How to Apply - Freshman


You are a Freshman applicant if you:

  • will soon graduate from high school or home school.
  • will soon earn a GED diploma.
  • already graduated from high school or home school, or have earned a GED and have not enrolled in a college or university after graduation.
  • enrolled in college courses while in high school but have not enrolled in a college or university after high school graduation.


Standard documents

  • Apply online at by submitting a “Freshman, U.S.” application.
  • Submit your high school transcript. The transcript must indicate your diploma type, class rank and class size.
  • Send your ACT or SAT scores directly from the testing agency. UTPA’s school code: 003599.

Special circumstances

If you fall under these scenarios, you must submit other documents in addition to the standard documents mentioned above.
  • If you attended a high school in a foreign country, you must send your transcript to get evaluated by Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA). FCSA is the only acceptable company by UTPA for foreign evaluations.
  • If you attended a private high school, home school or an Out-of-state high school, you must submit a Uniform Admission Policy form. See “Uniform Admission Policy” section below.

All required documents must be submitted to:

The University of Texas-Pan American         
Admissions and New Student Services      
1201 West University Drive, VC 1.124
Edinburg, Texas 78539


  • High school diploma requirements
    You must graduate with the Recommended High School Program or higher or an equivalent. Applicants who receive an International Baccalaureate diploma will be automatically admitted to The University of Texas-Pan American.
  • Score requirements
    The minimum scores needed for admission are an ACT Composite of 18 or an SAT of 860 (Critical Reading + Math). 
Applicants in the top 33% of their high school graduating class might qualify for different score requirements as shown in the following table.
High school rank in class
ACT Composite / SAT (Critical Reading + Math)
Top 10%1
No minimum score needed
Top 25%
two points below the current ACT composite requirement
Top 33%
one point below the current ACT composite requirement
Other rankings
18 / 860
1Top 10% applicants must be on target to graduate from a recognized public or private high school in Texas.
 Special Circumstances
  • Admission Review Requirements

    Selected applicants who do not qualify for automatic admission may be eligible for admission through the University’s Admission Review Program. Selected applicants must have successfully completed the curriculum requirements for the Recommended or Distinguished Achievement Plan or its equivalent. Read More
In addition to the required admission documents, applicants selected for review will be required to submit the following:
    • Personal letter of appeal
    • Personal resume
    • Two letters of recommendation
*All documents must include the applicant’s UTPA ID and must be submitted at the same time to the Office of Admissions by the deadline indicated in the invitation. Documents submitted separately or without the UTPA ID may delay the review process.
Selected applicants will be individually reviewed with admissions approval or denial decisions based on a combination of the following holistic criteria:
    • Applicant’s Academic Record
    • Applicant’s Extracurricular Activities
    • Applicant’s Work Related Activities
    • Applicant’s Leadership Roles
    • Applicant’s Community Activities
    • Performance Level of the Applicant’s School
    • Prior College Credit Earned
  • Uniform Admission Policy

    If you attended a school other than a Texas public high school you are required to submit a high school certification form along with your high school transcript. Please select one of the forms listed below and return it to the Office of Admissions. You may be required to submit an additional copy to the Office of Financial Aid if you are applying for Texas Grant or Top 10% scholarships.  Read more
Texas private school or Texas home school students:
    • UAP1 - Students entering Grade 9 BEFORE the 2007-2008 School Year (Texas High Schools)
    • UAP2 - Students entering Grade 9 in 2007-2008 School Year or later (Texas High Schools)
Out-of-state high school or Out-of-state home school students:
    • UAP3 - Students entering Grade 9 BEFORE the 2007-2008 School Year (NON Texas High Schools)
    • UAP4 - Students entering Grade 9 in 2007-2008 School Year or later (NON Texas High Schools)
  • GED and students from Non-Accredited high schools

    If you earned a GED diploma or attended a non-accredited high school, you must meet the following scores to be admitted to UTPA.  Read more
The scores must be obtained in a single test. UTPA will not combine scores from different dates to achieve the following scores.
ACT College Readiness
Student must meet all four scores on the same test date:
  • English Composition  - 18
  • College Algebra – 22
  • Social Sciences – 22
  • Biology - 23



(Critical Reading + Math + Writing)



After you have been accepted to the University of Texas-Pan American there are some steps you need to take before you are able to enroll in classes. 
Activate your Bronc Account Read more
Your Bronc account will allow you to access MyUTPA, our student portal that provides access to diverse campus resources. You will need to do this step in order to register for New Student Orientation and register for classes.
Set up your Bronc Email Read more
After activating your Bronc account, you must set up your Bronc Email account. All official university correspondence will be emailed to your Bronc Email.
Register for New Student Orientation Read more
New Student Orientation is mandatory for all Freshman students. During Orientation you will get to know the campus, get advised, and register for classes.
Submit final high school transcript Read more
Immediately after high school graduation, you must submit an official high school transcript. The official high school transcript must indicate your high school graduation date, class size, class rank, diploma type received, and must have a seal or a signature of a high school official.
Submit TSI scores Read more
TSI scores are needed for academic advisement and course placement. You must submit your TSI scores before attending New Student Orientation. Call the UTPA Testing Center at (956) 665-7584 or (956) 665-7585 for more information on test availability and cost.
Submit official College transcript(s) Read more
A college transcript is necessary for all coursework taken while in high school. Submit your college transcript before attending New Student Orientation.
Submit proof of meningitis vaccination
In accordance with Texas law, the University of Texas Pan American requires all first-time students, including transfer and returning students under the age of 22 to submit evidence that the student has been vaccinated against bacterial meningitis 10 days prior to the first class day of the semester or to provide other documentation establishing why such a vaccination is not required.  Students will not be allowed to enroll without providing proof of the vaccination or exemption.
All first-time students, including transfer and returning students, must provide one of the following documents to the Office of Admissions: Read more
  • A Bacterial Meningitis Immunization Record" signed by a health practitioner evidencing that the student has been vaccinated against bacterial meningitis or any other official state or local immunization record. Confirmation of the MCV4 (Menactra) vaccine will satisfy as the requirement. The MPSV4 (Menomune) vaccination may not be accepted unless administered or boosted within the past 5 years. Vaccinations must be administered no fewer than 10 days prior to the first day of the semester for which the student is enrolling.
  • A "Refusal of Immunization for Medical Reasons" signed by a physician who is licensed and registered to practice medicine in the United States which states the physician's opinion that the required vaccination would be injurious to the health and well being of the student.
  • A "Texas Department of State Health Services Conscientious Exemption" signed by the student stating that the student has declined the vaccination for reasons of conscience, including religious belief.