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
    All freshmen applicants must complete a SRAR with a few exceptions.* Applicants create the Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR) using their official high school transcript. The SRAR lists the courses and associated grades that have been completed, or will be completed, for high school and/or college credit. It replaces the high school transcripts used by the Office of Admissions during the initial admission process in most cases. Applicants will enter their courses, grades, class rank (if provided on transcript), weighted GPA, and graduation plan in the SRAR. Since accuracy is critical, you must have a copy of your high school transcript available to use as a reference when you create your SRAR. The SRAR cannot be submitted prior to the application but you can and should work on it as soon as possible. It must be submitted and linked with your application by December 15.
    *All freshmen applicants must complete the SRAR except the following: 
    • Applicants not completing high school in the U.S.
    • GED graduates
    • Students who have already graduated from high school

    If a rank is not provided by the high school for students to enter in their SRAR a rank will be assigned. 

    Texas residents reporting a top ten percent ranking must also provide verification of ranking by submitting an official high school transcript with a relative numeric ranking via TREx or the upload feature in AIS.

    For additional information regarding SRAR, see our FAQs.  

    • 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