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Orientation Information for Plan II First-Years: Welcome to Plan II and UT Austin

Sat, June 5, 2010
Orientation Information for Plan II First-Years:  Welcome to Plan II and UT Austin

Orientation registration is ONLY on-line.   Register for orientation.   

None of the orientation sessions are specific to only one college or major. Most colleges and programs participate in all the orientation sessions—only a few restrict entering freshman to specific sessions.  The College of Liberal Arts (CoLA) participates in all the sessions.  Plan II participates every session but the first session (June 8-11).  Nothing will reference Plan II specifically in the orientation registration process.  You’ll only see Plan II mentioned in the full schedule when you check in at your orientation session.

Parent/Family Orientation Schedule (Day One of each Orientation session)

Freshman Orientation Schedule at a Glance

All the orientation registration, organization and details (with the exception of our Plan II meetings here for the Plan II admitted first-years) and REGISTRATION are the responsibility of the Dean of Students Office (DOS), specifically, the Office of New Student Services (NSS):.  The Plan II admission response form is only a place for incoming Plan II students report to us the orientation session in which they registered at the official link.  Choosing a session on that form doesn’t register you for anything.  It’s a Plan II information tool only.

If a specific session is full, what Judy will tell you is to register for another session and check back regularly (even daily) to see if a space has become available in the session you want.  Students tend to change their minds a lot between now and the first orientation session. What’s full today may well have an opening tomorrow or in two weeks.  

The August 18-19 Fall Orietation session registration is now open.

The August 18-19 session is free and just a slightly abbreviated from what is offered in the other sessions. But since it alleviates the need for additional interstate travel, most students coming from outside of Texas find it’s the most convenient and certainly the most economical.

If you change your plans and register for an different session than you reported on your admission response form, be sure to let Plan II know.  

TESTING/TEST CREDITS:  General information

No credit by examination will appear on your official transcript until you instruct the IAE (Instructional Assessment and Evaluation, formerly MEC) to report it to the Registrar. To have credit reported you must  petition using your UT EID.  Credit by examination accepted as credit only will not affect your cumulative grade point average. You will be assessed a fee of $6 per credit hour for the credit by examination you request to be reported to the Office of the Registrar. You have several options for paying this fee. After credit has been reported to the Registrar, it cannot be changed.

Although you may petition as soon as you are admitted as a student at UT Austin, your course credit will not be recorded until after you have started classes at UT Austin. After you have begun attending classes at UT Austin, you may then petition at any time during your studies here.

Please, always consult with your Academic Advisor SOMETIME IN THE FALL SEMESTER before claiming credit!

If you take a course for which you have earned credit by examination prior to petitioning for that specific course, you are no longer eligible for credit by examination in that course. You must petition for your credit by examination within 10 years from the test date.  There is NO RUSH TO CLAIM CREDIT. Once you have the testing agency send the scores to UT, the scores will sit in an “electronic vault,” safely waiting for you until you claim them, which can be as late as (early in) the semester you graduate.

Incoming Plan II Honors students who wish to take the SAT II Math Placement tests are advised to take this test before summer orientation at UT Austin because that test’s schedule almost always coincides with important Plan II Honors orientation sessions.  Please see:  Mathematics Placement.  This test is not required for students planning to take the Plan II Honors Math 310 course, but will be necessary for placement purposes for students needing UT calculus or other math courses.

Some of the decisions on whether to take SAT II or AP tests might depend on the subject of the test.  The tables showing tests scores and the resulting credits at the MEC’s Web site might help to clear up questions.  I think you’ll see that UT is quite generous in the credit hours they allow students to claim through test credits.  UT gives credit, with grades, for most, perhaps all, AP exams and SAT II tests, according to a formula that varies by subject.  The number of hours credit depends on the exam, the subject, and the grade

At the Instructional Assessment and Evaluation  web site, you’ll find all kinds of great tables that explain credits awarded for specific scores on every test imaginable...see: AP tests, SAT II tests, IB Tests, and CLEP.

