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Office of Admissions UTPB Students
Frequently Asked Questions by Students
 

GENERAL QUESTIONS

  1. What degrees do you offer? 
     
  2. Where do I get an admission application? 
     
  3. How long will it take to know if I have been accepted for admission? 
     
  4. Do I have to be accepted for admission before I can apply for financial aid? 
     
  5. If I receive an award letter from your Financial Aid Office but have not received an acceptance letter, can I go ahead and register for classes? 
     
  6. Will you be having an Orientation for new students? 
     
  7. When will I register for classes? 
     
  8. Do I have to pay at the time I register? How much will it cost me? 
     
  9. Do you have a degree in Nursing? Law? Engineering? Architecture?
     
  10. Do you offer correspondence courses? 
     
  11. When will I receive a degree plan? 
     
  12. How long do I need to live in Texas to qualify for resident tuition? 
     
  13. Whom do I contact about job listings or finding a job in the University?

FRESHMEN QUESTIONS

  1. Can I just wait and apply during registration? 
     
  2. Do you give credit for Advance Placement Exams (AP) or CLEP? 
     
  3. What do I need to do to receive AP or CLEP credit? 
     
  4. I will not be graduating until the end of this term, when do I submit my high school transcript? 
     
  5. As a first-time freshman, am I required to live on-campus?

TRANSFER QUESTIONS

  1. The last college I attended shows all the course work I previously completed at other universities, is this the only transcript I need to send? 
     
  2. None of the course work that I completed at "X" college/university will transfer. Will you still require a copy of that transcript? 
     
  3. What if I don't indicate on the application that I attended a particular college? I cannot be expected to remember every college I have previously attended
     
  4. I do not plan to obtain a degree from UTPB. Do I still need to submit transcripts from all colleges previously attended?
     

GENERAL ANSWERS


1.)    What degrees do you offer?

UTPB offers a wide variety of Bachelor and Master degrees.  Click here to view a full list of majors.


2.) Where do I get an admission application?

You may request one from the Office of Admissions, download one here and mail to us, or you may apply electronically here.


3.) How long will it take to know if I have been accepted for admission?

Admissions decisions are made on a "rolling basis." This means that as soon as all the required academic documents are received, they will be evaluated and a decision will be made on your admissibility. As a rule, you will be notified of an admission decision within the same week that your file is completed.


4.) Do I have to be accepted for admission before I can apply for financial aid?

You should apply for financial aid as soon as you have completed your income tax paperwork. The financial aid application process may take time, so the earlier you apply, the better your chances for receiving your award letter prior to registration.


5.) If I receive an award letter from your Financial Aid Office but have not received an acceptance letter, can I go ahead and register for classes?

Your being awarded financial aid is not a guarantee that you will be accepted for admission, and vice versa--being accepted for admission is not a guarantee that you will receive financial aid. The Office of Admissions must clear you before you will be allowed to register for classes.


6.) Will you be having an Orientation for new students?

Yes. All students that have been accepted for admission receive an invitation to attend Orientation. The Spring Orientation is held in January and the Fall Orientation is held various times in the summer. You can find more information about future orientations here.


7.) When will I register for classes?

Formally admitted first time freshmen register during Orientation. Transfer and graduate students that have been formally accepted may enroll during the early registration period or during orientation. You may also register during the regularly scheduled registration dates.

 

 


8.) Do I have to pay at the time I register? How much will it cost me?

Yes, tuition and fees are due at the time of registration. If you will be receiving financial aid, contact the Office of Financial Aid for additional information. You may also pay with your credit card or apply for an emergency loan. Current tuition and fees.

 

 


9.) Do you have a degree in Nursing? Law?  Architecture?

UTPB offers many of the required lower-level academic courses for all of these programs, though degrees are not offered in these areas at this time. If you wish to begin your studies at UTPB, be sure you contact the college or university where you plan to complete your degree and obtain a list of the courses required for your field of study.


10.) Do you offer correspondence courses?

UTPB offers you the opportunity to take many online courses. Contact your faculty advisor.

 

 


11.) When will I receive a degree plan?

Once your admissibility has been determined, you will receive an acceptance letter. The letter will give you the name of your preliminary advisor. You should set up an appointment with that advisor to discuss a degree plan. You and your official academic advisor must sign your degree plan. The preliminary advisor will assign your official academic advisor to you.

 

 


12.) How long do I need to live in Texas to qualify for resident tuition?

 

 

One year. However, there are other factors that affect your residency. You should contact the Office of the Registrar to obtain a residency questionnaire if you believe you qualify for resident tuition or view resident tuition information.

 

 


13.) Whom do I contact about job listings or finding a job in the University?

If you qualify for "work study," you should contact the Office of Financial Aid. If you are interested in a classified staff position, you should contact the Human Resources office.

 

 

 

 

FRESHMAN ANSWERS


1.) Can I just wait and apply during registration?

Freshmen and international students must apply within the admission deadlines. Other students should apply and request that official transcripts be mailed to the Office of Admission no later than 30 days prior to the term in which they wish to enroll. This allows us time to properly evaluate your previous college work and assign you a faculty advisor.


2.) Do you give credit for Advanced Placement Exams (AP) or CLEP?

Yes. However, we do not give credit for the CLEP General, only the CLEP subject exams. Please refer to the catalog or click here for credit information.


  3.) What do I need to do to receive AP or CLEP credit?

Have the testing company mail directly to us a copy of your scores. Student copies are not acceptable.


4.) I will not be graduating until the end of this term, when do I submit my high school transcript?

High school transcripts should be submitted as soon as grades are posted at the end of your first semester of your senior year. It should give your approximate class rank and grade point average, SAT or ACT exam scores, and TAKS/TAAS scores. If you are a Texas student, it is helpful if the transcript notes the high school program that you are following - REGULAR, RECOMMENDED OR DISTINGUISHED.
 


5.) As a first-time freshman, am I required to live on-campus?

Only those students that receive athletic and academic scholarships are required to live on campus. Students who live at home (in Ector or Midland Counties or within a 50 mile radius of Odessa) with family members while attending UTPB and who commute to and from campus can receive UTPB scholarship funds and be exempt from the on-campus housing requirement.  Students who are married, have a child who lives with them, are veterans with 24 months of active duty, or who are 25 years of age or older by the first day of the Fall semester can also receive a UTPB scholarship and be exempt from the on-campus living requirement.  Appropriate paperwork must be completed.   However, in order to get the full benefit of being a college student, it is strongly recommended that you live on campus.  

 

 

TRANSFER ANSWERS

1.) The last college I attended shows all the course work I previously completed at other universities, is this the only transcript I need to send?

You must request transcripts from all colleges/universities previously attended (if only for a short period of time) if you are seeking a degree and/or already have a degree and will be seeking teacher certification from UT Permian Basin.

 

 


2.) None of the course work that I completed at "X" college/university will transfer. Will you still require a copy of  that transcript?

Yes.

 

 


3.) What if I don't indicate on the application that I attended a particular college? I cannot be expected to remember every college I have previously attended.

Failure to list colleges previously attended may be considered a "falsification" of your academic record. Many colleges transcripts list colleges previously attended and this is often where we discover that full disclosure was not made by the student. This can lead to unnecessarily delaying the admission process. In cases where the information is obtained after the student enrolls, it may be grounds for disciplinary action.

 

 


4.) I do not plan to obtain a degree from UTPB. Do I still need to submit transcripts from all colleges previously attended?

No. If you are enrolling as a non-degree student (undergraduate with sophomore standing or above), you need to have the last college you attended send us an official transcript. You must be in good standing with that college and it must show that you are TSI compliant.