How To Apply

Undergraduate Applications
As an entering freshman, there are a number of things for you to have organized in order to successfully submit your application for admission to UTRGV. If at any point in the process you have questions, don't hesitate to contact us.

  • Fill out your UTRGV application online at by submitting a “Freshman, U.S. Freshman” application.
  • Submit your ACT or SAT scores directly from the testing agency. The UTRGV school code is ACT 6991 1, and SAT 6568.
  • Submit your high school transcript. Make sure it indicates your diploma, class rank, and class size, and GPA.
  • Submit your TSI Assessment scores or proof of exemption.
  • Submit official college transcripts for any college coursework taken while in high school, if applicable.
  • Submit Advanced Placement scores, if applicable.
  • Provide proof of meningitis vaccination.
  • Once you're admitted, register for New Student Orientation.
  • Submit TOEFL test scores directly to UTRGV. The UTRGV TOEFL school code is: 7850.

If you fall under these scenarios, you must submit other documents in addition to the standard documents mentioned above.

  • If you attended a high school in a foreign country, you must send your transcript to get evaluated by Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA) or World Education Services (WES). FCSA and WES are the only companies accepted by UTRGV for foreign evaluations.
  • If you attended a private high school, home school, or an out-of-state high school, you must submit a Uniform Admission Policy form. See “Uniform Admission Policy” section below.

All required documents must be submitted to:

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
1201 West University Drive, VC 1.113
Edinburg, Texas 78539-2999

If you have questions about how to apply to UTRGV, call us at 888-882-4026 or 956-882-8983 or email

Uniform Admission Policy
If you attended a school other than a Texas public high school you are required to submit a high school certification form along with your high school transcript. Please select one of the forms listed below and return it to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. You may be required to submit an additional copy to the Office of Financial Aid if you are applying for Texas Grant or Top 10 Percent Scholarships.
Texas private school or Texas home school students:

  • TPHSC Form-1: For students who did NOT complete IPC prior to 2010-2011
  • TPHSC Form-2: For students who completed IPC prior to 2010-2011
  • TPHSC Form-3: For students graduating under the Foundation High School program in 2014-2015 or later

Out-of-state high school or out-of-state home school students:

Meningitis Vaccination
In accordance with Texas law, UTRGV requires all first-time students, including transfer and returning students under the age of 22, to submit evidence that the student has been vaccinated against bacterial meningitis at least 10 days prior to the first class day of the semester or to provide other documentation establishing why such a vaccination is not required. Students will not be allowed to enroll without providing proof of the vaccination or exemption.

All first-time students, including transfer and returning students, must provide one of the following documents to the Office of Admissions:

  • A “Bacterial Meningitis Immunization Record” signed by a health practitioner indicating the student has been vaccinated against bacterial meningitis or any other official state or local immunization record. Confirmation of the MCV4 (Menactra) vaccine will satisfy as the requirement. The MPSV4 (Menomune) vaccination may not be accepted unless administered or boosted within the past five years. Vaccinations must be administered no more than 5 years and no fewer than 10 days prior to the first day of the semester for which the student is enrolling.
  • A "Refusal of Immunization for Medical Reasons" signed by a physician who is licensed and registered to practice medicine in the United States that states the physician's opinion that the required vaccination would be injurious to the health and well-being of the student.
A "Texas Department of State Health Services Conscientious Exemption" form signed by the student stating the student has declined the vaccination for reasons of conscience, including religious belief. Submit original form, no copies allowed.