University of Texas at El Paso

The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) is an urban institution located in El Paso, Texas, set against the backdrop of the Franklin Mountains in the Chihuahuan Desert. The campus enrolls more than 25,000 students — about 80 percent of them Hispanic — and is the only doctoral research university in the nation with a majority Mexican-American student body.

The University’s “access and excellence” mission are redefining public higher education in Texas and across the nation. Its extraordinary success is validated by numerous accolades.

The Brookings Institution in 2017 ranked UTEP as the No. 1 leader in equal access to higher education, based on a combination of research productivity and student social mobility. The Carnegie Corporation of New York also recently recognized the University for its institutional vision and commitment to quality, diversity, curricular innovation and investment in our community. A 2016 column in the New York Times about a comprehensive study of college graduates lauded UTEP as a working-class institution that enrolls students from families of modest means and turns out graduates that work their way into the middle class, upper middle class, and beyond.

Since opening its doors along the U.S.-Mexico border in 1914 as the Texas State School of Mines and Metallurgy, UTEP has enabled generations of students to pursue their goals through higher education in one of the largest binational communities in the world.

During the past century, the University’s enrollment has grown from 27 mining students to over 25,078 undergraduate and graduate students, and that number increases annually.

UTEP offers a broad array of degree programs — 73 bachelor’s, 75 master’s, and 22 doctorates — taught by outstanding faculty who have been recognized for their commitment to student success.

The quality of UTEP’s faculty and their sustained commitment to excellence are reflected in the University’s strong record of receiving extremely competitive grant awards, 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.

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In keeping with its Access and Excellence mission, the University of Texas at El Paso is committed to an open, diverse, and inclusive learning and working environment that honors the talents, respects the differences, and nurtures the growth and development of all.

The University of Texas at El Paso is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity in employment or the provision of services.

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last updated 22-May-2018