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Introduction

The University of Texas (UT) at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College were formed as a result of a unique partnership between a university and a community college. The primary objective of this partnership was to provide a seamless transition from associate and certificate programs to upper-level and graduate programs. The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College are a part of The University of Texas System. The history of the college dates back to 1991 when the UT Brownsville was formed by the Texas Legislature to meet growing demand for university level academics in South Texas. Soon after the formation of UT Brownsville, the Texas Legislature approved a partnership between UT Brownsville and the Texas Southmost College. However, the 20-year partnership between University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College will end by August 2015.

The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College have a combined enrollment of 13,836 students and comprise seven colleges: University College, College of Education, College of Liberal Arts, College of Science, Mathematics and Technology, School of Business, College of Biomedical Sciences and Health Professions, and College of Nursing. The main campus of the college is in Brownsville, which is the southern-most point of Texas and is in close proximity to the popular beaches of South Padre Island.

The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College are accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools for awarding certificates and associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.

Academics

The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College offer associate’s, bachelor’s, and graduate degrees and certificate programs.

Associate Degrees

University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College offer the Associate of Arts (A.A.), Associate of Science (A.S.), Associate of Fine Arts (A.F.A.), and Associate of Arts in Teaching (A.A.T.) degree programs for students who eventually want to transfer to a four year university or college for pursuing the baccalaureate degrees. The college also offers the Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree program for students who want to take up a profession directly after completing their course. The Associate degrees are offered in areas such as Architecture, Art, Business, Business Information Systems Technology, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Nursing, Science, and Teaching.

Undergraduate Degrees

The undergraduate degree programs offered at University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College include: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences, Bachelor of Applied Technology, Bachelor of Business Administration, and Bachelor of Music degree programs.

Graduate and Doctoral Degree Programs

The graduate degree programs offered at University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College include: Master of Arts, Master of Science, Master of Music, Master of Public Policy and Administration, Master of Public Health, Master of Business Administration, and Master of Education. University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College also offer the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree programs.

Admissions

University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College follow the open door admissions policy. To seek admission in the college, students are required to submit the admission application form, official high school/college transcripts, and ACT/SAT test scores. Students who do not have their ACT/SAT scores are required to appear for the COMPASS/eWrite, THEA or ACCUPLACER placement tests. Applicants are then required to meet the academic advisor and attend the orientation session.

International Applicants

International students are required to submit the application form, original secondary school transcripts/national exam score report, and certificates/provisional diplomas. They are also required to provide evidence of their proficiency in English by submitting their TOEFL/IELTS scores. They can submit their ACT/SAT scores (if available). Students are also required to appear for the placement tests. International students are supposed to provide a certificate of finances to demonstrate availability of funds to finance the education and living expenses for a year.

Financial Aid

University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College provide financial aid to students to help them meet their educational expenses. The basic objective of providing financial aid is to bridge the gap between family resources and annual educational expenses of the students enrolled for various programs at University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College. Different financial aid programs available for the students are: grants, work-study opportunities, scholarships, and student loans.

Scholarships, Grants, and Loans

The need-based grant options include the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG), TEXAS (Towards EXcellence, Access and Success) Grant, Texas Educational Opportunity Grant (TEOG), and Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG). Students can avail various loan options such as Federal Stafford Subsidized and Unsubsidized loans, Graduate Student PLUS loans, and Federal Parent Loan (PLUS). Students can also apply for work-study programs wherein they can seek in-campus and off-campus work-study positions. The merit-based awards include HSF/Honda Scholarship Program, HSF/Staples Scholarships, SMART Scholarship, The Anne Ford Scholarships, Gates Millennium Award, and Sweet Diggity Dawg Scholarship.

FAFSA

To apply for financial aid from University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College, students are required to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the U.S. Department of Education. To be eligible for financial aid, students must be U.S citizens or eligible non-citizens. University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College recommend a priority deadline of March 1 (fall semester), October 1 (spring semester), and March 17 (summer session).

Students

University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College believe in the philosophy that learning occurs both within and outside the classrooms and provides numerous opportunities to the students to explore their potential. The Student Success Center provides learning support programs to ensure that all students are provided enough opportunities. Students can approach Educational Specialists and request for supplemental instruction. Various tutoring resources are also available for the students. The Scorpion Ambassador program provides volunteering opportunities for the students to represent the university at special events such as campus tours, open house activities, student life events, and hosting university guests. The Career Services Center provides career-related guidance to the students and provides assistance related to exploring career possibilities, networking opportunities, and writing resume. The Campus Recreation office organizes special events such as fitness and wellness programs, Aquatics, and intramural events to help students get involved in the campus life.

The campus bookstore stocks new and used books, apparel, accessories, school and office supplies, software, and computer peripherals.

On-Campus Housing and Dining Facilities

University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College offer housing facility for the students at Casa Bella, which is a 103-unit, 429-bedded student apartment complex. The apartment complex features large and fully furnished bedrooms with private bathrooms. The complex has fully featured common kitchens, washers and dryers, swimming pool, community rooms, and internet and cable TV access.

Athletics

University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College are members of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Red River Athletic Conference. The college athletic teams are known as the Scorpions. The men’s sports include soccer, golf, and baseball. The women’s teams include volleyball, soccer, and golf. The athletic facilities available for the students of University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College include Manuel Garza B. Gymnasium, Scorpion Soccer Field, and the Scorpion Baseball Field.

Bibliography

  • University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College. Campus Life. Web. 27 December 2011.
  • University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College. Graduate Programs. Web. 27 December 2011.
  • University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College. 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog. 2010. Print.
80 Fort Brown
Brownsville, TX 78520
p. 956-882-8200
w. www.utb.edu

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