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Common Application Now in Use

Applying for admission to a Texas public university is easier, thanks to a common application being used for the 1999 fall semester by Sam Houston State University and all of the state's 34 other public universities.

Two versions of the document are available--one for first-time freshmen and one for transfer students. Approximately 600,000 copies of the common application have been mailed since August 1998 to high schools and community colleges throughout the state.

Students may request a copy from their academic counselor at those institutions or print a copy from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's Web site (click on "Starting Points for Students," then click on "Common Application for Texas Students.")

The common application may also be completed and submitted electronically to one or more public universities in Texas. Thousands of electronic applications have already been received by the state's public universities.

The common application was created in 1997 as the result of legislation sponsored by State Senator Teel Bivins (R-Amarillo). An advisory committee composed of directors of admission from public universities across the state developed the two versions of the document now in use.

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SHSU Media Contact: Frank Krystyniak
Feb. 26, 1999
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