Hundreds of High School Seniors Visit for Preview Day
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – MARCH 6, 2013 – Eric Saavedra wants to one day work in law enforcement as a policeman or a member of the U.S. Border Patrol.
Saavedra, 18, a senior at Brownsville’s Porter High School, took one of the first steps toward his goal by participating in Preview Day on Tuesday, March 5 at The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College.
“I like everything,” Saavedra said as he looked around the grounds of the Recreation, Education and Kinesiology Center. “I live nearby and I’ve been around on campus. I like the topics and they are trying to get you to come here to school. They are not boring topics.”
Saavedra and several hundred seniors from Hanna, Lopez, Pace and Porter high schools in Brownsville visited to hear from UTB and TSC students and staff members talking about topics like admissions, programs of study and student life and activities.
Preview Day was held to bring attention to admissions and registration deadlines:
· UTB will add a $15 late fee for admission applications submitted after Monday, April 1.
· Tuesday, April 2: Registration starts for UTB and TSC May and summer sessions.
· Tuesday, April 2: Registration begins for students only attending UTB starting in the fall semester.
The young visitors also learned that UTB will have new admissions standards beginning this fall:
· High school seniors in the top 25 percent of their graduating class must take a standardized test but do not need a minimum score for admission.
· Seniors in the second quarter of their graduating class need a 790 or higher on the SAT or a 16 minimum composite score on the ACT for admission.
· Seniors in the third quarter of their graduating class need a 830 or higher on the SAT or a 17 minimum composite score for admission.
· Seniors in the fourth quarter of their graduating class need a 870 or higher on the Sat or a 18 minimum composite score on the ACT for admission.
Carlo Tamayo, UTB and TSC’s Director of Admissions and Recruitment, and Guidance Counselor Dan Brama of Hanna High School said high school seniors should at this time apply for financial aid and scholarships, take the SAT or ACT and finalize university admission paperwork.
Paulina Garza, 18, a senior at Hanna High School, plans to attend summer sessions at UTB but is narrowing down her education options for fall and beyond. She wants to major in biology and gain admittance to a pre-dentistry program to become a dentist.
Garza, like her Hanna classmates, received e-mails about Preview Day and were encouraged to attend to learn about the university.
“For this they are taking you and explaining everything to you step-by-step,” she said. “Here you are able to walk around campus and see people.”
The event was planned by the Office of Admissions and Recruiting and the Office of Enrollment Management.
For more information on registration contact the university’s Office of Admissions and Recruiting at 956-882-4368.