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Admissions policy changes at UTPA
Posted: 12/03/2003
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The admissions process at The University of Texas-Pan American has changed for students interested in attending the University.

"UT Pan American is in transition to change from an "open" admission university to a "restricted" admission university," said David Zuniga, director of Admissions and Records. "Eventually, the University will require new prospective entering freshman and transfer students to meet higher standards."

According to Zuniga, the University has already begun taking the first steps towards that goal. This spring 2004 semester, students applying to UT Pan American for the first time will be required to submit their applications for admission no later than December 19, 2003. All transcripts, test scores and other supporting documents must be received by January 2 in order to be admitted for the spring semester. Any applications received after this date will be processed for the following semester.

Once the application for admission has been processed, students will begin to receive orientation and registration information.

"Not only do we encourage prospective students to apply early, but also to register early to avoid paying up to $90 of late registration fees," Zuniga said.

These admission deadline changes are important so that academic departments can plan ahead and ensure that students are properly advised, registered and "seated" in classes before the semester begins. This will also allow the University time to budget for any additional personnel needed.

"In the past students were allowed to apply at will up until the first week of classes, which made it difficult for the students to properly register for courses," Zuniga said. "But it also made it difficult for academic departments to plan and find the needed instructors and classroom space."

Spring semester classes begin January 12. For more information or for assistance, contact the Office of Admissions and Records at 956/381-2201 or 2206, or e-mail the admissions office at admissions@panam.edu

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