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1201 W University Dr
Edinburg, TX 78539-2999
p. 956-665-2011
w. www.utpa.edu

The University of Texas-Pan American

The University of Texas-Pan American Rating: 4.3/5 (14 votes)

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Introduction

Situated in the Rio Grand Valley ten miles north of the US/Mexico Border, the University of Texas Pan American was founded in 1927 and is situated on a beautiful 186-acre campus. The school offers nearly 60 each bachelor’s and master’s degrees in addition to a handful of doctoral and cooperative doctoral degrees within seven colleges.

Academics

The University of Texas Pan American offers a wide choice of class options for many different types of students. There are a multitude of program choices for both graduate and undergraduates offered via seven different colleges as well as a few different programs designed for high school students. Not only are the programs designed for students of all ages seeking different educational opportunities, the university offers courses traditionally, online and via tele-courses.

UTPA also has an excellent study abroad program that promotes study via programs in Canada, France, Europe, Germany and China. There is also an international exchange program in place with partner institutions in Peru, England, Turkey, Columbia, Finland, Korea, Taiwan, Spain and France. There is also an impressive array of scholarships offered to students interested in participating in a summer or semester of study abroad.

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Admissions

Undergraduate Admissions

Students interested in attending UTPA need to complete the application online and submit high school transcripts that indicate that the student completed the minimum requirements of the Recommended High School Program. Additional information that must be submitted includes ACT/SAT scores.

Students that graduate from a Texas high school in the top 10% of their graduating class will qualify for automatic admission. Students who don’t qualify automatically but meet a combination of minimum test scores, curriculum requirements and class rank may be considered by the Admissions Review Program.

If selected for review, students must submit a Personal Letter of Appeal, a resume, and letters of recommendation. Students must also submit Texas Success Initiative Scores unless they have scored high enough on the SAT to earn an exemption.

Applicants considered during the review process will be selected based on a set of holistic criteria that includes the academic record, extracurricular activities, work related activities, leadership roles, community activities, performance level of the high school and any college credits earned.

All freshmen are required to complete an online student orientation upon acceptance. Transfer and international students have different application requirements and should work closely with the University of Texas Pan American in order to ensure a complete application packet is submitted.

Graduate Admissions

Each graduate program at UTPA develops their own admissions standards and requirements but minimum requirements include the application and fee, official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate facilities attended and appropriate graduate school admissions testing. In order to determine exact application requirements, interested students should work closely with their program of choice.

As with undergraduate admissions, there may be separate application requirements for transfer and international students depending on the program.

Financial Aid

The University of Texas Pan American offers financial aid in the form of need-based and merit-based scholarships, grants, loans and work-study programs. Financial aid is available for undergraduate students, graduate students and students wishing to study abroad. Students wishing to apply for aid have to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) that is available online starting in January.

In addition to standard student aid options, UTPA has many scholarships offered specifically to UTPA students that are sponsored by the university and the local community.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 6027th for the average student loan amount.
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Athletics

The school offers numerous sports and fitness activities including NCAA Division I teams, club and intramural sports and a vast wellness and recreation complex that offers opportunities for students interested in just about any form of indoor or outdoor recreation.

The UTPA Broncs is an NCAA Division I Athletics organization that offers several different intercollegiate sports including men’s and women’s golf, basketball, cross country, tennis and track and field. Men may also choose to play baseball and women have the additional option of volleyball. The team’s colors are green and orange.

In addition to intercollegiate sports, UTPA also offers club sports including swimming, triathlon, hockey, cycling and wresting. There are also intramural sports including kickball, badminton, softball, flag football, racketball, table tennis, handball and tennis. This is only a partial list of sports that are offered, and new teams are encouraged.

The University of Texas Pan American also has an extensive Wellness and Recreation Sports Complex that includes a weight training area 1/10 mile track with stability balls and warm-up area, racquetball courts, an indoor climbing facility and a gymnasium so large that it includes two basketball courts and an indoor soccer court. In addition, there’s a dance and activities room and an aquatics facility that includes a lap pool, a leisure pool, a lazy river and a jacuzzi.

Traditions

Some interesting UTPA traditions include the following:

Midnight madness is the culmination of Spirit Week, a traditional celebration highlighting Bronc pride that officially kicks off basketball season.

Carnival of the Great Pumpkin is a Halloween celebration that includes games, food and fun contests. It’s open to all students, faculty, staff and the local community. It’s been a tradition since 1966.

Homecoming is a week-long celebration that culminates in a men’s basketball game. Students, alumni, staff, faculty and the local community enjoy such events as The Battle of The Bands, Broncs Olympics, Yard Art and the burning of the UTPA letters.

Additional School Information

The one ton statue, the Bronz Bronc, is situated on the front lawn of the University and was named one of the top 10 most famous western horse statues by Cowboy & Indian magazine.

Bibliography

  • UTPA The University of Texas-Pan American. The University of Texas-Pan American. 2011. Web. 21 July 2011.
  • The University of Texas-Pan American Bronc Athletics. The University of Texas-Pan American Athletics. 2011. Web. 21 July 2011.
  • UTPA Authorities Arrange Budget Figures.” The Monitor. Neal Morton. 17 June 2011. Web. 21 July 2011.

