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University of Texas-Pan American - ACT Scores, Costs and Admissions Data


UTPA Computer Center after a rare snowfall

UTPA Computer Center after a rare snowfall

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University of Texas-Pan American Description:

Located in Edinburg, a city on the southernmost tip of Texas, the University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA) sits just ten miles from the border with Mexico. The university is among the top in the country for the number of bachelor's degrees awarded to Hispanic students, and the school has also ranked highly on the Forbes list of best public universities. Undergraduates can choose from 57 degree programs, and popular majors span a wide range of fields in the sciences, social sciences, humanities, and professional areas. On the athletic front, the UTPA Broncs compete in the NCAA Division I Western Athletic Conference.

Admissions Data (2012):

Enrollment (2012):

  • Total Enrollment: 19,302 (16,570 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 45% Male / 55% Female
  • 75% Full-time

Scholarships for UTPA (powered by Cappex.com)

Costs (2012 - 13):

  • Tuition and Fees: $5,165 (in-state); $13,589 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,000 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $7,199
  • Other Expenses: $2,637
  • Total Cost: $16,001 (in-state); $24,425 (out-of-state)

University of Texas-Pan American Financial Aid (2011 - 12):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 89%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 84%
    • Loans: 31%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $8,984
    • Loans: $4,043

Most Popular Majors:

Biology, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, English, Interdisciplinary Studies, Nursing, Psychology, Spanish

Transfer, Retention and Graduation Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 75%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 18%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 39%

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

University of Texas-Pan American Mission Statement:

mission statement from https://portal.utpa.edu/portal/page/portal/utpa_main/pres_home/pres_mission

"The University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA) serves the higher education needs of a rapidly growing, international, multicultural population in the South Texas Region. The University preserves, transmits and creates knowledge to serve the cultural, civic, and economic advancement of the region and the state. The University provides students advanced instruction in academic programs offered through innovative delivery systems that lead to professional certification, and baccalaureate, master's and doctoral degrees. Through teaching, research, creative activity and public service, UTPA prepares students for lifelong learning and leadership roles in the state, nation and world community."

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