How to Apply for HEC at McAllen

Currently, only domestic freshman 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.


ApplyTexas can be used by any student to apply to any public and many private and community colleges in Texas.


The Coalition

The Coalition application is a shared admissions application and toolkit to schools and colleges across the U.S.

Your documents must be received by the deadline (see When to Apply).

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

    BEST> submit as part of the application.
    OTHER> upload at HOWDY via the Applicant tab
  2. $75 APPLICATION FEE (nonrefundable/subject to change)

    BEST> pay through the ApplyTexas or Coalition application.
    OTHER> credit card payment by phone (979) 458-5155 or check by mail - Alternate Payment Form

    FEE WAIVER: Will be awarded based on answers from your application.
    Instructions | Samples
  3. OFFICIAL HIGH SCHOOL TRANSCRIPT with a numeric class rank and graduation plan
    • Must include all courses and grades through your junior year (6 semesters).
    • High school graduates must submit a final official transcript with date of graduation through TRex or mail.
    • 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.
    BEST> TREx (available only to Texas high schools) or upload a copy of transcript at HOWDY via the Applicant tab
    OTHER> mail

    Faxed, emailed or 3rd party transcripts (ie. Parchment, eSCRIP-SAFE or Naviance) will not be accepted.
    • 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.

    BEST> upload at HOWDY via the Applicant tab
    OTHER> mail
  • Resumes
    Resumes should only be used if you run out of space on the application.

    BEST> upload at HOWDY via the Applicant tab

Cost of Attendance


6200 Tres Lagos Blvd.
McAllen, TX 78504

For questions about admissions, scholarship and application, contact:

Rio Grande Valley Prospective Student Center
5277 North 23rd Street
McAllen, TX 78504

APPLY-receive a UIN-logon to AIS-check STATUS-upload DOCUMENTS