The University Of Texas Pan American

The University Of Texas Pan American

The University of Texas - Pan American, or UTPA, also known as UT-Pan Am, is part of The University of Texas System. It is located in Edinburg, Texas (Hidalgo County). It was founded in 1927. It offers more than 50 bachelor degrees and over 45 master degrees in diverse areas of study. The campus is spread across an area of more than 280 acres.

UTPA competes in the NCAA Division and is one of five schools, in the University of Texas System, that compete in Division I. It won the NAIA national men's basketball championship in 1963 under Coach Sam Williams. The official mascot of the university is the Bronc and the sports teams are known as the Broncs.

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Contacting UTPA

The University of Texas-Pan American
1201 W University Dr
Edinburg , TX 78539-2999
General Phone: (956) 381-2011

UTPA Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts832American studies, Hispanic-American studies, French language, Spanish language, English, creative writing, general studies, interdisciplinary studies, social services, ...
Business and Management521business management, accounting, finance, international business, MIS, marketing
Education and Teaching291multilingual education, educational administration, educational supervision, special ed, gifted and talended education, school counseling, elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, early childhood education, ...
Science191biology, chemistry, physics
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy186health and physical education, occupational therapy, vocational counseling, rehabilitation, dietitian
Medical Support and Technology143health service and sciences, audiology and speech pathology, physician assistant, clinical lab tech
Security and Law Enforcement142criminal justice and administration
Engineering139electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, manufacturing engineering, various engineering courses
Therapy and Counseling122psychology, clinical psychology, counseling psychology, experimental psychology, substance abuse counseling
Media117communication studies, journalism
Family and Social Work107public administration, social work
Nursing and Emergency Medicine85registered nursing, nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist
Fine Arts65fine arts
Computer Science and Engineering38computer and info science, information science, computer science, computer engineering
Drama and Performing Arts24dance, drama
Religion and Philosophy6philosophy

Number of programs and degrees for UTPA in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree2,40548
Master's degree64345
Doctor's degree92

UTPA Student Body

In 2007-2008, UTPA had a total enrollment of 17,435 students (15,381 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 45%
Women 55%
Full-Time 96%
Part-Time 4%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 86%
Graduate 14%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 6%
Black 1%
Hispanic 86%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 1%
(Foreign Students) 5%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 3%
18-19 25%
20-21 21%
22-24 19%
25-29 15%
30-34 8%
35-39 5%
40-49 4%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)3%

UTPA Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 68 %
Part-Time 47 %

UTPA Room and Board (2007)

UTPA offers campus housing for 988 of its 15,381 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Edinburg, Texas for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Texas Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

UTPA Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal400510
SAT Math420540
SAT Writing410520
ACT Verbal1520
ACT Math1722
ACT Composite1721

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT41%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT100%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

UTPA Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 4,304
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 11,048
Room and board $ 6,038
Room charge $ 3,000
Board (meal plan) charge $ 1,994
Books and supplies $ 1,000
Other expenses $ 2,452

Financial Aid:
UTPA participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 359900)

UTPA Faculty

UTPA has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track11395
Non-tenured and not on tenure track102106

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year0*1*
Associate professorcalendar year0*2*
Assistant professorcalendar year3$84,7042*
Lecturercalendar year1*0*
No academic rankcalendar year4$76,5821*
All faculty totalcalendar year8$85,0766$79,975

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year83$84,20624$80,293
Associate professoracademic year110$69,43938$67,441
Assistant professoracademic year108$60,87696$54,805
Lectureracademic year83$44,75189$45,876
No academic rankacademic year8$72,2258$61,049
All faculty totalacademic year392$65,036255$56,166

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

UTPA Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Independent Southwest Region
Baseball Independent Southwest Region
Track Independent Southwest Region

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports132437

UTPA Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Finance, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Science
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Information Science/Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Bilingual and Multilingual Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education/Teaching of the Gifted and Talented
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision
Elementary Education and Teaching
Mathematics Teacher Education
Reading Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Special Education and Teaching, General
Teaching English as Second/Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor

Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering, Other
Industrial Engineering
Manufacturing Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

Family And Social Work
Public Administration
Social Work

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Creative Writing
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
General Studies
Hispanic-American,Puerto Rican & Mexican-American/Chicano Studies
History, General
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Medical Support And Technology
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General
Physician Assistant

Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Family Practice Nurse/Nurse Practitioner
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Dietetics/Dietitian (RD)
Health and Physical Education, General
Occupational Therapy/Therapist
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor

Religion And Philosophy

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration

Therapy And Counseling
Clinical Psychology
Counseling Psychology
Experimental Psychology
Psychology, General
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling

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What Sets UTPA Apart:

Number of students
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Number of degree programs
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Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 6%UTPA Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
Minority % of student body
(vs. all colleges)
Top 9%UTPA Minority % of student body
Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
(vs. all colleges)
Top 12%UTPA Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
% of degrees in liberal arts
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 13%UTPA % of degrees in liberal arts
% of full-time faculty on tenure track
(vs. all colleges)
Top 16%UTPA % of full-time faculty on tenure track
% of degrees in nutrition and exercise therapy
(vs. all colleges)
Top 17%UTPA % of degrees in nutrition and exercise therapy
% of accepted students who choose to enroll
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 19%UTPA % of accepted students who choose to enroll
% of degrees in mathematics
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 19%UTPA % of degrees in mathematics

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checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
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checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Has ROTC (army)
checked Offers athletic scholarships
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