The Guerra Honors Program recognizes that each student’s academic and life experiences are unique consequently, no one set of admissions criteria exists to evaluate all applicants. Different categories of admissions criteria below explain how the Guerra Honors Program Director makes acceptance decisions. Students may join the Guerra Honors Program either before or after enrollment at UTPA. While we strongly encourage students to join as early as possible in their academic careers, students of any classification may become members of the program.
High School Students and Entering Freshmen
Interested Students Who Do Not Currently Meet Criteria for Admission
A student’s inability to meet criteria in one of the above categories does not automatically disqualify him or her from becoming a member of the Guerra Honors Programs. Students whose credentials approximate the relevant criteria listed above may still apply. However, along with other application materials, they should also submit a letter to the program director stating how and why they will still find success in the program. That is, students should provide detailed evidence of past successes that demonstrate potential for success and achievement in the Guerra Honors Program as well as a clear and detailed statement of future plans. Please recognize that the director reads these letters for content as well as to gauge student's writing.