grade that you earn in College Algebra will not be considered when your CAP GPA is calculated.
- In such cases if you take 30 hours during your CAP year, your GPA will be calculated using the 27 other hours you take (all of your CAP coursework except for College Algebra), and you must earn at least a 3.2 GPA on this 27 hours of coursework.
College Algebra (Math 301) does not apply to the math requirements for most degree plans at UT Austin.
Not ready for College Algebra?
It is especially difficult, if not impossible for a student who is not prepared to enroll in College Algebra in the fall to successfully meet the mathematics requirement by the end of the spring semester. If you know that you will not be able to complete this requirement, you should consider other educational options.
Please speak with your CAP academic advisor at the UT System university you’re attending about options.
Final transcript requirement
After you complete the spring semester of your CAP year, you must make certain that a final transcript of all of your CAP work reaches UT Austin by June 1, 2015. Be sure that the transcript that you submit to us includes final grades from both your fall and spring semester; don’t request the transcript too early.
Some universities may see about this requirement without your having to request that they do it, but other universities may not. It is your responsibility to find out what you need to do to make sure your transcript gets to us by the deadline.
Focus on academics
Although it’s true that academics is what all college students should focus on, in your case obtaining at least a 3.2 GPA is necessary if you are going to take advantage of the guaranteed transfer offered as part of your CAP agreement.
This obviously means that you should spend time studying, but it also means that you need to be aware of how your classes are going at every step of the way.
Seek out help if you need it and don’t wait until the end of a semester to begin asking what you can do to improve your grades.