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Undergraduate Admissions

Undergraduate Admissions

Currently, only domestic freshmen are eligible for admission to the Higher Education Center at McAllen. You are a freshman if you:

  • are a student without college credit or

  • earned college credit prior to high school graduation (dual credit/early college high school) and

  • are a U.S. citizen; have applied for permanent residency; or qualify for Texas residency based on Senate Bill 1528

Freshman applicants are considered for admission to the Higher Education Center at McAllen as part of the freshman admission process to Texas A&M University.  Students applying to majors that are offered in College Station and McAllen may indicate a preferred location on their application.

Submit your application through APPLYTEXAS or THE COALITION

The application you choose will not affect your admission decision.


Topic A - Average length is a page to a page and a half. Additional essays will not be reviewed.

Essay Submission Instructions
We prefer you submit your essay as part of the application; however, you may upload it in HOWDY under the "Applicant" tab.


$75 APPLICATION FEE (nonrefundable/subject to change)

We prefer you pay through the ApplyTexas or Coalition application. However, you may make credit card payment by phone (979) 458-5155 or send a check by mail or complete the Alternate Payment Form.

FEE WAIVER: Tuition fee waivers will be awarded based on answers from your application.



Your official high school transcript is required and must include the following elements:

  • Numeric class rank 

  • Graduation plan 

  • All courses and grades through your junior year (6 semesters)

Transcript Submission Instructions
The best way to submit your official high school transcript is through TREx (available only to Texas high schools). Alternatively, you may upload a copy to HOWDY under the "Applicant" tab or send a paper copy to this mailing address.

**Faxed, emailed, or third party transcripts (i.e. Parchment, eSCRIP-SAFE, or Naviance) WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

Home-Schooled Students & Non-Ranking High Schools

  • Home-schooled students must submit a complete, official signed transcript. A rank will be assigned based on SAT or ACT scores. Official test scores must be received before a rank can be assigned.

  • Students at non-ranking high schools will be assigned a class rank based on reported GPA.

  • Non-ranking high schools may provide a class rank for students in the top 10%. No other rankings will be considered.



  • You must send your scores through the testing agency.
  • Your highest total score from a single test date will be considered for admission.
  • SAT and ACT scores expire after 5 years.



Letters of recommendation
Once submitted, you will not be able to see your letters of recommendation.  We will only review the first two letters we receive.

You may upload letters of recommendation to HOWDY under the "Applicant" tab or send a paper copy to this mailing address.

Resumes should only be used if you run out of space on the application.

You may upload a copy to HOWDY under the "Applicant" tab or send a paper copy to this mailing address.



High School Curriculum Requirement (Texas private high schools only)
Students who do not meet the State of Texas Uniform Admission Policy (UAP) must provide Exemption Form 3.

Students who need to submit Exemption Form 3 can upload a copy to HOWDY under the "Applicant" tab or send a paper copy to this mailing address.

Permanent Resident Card or I-551

Students who are not U.S. citizens but are permanent residents (or have applied for permanent residency) need to provide a copy of the card.

Students can upload a copy of their residency card to HOWDY under the "Applicant" tab or send a paper copy to this mailing address.

Intent to Become a Permanent Resident

If you intend to become a permanent resident, you can complete form Affidavit of Intent to Become a Permanent Resident (Senate Bill 1528 Affidavit)

Students can upload a copy of Affidavit of Intent to HOWDY under the "Applicant" tab or send a paper copy to this mailing address.


July 1, 2019 - October 15, 2019

DEADLINE: October 15


FALL 2020

July 1, 2019 - December 1, 2019

DEADLINE:  December 1

  • The Fall Early Action Deadline for Engineering majors only is October 15.

  • Required documents for Fall will be accepted through December 8.

  • If the deadline falls on a weekend, the application will remain open until 11:59 PM (CST) on the following Monday. This does not apply to the Early Action Deadline for engineering. Additional required documents will be accepted until 5:00pm (CST) on that Monday.

All students applying to Texas A&M University are expected to follow the Aggie Code of Honor which states “An Aggie does not lie, cheat or steal nor tolerate those who do.” Applicants found to have misrepresented themselves or submitted false information on the application will receive appropriate disciplinary action.

Pursuant to the current undergraduate catalog and Texas A&M student rule 24.4.1, acts of dishonesty include but are not limited to:

  • withholding material information from the University, misrepresenting the truth during a University investigation or student conduct conference, and/or making false statements to any University official

  • furnishing false information to and/or withholding information from any University official, faculty member, or office

  • forgery, alteration, or misuse of any University document, record, or instrument of identification

The submission of false information at the time of admission or readmission is grounds for rejection of the application, withdrawal of any offer of acceptance, cancellation of enrollment, dismissal or other appropriate disciplinary action.


Graduate Admissions

Master of Public Health Application
The application and other requirements of the program are available online at Master of Public Health.  Additional requirements for international applicants are posted on the International Applicant Information page.

Transfer Admissions

Students who wish to transfer to the McAllen Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) program can read more the specific requirements here.

**Students who transfer into the Texas A&M University Public Health Program at McAllen must remain in the program at least one semester.

Schedule a Visit

We welcome visitors all throughout the year. Whether you're a prospective family, a high school, or any group that is interested in learning more about HEC McAllen, we welcome you. Visitors will receive a brief presentation and a tour of our campus.  If you are interested in scheduling a visit, please click here or schedule by phone at (956) 271-1305.