Transferring to FPC
Transfer students should complete the FPC admissions process. While orientation is recommended, it is not required of students who have completed at least 12 semester credit hours. Assessment testing may be waived for students who have already successfully completed college-level English and mathematics courses.
Receiving transfer credit:
Your official transcripts will be evaluated for transfer credit by the end of the first term in which you are enrolled at FPC. A course must have been successfully completed at an accredited college or university in order to be considered for transfer.
Begin Taking Credit Classes at FPC
The five steps below are all that is required for most students to begin taking credit classes at Frank Phillips College.
Note: International students and Dual Credit students follow different procedures.
FPC Admissions Process:
Step 1: Application
Application, residency status, and transcripts.
Step 2: Assessment
Obtain evidence of academic readiness or take an assessment at FPC before meeting with an advisor or counselor.
Step 3: Advising
Meet with an advisor or counselor to prepare for registration. - All new FPC students need to complete FYIS 0101 before seeing an advisor.
Advising & Counseling
Step 4: Registration
You are eligible to register for classes following your advising session.
Step 5: Orientation
All incoming Freshman students will be required to enroll in an orientation class.
Welcome to Assessment
Assessment tests help you choose the right classes to meet your educational goals. FPC assessments meet Texas Success Initiative requirements. Advisors and counselors will use your scores to recommend classes you should take.
Taking an assessment
Texas Success Initiative
The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is a state-legislated program designed to improve student success in college. Students are required to take an approved assessment before enrolling in college credit classes or otherwise demonstrate they are prepared to meet college reading, writing, and math skill requirements.
The TSI program has two components:
- Assessment to diagnose students' basic skills in reading, mathematics, and writing
- Developmental education courses to strengthen academic skills that need improvement
Who Must Take Assessment Tests?
The following students must take basic assessments in reading, writing, and mathematics before they register:
- Those attending college credit classes for the first time
- Those enrolling for the first time in a reading, writing, mathematics, or general education course
The following students do not have to take assessments:
- Those who received qualifying scores on the ACT or SAT (within five years) or on the TAKS or TAAS (within three years)
- Those who previously attended any institution and were determined to have met the readiness standards by that institution
- Those who transferred to FPC with college credit from an out-of-state or private Texas college that satisfies the FPC core curriculum (passed with a grade of C or better)
- Those who were honorably discharged, retired, or released from active duty, Texas National Guard, or military reserves on or after Aug. 1, 1990
- Those who currently serve on active duty as members of the U.S. armed forces and have been serving for at least three years preceding enrollment.
- Those who major in a Level 1 certificate program. Note: Assessment may be required if the student registers for courses with skill prerequisites.
Previous scores or transcripts must be presented to an advisor or counselor before registration.
Signing Up for an Assessment
If you are planning to take the ACCUPLACER, you should:
- Contact the Office of Student Services located in Library Building Room 19 or call 457-4220 Ext. 751.
- Make an appointment with an advisor so you know the correct sections to take.
Things you need to take the test: Current picture ID, $30, and social security number or birth date.
The Day of the Test
You should arrive 15 minutes before test times. In addition, you will need to bring the following items with you:
- Two forms of identification (including photo/signature ID)
- Your Social Security number
- Test you are required to take
Welcome to Advising & Counseling
Advisors and counselors are here to help ensure your academic success at Frank Phillips College. To make an appointment, call the Student Services Office at 457-4200 Ext. 751 or come by Room 19 in the Library Building. They can give you personalized answers to questions on:
- Educational Planning
Educational Planning can help you with these areas:
- Career services
Career services can help you with these areas:
Choosing a major
Job search services
- Transfer services
Transfer services can help you with these areas:
Course equivalencies/transfer guides
How to transfer
University recruiting visits
- Counseling services
Help on issues interfering with school
New Student Orientation
New Student Orientation is offered though the office of Student Services and helps new FPC students make the college transition as smooth as possible. Our goal is to answer all your questions, put your fears to rest and help you get started on the right foot. During orientation you will learn:
- The ins and outs of FPC
- How to succeed in college
- Ways to get involved and meet new friends
- And so much more!
Orientation is approximately 4 hours long. It is scheduled the Friday before classes begin. If you have any questions, feel free to call the office of Student Services at 457-4200 Ext. 721 or come by room 19 in the Library Building.