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p)Irved Aprii 10, 1883. 1,000,000 acres of the
public debt land were added to the permanent
university fund.
Of the various land grants made to the
university, there remained unsold 2,020,049
acres on December 31, 1891. The permanent
fund consists of: State bonds, $571,240;
cash, $24.01. Total, $571,264.01; available
fund (cash), $19,548.85. Grand total,
$590,812.86.
The interest on the above sum, rental on
leased lands, and matriculation fees, amounting
to $45,100.78 per annum, constitute the
available university fund.
The system of instruction adopted by the
university is a combination of what is known
as the elective system and what is known as
the class system. The four classes-freshman,
sophomore, junior and senior-are retained,
and serve to articulate the four years
devoted to the completion of any full course
in the academic department. The studies,
however, are grouped into three general
courses, designated, respectively, the course
in arts, the course in letters, and the course
in science. A student upon matriculation is
allowed to elect any one of these courses,
and upon its completion he is entitled to a
diploma of the university.
The three general courses of arts, letters
and science lead respectively to the three following
degrees: Bachelor of arts (B. A.);
bachelor of letters (B. Lit.); bachelor of
science (B. Sc.). Each special course leads
to the same degree as the general course to
which it is related.
Every candidate for admission must be
sixteen years of age and of good moral character.
Candidates (except a graduate from
an approved high school) are required to pass
an entrance examination in English and
mathematics as follows: English-English

grammar, etymology, elementary principles
of syntax and rhetoric. The main test consists
in writing upon a given subject a composition
correct in spelling, punctuation,
capital letters and grammar. Mathematics
-Arithmetic, including proportion, decimals,
interest, discount and the metric system;
algebra, including theory of exponents, radicals,
simple and quadratic equations; and the
elements of plain geometry (corresponding
to the first six books of HIalsted's geometry).
Passing these examinations, a student will
be admitted to the freshman class in the
course of science, or the junior class of the
law department. The graduates of approved
high schools will be admitted to the university
without examination, provided they have
reached the required age, and provided they
present themselves for admission at the beginning
of the scholastic year next succeeding
their graduation from the high school.
If, however, a graduate of an approved high
school is not sixteen at this time, he will be
allowed to enter when he attains this age.
The following high schools have already
been approved, and are now auxiliary to the
university:

Austin,
Houston,
Galveston (Ball),
Belton,
Bryan,
Corsicana,
San Antonio,
Waco,
Brenham,
Tyler,
Rockdale,
El Paso,
Dallas,
La Grange.

Mexia,
Blanco,
Taylor,
Mineola,
Round Rock Institute,
Fort Worth,
Abilene,
Temple,
Weatherford,
Cleburne,
Terrell,
Waxahachie,
Gonzales.

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Lewis Publishing Company, publisher. History of Texas, together with a biographical history of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson counties : containing a concise history of the state, with portraits and biographies of prominent citizens of the above named counties, and personal histories of many of the early settlers and leading families. Chicago. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth29785/. Accessed November 28, 2014.