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Orientation & General Questions

How can we access the Orientation link?
An email invitation will be sent to admitted students to the email address they provided on their application. If you’re on the lookout for your invitation, be sure to check your junk mail just in case. If you cannot find your invitation, please contact us at orientation@utpb.edu and we can resend it. Students registered for SOAR will also receive an emailed link to begin the program once it goes live.

When will the emails go out?
Emails for accessing orientation will be sent out to those who registered by 5:30 pm CST the day the orientation programs go live. Transfer orientation will open May 18th and freshman orientation will open June 1st.

Will the SOAR fee be less since its online now?
No, the fee will stay the same. The fee supports the online program, staffing, some prizes and giveaways throughout the summer, and additional new student programming in the fall.

How will we be able to get around without taking a car?
We have a UTPB shuttle service that transports students between the Odessa and Midland campuses.

What is the graduation rate?
Our most recent 6-year graduation rate is 50.1%.

I’m a student under 504 due to being dyslexic. What do I need to do to make sure I can still receive help in college?
We have an Office of ADA for Students that can assist you.

Admissions & Registrar Questions

Where do we send the vaccination information? 
Meningitis vaccine records can be sent to either Admissions admissions@utpb.edu or Registrar registrar@utpb.edu. Both offices can put that information into the system.

How can we get credit for AP tests? 
Request college board to send the scores directly to UTPB Admissions Office.

Will I be able to transfer credits of classes I take this summer at a community college, even though I'll be coming in as a freshman to UTPB?
Yes, any college level (general education) courses from an accredited school will transfer to UTPB. Be sure to request for the official transcript to be send to our admissions office. Make sure your advisor knows what classes you are taking at the community college so they do not enroll you in a class at UTPB that you have or will have credit for at a community college.

If I have taken dual credit course with UTPB, do I still need to send a college transcript?
No need to, we can look it up on our end.

If we are not able to attend traditional college due to COVID 19 and we decided to just take classes at home at our local community college will we have to reapply?
UTPB offers several courses online and so it is very feasible to take courses with us and maintain your enrollment. If you attend elsewhere, you just need to let us know and we can update your application to a future semester. However, after two long semesters (i.e. Fall and Spring) with no enrollment, you do have to re-apply for admission by resubmitting an application.

What if we decide not to attend until January 2021?
We can update your application to the Spring 2021 if you decide to delay your enrollment. Just contact the Admission Office and we will make that adjustment. However, we hope you can join us this fall!

TSI & Advising Questions

Can you send all the information covering the TSI testing new regulations or when can it be taken due to the pandemic?
Information regarding online TSI testing will be sent out soon. Find TSI information online.

Where do I go to remove a TSI hold?
The advising office will help you take care of your TSI requirements and the hold as well.

How soon do we need our TSI SCORES submitted?
As soon as possible but you should have them turned in before you meet with an advisor to
register.

Where can I take the TSI?
We are working on plans for students to be able to complete the TSI remotely (from home).
That information will be sent via email as soon as we have it confirmed.

Can the TSI be taken at my local community college? if not, where can we go to take the TSI?
We are working on a virtual option for taking the TSI as another option in the case you cannot
go to a local proctoring center. We will communicate more information when those instructions
are finalized to those that are liable.

What are the TSI SCORE requirements?
350 on math, 351 on reading, and 340 and a 4 on the essay for writing.

If we were to already take a course based on the TSI such as contempt math does that count?
If you have already taken a course that exempts you from TSI, you will not be required to take
TSI math. You will need to submit the official transcript to admissions.

What happens if you don't meet the TSI minimum score levels?
You will be co-enrolled in developmental classes along with classes that will meet the
requirement.

Let me make sure I understand. If I need to take a developmental course, I will also be enrolled in a credit bearing course as well. Example: developmental math along with college algebra
Yes, you will be co-enrolled in a developmental course as well as a college credit course.

Will there be any prep study guides available for TSI?
Yes, will provide links to the prep guides.

Are the developmental courses 3-hour courses?
Yes, developmental courses are 3-hour courses.

So will completing a college readiness class count?
A "College Readiness" course is typically not transferable but the benefit from the course carries
over to the other classes and that classroom experience helps you be successful at the college
level.

Okay so I’ve taken the reading and writing TSI but don't know where I can access my scores to send them to registrar.
You can get that from the testing center that you took the test from or you can reach out to
college board and request for scores to be delivered to us. You can also get that information
from our testing center if you know the username you used and the date you took it.

What then happens if the TSI hold is still there after online orientation and we need to speak to our academic advisor?
You will have a TSI hold on your account until you have met the requirement in all three
sections, math, reading, and writing. Your advisor will be able to register you in classes even if
you have the hold.

What does the undergraduate advising hold mean?
Advising is a requirement at UTPB. We always want students to speak to an advisor before
enrolling or dropping a course.