Information Summary

Ranks 21st in Texas and 759th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Texas and 182nd overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.01
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 4 0.02
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 1 0.01
Arrest 35 0.18

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 199 0.25
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 1 0.00
Forcible Rape 28 0.04
Robbery 54 0.07
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 758 0.96
Larceny 3,666 4.66
Vehicle theft 228 0.29

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Edinburg, TX 78539-2999
Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population87,523 (75,990 urban / 11,533 rural)
Households23,220 (3.60 people per house)
Median Household Income$25,402
Families19,623 (3.95 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, high graduate coexistence
GraduateDoctoral, professional dominant
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4815

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 1615th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $4,176 $4,176 $12,672
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $997 $997 $997
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $174 $174 $525
FT Graduate Tuition $4,187 $4,187 $10,559
FT Graduate Required Fees $782 $782 $782
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $233 $233 $587
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $16,245 $16,245 $24,741
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $18,731 $18,731 $27,227
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $11,238 $11,238 $19,734

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $5,034 $5,165 $5,034 $5,165 $12,546 $13,589
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,000(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $7,205(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,546 $2,637
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $7,565 $7,544
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,706 $4,850
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,499 $4,637

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application FeeN/A
Graduate Application Fee$50
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 9,313 (4,116 male / 5,197 female)
Admitted 5,790 (2,490 male / 3,300 female)
Admission rate 62%
First-time Enrollment 3,102 (1,386 male / 1,716 female)
FT Enrollment 2,891 (1,279 male / 1,612 female)
PT Enrollment 211 (107 male / 104 female)
Total Enrollment20,053

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Western Athletic Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Western Athletic Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Western Athletic Conference

ACT Test Admission

1278th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 84%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 16 / 21
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 23
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 21

SAT Test Admission

1077th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 47%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 410 / 510
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 440 / 540
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 850 / 1050

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity892
Meals per Week17
Room Fee$3,400
Board Fee$2,320

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 81 14 3,054 19 1 122 185 3,484
Accounting 7 105 2 4 6 124
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Anthropology 11 1 12
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
Bilingual and Multilingual Education 12 12
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 2 187 6 7 21 225
Business Administration and Management, General 9 1 136 3 17 166
Business/Commerce, General 1 4 1 6
Chemistry, General 4 18 1 2 2 27
Civil Engineering, General 12 1 13
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist 14 2 16
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Clinical Psychology 12 12
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General 72 1 2 76
Communication, General 1 15 4 20
Computer Engineering, General 2 14 1 1 18
Computer Science 4 19 4 8 35
Computer and Information Sciences, General 1 1 2
Counseling Psychology
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 1 42 2 45
Creative Writing 2 2
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 224 1 5 2 233
Dance, General 9 9
Dietetics/Dietitian 10 1 4 15
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 30 4 2 36
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 1 12 1 14
Economics, General 7 2 9
Education/Teaching of the Gifted and Talented 2 2
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 1 61 4 66
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 3 1 32 1 2 39
Elementary Education and Teaching 7 7
Engineering, Other
Engineering/Industrial Management 2 2 4
English Language and Literature, General 1 136 1 8 6 152
Environmental Science 1 7 8
Experimental Psychology 2 2
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing 10 4 14
Finance, General 2 1 45 1 4 53
Fine/Studio Arts, General 4 44 7 1 56
French Language and Literature
General Studies 1 4 25 6 1 37
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General
Health and Wellness, General 5 2 7
Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies 11 11
History, General 52 7 2 61
Industrial Engineering 6 3 9
Information Science/Studies 1 6 1 1 9
International Business/Trade/Commerce 2 6 8
Journalism
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 70 2 9 81
Management Information Systems, General 1 1 34 1 2 39
Manufacturing Engineering 1 5 1 1 8
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 4 44 5 4 57
Mass Communication/Media Studies 1 76 1 3 2 84
Mathematics Teacher Education
Mathematics, General 2 51 4 2 59
Mechanical Engineering 7 86 3 4 100
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 2 247 5 8 262
Music Performance, General 29 2 2 33
Music, General 2 1 3
Occupational Therapy/Therapist 25 25
Philosophy 11 1 12
Physician Assistant 3 49 2 2 7 64
Physics, General 2 2
Political Science and Government, General 2 40 1 2 45
Psychology, General 1 184 1 5 2 194
Public Administration 17 5 22
Reading Teacher Education 2 2 1 5
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 124 2 5 9 141
Rehabilitation Science 1 1 182 1 4 6 195
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other
School Psychology 2 2
Secondary Education and Teaching 7 7
Social Sciences, General 19 19
Social Work 128 3 11 142
Sociology 1 29 1 32
Spanish Language and Literature 65 4 69
Special Education and Teaching, General 10 10
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 33 1 34
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 2 7 4 13
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor 1 50 2 53

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1456th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $68,464 ($71,562 male / $59,689 female)
Number of FT Faculty 690 (408 male / 282 female)
Number of PT Faculty 809
FT Faculty Ratio 0.9 : 1
Total Benefits $17,167,472

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