TX College Guidebook - Spring Semester 2019 - Manual / Resource - Page 102
The most comprehensive resource for selecting a college
The undergraduate catalog is THE MOST IMPORTANT PUBLICATION from the time you
consider a university until you graduate. Unfortunately, it is often overlooked.
As Lin-Manuel Miranda warns -- you should carefully read the catalog:
Once you’ve declared a major, read the requirements for your major often.
Are you good? Read it again.
Are you good?? Are you sure??
Let me speak for the parents who may need to pay for that extra semester:
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Creator of Hamilton & The Heights
Commencement Address at Wesleyan University, 2015
Ultimate Tip: Use catalogs to select your college
Use university catalogs to compare the degree requirements and course descriptions
of colleges on your short list. We provide a link on each school’s Campus Guide page.
To illustrate how much you can learn through this method, use the following links
to compare the Texas A&M University and UT Austin business schools through their
catalogs. In addition to degree requirements, pay attention to available certificates,
honors programs, and special opportunities.
Then, do the same using their websites. While the website is certainly more attractive,
you will quickly see that only a university catalog should be used to compare
A&M Catalog -- Mays
UT Catalog -- McCombs
A&M Website -- Mays
UT Website -- McCombs
All the small print & fine details
You are the customer. Yes, that is sometimes difficult to remember through the
selection and application process. It all comes down to you – the customer –
purchasing an education from the university. Without scholarships and financial aid,
the average cost of a four-year degree at a public university in Texas is approximately
$40,000 (without room and board).
Therefore, it is very important to understand the rights and obligations of both the
student and the university. Make certain you are comfortable with the policies that
sometimes differ between colleges: attendance, on-campus housing requirements,
credit offered for AP and IB courses, religious observances, and more.