Can you get advised on your classes before orientation?
You can only be advised before if you are a transfer student. If you are a freshman, you must
complete orientation first before advisement.

How many hours do we need for each subject that is required to complete our basics?
Your advisor will go over that with you when you meet. Programs are listed in the UTPB
catalog for your reference.

If we are planning on participating in the honors program, when do we need to make our decision by?
You can make that decision at your advising session.

Financial Aid & Accounting Questions

If I requested my housing fee to be covered by my Financial aid how long would that process take?
If you are using financial aid to pay the housing fee it will not be applied until aid is disbursed.

If my family needs to apply for a parent plus loan, are there any special steps to do that or just do it through FASFA?
Parents can apply for the Plus loan at studentaid.gov. If approved, you will need to complete
our Plus application that is available on our website on the financial aid page. If denied, please
contact our office at finaid@utpb.edu for further instructions.

If I have an outside scholarship will my financial aid be used first or the scholarship?
Scholarships are typically applied before financial aid, but it depends on the type of scholarship. We do not apply outside scholarships until we receive the payment; therefore, if your financial aid has already been disbursed it will be applied first.

Who do we contact for using the Hazelwood Act for military dependents?
You can contact the financial aid department at finaid@utpb.edu. Applications are also available
on our website on the financial aid page/forms.

For financial aid is there a way to know if the financial aid might be less the following years?
Financial aid is awarded based on your FAFSA each year so it could change.

Is there a form online to fill out for a payment plan for tuition?
Payment plans are available online through your student portal. You can go to my.utpb.edu, my
finances, manage my finances, and enroll in payment plan.

Will outside scholarships I receive show up in my financial summary on my portal?
If the scholarships checks are made out to UTPB on your behalf those will be processed and
applied to your student account and will show as a third-party scholarship on your student
portal. The processing time on third party scholarships is roughly 7-10 business days.

How do we find out if we qualify for additional financial aid?
Reach out to Financial Aid Office at finaid@utpb.edu.

I have an outside scholarship that is asking for information on where to send it to. What do I need to do or talk to?
4901 E University Blvd, Odessa, TX 79762, Attn: Office of Accounting. Make sure your student
ID # and the term intended are included.

I tried to accept scholarship awards, but it wouldn’t let me. Is there something I did wrong?
Students do not need to accept grants or scholarships. They are automatically accepted.

When will academic scholarships and instate tuition show on our portal?
If you have been awarded an academic scholarship and you do not see it on your portal, please
contact the financial aid department at finaid@utpb.edu. Some of those have not been
awarded yet but we will be glad to check.

On the tuition it has an amount for transportation and personal and misc. Can you explain this?
Those are indirect costs of attending school. You are not billed by the school for these. Our
website includes a detailed explanation of tuition and fees.

Are the housing amounts and tuition amounts correct online?
The housing amounts are correct. Tuition amounts will be updated in the next 6 to 8 weeks
please continue to check the website for updates.

Will academic and athletic scholarships be automatically applied to tuition or does this need to be coordinated with a financial advisor?
Athletic and academic scholarships are automatically applied to tuition and fees. You do not
have to coordinate this with an officer. You should be able to see scholarships on your award
page once we get that information from admissions and the coaches. We sometime do not get
this information until a few weeks before classes begin.

Housing Questions

Can freshmen get a four-person room? Is there a way to know who will be our roommates??
Yes, in the Residence and Dining Hall there are two housing options, a 4-person suite (single)
and a 2-person suite (double). You can indicate your preference when you complete your
application. You can also request roommates. Apply for UTPB housing.

Where is the housing application and when can it be accessed?
Apply for UTPB housing now via our website.

Could we get a virtual tour of the upperclassmen housing?
You can check out the UTPB virtual tour online. The video shows the apartments around the
2:30 mark.

Is there a housing fee? If so, how do I pay for that?
There is a $200 deposit. The housing deposit will be added to your account after you complete
the UTPB housing application. Once you see the $200 deposit fee on your account it can be
paid.

I sent my dorm deposit. When will I hear what dorm I am in and who my roommate is?
You will typically receive your housing and roommate assignment in mid-summer.

Who do we contact about housing?
You can email the housing office at housing@utpb.edu and can access information on the UTPB
Housing website.

When is the earliest we will be able to move into on campus housing this fall?
Typically move in takes place the weekend before classes start for the fall but that may look
different with COVID-19. After applying for housing, Residence Life will reach out with more
specifics.

Is there any information about residency for this fall semester?
No decisions have been made for the fall semester, but we encourage you to complete the UTPB
housing application if you want to live on campus. We will bring back students as soon as it is
safe to do so, and all that information will be communicated as soon as we have it.

Is there something special we need to do for housing if we have a student athlete?
The process is the same and each student will need to complete the housing application. If you
have a student athlete, your student has the option to identify the sport they are involved in on
the housing application. Please complete the UTPB housing application.

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