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Deadlines for Undergraduate Students

Graduate Student Deadlines are located on the Office of Graduate Studies web site.

Deadlines for international students are different than those for regular admissions deadlines due to the additional time needed to obtain immigration documents and to make travel arrangements.

All required documents and all test scores must be on file in the Office of International Admissions no later than the admission deadlines:

July 1 (for fall semester)

November 1 (for Spring semester)



April 1 (for Summer 1)



May 1 (for Summer 2)

If you are currently enrolled in a U.S. institution on a visa that permits study, the deadlines for transfer admission are

August 1 (for fall semester)



December 1 (for Spring semester)



May 1 (for Summer 1)



June 1 (for Summer 2)

Official Transcripts/mark-sheets/grade sheets

A transcript is a document issued by secondary schools, colleges, and universities listing the name of the school, student’s name, years of attendance, course studied, and credits and grades received. The transcript may also list degrees completed. Often a transcript has a legend on the back that explains the grading scale and abbreviations.

All applicants must possess the equivalent of a U.S. high school diploma based upon a combined elementary and secondary pattern of 12 years. UTPA admissions requirements in regards to foreign transcripts:

  • Foreign High Schools: All foreign high school transcripts are required to be submitted to Foreign Credential Services of America (FCSA) the evaluating agency.
  • Foreign Universities: All transcripts from foreign universities are required to be submitted to Foreign Credential Services of America (FCSA). This includes any transcripts from Mexico or Canada.
  • Copies may be submitted to FCSA (do not submit to UTPA)
  • If copies are submitted originals must be submitted to OIAS upon arrival to UTPA
  • All evaluations, translated documents and copies of transcripts will be sent to UTPA directly from FCSA
  • Click on the FCSA link for instructions and application form: www.fcsa.biz

Exams of English Proficiency

The international applicant, whose native language is not English, must complete and have submitted the scores of official exams of English proficiency. Students who have, in the last two years, completed at least 30 hours of university level academic studies in one of the countries listed and that will transfer to UTPA.

If you are from an English-only speaking country or if you graduate from a high school in the U.S. or in an English-only speaking country you will receive a waiver of the TOEFL.

TOEFL exempt countries
American Samoa Dominica New Zealand
Australia Grenada Sierra Leone
Bahamas Grand Cayman Trinidad/Tobago
Barbados Guyana United Kingdom
Belize Ireland U.S. Pacific Trust
Canada (except Quebec) Jamaica  
  Liberia  

Only test scores that are received directly from a national testing agency or from the UTPA Testing Center are acceptable for admission purposes. Since it normally takes 8-10 weeks for test results to arrive at UTPA from the testing company, you should plan to take the tests well in advance of the appropriate application deadline to insure that scores will arrive on time.

UTPA will not accept residual TOEFL scores from exams taken at another institution. Undergraduate students scoring between 500 and 550, but otherwise meeting department requirements, will be required to take prescribed courses in English.

UTPA accepts only two of the following exams of English proficiency:

1. TOEFL: Test of English as a Foreign Language

  • Scores must be sent directly from Educational Testing Services (ETS) to UTPA o Student copies will not be accepted
  • Must be U.S. national TOEFL or institutional UTPA will not accept residual or institutional TOEFL exams taken at another U.S. institution
  • The minimum acceptable total score is 500 for paper/pencil tests and 173 for computer-based tests
  • Test scores are only valid for two calendar years. If the test date was more than two years ago, the applicant must retake the examination and request that an official report from ETS be sent to UTPA
  • The test bulletin of information and registration forms are usually available at American embassies and consulates, offices of the United States Information Agency, or online at www.ets.org
  • The institution code to forward your scores to the University of Texas-Pan American is 6570
  • Students who have completed two semesters of freshmen composition and earned a “C” or better are exempt from the TOEFL

2. IELTS: International English Language Testing System as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

  • Scores must be sent directly from IELTS to UTPA
  • Student copies will not be accepted
  • The minimum acceptable score is 6
  • Test scores are only valid for two calendar years. If the test date was more than two years ago, the applicant must retake the examination and request that an official report from IELTS be sent to UTPA
  • The test bulletin of information and registration forms are usually available at American embassies and consulates, offices of the United States Information Agency, or online at www.ets.org
  • Students who have completed two semesters of freshmen composition and earned a “C” or better are exempt from the IELTS

ACT (American College Test) or SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test)

The ACT is offered in most countries of the world; you may find testing locations at the following website: http://www.actstudent.org/regist/outside.html

  • Test scores for ACT: beginning Fall 2011 minimum score of 18
  • Test scores for SAT: beginning Fall 2011 minimum score of 860

TSI (Texas Success Initiative)

Student must take the TSI Assessment prior to enrolling in college level coursework unless otherwise exempt. Although the exam is not required for admission purposes students cannot enroll in classes until the exam has been taken.