The University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg, TX

Learn about the University of Texas - Pan American on Edinburg, TX. Read about its admission info, financial aid, and degree programs to make an informed education decision.

About University of Texas - Pan American

Located in Edinburg, Texas, about ten miles from the Mexican border, the University of Texas - Pan American (UPTA) is the tenth largest public university in the state of Texas. UTPA was founded in 1927 as Edinburg College, and underwent six changes of name and structure before joining the University of Texas system in 1989. Forbes magazine ranked UPTA third out of all the schools in The University of Texas System in 2011.

UPTA is one of the top 100 universities in the country for Hispanics according to The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education 2012 edition. Additionally, 'UTPA refers to itself as 'a Hispanic serving institution' and, in 2012, according to the aforementioned publication, it is the number one university in the United States in terms of bachelor's degrees awarded to Hispanic students in biological and biomedical sciences; foreign languages, literatures, and linguistics; mathematics and statistics; English language and literature; multi-interdisciplinary studies; and health professions.


The University of Texas - Pan American houses seven colleges offering 56 bachelor's degree programs, 56 master's degree programs, three doctoral degrees, and two cooperative doctoral programs. The seven colleges include College of Arts and Humanities, College of Business Administration, College of Education, College of Engineering and Computer Science, College of Health Sciences and Human Service, College of Science and Mathematics, and College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Students also have the opportunity to spend a 'minimester' or summer session abroad, in countries such as Argentina, Spain, and France.


Prospective freshmen wishing to apply to UT - Pan American may apply online through They must submit a high school transcript and standardized test scores. The minimum score requirements include an ACT score of 18 or an SAT composite score of 860. These requirements are lower for students graduating in the top quarter or third of their class. Additionally, Texas residents who graduate in the top ten percent of their senior class are automatically admitted to UTPA.

Applicants who are not granted automatic admission may go through UTPA's Admission Review Program. They must submit a resume, letters of recommendation, and a 'Personal Letter of Appeal.' They will be evaluated for admission based on their academic record, extracurricular activities, and leadership ability. All applicants must also provide proof that they have been vaccinated against meningitis.

Tuition & Financial Aid

For the 2011-2012 academic year, full-time, in-state undergraduate students paid $5,978 per year, while out-of-state undergraduates paid $15,368 per year. The university estimated that state residents living on-campus would spend a total of $16,730 for the year, and that nonresidents living on campus would spend about $26,120 per year. This includes an estimated, on-campus room and board fee of $7,205, and $1,000 for books and supplies.

The university offers over a hundred different 'UTPA Excellence' scholarships, open to any full-time students with at least a 2.5 grade point average, and awards range from $250 - $3,200 per year. UTPA also offers departmental scholarships and athletic scholarships. Students who have earned an International Baccalaureate Diploma or who have earned college credit through Advanced Placement exams may be eligible for scholarships through the University Tiered Scholars Program. Grants, loans, and work study are also available, and there are special financial assistance programs for veterans.

School Type 4-year, public**
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's, doctorates**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Small city**
Student Body 16,134 undergraduates and 2,900 graduates in 2011**
Student Housing Residence halls and apartments are available; freshman with fewer than 30 credits are required to live in an on-campus residence hall*
Schools and Programs 7 colleges; 56 undergraduate degree programs, 61 graduate-level programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 22 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Bachelor's: Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies (292)
Master's: Educational Leadership and Administration (98)
Doctorate: International Business (5)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 14% in four years
36% in six years
43% in 8 years**
Admission Rate 70% in 2010**
Entering Class Size About 2,928 in 2010**
First-Year Retention Rates 78% (full-time students)
54% (part-time students)**
Average SAT Score of Admitted Students: In 2010, the middle 50% of students had critical reading scores between 410 and 520, math scores between 430 and 540, and writing scores between 400 and 510**
Application Due Date Priority admission for fall 2012: Feb. 1, 2012
Late admission for fall 2012: Aug. 10, 2012
Tuition $5,978 per year for in-state students, $15,368 per year for out-of-state students (cost for 2011-2012, excluding fees)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2010-2011: Federal grants (73%), Pell grants (73%), other federal grants (64%), state and local grants/scholarships (69%), institutional grants/scholarships (36%), federal loans (14%), other student loans (3%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 90% in 2010-2011**

Sources: *University of Texas - Pan American, **IES Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Visitors Center, The University of Texas - Pan American, 1201 W. University Drive, Edinburg, TX 78539-2999
  • Phone: (956) 665-2999
  • Website:

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