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Transfer Student


Every year more and more students transfer from other institutions to UTB. 'Why,' you ask. Maybe it’s because we’re a one-of-a-kind community university just steps from Mexico and a few miles from the sandy beaches of South Padre Island. Or maybe it’s because UTB offers a unique, bicultural educational experience that’s a world apart from any other school.

No matter where you may have started, once you set foot on Scorpion territory, you are immediately part of the UTB community and about to embark on something extraordinary.

(Students who have college credit only through dual enrollment classes should follow the process for first-time freshmen.)

Transfer Coursework

Below are the application and registration steps for transfer students:


Complete an admissions application online through

Admissions Early Application Deadlines

  • Fall semester: April 1
  • Spring semester: December 1
  • Summer Session I: May 1
  • Summer Session II: June 1.

Note: Late applications will not be guaranteed enrollment for that semester. All applications submitted after the early admissions deadline will be assessed a non-refundable late fee $15.   


All new entering students, defined as first-time freshman, transfer and returning students who have been enrolled at an institution of higher education prior to January 1, 2012 and are enrolling after a long semester (fall, spring) break, must provide The University of Texas at Brownsville’s Student Health Services with one of the following in order to clear admission requirements:

  1. Certification from a health care practitioner evidencing the student has received the vaccination or booster for bacterial meningitis five (5) years prior to enrolling in the University and at least ten (10) days before the first day of class; or
  2. A certificate from a health care practitioner stating the vaccination for bacterial meningitis  would be injurious to the health and well-being of the student; or
  3. An affidavit indicating the vaccination for bacterial meningitis has been declined for reasons of conscience.

    For new students NOT living or residing in on-campus housing, who wish to file an affidavit stating that the student declines the vaccination for bacterial meningitis for reasons of conscience, the student may use the official Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s form . The student must print the form, have it notarized, and file it with the Office of Transfer Student Relations, Tandy Hall 116.

    For new students living in on-campus housing, which includes student housing facilities located on the campus of an institution of higher education, such as dormitories, sorority and fraternity houses, privately owned residence halls, and apartments, the student must use the official Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) form. A completed, notarized "Exemption from Immunization for Reasons of Conscience" form from the Texas Department of State Health Services must be used.  The only approved form for this exemption for student living in on-campus housing can be found here. If the student is age 18 or older, they can complete the form themselves, listing themselves as the parent or legal guardian.

If you are unable to receive the meningitis vaccination from a local health care practitioner, UTB Student Health Services provides the vaccination for the following:

  • Students under 19: $5.00 (US dollars)
  • Student 19 and over: $110.00 (US dollars)

Students who do not meet the meningitis vaccination requirement prior to the Admission deadlines will not be cleared for admittance and should prepare for enrollment into the following semester.

Please note that the vaccination requirements do not apply to those students who are enrolled in only on-line classes or other distance education courses or are 22 years of age or older prior to first day of class.

Effective: Spring 2012

For more information please visit our Student Health Services, or call 956-882-3896 or Texas Education Code.


Submit official transcripts for all colleges and universities attended. Transcripts must be mailed directly from the institution previously attended to the UTB Transfer Student Relations Office. Updated transcripts for courses enrolled in at the time of application should be submitted as soon as possible after coursework is completed.  Copies of transcripts and faxes or unopened envelopes are considered unofficial. For more information visit: Transcript Evaluations.

  • The transcript evaluation is the final step in the admissions process.
  • Only official transcripts will be evaluated.
  • Once you are admitted to UTB and all documents have been submitted (Proof of Residency, Proof of Immunization, Official Transcript) then your transcript will be submitted for evaluation.
  • The evaluation time will take approximately 4-6 weeks upon admission to the university (times may vary during peak season).
  • Electronic transcripts are strongly encouraged in order to speed the process.


Proof of Residency
Submit residency documents to the Office of Transfer Student Relations. Residency status will affect your tuition rate. All residency documents must include your name and address and must be dated 12 months prior to the 1st class day. Examples of proof of residency include:

  • Valid permanent Texas driver’s license or ID card
  • Lease agreement
  • Texas voter registration card
  • Utility bill
  • Texas high school or college transcript
  • Property tax statement or receipt
  • Bank statement
  • Employer statement indicating dates of employment


NOTE: If you are a naturalized citizen or legal resident alien, please provide your naturalization certificate or resident alien card.

*Send all documents to:

Office of Transfer Student Relations,
Enrollment Center @ The Tower, Main 1.100
One West University Boulevard
Brownsville, Texas 78520

Texas Success Initiative:
Transfer students who are not exempt from the state-required assessment must take one of the state-approved assessment tests, such as the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) or the ASSET Writing Skills Test. For more information about requirements and exemptions, call the Testing Office at (956) 882-8875 or visit Tandy 216.


To view our UTB Tuition and Fees Table please click here.


Planning your future is no small feat. Choosing the right path at UTB is essential for your future. Our academic advisors are committed to guiding students in developing educational, career, and life goals and can assist you in selecting courses appropriate to your program of study. To schedule an appointment, contact the Academic Advising Center located in the Camille Lightner Center at (956) 882-7362 or visit their website.


Transfer Student Orientation is mandatory for all incoming transfer student. The Orientation Office assists new transfer students to our community by requiring their participation in an online Transfer Student Orientation. After completing the orientation, students will be required to meet with an academic advisor prior to registering for classes. The Office of Transfer Student Relations and the Orientation Office will host a "Transfer Preview Day" on campus where students can obtain valuable information about campus resources, meet faculty and staff, and become part of our community.

All Transfer students must attend orientation. Transfer students with less than 24 transferable credit hours must attend Freshman Orienation. Transfer students with more than 24 transferable will complete their mandatory orientation online.

Disclaimer: The University of Texas at Brownsville is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award bachelor, master and doctoral degrees.




Transfer Student Relations Office Hours

 Monday to Friday (8 AM to 5 PM)
Enrollment Center @ The Tower, Main 1.100

One West University Boulevard
Brownsville, Texas 78520

Phone: 956-882-7812
Fax: 956-882-4198

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