Welcome to The University of Texas at El Paso. We invite you to celebrate with us as UTEP commemorates its 100-year anniversary in 2014 and continues to redefine public higher education not only in Texas, but across the nation as we begin our second century.
Our success is validated by Washington Monthly magazine’s 2013 ranking of UTEP as the #7 university in the nation for excellence in social mobility, research and service, comfortably nestled between #6 Stanford and #8 Harvard. More specifically, UTEP ranked #1 among all U.S. universities in the social mobility category for helping our students achieve their dreams and professional aspirations.
Since opening its doors as the State School of Mines and Metallurgy in 1914, UTEP’s geographic location on the U.S.-Mexico border has allowed generations of students to pursue their goals through higher education in one of the largest binational communities in the world.
Over the past century, the University’s enrollment has grown from 27 mining students to more than 23,000 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students, and that number continues to increase each year.
We offer a broad array of degree programs – 71 bachelors’, 76 master’s and 20 doctoral degrees taught by outstanding faculty who have been recognized for their commitment to student success.
With nearly $80 million in annual research spending, UTEP is dedicated to becoming the first national research university serving a 21st century student demographic. It is a designation that will boost the region’s economy and quality of life, while offering a wealth of research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students.
Join us as we reflect on UTEP’s first 100 years of distinguished service to the Paso del Norte region and as we look forward to a new century of access and excellence.
|UTEP is a significant economic force in the Paso del Norte region. It
contributes millions of dollars to the area economy and creates thousands
• Operating Budget: $418.9 million (FY13-14)
• Annual economic impact on El Paso County: $1.3 billion
• Rate of return for UTEP students on their educational investment: 15.6%
• Number of community service hours UTEP students contributed to the community in 2011-12: 466,528
• Number of degrees awarded to date: More than 107,000
In 2013, fall enrollment increased for the 15th straight year, reaching an alltime enrollment high of 23,003.
UTEP has awarded more than 107,000 degrees to graduates living in 80 countries worldwide. Our storied alumni include NASA astronaut Danny Olivas; former ABC News chief White House correspondent Sam Donaldson; Robert O’Rear, one of Microsoft’s first employees; NBA All-Star Tim Hardaway; Olympic champion Bob Beamon; New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, the country’s first Latina governor; Mary Lou Valdez, associate commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration; high-powered attorney Kathy Patrick; PEN/Faulkner Award-winning author Benjamin Alire Saénz; and Maria Castañón Moats, chief diversity officer at PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Joining the Alumni Association is a great way to stay connected with other Miners and support the University. The members are the heart of the organization, actively involved in an increasing number of chapters.
With the support of the Office of Alumni Relations, the Alumni Association and affiliated organizations are dedicated to cultivating pride in UTEP. The Student Alumni Association promotes school spirit and maintains traditions. The Parents Association supports parents and their students during the transition to college life.
The Alumni Association is located in the heart of campus at the Peter and Margaret de Wetter Center. Membership is open to all UTEP alumni and friends and includes discounts at campus, local and national retailers, including 20 percent off at the UTEP Bookstore.
Join the Alumni Association today at alumni.utep.edu.
Our faculty and staff come from diverse backgrounds, but they have one thing
UTEP offers 71 bachelor’s, 76 master’s and 20 doctoral degrees, with others in development. The University is nationally recognized for offering service learning opportunities that help the community and give students practical work experience related to their majors through undergraduate and graduate research.
UTEP’s innovative learning experiences include a 16,000-square-foot Simulation Center where health professions students can practice in a safe but realistic clinical environment. At the Law School Preparation Institute, 90 percent of program graduates are accepted to law school, well above the national average. The Medical Professions Institute provides preparation, mentoring and networking for students interested in medical careers and has helped make UTEP one of the top schools for producing Mexican-American graduates who are accepted into medical schools. UTEP’s border location, near Fort Bliss and White Sands Missile Range, presents unique opportunities for research and projects involving defense and homeland security. The digital publication Borderzine, based at UTEP, is a web community for Latino student journalists that shifts the new voices, perspectives and experiences of Latinos in the U.S. from the borderline to the centerline.
The University of Texas at El Paso’s extraordinary progress in developing its research capacity and expanding its doctoral programs has earned UTEP the designation as one of the state’s “Emerging Tier One” universities by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
With the University’s recent investments in state-of-the-art equipment, laboratories and buildings, it is an exciting time to be a part of the research community at UTEP.
The University’s annual research-spending portfolio of nearly $80 million is growing each year in line with our goal to become the first national research university with a 21st century student demographic. Research opportunities abound for students, beginning at the undergraduate level through the Campus Office of Undergraduate Research Initiatives (COURI). COURI’s goal is to prepare students to effectively compete for admission to the best graduate and professional programs in the world and join a 21st century workforce that is globally engaged.
