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The University of Texas at Austin

According to Forbes rankings of America's Best Public Colleges, The University of Texas – Pan American is ranked the third highest within The University of Texas System, fifth highest public school in Texas, and 14th out of all 29 Texas institutions of higher education on the list (Forbes, August 2011).  Being ranked one of the top public universities in Texas is quite an honor, but when that ranking is based on student satisfaction and graduate success, you know you’ve got a winner. We invite you to share our pride by checking out UTPA today.

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Located in Edinburg, Texas, a three-time All-America City, UTPA sits in the middle of the culturally rich Rio Grande Valley. We are also just over an hour’s drive from beautiful South Padre Island — one of the nation’s most popular Spring Break destinations.

With 58 bachelor’s, 57 master’s, 3 doctoral and 2 cooperative doctoral degrees to choose from, you’re sure to find the right academic fit. And even with our enrollment of more than 19,000 students, you’ll still find small classes, personal attention from faculty and convenient residence halls. That’s what helps make UTPA one of the best public universities in the U.S.…and that’s what will help make YOU feel right at home.

Financial Aid

Financial need is determined once you submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You may pick up a paper FAFSA from your high school guidance counselor or you may request that an application be mailed to your home by calling 1-800-433-3243. If you haven't done so already, you may file an application electronically on the FAFSA web site or visit the UTPA Student Financial Services site for step-by-step instructions for completing the FAFSA.

If you applied for financial aid for UT Austin (by completing the FAFSA) but plan to attend UTPA as part of the Coordinated Admission Program, you must make certain that UT Pan Am is authorized to receive your FAFSA information. The UTPA school code is 003599.

If you did not originally designate UTPA to receive your information, you can make the correction to your FAFSA in one of several ways:

Options for Correcting Your FAFSA


Log in to your FAFSA at and select the Make FAFSA Corrections option.

You will need a Federal Student Aid PIN to access and update your FAFSA information online. If you don't know your PIN, visit the Federal Student Aid PIN site for help.

Paper Student Aid Report (SAR)

If you have your paper SAR, add UT Pan Am’s FAFSA school code (003599) to the section where you can make updates/corrections. Sign the report and return it to the address indicated for corrections.

Phone Correction

Call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-433-3243.

You will need the Data Release Number (DRN) printed on your SAR to make the correction by phone.

On-Campus Housing

UTPA is proud to celebrate the addition of Unity Hall, the newest residence hall to the UTPA community. The Office of Residence Life has many opportunities available for living on campus that provide not only a place to live but the ultimate university experience. 

For details or more information about living on campus, visit the Residence Life web site or contact the Office of Residence Life at 956-665-3439 or

TSI Information

Under the Texas Success Initiative (TSI), undergraduate students entering Texas public institutions of higher education must be assessed for readiness to enroll in freshman-level academic coursework. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has approved the following four testing instruments to determine students’ readiness to enroll in college level courses:

  • Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA)
  • Accuplacer
  • Compass
  • Asset

A student needs to select and take only one of the above assessments to meet the requirements of TSI. There are a number of ways to be exempt from taking one of the TSI tests.

For questions about meeting the TSI requirements, contact:

  • Marilyn Hagerty, Director
    University Academic Advising Center
    Approved CAP Courses at UT Pan American

Many students are interested to find out what courses they can take during their freshman year at UT Pan American. Review the approved UT Pan American course listings to find out what courses are available. (A printable list (pdf) of approved courses is also available.)

If you choose to attend UT Pan American as part of CAP, the university will contact you after you submit your online CAP agreement with information about orientation and class registration. Be sure to consult an academic advisor before making final decisions about the courses you take.

Visiting UT Pan American

Thinking about becoming a Bronc? Are you ready to learn more about UT Pan American? The UTPA Visitors Center offers tours that orient you with campus, are targeted to your college of interest and can help answer many of your questions.

Bring your family and learn about the wonderful opportunities that UTPA can offer you. Our campus guided tour incorporates a personalized presentation, a visit with an admissions counselor and an “insider’s” tour of an academic college of your choice!

Customized tours are available upon request. Contact the Visitors Center at 956-665-7338 or 1-866-441-UTPA to arrange a campus visit.

Updated Thu, 2014-02-06 15:13 | Top

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P.O. Box 8058
Austin, TX 78713-8058

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