Frequently Asked Questions
You can apply to UTPA via the Apply Texas website at ApplyTexas.org
Application deadlines can be found here.
The application is free of charge. Click to begin application.ApplyTexas.org
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.
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.
You can check your application status by calling the UTPA Transfer Center at 956-665-7442 or online.
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.
Once the application is submitted, it takes three days for your application to be reviewed.
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.
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
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.
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.
Student are encouraged to, but NOT required to be core complete when transferring.
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.
Students, who do not meet the minimum transfer requirements, will be sent a letter with further instructions.
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.
Your advisor will be assigned to you once you call the University Academic Advising Center (UAAC) to set up an appointment. 956-665-7120.
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).
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.