Welcome to The University of Texas at El Paso. Now in its second
century of service to the people of the Paso de Norte region, UTEP has reaffirmed its commitment to an access and excellence mission and redefined public higher education not only in Texas, but across the nation.
The University’s extraordinary success is validated by Washington Monthly magazine’s 2015 ranking of UTEP as one of the top 10 universities in the nation for the third consecutive year, alongside Stanford, Harvard, UC Berkeley and the University of Washington, to name a few. UTEP was ranked #1 for the fourth year in a row 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 nearly 23,400 undergraduate and graduate students, and that number continues to increase each year.
UTEP offers a broad array of degree programs – 72 bachelor’s, 73 master’s and 20 doctoral degrees taught by outstanding faculty who have been recognized for their commitment to student success.
With close to $80 million in annual research spending, UTEP is 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.
In 2015, fall enrollment increased for the 17th straight year, reaching an all-time enrollment high of 23,397.
UTEP has awarded nearly 120,000 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 American West, and the CEO of Trifecta Entertainment & Media. In addition, more than 56,000 UTEP alumni live and work in the Paso del Norte region, contributing to the local economy and the quality of life.
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 supports parents and their students during the transition to college life.
The Office of Alumni Relations 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 the UTEP Bookstore.
More than 3,000 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, UTEP faculty and staff members reflect the community they serve.
UTEP offers 72 bachelor’s, 73 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. In the W.M. Keck Center for 3-D Innovation, students work on projects at the forefront of 3-D printing and additive manufacturing technology. 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 of 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 has made extraordinary progress in
developing its research capacity and expanding its doctoral programs. With
the University’s investments in state-of-the-art equipment, laboratories and
buildings, it is an exciting time to be 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 Hunt Institute for Global Competitiveness, researchers study cross-border economic and social development. Other projects range from enhancing bilingual education to monitoring earthquakes, advancing 3-D printing technology 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 14 bowl games and the men’s basketball squad has participated in 17 NCAA tournaments and reached the postseason nine times in the last 12 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 50 years ago 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. Meters have been installed on Wiggins Road in front of Benedict Hall and in front of the Centennial Museum. Also, four meters are located 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.
For assistance or information, stop by the traffic control stations on University Avenue off North Mesa Street or Sun Bowl Drive, visit parking.utep.edu or call UTEP Parking and Transportation Services at 915-747-5724.
At UTEP, student life is about the whole student, which means not only
engaging 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, more than 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.
Three convenient on-campus housing options provide students with an apartment-style residence hall experience, including the new Miner Canyon complex that opened in fall 2015.
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 fitness classes, take advantage of the challenge course, play for an intramural team or visit some of the regional attractions including Ski Apache, Carlsbad Caverns and the Grand Canyon.
For more information about student life at UTEP, visit sa.utep.edu/studentlife.
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 helps students
complete a college degree through programs that provide opportunities and
resources that contribute to student success.
The Military Student Success Center helps military-affiliated students carry out their higher education goals at UTEP, while the Patricia and Paul Yetter Law School Preparation Institute helps students prepare for law careers. The Campus Office of Undergraduate Research Initiatives facilitates and showcases 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. Through the Study Abroad Office, students have the opportunity to explore the world, experience new cultures, learn a foreign language and gain valuable international experience that appeals to employers and graduate and professional schools.
The University’s commitment to excellence and access through student success initiatives has set nearly 120,000 graduates on the path to a fulfilling life and career.
UTEP recently completed a major transformation of its outdoor spaces
that includes the impressive Centennial Plaza. The 11-acre terraced
green space in the heart of campus serves as a site for University and
community events. A lhakhang, a hand-carved, hand-painted building
created by Bhutanese craftsmen and given to the people of the United
States, sits on Centennial Plaza’s northwest corner. The cultural exhibit
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 Sebastian, was a Centennial gift to UTEP from the government of Mexico. It is just one of many public art pieces that can be found at the University.
UTEP’s new landscape, including enhancements on Wiggins Road, Hawthorne Street, and in front of Old Main, 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.
Improved ADA accessibility, accommodations for bicyclists, and enhancements such as additional vehicle lanes, better lighting, new roundabouts and a bridge connecting Paisano Avenue to UTEP have helped ease the flow of people and traffic throughout the campus.