Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply?

You can apply to UTPA via the Apply Texas website at

When is the application deadline for transfer students?

Application deadlines can be found here.

How much does it cost to apply?

The application is free of charge. Click to begin

In addition to the application, what other documents will I need to provide?

Transcripts from any college/university you have attended must be submitted to UTPA, along with SAT or ACT scores and your High School transcript if you are transferring with less than 15 college hours.

Do I have to take the SAT or the ACT?

If you have less than 15 college hours, you must submit SAT or ACT scores and meet the following requirements: SAT minimum of 860 (math and verbal); and ACT minimum of 18 (composite score) plus the High School Transcript indicating diploma typs, class size and class rank.

How will I know you have received my transfer application?

You can check your application status by calling the UTPA Transfer Center at 956-665-7442 or online.

When will I know if I am admitted?

You can check your admission status by calling the UTPA Transfer Center at 956-665-7442, however an email and letter are usually sent out.

How long will it take for my transfer application to be sent to UTPA?

Once the application is submitted, it takes three days for your application to be reviewed.

How can I find out about my financial aid status?

You will need to contact the financial aid department at UTPA by calling 956-665-2501 or visit them at the main campus. They are located in the Student Services Bldg, which is #2 on the map.

When can I transfer? May I transfer for the spring semester?

It is possible to transfer at various times during the year, for either the Fall, Spring, or Summer semesters. It is best to begin the application process the semester before you intend to begin at UTPA to ensure you meet all deadlines.

Ex: Start Spring 2013, Apply Fall 2012

Start Summer/Fall 2013, Apply Spring 2013

Do all my credits transfer? When will I find out whether the courses that I have taken will transfer?

Once you have submitted a transcript to UTPA, a transcript evaluator will review it. You can then look on ASSIST to see which courses transferred.

How can I determine what college coursework will transfer? What courses can I take that will transfer to UTPA?

You can check on the “Course Equivalency Chart” If you are still unsure if a course will transfer, stop by the Transfer Center and speak to the transfer counselor.

What courses should I take before I transfer?

Student are encouraged to, but NOT required to be core complete when transferring.

What are the basic transfer admission requirements?

Student must have 15+ hours to be considered a “Transfer” student. Anyone with less than 15 hours will need to meet the “Entering Freshmen” requirements.

What if I do not meet the minimum transfer requirements?

Students, who do not meet the minimum transfer requirements, will be sent a letter with further instructions.

What is the minimum GPA required to transfer to UTPA?

Minimum GPA required to transfer is 2.00. Students who have earned less than 15 hours must also provide ACT or SAT test scores and their high school transcript.

Who is my advisor?

Your advisor will be assigned to you once you call the University Academic Advising Center (UAAC) to set up an appointment. 956-665-7120.

If I take a class at UTPA but didn't like my grade and I take the same class at another college to replace the grade I received at UTPA, will it replace the grade? Will it bring up my GPA?

You can only replace a grade and bring up your GPA when you take the course at the same college/university. Transfer course grades will not be used to replace a grade earned at UTPA for the purpose of raising a student's grade point average (GPA).

If I take a class, get a "D", then retake the class and get an "F", which grade will count?

The grade from the most recent time you took the class will count. It is important to know that you should only retake a class, you know you can do better in, otherwise you run the risk of lowering your GPA.