Utep Admissions Essays

The University of Texas at El Paso Applicant Information

Important Admissions Deadlines

Application DeadlineJuly 31
SAT / ACT Scores DueJuly 31
Priority Application DueMay 1

Admission Rate

Acceptance Rate100%100%99%

UTEP Test Scores

Note: All test score ranges and GPA are approximations based on available data. Falling within a school’s displayed range for test scores and/or GPA does not guarantee admission to that school.

Average GPA
3.13 (weighted)

ACT Scores

(27% of Students Admitted to The University of Texas at El Paso Submit ACT Scores)

Top 75th Percentile212322
Bottom 25th Percentile141717
  • Verbal 14 to 21
  • Math 17 to 23
  • Composite 17 to 22

The University of Texas at El Paso Application Requirements

Application Fee ($ 0) Very Important
High School Diploma or Equivalent Very Important
High School GPA Very Important
High School Rank Very Important
High School Transcript Very Important
Recommendations  Considered
Essay  Not Considered
Extracurricular Activities  Considered
Volunteer Work  Considered
Standardized Test Score(s) Important
Interview  Considered
Competencies  Not Considered
TOEFL Very Important

High School Prerequisites

SubjectYears RequiredYears Recommended
Foreign Language2
Social Studies2

The University of Texas at El Paso Transfer Students

Undergraduate Enrollment22,224 (92%)
Undergraduate Transfer-in Enrollment1,829 (7%)

The University of Texas at El Paso Admissons Requirements for Transfers

Application Fee ($ 0) Very Important
GPA (minimum 2.00) Very Important
High School Transcript Important
College Transcript Very Important
Essay/Personal Statement  Not Considered
Interview  Not Considered
Standardized Test Scores Important
Statement of Good Standing
from Prior Institution(s)

Other Schools Near El Paso, TX

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If you want to get in, the first thing to look at is the acceptance rate. This tells you how competitive the school is and how serious their requirements are.

The acceptance rate at UT El Paso is 100%. For every 100 applicants, 100 are admitted.

This means the school is a nearly open admissions school. They accept nearly all students, so for the most part, you just need to submit an application to get in. But if you don't meet all their application requirements, you'll be one of the very few people who gets rejected.

Many schools specify a minimum GPA requirement, but this is often just the bare minimum to submit an application without immediately getting rejected.

The GPA requirement that really matters is the GPA you need for a real chance of getting in. For this, we look at the school's average GPA for its current students.

The average GPA at UT El Paso is 3.22.

(Most schools use a weighted GPA out of 4.0, though some report an unweighted GPA.

With a GPA of 3.22, UT El Paso accepts below-average students. It's OK to be a B-average student, with some A's mixed in. It'd be best to avoid C's and D's, since application readers might doubt whether you can handle the stress of college academics.

Each school has different requirements for standardized testing. Most schools require the SAT or ACT, and many also require SAT subject tests.

You must take either the SAT or ACT to submit an application to UT El Paso. More importantly, you need to do well to have a strong application.

UT El Paso SAT Requirements

Many schools say they have no SAT score cutoff, but the truth is that there is a hidden SAT requirement. This is based on the school's average score.

Average SAT: 1010 (Old: 935)

The average SAT score composite at UT El Paso is a 1010 on the 1600 SAT scale.

On the old 2400 SAT, this corresponds to an average SAT score of 935. (According to our records, this school requires only Reading and Math, so this score is out of 1600.)

This score makes UT El Paso Lightly Competitive for SAT test scores.

UT El Paso SAT Score Analysis (New 1600 SAT)

The 25th percentile New SAT score is 890, and the 75th percentile New SAT score is 1130. In other words, a 890 on the New SAT places you below average, while a 1130 will move you up to above average.

Here's the breakdown of new SAT scores by section:

SectionAverage25th Percentile75th Percentile

UT El Paso SAT Score Analysis (Old 2400 SAT)

The 25th percentile Old SAT score is 820, and the 75th percentile SAT score is 1050. In other words, a 820 on the Old SAT places you below average, while a 1050 puts you well above average.

Here's the breakdown of old SAT scores by section:

SectionAverage25th Percentile75th Percentile

SAT Score Choice Policy

The Score Choice policy at your school is an important part of your testing strategy.

UT El Paso ACT Requirements

Just like for the SAT, UT El Paso likely doesn't have a hard ACT cutoff, but if you score too low, your application will get tossed in the trash.

Average ACT: 20

The average ACT score at UT El Paso is 20. This score makes UT El Paso Moderately Competitive for ACT scores.

The 25th percentile ACT score is 17, and the 75th percentile ACT score is 22.

ACT Score Sending Policy

If you're taking the ACT as opposed to the SAT, you have a huge advantage in how you send scores, and this dramatically affects your testing strategy.

Here it is: when you send ACT scores to colleges, you have absolute control over which tests you send. You could take 10 tests, and only send your highest one. This is unlike the SAT, where many schools require you to send all your tests ever taken.

This means that you have more chances than you think to improve your ACT score. To try to aim for the school's ACT requirement of 17 and above, you should try to take the ACT as many times as you can. When you have the final score that you're happy with, you can then send only that score to all your schools.

ACT Superscore Policy

By and large, most colleges do not superscore the ACT. (Superscore means that the school takes your best section scores from all the test dates you submit, and then combines them into the best possible composite score). Thus, most schools will just take your highest ACT score from a single sitting.

We weren't able to find the school's exact ACT policy, which most likely means that it does not Superscore. Regardless, you can choose your single best ACT score to send in to UT El Paso, so you should prep until you reach our recommended target ACT score of 17.

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SAT/ACT Writing Section Requirements

Both the SAT and ACT have a Writing section that includes an essay.

UT El Paso considers the SAT/ACT Writing section optional and may not include it as part of their admissions consideration. You don't need to worry too much about Writing for this school, but other schools you're applying to may require it.

SAT Subject Test Requirements

Schools vary in their SAT subject test requirements. Typically, selective schools tend to require them, while most schools in the country do not.

We did not find information that UT El Paso requires SAT subject tests, and so most likely it does not. At least 6 months before applying, you should still doublecheck just to make sure, so you have enough time to take the test.

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