How to Apply
If you have graduated from high school, will soon graduate from high school, or will receive a GED and you have not enrolled in another college or university since graduating, apply for freshman admission.
Ready to get started? Use the following step-by-step instructions to successfully submit your application to UTEP.
The ApplyTexas summer/fall application opens on August 1. We accept applications throughout the year. There is no application fee for domestic applicants or essay requirement for admissions.
Transcripts must be submitted by High School directly to the Office of Admissions and Recruitment to be considered official. Transcripts will not be accepted in person or if they are unofficial.
Applicants who attend a Texas public high school should request transcripts to be sent electronically through the TREx system managed by the Texas Education Agency by their high school Registrar/Counselor.
Mail or Email
If TREx is not available, high schools may mail your transcript to the Office of Admissions and Recruitment, although these submission methods are not preferred and may result in processing delays.
Office of Admissions & Recruitment
Mike Loya Academic Services Building,
The University of Texas at El Paso
500 W. University Ave.
El Paso TX, 79968-0510
If you attended a private/parochial high school or a high school outside of Texas, please have your school submit the Certification of Course Completion Equivalent to Recommended High School Program Form (RCCF form) along with your transcript.
Applicants who were home-schooled must submit a transcript that:
- Lists all courses are undertaken at each grade level, along with a brief description of the course content and information about the format of the course (in a classroom, via correspondence, online, etc.)
- Is signed by a school official, defined as the adult person who was primarily responsible for the education of the student
Special GED Requirements
Applicants who earned a GED must submit high school transcript(s) showing any coursework completed, along with a copy of the GED certificate.
Submit Test Scores
Ask testing agencies to send official reports of scores you earned on the SAT or ACT exams. (You must also submit TOEFL or IELTS scores if you are an international applicant.)
Official SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test), ACT (American College Test), GED (Test of General Educational Development), and/or TSI (Texas Success Iniative) scores must be sent to the Office of Admissions. To determine which scores you need to submit, visit Pathways to Admission.
When you ask the testing agency to send your scores, use the codes the agencies have designated for the university:
SAT School Code — 6829
ACT School Code — 4223
You may submit as many score reports as you like. If you submit more than one, we will consider the score from the single test date will benefit you the most. We will not, however, “superscore,” or combine scores from different test dates (a critical reading score from one test date with a mathematics score from another test date, for example).
We strongly encourage you to send us the results from all tests you take.
Permanent Resident Card
If applicable, provide a copy of your permanent resident card. The permanent resident card requirement applies only to non-U.S. citizens who have permanent resident status in the United States.
If the requirement applies to you, submit a copy of the front of your permanent resident card to email@example.com.
If you aren’t a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident but graduated or will graduate from a Texas high school, you may qualify for residency for tuition purposes and should submit the affidavit. The ApplyTexas application will prompt those who indicate they meet these criteria to download the appropriate form.
Pathways to Admission
UTEP applies consistent admissions standards for all high school applicants. Under the provisions of Texas House Bill 5 (83rd Texas Legislature, Regular Session), students with a minimum of a Foundation level of high school diploma are eligible to apply for admission to Texas public institutions for higher education. To this end, UTEP will accept applications for admission from students who have achieved a minimum Foundation level high school diploma.
There are 3 pathways for admissions.
High School Rank & Test Scores
You are assured admission if you are graduating from an accredited high school and present the required combination of high school class rank and college entrance test scores indicated below.
SAT Scores (Verbal+Math)
|Top 25%||No Minimum||No Minimum|
|No HS rank, GED, unaccredited HS, or home-school program||1017||OR||23|
You are admissible if you meet college readiness benchmarks outlined in Texas Administrative Code 4.54, including sufficient scores on the Texas Success Initiative exam, SAT, ACT, or through successful completion of college-level coursework.
For more information about the TSI requirement visit the Office of Student Assessment and Testing .
Reviewed Admissions Program
If you are a first time, first-year student who have completed the Distinguished diploma type, foundations with endorsements, or an equivalent advanced high school program, but do not meet the admissions requirements as stated in Paths 1 and 2, you are eligible for admissions through the University’s reviewed Admission Program: the START Program. The START Program offers mathematics and/or English (reading and writing) instruction during the first term of enrollment to prepare students for successful completion of college-level mathematics and English courses.