How to Apply - Concurrent Enrollment

“The Total University Experience”

If you are a high school junior or senior with a proven record of academic achievement, you are invited to participate in our Concurrent Enrollment Program at The University of Texas-Pan American. As a CE student you will have the opportunity to enroll in university courses, benefit from the expertise of highly qualified professors, and take advantage of our outstanding academic facilities! Best of all you will earn college credit while you’re still in high school! Concurrent Enrollment at UTPA offers you the "Total University Experience" because we believe it’s the best way to prepare yourself for a successful academic career after high school graduation!

College credit!

Concurrent Enrollment students can earn college credit while still in high school. As an accredited four-year university, UTPA awards credit that is accepted at all Texas public institutions of higher learning and most private and out-of-state colleges and universities.

Scholarship opportunities!

Completing Concurrent Enrollment courses at UTPA with a high grade point average may provide you with academic recognition that could open the door for academic programs and scholarship opportunities. Also, only CE students have an opportunity to earn one of the highly competitive University Scholars scholarships!

Low tuition costs!

Thanks to the Concurrent Enrollment Agreement between participating school districts and UTPA, students can take advantage of high quality education at a greatly reduced cost! This Agreement allows us to offer a “flat” CE-tuition rate of $60 per credit hour to participating students!

Access to a wide selection of courses!

As a CE student you will be eligible to take courses from our 43-hour Core Curriculum! All students at UTPA must complete the Core Curriculum before they can advance to their Academic Major courses, so that means you get an early start!

High School Credit (Dual Credit)

Your school district may also award high school credit for your UTPA course if it determines that the course meets their requirements. Check with your high school counselor for additional information on the process for determining dual credit prior to enrolling in a University course.

Access to our high-quality services and facilities!

Being on campus will give you easy access to a wide range of UTPA resources including the library, tutoring services, counseling and advisement, computer labs, athletic events, wellness & recreation facilities and much more!

Distance Learning

A growing number of South Texas school districts are making UTPA courses available through interactive television (ITV). This distance learning arrangement enables you to participate in University courses while sitting in a specially equipped classroom on your high school campus. Cameras, monitors and Internet technology allow you to interact with UTPA professors and students as well as Concurrent Enrollment students from other distance learning sites! For more information about the availability of ITV courses on your high school campus, ask your school counselor.

Before you apply, please consider...

Your Schedule
The days and times you choose for your Concurrent Enrollment classes should conform to your personal schedule (i.e., high school classes, employment, extracurricular activities and availability of transportation). You are encouraged not to overextend yourself and to allow plenty of time for study. Please remember that UTPA Concurrent Enrollment courses are regular university courses and are often more demanding than high school classes.
Course Credit
If you plan to use your university credit for special purposes (e.g., to qualify for the DAP diploma or the University Scholars scholarship), it is your responsibility to confirm that you are enrolled in the correct courses and the required number of hours. If you plan to take Advanced Placement exams or community college courses, you should consider the credits you may potentially receive to avoid duplicating courses.
Credit hours taken at UTPA will transfer to all other public institutions of higher learning in Texas; however, you should determine if they will help you fulfill the requirements for your particular degree plan. For private and out-of-state public colleges and universities, we recommend that you ascertain how the credit will transfer prior to enrolling at UTPA.
Texas Success Initiative
In compliance with Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirements, you must either take a state-approved assessment or be exempt from TSI prior to attending Advisement and enrolling in any college-level coursework. This requirement is for placement purposes and is not used in the admission decision.
Testing Information
For more information about TSI, ACT or SAT testing dates and fees, contact:
University Testing Services