The University of Texas-Pan American: Narrative Description

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1201 West University Dr.
Edinburg, TX 78541-2999
Tel: (956)381-2011; Admissions: (956)381-2201; Web Site:

Description: State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of University of Texas System. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1927. Setting: 238-acre small town campus with easy access to McAllen-Edinburg-Mission MSA. Endowment: $35.5 million. Research spending 2002-03: $4.4 million. Educational spending 2002-03: $3456 per student. Total enrollment: 15,914. Faculty: 713 (479 full-time, 234 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 23:1. 6,622 applied, 64% were admitted. 18% from top 10% of their high school class, 43% from top quarter, 74% from top half. 1 valedictorian. Full-time: 9,733 students, 58% women, 42% men. Part-time: 4,135 students, 58% women, 42% men. Students come from 35 states and territories, 10 other countries, 1% from out-of-state, 0.1% Native American, 88% Hispanic, 0.3% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 24% 25 or older, 6% transferred in. Retention: 66% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: health professions and related sciences; business/marketing; interdisciplinary studies. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements: Open admission. Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT I or ACT. Required for some: recommendations, interview. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: 8/10. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $0. State resident tuition: $3456 Full-time, $72 per semester hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $11,232 Full-time, $299 per semester hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $619 full-time, $284.73 per term part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to reciprocity agreements. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to reciprocity agreements. College room and board: $3488. College room only: $2406. Room and board charges vary according to housing facility.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 119 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local sororities; 1% of eligible men and 1% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Accounting Society, American Marketing Association, Pre-Medical/Bio Medical Society, Association of Texas Professional Educators, Financial Management Association. Major annual events: Carnival of the Great Pumpkin, Bronc Olympics, Cinco de Mayo. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. 596 college housing spaces available; 585 were occupied in 2002-03. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. University Library with 505,641 books, 1.1 million microform titles, 8,135 serials, and 25,862 audiovisual materials. Operations spending 2002-03: $4.3 million. 500 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: Population 30,000. Edinburg is located in the subtropical lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas and enjoys a mild year-round climate. The average summer maximum temperature is about 90 degrees, with winter average of 70 degrees. The community is served by bus lines and U.S. Highway 281. Edinburg has a hospital and major civic, fraternal and veteran's organizations. Part-time employment is available. Local recreation includes hunting, fishing, golf, and swimming in the Gulf of Mexico approximately 70 miles away.

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