TESTING/TEST CREDITS:  English/writing

In Plan II, for example, everyone must take the year-long world-literature course we offer in small sections, because our faculty strongly believe that this is the defining course for Plan II.   Neither the SAT reasoning test writing section (which generates credit for RHE 306 with a score of 600 or more), the ACT writing section (which generates credit for RHE 306 with a score of 26 or higher), nor the English Language and Composition AP exam (which can generate credit for RHE 306 with a score of 3, 4 or 5) or the English Literature and Composition AP exam (which will earn credit for E 316K with a score of 4 or 5) will not place a Plan II Honors student out of any required classes.  If you are planning to take one of those tests—don’t bother.  The credit will disappear and won’t even count toward elective credit.  Save your money and your energy and put it toward something useful.

TESTING/TEST CREDITS:  Math, Physics, Biology & Chemistry

It is not possible to place out completely of the Plan II math requirement with test credits.  You do not have to take any kind of placement test for math if you are planning to take the Plan II math course, rather than the two semesters (M 408C and M408D) of calculus courses, or the three semester calculus sequence (M 408K, M 408L, and M 408M)  required in lieu of the Plan II math.  (Our Plan II/Engineers, Plan II/Business students and other Plan II/science majors take the calculus sequence instead of the the Plan II math, M310P.)  

If you were to earn the 4 hours of calculus credit through the SAT II, you would still be required to take an additional 4-hour calculus course OR the Plan II Math 310P course (which is a non-calculus based modern math course that most “non-math/non-science type” students enjoy).  The credits one may earn for the Calculus AB exam (score of 3,4, or 5 earns credit for M 408C) will not complete the Plan II math requirement.  Students are still be required to take the Plan II math course (3 hours) or the second semester of the calculus (M 408D).   Ditto the AP Calculus BC exam on which a score of 3, 4 or 5 will earn credit for M 408K and M 408L, but leaves M 408M to be completed to fulfill the requirement.   

But, again, those math credit hours will count toward the minimum of 18 hours in math and/or science each Plan II student must complete.

The same is true with AP Physics credit hours.  Approximately 25-30% of entering Plan II freshmen enter with 8-10 or more hours of introductory Physics credit.  Our students  are ALL STILL required to take the Plan II Advanced Theoretical Physics course (3 hours) OR TWO advanced chemistry (6 hours) OR TWO other advanced physics courses (6 hours) in its stead.  But those lower-divisions Physics credit hours will count toward general Math/Science hour requirements.  They are also requirements for pre-med, so useful for a lot of folks who fall into that category.

AP Chemistry won’t place you out of any Plan II science requirement.  But, as with Physics, it will count toward Math/Science requirements and will move you along with pre-med requirements.  You receive credit for CH 301,  CH 302 and CH 204 with  a score of 4 or 5.  Those three Chemistry class are required in the first two semester for pre-meds.

The AP Biology test WILL place you out of the Plan II Biology course, BIO 301E with credit for BIO 311 C and BIO 311 D, but only with a SCORE OF FIVE (5).  Those two course credits fulfill the pre-med LOWER-division Biology requirements with the exception of the required lab course.


Many students earn credits (from 5 hours to 27 hours) if they studied a foreign language in high school.  You will be required to take placement tests in a language if you’ve previously studied the language and wish to continue classes at any level in the same language, so that you register for the correct level of language class.  If you haven’t taken the placement tests, or have not received the scores from your tests when you register, you’ll find that our professional and peer advisers are quite skilled at guessing the appropriate placement depending on your high school courses and recommending a class.  Later on, you can add/drop to change course level if necessary.  The language home department (French, Spanish, Danish.....etc), can help you change levels if necessary.

TESTING/TEST CREDITS:  History & Government

The AP American History exam will count toward the state legislated requirement of 2 courses in American History, The AP European History exam can fulfill the Plan II requirement of 2 semesters of a non-US History course.  (AP World History will NOT fulfill the Plan II non-US History requirement.)

But those students miss out on some of the VERY BEST classes offered at this University with some of the most fascinating faculty on campus.  The HISTORY DEPARTMENT ROCKS!  It all depends on what classes you took in high school, how good your “test-taking skills” are, your time and money restrictions, and a hundred other things.

The AP Government test generally earns Texas students credit for GOV 310L, one semester of the two semester US Government requirement.  HOWEVER, eligibility for credit is not based on AP scores alone, so no AP scores are listed to fulfill that course credit.  The UT Austin Test on Texas Government must be taken on the UT Austin campus, before GOV 310L credit is earned.  UT Austin Test on Texas Government information.

Detailed information on testing and transfer classes for the Government legislative requirements.

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