The University of Texas at Brownsville

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About the University of Texas at Brownsville

Southmost Union Junior College was originally founded in 1926 and later would become Texas Southmost College (TSC). In 1991, a partnership was formed between TSC and the University of Texas System, thus resulting in the creation of the University of Texas at Brownsville (UTB). Today, UTB serves over 15,000 students each year and its campus has grown from 48 acres to about 380 acres since it first opened its doors.

The University of Texas at Brownsville is a member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and ranks second in the nation in mathematics degrees conferred to Hispanic students. The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education has ranked UTB 20th in the nation in bachelor's degrees conferred to Hispanic students. Additionally, a recent report by Excelencia in Education ranked UTB 8th in the nation overall in associate degrees awarded to Latinos and 24th in terms of bachelor's degrees conferred.


The University of Texas at Brownsville offers educational opportunities through the combined resources of a community college and accredited university. The school offers around 30 associate's options, 63 bachelor's options, 30 master's options, and 3 doctorate options. Students may also choose to participate in special learning opportunities, including certificate programs and study abroad.

UTB also offers a number of distance learning opportunities. In addition to 6 online undergraduate degrees, students may also pursue their master's degree online via 7 available programs. 4 graduate-level certificate program options are also available online.


First-time freshmen and new applicants may apply to UTB online through the ApplyTexas website or in person in the campus applications office. Applicants must supply official transcripts for all previous coursework in addition to residency documents. There is currently no application fee when applying online and the school has an open admissions policy.

UTB's student body is predominantly comprised of Hispanic/Latino students, accounting for around 93% of all attendees as of Spring 2012. Student housing is available within a student apartment complex located adjacent to the UTB campus. The 103-unit student apartment complex has a capacity of 429 beds. There is no on-campus living requirement currently.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition costs and fees at UTB for undergraduate students were around $5,352 for Texas residents and $13,490 for non-residents as of 2011-2012. The university participates in the Title IV federal financial aid programs and also offers tuition payment plans if needed.

Roughly 97% of all students attending the school utilized some form of financial aid to finance their education in 2010-2011. Prospective students are encouraged to contact the university's financial aid office to explore all available financial sources that may be available, including scholarships, grants, and other forms of assistance.

School Type Public, 4-year**
Degrees Offered Associates, bachelor's, master's, doctorate, certificate programs**
Religious Affiliation N/A
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting City, midsize**
Student Body Around 13,878 undergraduates and 1,040 graduates in 2011-2012**
Student Housing Available*
Schools and Programs Over 90 undergraduate fields of study*
Student-Faculty Ratio 20:1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Bachelor's: Multi-Interdisciplinary studies (253)
Master's: Mathematics (33)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates for 2003 cohort 4% in four years
17% in six years
26% in eight years**
Admission Rate Not available
Entering Class Size Not available
First-Year Retention Rates About 46% (full-time students)
28% (part-time students) in 2011**
Average SAT Score of Admitted Students Not available
Undergraduate Application Due Date Open admissions policy**
Decision Notification Date Not available
Tuition Undergraduate tuition and fees for 2011-2012 are roughly $5,352 for TX residents and $13,490 for non-residents (excludes room and board, books, course materials, personal expenses and transportation)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percentage of Students Receiving it) In 2010-2011: Federal grant aid (96%), state/local grant aid (43%), institutional grant aid (88%), loan (36%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid in 2010-2011 97%**

Sources: *University of Texas at Brownsville; **IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics

School Contact Information

  • Address: 80 Fort Brown, Brownsville, TX 78520
  • Phone: (956) 882-8200
  • Website:

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