How to Apply for HEC 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


If you applied to Texas A&M for freshman admission and would like to be considered for admission to the HEC at McAllen follow these steps within the Applicant Information System (AIS). 

Once in the Application Information System: 
Step 1: Select "Contact Us"
Step 2: Select "Ask a Question"
Step 3: Select the Subject line with the major of your choice.
Step 4: Type a message indicating that you are interested in this program.

If you have never applied to Texas A&M University and would like to be considered for admission to the HEC at McAllen you must apply to the University and submit all required documents by the deadline.

Step 1: Complete the Coalition Application
Step 2: Submit Additional Required Documents
Step 3: Check your Admission Status on AIS

  1. ESSAY

    Topic A - Required. Additional essays will not be considered in the admission decision process.
    Tell a story from your life, describing an experience that either demonstrates your character or helped to shape it.

    PREFERRED > submit within the application.
    OTHER METHOD: upload through the Applicant Information System (AIS)
  2. $75 PROCESSING FEE (nonrefundable/subject to change)

    PREFERRED > pay within the application.
    FEE WAIVER: Students who wish to obtain a fee waiver must complete the Financial Aid section of the Coalition Profile and indicate they qualify for a waiver for one of the listed reasons.

    PREFERRED > upload in AIS
    OTHER METHOD: mail
    Emailed copies will NOT be accepted.
  3. OFFICIAL HIGH SCHOOL TRANSCRIPT with a numeric class rank and graduation plan
    • Home-schooled students will be assigned a quartile rank comparable to the rank of other applicants with equivalent SAT or ACT scores.  Test scores must be received before a rank will be assigned.

    • If your school does not rank, a school profile from the high school must be provided along with your transcript and Texas A&M will assign a class rank based on reported GPA.
    • High schools designated by Texas A&M as non-ranking may provide a numeric class rank for students in the top 10% only. All other students will be assigned a ranking by Texas A&M.
    • Please note: An applicant’s class rank assigned by Texas A&M may be different from his or her rank had it been reported by the high school.
    PREFERRED > electronic transcripts sent by TREx (available only to Texas high schools)
    PREFERRED > upload a copy of transcript in AIS (final high school transcripts may not be uploaded through AIS)
    OTHER METHOD: mail

    Faxed, emailed or 3rd party vendor electronic transcripts (ie. Parchment, eSCRIP-SAFE or AVOW) will not be accepted.
    • Texas A&M SAT code is 6003 and ACT code is 4198.
    • The highest composite or total score from a single test date will be considered for admission.
    • Texas A&M University offers the institutional SAT/ACT exam through Testing Services.
    • SAT and ACT scores expire after 5 years and cannot be used for admissions purposes.

    REQUIRED > to be sent from the testing agency
    Describe your academic and career goals in the broad field of engineering. What and/or who has influenced you either inside or outside the classroom that contributed to these goals?
    • Question is a required field on the admission application.
    • Students who select Engineering as a first and second choice major will be required to answer the question twice. It is acceptable to use the same response.
    • This entry will not appear on the student’s Applicant Information System (AIS) checklist.
    REQUIRED > submit within application


  • Proof of vaccination against bacterial meningitis
    PREFERRED > upload through AIS
    OTHER METHOD: mail
    Emailed copies will NOT be accepted.
  • Final high school transcript
    PREFERRED > electronic transcripts sent by TREx (available only to Texas high schools)
    OTHER METHOD: mail
  • Official college transcript showing any dual credit (if applicable)
    PREFERRED > electronic transcripts sent by SPEEDE, eSCRIP-SAFE, Parchment/AVOW, and National Student Clearing House
    OTHER METHOD: mail

    Paper transcripts must be mailed in a sealed school envelope.

    College work from one institution posted on the transcript of another is not acceptable.

    All college transcripts will be evaluated, assigned credit and posted to the student record (viewable in Howdy) upon admission.

FALL 2018
application term
OPENS January 3, 2018
CLOSES April 13, 2018

Decisions will be made on a rolling basis. All applicants will be notified by June 1, 2018. Decisions will be posted on the Applicant Information System.

Cost of Attendance

4600 W. Military Hwy., Suite 1000
McAllen, TX 78503

For questions about admissions, scholarship and application, contact:

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


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