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Undergraduate Admission Policy

In August of 2011, The University of Texas System Board of Regents took important steps at their meeting to launch the new UTB towards its next evolutionary phase by approving new admissions standards. Click here for UT Brownsville admission requirements.

August 2011 UT Regents Approve New Mission Statement and Academic Standards for UTB

The Texas Southmost College maintains an "open admissions" policy, however, admission does not guarantee admission to all programs. Admission to some TSC programs have specific requirements. Information about these programs is available at the Academic Advising Center.

Categories of Undergraduate Admission

High School Graduation

An official high school transcript showing the date of graduation must be submitted to the Office of Admissions and Recuitment prior to registration.


Applicants who did not graduate from high school may be admitted by successfully completing the General Education Development Testing Program (G.E.D.). A copy of the Certificate of High School Equivalency with test scores must be submitted to the Office of Admissions and Recruitment prior to registration.

Individual Approval

People who do not qualify for admission under either of the above conditions may be admitted if they are at least 18 years of age. Applicants must submit two letters of reference using the forms provided by the Office of Admissions and Recruitment. People admitted under "individual approval" will be under academic probation for the initial enrollment period (term).

Transfer from Another College

Students who have attended other colleges must submit official transcripts from each institution prior to registration. Veterans applying for benefits must provide a transcript since credit for previous education must be verified.

Returning Students

Former students are required to file a readmission application if they have not been enrolled during the previous long semester (fall and spring). Former students who are not in good standing may be eligible for readmission in accordance with standards established through the policy on Satisfactory Academic Progress. Students seeking readmission who enrolled at other colleges or universities after last attending must apply as transfer students and meet the admission requirements for transfer students.

Fresh Start

An applicant for admission may seek to enter this institution pursuant to the state’s "academic fresh start" statute, Texas Education Code, §51.931. If the applicant informs the Office of Admissions and Recruitment in writing of his or her election under the statute, the institution will not consider academic course credits or grades earned by the applicant 10 or more years prior to the starting date of the semester in which the applicant seeks to enroll. An applicant who makes the election to apply under this statute may not receive any course credits for courses taken 10 or more years prior to enrollment. An applicant who has earned a baccalaureate degree under the "academic fresh start" statute, Texas Education Code, §51.927, will be evaluated on the grade point average of the course of work completed after enrollment under "fresh start" and the other criteria stated herein.

Concurrent/Dual Enrollment

Students who have completed their junior year of high school may, upon recommendation of their high school principal, be permitted to enroll. The Request for Concurrent Enrollment Form, Student Guidelines for the Dual Enrollment and Request for Dual Enrollment are also available at the Office of Admissions and Recruitment. Concurrently enrolled students receive college credit only. Dual enrolled students receive high school and college credit. Students must pass all sections of the exit-level TAKS before they can attempt the official THEA test, including alternative tests. Students who are interested in concurrent enrollment must have met the THEA requirement.

Adult and Continuing Education Enrollment

People who register within this category will not be required to submit academic or residency documentation until they attempt to enroll for credit courses.

Audit Enrollment

Offered on a space-available basis for auditing some courses. Interested persons should contact the Office of Admissions and Recruitment.

Admissions and Recruitment

 Enrollment Center @ The Tower, Main 1.100

One West University Boulevard
Brownsville, Texas 78520

Phone: 956-882-8295
Fax: 956-882-7810

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