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UTPA implements new admission requirements for entering freshmen
Contact: Sandra Faires, Intern 381-2741
Posted: 11/06/2006
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Beginning fall 2007, The University of Texas-Pan American will implement new admission standards for entering freshmen.

The requirements for entering freshmen and transfer students with less than 30 college level hours will be a minimum ACT composite score of 16 and SAT of 760. Students will be required to have graduated from high school with the recommended or higher curriculum. Incoming students will be required to turn in a high school transcript, a Texas Common Application, official college transcripts from all colleges and universities they have attended and Texas Success Initiative (TSI) approved test scores for placement purposes.

"These standards should assist UTPA with increases in retention and graduation rates," said Dr. Magdalena Williams, UTPA dean of Admissions and Enrollment Services.

This semester, UTPA reported a record-high retention rate of 72.7 percent for fall 2005 to fall 2006, which surpassed the national average of 71.6 percent. This rate reflects that first-time, full-time freshmen enrolled at UTPA are returning the following year to continue their education.

In fall 2005, the University eliminated the Provisional Enrollment Program - automatic admission - and began implementing new admission standards that will take four more years to phase in. Every two years, the minimum required ACT score will increase by one point until it reaches 18 in fall 2011.

Williams said, since the standards have changed, the average ACT score for an entering freshman increased from 18.14 to 19.07 and the number of high school graduates in the top 10 percent entering UTPA increased by 3.94 percent.

More than 50 percent of the fall 2006 freshman class were in the top 30 percent of their high school classes. In addition, the new standards have increased the percentage of entering freshmen with college credit to 39 percent.

This fall semester, 17,330 students enrolled at UTPA and 2,590 were freshman, making it the largest cohort of freshman in the University's history.

For more information on admissions standards or deadlines, call the Office of Admissions and New Student Services at 956/381-2999 or visit the Web site at http://newstudent.panam.edu/applying/enteringfreshmen.htm. ###