Academic Advising Center

The Academic Advising Center (AAC) helps students develop class schedules and degree plans related to career and life goals that reflect their interests, abilities, and values. This advising model helps students take into account transitions, new roles, and new responsibilities as they make both short- and long-term curricular and co-curricular decisions. Advisors are available Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.; and some Saturdays. We also see students on either a walk-in or appointment basis. See website for Saturday availability. Advisors will also assist students via email at Advisors look forward to helping all students get connected on campus!

The AAC provides academic advising to the following populations:

  • College of Education: Students with fewer than 45 hours who are interested in teaching in the elementary and middle school grades are assisted in course selection.
  • College of Business: CBBA majors
  • College of Health Sciences: students with 0-29 credit hours, excluding Rehabilitation Sciences majors
  • College of Liberal Arts: Selected lower-division Liberal Arts majors are assisted in course selection based on degree requirements
  • General Studies (undecided majors) students
  • German Abitur Program students
  • Junior Scholars
  • Pre-nursing students
  • Programa Interamericano Estudiantil (PIE) students
  • START (provisionally admitted) students
  • Summer Guest students
  • Texas Success Initiative (TSI) students
  • Transfer students
  • UT Austin Coordinated Admission Program (UTCAP) students

Texas Success Initiative (TSI)

The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is designed to ensure that students entering a Texas public college or university are prepared for college-level math, writing, and reading-intensive courses. Entering students must take the TSI Assessment prior to enrolling in college-level courses at a Texas public college or university. Students who have not successfully completed the TSI requirement will be advised every semester at the Academic Advising Center.

The following TSI exemptions are provided by the state:

  • Students with an ACT composite score of 23 with a minimum of 19 on the English and/or mathematics sections*.
  • Students who score 1070 on the SAT with a minimum of 500 on the English and/or math sections proior to March 2016*.
  • Students who score 530 on the SAT Math section, 480 on the SAT English section as of March 2016*
  • Students who took the eleventh grade exit-level Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) with a minimum scale score of 2200 on the math section and/or a minimum scale score of 2200 on the English Language Arts section with a writing subsection of a 3*.
  • Students with a STAAR end-of-course (EOC) with a minimum score of Level 2 on the English III shall be exempt from the TSI Assessment required under this title for both reading and writing, and a minimum score of Level 2 on the Algebra II EOC shall be exempt from the TSI Assessment required under this title for the mathematics section*.
  • Students who have an associate’s or baccalaureate degrees from an institution of higher education
  • A student who has previously attended any institution and has been determined to have met readiness standards by that institution.
  • Students enrolled in certificate programs of one year or less at public junior colleges, public technical institutes, or public state colleges.
  • Students on active duty as members of the armed forces, the Texas National Guard, or reserve forces for at least three years before enrolling.
  • Students honorably discharged, retired, or released from active duty as members of the armed forces, Texas National Guard, or reserve forces after August 1, 1990.
  • Students who are not seeking a degree or a certificate.
  • Students who transfer to UTEP from a private institution of higher education or an accredited out-of-state institution of higher education and has satisfactorily completed college-level coursework with a C or better per TSI area (reading, writing, and math) will be exempt for the corresponding area.
  • Students who successfully completed a college preparatory course are exempt for a period of twelve (12) months from the date of high school graduation with respect to the content area of the course.

To satisfy TSI requirements and determine college readiness students will need to take the TSI Assessment, which also serves as a placement test for Math and English courses. If a student is not college ready in one or more sections of the test, he or she will be advised by the Academic Advising Center into an appropriate developmental education course(s) according to UTEP’s Developmental Education Accountability Plan.

Students will complete the TSI when they have passed the reading, writing, and math sections of TSI Assessment, or when they have received a passing grade in the last level of developmental education or a college level course in writing, math, and reading. Students that are not TSI complete must take the developmental education course(s) prior to taking a college level course; the following courses are considered TSI college level courses: core curriculum RWS, MATH, STAT, HIST, POLS, PSYC and SOCI. UTEP students with disabilities should inquire about special testing accommodations.

For further information about the Texas Success Initiative, visit the Academic Advising Center, or call (910) 747-5290. For information concerning TSI testing, refer to the Student Assessment and Testing section of this catalog.


Pat Caro

Assistant Director

Jose Andalis

Cynthia Holguin

Student Transition Coordinator


Departmental Systems Administrator

Stephen Pruett

Program Advisors

Nisna Castaneda

Sergio Contreras

Kaay Miller

Natalie Miller

Martin Ramirez

Lucy Snelson

Katie Swift

Academic Advising Center

Academic Advising Center Bldg.
Phone: (915) 747-5290
Fax: (915) 747-5297