Welcome to The University of Texas at El Paso. Celebrating its 100-year anniversary in 2014, UTEP has redefined public higher education not only in Texas, but across the nation as the University begins its second century of service to the people of the Paso del Norte region and reaffirms its commitment to an access and excellence mission.
The University’s extraordinary success is validated by Washington Monthly magazine’s 2014 ranking of UTEP as one of the top 10 universities in the nation, grouped with Stanford, Harvard, UC Berkeley, UCLA and UC San Diego, to name a few. UTEP has been ranked #1 for the third consecutive year among all U.S. universities in the social mobility category for its success in helping students achieve the American Dream.
Since opening its doors as the Texas State School of Mines and Metallurgy in 1914, UTEP’s geographic location along the U.S.-Mexico border has enabled 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 and graduate students, and that number continues to increase each year.
UTEP offers a broad array of degree programs – 70 bachelor’s, 76 master’s and 20 doctoral degrees taught by outstanding faculty who have been recognized for their commitment to student success.
With more than $80 million in annual research spending, UTEP is dedicated to becoming the first national research university serving a 21st century student demographic. The University’s outstanding record of receiving extremely competitive grant awards reflects the quality of UTEP’s faculty and their sustained commitment to excellence while also maintaining an academic environment dedicated to addressing the educational needs of students – many of whom are the first in their families to attend college.
Learn more about UTEP at utep.edu or utepnews.com.
|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: $426.2 million (FY14-15)
• Annual economic impact on El Paso County: $1.3 billion
• Jobs created in the region as a result of UTEP’s presence:
An estimated 6,577
• Number of degrees awarded to date: More than 113,000
In 2014, fall enrollment increased for the 16th straight year, reaching an all-time enrollment high of 23,079
UTEP has awarded more than 113,000 degrees to graduates living in
83 countries worldwide. Storied alumni include a NASA astronaut, the vice
chair of a firm that designs some of the world’s tallest buildings, an early
program manager at Microsoft, an Olympic champion and world record
holder, the country’s first Latina governor, associate commissioner of the
U.S. Food and Drug Administration, high-powered attorneys, the head of a
multibillion-dollar energy trading company, a PEN/Faulkner Award-winning
author, the chief diversity officer at PricewaterhouseCoopers, an ABC News
White House correspondent, presidents of the American Medical Association
and the National Medical Association, the man who discovered uranium in the
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
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.
More than 3,150 UTEP faculty and staff come from diverse backgrounds, but they have one thing in common: they are dedicated to seeing that students receive every possible opportunity for success in their academic careers. In addition to being outstanding educators and mentors, our faculty and staff members reflect the community they serve.
UTEP offers 70 bachelor’s, 76 master’s and 20 doctoral degrees, with others in development. The University is nationally recognized for providing 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 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 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.
Research opportunities abound for students, beginning at the undergraduate level through the Campus Office of Undergraduate Research Initiatives (COURI).
UTEP faculty and students are actively engaged in research in key strategic areas. Recent projects in the health and biomedical sciences aim to combat cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, create vaccines for HIV and Chagas disease, prevent obesity in children, reduce tobacco use and understand the neurochemistry of drug addiction. In the areas of energy and the environment, UTEP researchers are working to make water desalination more affordable and efficient, test and certify alternative energy projects, and document climate change in the Arctic. Through the new Hunt Institute for Global Competitiveness, researchers study cross-border economic and social development. Other projects range from enhancing bilingual education to monitoring earthquakes, preserving works of art by Georgia O’Keeffe and improving the safety of human space flight.
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 eight times in the past 11 years. The women’s basketball team has won two Conference USA titles in the last decade and was runner-up in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament in 2014 after selling out the Don Haskins Center twice. 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.
At UTEP, student life is about the whole student, which means not only excelling in the classroom, but also in extracurricular campus programs and in the community.
Students can chart their progress toward a successful future using the Mine Tracker, a co-curricular program that enables registered students to access activities that complement what they are learning in the classroom. Activities fall into four categories: career development, civic engagement, global perspective and personal enrichment.
Bringing these dimensions to life, nearly 200 registered organizations offer students a rich variety of extracurricular choices, with subject areas ranging from animé to religion to computer gaming.
Students can join organizations tailored to political, social and cultural activities, including the Student Government Association and UTEP’s fraternities and sororities.
The state-of-the-art Student Recreation Center features an indoor track, a 39-foot climbing wall, cardiovascular equipment and weights, basketball courts, two indoor pools and a multipurpose court. Additionally, students can participate in one of the many fitness classes offered, take advantage of the challenge course, play for an intramural team or visit some of the regional attractions including Ski Apache, Carlsbad Caverns and even the Grand Canyon. For more information about student life at UTEP, visit
UTEP has been transforming the lives of young people in the Paso del Norte region for more than a century. That success is partly a result of the efforts of the Office of Undergraduate Studies. The office realizes its goals of helping students complete a college degree through special UTEP programs and programs that provide opportunities and resources that contribute to student success.
For example, the Military Student Success Center helps military-affiliated students carry out their higher education goals at UTEP. The Patricia and Paul Yetter Law School Preparation Institute helps students prepare for law careers; the Campus Office of Undergraduate Research Initiatives enriches the student experience by facilitating, enhancing and showcasing undergraduates’ research and gives students the opportunity to participate in a research symposium; the Medical Professions Institute supports student development into highly competitive candidates for postgraduate training in medical professions; the Entering Student Program leads students through the transition to UTEP by helping develop their critical thinking and academic success skills; and the Study Abroad Office offers students the opportunity to explore the world, experience new cultures, learn or perfect a foreign language and become a global citizen, while also gaining valuable international experience that appeals to employers and graduate and professional schools.
The University’s commitment to excellence and access along with student success initiatives has set more than 113,000 graduates on the path to a fulfilling life and career.
UTEP soon will complete a major transformation of its outdoor spaces that
will include an impressive new Centennial Plaza. The 11-acre terraced green
space in the heart of campus will serve as a site for University and community
A lhakhang, a hand-carved, hand-painted building commonly found in villages throughout Bhutan, was created by Bhutanese craftsmen and given to the people of the United States by the people of Bhutan. Installed in Centennial Plaza’s northwest corner, it will serve as a unique cultural exhibit that pays tribute to the University’s connection with the Himalayan Kingdom.
Nearby in the Fox Fine Arts Center plaza, a large, orange metal sphere titled Tlahtolli, created by Mexican artist Sebastián, was a Centennial gift to UTEP from the government of Mexico.
UTEP’s new landscape, including enhancements on Wiggins Road and Hawthorne Street, will offer 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.
Access to the University also has 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, and will soon create a new access point over I-10 to the UTEP campus from Paisano Avenue.
A walkway underneath the roundabout gives pedestrians safe passage from the parking lots on the south side of Schuster Avenue to the UTEP campus.
Sun Bowl Drive also has seen various enhancements, including two additional lanes in each direction with a wider outside lane to accommodate bicyclists, a sidewalk on both sides of the road, improved lighting and UTEP’s third roundabout at the Sun Bowl Drive/Glory Road intersection. The project has created a safer, more accessible north-south corridor that is especially necessary during special events and their increased traffic demands. The roundabout includes a new public art piece called Mandala Sunrise by Koryn Rolstad that
evokes colorful Bhutanese ceremonial flags.
For more information about the projects,