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General Admission/Application Information

In order to be considered for admission a student must send appropriate documents and credentials to the Office of Admissions and Records. For timely and accurate processing, students should ensure that all official documents have been submitted prior to registration. Students are encouraged to request electronic transmission of all transcripts; such transmission may shorten the processing time by two or three days.

For additional information contact:
(361) 570-4110 or toll-free (877) 970-4848
Or Email: admissions@uhv.edu
Admissions Fax: (361) 580-5500


The Apply Texas Application may be submitted by students who are U.S. citizens or Legal Permanent Residents (LPR) of the United States. To access the Apply Texas Application, see the UHV website www.uhv.edu and click on “Apply Now”.

International applicants who currently hold a visa that permits enrollment, or have pending permanent residence status, may submit the Apply Texas Application for International Students. On the UHV website, choose the link for International Students. This link will direct you to the International Student information page. From this page, you may choose the link to the International Student Admission Application. F1 or J1 visa applicants may also access admission forms from this page.

When applicants submit the completed application, they will receive an email confirmation from Apply Texas that the application was submitted successfully. UHV Office of Admissions and Records will receive the application in 24 to 48 hours, and the applicant will receive a MyUHV ID by email. The applicant will then be able to check their admission status through MyUHV Self Service. Applicants may also be contacted by email to provide additional information needed for the admission process.

Applications for admission should be submitted as early as possible to ensure time for processing before registration. The completed application, with supporting documents, constitutes the basis upon which eligibility for admission is determined. All questions on the application must be answered fully. Admission is invalid if granted on the basis of incorrect information or omitted facts, which if known, would have caused the applicant to be ineligible.

A student must contact the Office of Admissions and Records if he/she does not enroll for the semester/term indicated on the original application.


There are no specific deadlines for admission applications from citizens or permanent residents of the United States. However, applicants should submit credentials as early as possible to ensure adequate time for processing before registration. International students must submit applications for admission and all supporting admission documentation, regardless of your degree objective, by the following dates to ensure time for processing:

Fall – June 1 Spring – October 1 Summer – March 1


English Proficiency

All students attending the University of Houston-Victoria must be proficient in the use of English. Students, regardless of immigration status, whose educational instruction has not been in the English language and/or whose first or native language is not English, must demonstrate English proficiency in one of the following ways:

TOEFL: A valid, official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) exam score of a minimum of 550/paper-based, 213/computer-based, or 79/iBT is required. Photocopies are NOT acceptable. Scores must be less than 2 years old. You will need to request an official score report to be sent directly to the University of Houston-Victoria. The UHV school code is 6917. This TOEFL requirement is minimal. Specific graduate programs may have higher requirements. Please refer to your school’s section of the course catalog for additional information. Appeals regarding TOEFL requirements will be referred to the academic dean as a member of the Academic Council.

Under certain conditions, applicants who are required to submit TOEFL scores may be tested again.

Exceptions to TOEFL requirements are:

  1. Institutional TOEFL: The TOEFL exam is administered on selected dates every year at locations around the world. In addition to these international TOEFL exams, individual institutions such as the University of Houston are also authorized to administer the TOEFL exam. This TOEFL is referred to as an institutional or Satellite TOEFL. It is essentially the same in content as the international TOEFL exam but may only be recognized by the institutions that administer. UHV will recognize institutional TOEFL exams taken at one of the University of Houston campuses or other campuses approved by the Academic Council. Interested applicants should contact the UHV Office of Admissions and Records for information.
  2. Have completed 9 semester hours of lower division English in an accredited U.S. college or university, 3 of which must be in composition and 3 in literature; or
  3. Have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher in an accredited U.S. college or University; or
  4. Have completed the equivalent of at least three years of full-time study at a recognized secondary school, college or university whose primary language of instruction is English; or
  5. Are recommended for academic study by an English Language Institute recognized by the University of Houston-Victoria, after completing the highest level of Intensive English Study, or
  6. Submit International English Language Testing System (IELTS) band score of 6.5 or higher.

Readmission of Former Students

A former student of UH-Victoria is not required to file a new application for admission.

A former student must submit transcripts from all colleges attended since the last enrollment at UH-Victoria.


It is the applicant’s responsibility to have complete, official transcripts sent directly from each institution of higher education the applicant has attended to the Office of Admissions and Records of UH-Victoria. UHV considers transcripts official only when they bear both the signature of the registrar and the seal of the issuing school and are sent directly to the UHV Office of Admissions and Records from the registrar’s office of each school the applicant has attended. The applicant must submit a transcript of any college work attempted previously at another institution whether or not the applicant earned any credit.

If the applicant’s official transcript(s) have not arrived at the UHV Office of Admissions by the 12th class day of a fall or spring semester/term or the 4th class day of a summer term, UHV may administratively withdraw the applicant from all classes for the term. Also, UHV may require the applicant to forfeit all tuition and fees. Records from one institution carried on a transcript from a second institution do not qualify as credentials for admission.

In computing undergraduate grade point averages for admissions purposes, only the semester hours and grade points earned on the last enrollment in a repeated course will be used for computation of the required grade point average for admission.

International Students (non U.S. citizen nor a permanent resident of the United States; a holder or prospective holder of an F-1 student visa) – See “International Student Admission” section for additional information regarding international transcripts and/or evaluations.

All transcripts, marks, and certificates submitted to UHV become the property of the university and are not returned to students. If only one set of documents is issued by the student’s country of origin, students should send attested/certified copies of the documents/translations in the appropriate manner indicated below. DO NOT send the original document issued to the student by the university or government agency. UHV is not responsible for damage to original documents submitted by applicants. For possible temporary conditional admission, take the original document to a campus location nearby and request that a UHV staff member make a copy of the original document for submission to the Office of Admissions.

Transcripts become the property of UH-Victoria and cannot be returned. They will remain on file in the UHV Office of Admissions and Record for two years or until the applicant enrolls at UHV, whichever occurs first.