A strong manufacturing and military presence, as well as a medical school in the community, open the door for our world-class faculty and students to engage in numerous research collaborations.
Our centers and laboratories focus on a broad array of research, including drug development, Hispanic health disparities, tissue engineering, nanotechnology, space exploration, environmental studies, earthquake science and prosthetic limb development.
Experience the deafening roar of a sold-out Sun Bowl Stadium or Don Haskins Center, and you’ll quickly understand why die-hard UTEP fans call themselves Miner Maniacs.
There has been much to cheer about in UTEP Athletics’ history. The football team has played in 13 bowl games, and the men’s basketball squad has participated in 17 NCAA Tournaments and reached the postseason seven times in the past 10 years. The women’s basketball team has won two Conference USA titles in the last six years and set a school record with 29 victories during the 2011-12 season. Overall UTEP has won 25 NCAA titles, including 21 in cross country and track and field.
UTEP annually ranks among the Conference USA leaders in football and men’s and women’s basketball attendance. The campus is home to outstanding athletic facilities, including the 43,000-square-foot Foster • Stevens Basketball Center, the 65,000-square-foot Larry K. Durham Sports Center and the Helen of Troy Softball Complex.
The UTEP Miners have a great future, built on the University’s legends of the past. UTEP is home to the famed Texas Western College team that made history when it started all African-American players during the 1966 NCAA basketball championship game under Hall of Fame coach Don Haskins. The story was told in the 2006 motion picture Glory Road.
Visitor parking pay lots are available at the Mike Loya Academic Services Building at the corner of Schuster Avenue and Hawthorne Street, and at the Sun Bowl Parking Garage near the corner of Sun Bowl Drive and University Avenue. These self-service visitor lots accept credit cards and cash.
Some metered parking spaces are available on campus and are intended for short-term visitors. New meters have been installed on Wiggins Road in front of Benedict Hall and in front of the Centennial Museum. Also, four meters have been installed on University Avenue just east of the Information Kiosk near Sun Bowl Drive. There is a one-hour time limit for parking in metered spaces. All who park in metered spaces are required to pay the meter fee — no exceptions.
If you need assistance or information, stop by the traffic control stations on University Avenue off North Mesa Street or Sun Bowl Drive, call UTEP Parking and Transportation Services at 915-747-5724 or visit parking.utep.edu.
The University of Texas at El Paso has been transforming the lives of young people in the Paso del Norte region for nearly a century. From the first 27 students to the 100,000th graduate and beyond, the University has opened its doors to all who have the motivation to succeed and the willingness to work hard to achieve their dreams.
UTEP will celebrate its first 100 years in 2014. Throughout the year, the University community will commemorate past accomplishments, showcase present strengths and look forward to the future. The celebration will involve students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends in programs and activities that foster pride and recognition of UTEP’s role as a higher education leader in the 21st century.
In April 2013, we commemorated the 1913 legislative act that enabled the creation of the State School of Mines and Metallurgy, now UTEP. During fall 2013, we are counting down the 100 days until the Centennial year. Throughout 2014, the routine events of University life – Commencement, Convocation, Homecoming and Minerpalooza – will be expanded and enhanced.
A new Centennial Welcome Center showcases exhibits detailing UTEP’s history and impact and serves as the starting point for new guided and selfdirected campus tours. Several “Centennial Surprises” are in store as well. Join the celebration and stay alert! utep100years.com
As part of the University’s Centennial anniversary, UTEP will inaugurate Centennial Plaza, an 11-acre green space in the heart of campus that will serve as a site for campus and community events.
The lhakhang, a hand-carved, hand-painted building that was a gift from the people of Bhutan to the people of the United States, is already installed in the plaza’s northwest corner and will serve as a cultural center.
Other campus transformation projects include Wiggins Plaza, a circular space – part park, part parkway - between the University Library and the Health Sciences and Nursing Building.
UTEP’s new landscape offers pedestrian walkways and green spaces that knit together campus buildings, creating a climate consistent with UTEP’s distinct Bhutanese architecture and the University’s development as a national research university with a 21st century student demographic.
Access to the University has also been greatly enhanced thanks to projects by the Texas Department of Transportation. The Spur 1966 project features a raised, two-lane roundabout southwest of the Schuster Parking Garage, which creates a new access point to the UTEP campus. A walkway underneath the roundabout gives pedestrians safe passage from the parking lots on the south side of Schuster Avenue to the UTEP campus.
Comfortable and pleasing to the eye, the campus transformation has increased pride in the University and reinforced our collective commitment to excellence.
For more information about the projects,