About UTEP

The University

The University of Texas at El Paso is forging dramatic new directions in higher education. UTEP has become a national model for creating and successfully executing highly competitive academic and research programs while maintaining a deep commitment to serving a 21st century student demographic. It is this dedication to providing access and excellence to students in its region that has resulted in UTEP becoming the only researchdoctoral university in the United States with a MexicanAmerican majority student population.

A Carnegie high-research-activity, urban university enrolling 23,922 students, UTEP is a member of The University of Texas System (www.utsystem.edu). It serves its primary constituency--residents of far west Texas, southern New Mexico, and northern Mexico—with 72 undergraduate programs, 74 master’s programs, 21 doctoral degree programs, and a growing portfolio of online degrees. With an 80% Hispanic student population— and an additional 5% from Mexico—UTEP proudly reflects the demographic composition of the binational region from which it draws 90% of its students.

The University employs approximately 1,334 full-and part-time faculty members, and 95% of the tenured and tenure-track faculty hold doctoral degrees or the equivalent in their fields. With its 36%-Hispanic faculty composition, UTEP boasts one of the highest proportions of minority faculty among research universities in the United States.

Academic and Research Programs

UTEP has received national acclaim for innovative programs in business, fine and performing arts, education, behavioral sciences, and the humanities. Hispanic Business Magazine consistently ranks graduate programs in both Business Administration and Engineering in the Top 10 in the nation. A Graduate Business Center has been established in downtown El Paso for the Executive MBA program. The Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts has become an internationally renowned venue for contemporary art, with a special focus on work relevant to the U.S. – Mexico border region. UTEP’s Creative Writing faculty of award-winning novelists and poets offers the nation’s only bilingual (English-Spanish) MFA program. The UTEP Dinner Theatre is one of El Paso’s most popular entertainment venues showcasing the talents of UTEP Theatre Arts students and faculty who have won national recognition for acting, choreography, and set design. UTEP’s Center for Law and Human Behavior, and the Social, Cognitive, and Neuroscience program are rated among the nation’s finest.

UTEP led the establishment 25 years ago of the El Paso Collaborative for Academic Excellence, a Pre-K-16 partnership that has earned national recognition for its work to transform and vertically integrate the education of young people in the surrounding region. The Collaborative, which includes UTEP, the El Paso Community College (EPCC), local school districts and business leaders, has become one of the most successful community partnerships for student success in the U.S. and the model for P-16 initiatives across the state and nation. It has received funding from the National Science Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and other foundations and governmental entities to support its programs to transform teaching and learning in science, technology, mathematics and literacy. Outcomes data strongly validate the success of the Collaborative’s work and enable continuous improvement.

With $90 million in total annual research expenditures, UTEP ranks third among University of Texas System academic institutions in federal research spending. Funding is received from the National Science

Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, National Endowment for the Humanities and other agencies. More than 334 faculty and staff members were actively engaged in research and sponsored projects last year, and a record number of 581 proposals were submitted, resulting in more than $51.6 million in new funding commitments.

UTEP’s research achievements draw on such traditional areas of strength as science and engineering, as well as a broad range of programs and interdisciplinary research centers that have evolved with UTEP’s growth and development, including:

  • Border Biomedical Research Center
  • Border Region Modeling Project
  • Center for the Advancement of Space Safety and Mission Assurance Research
  • Center for Earth and Environmental Isotope Research
  • Center for Environmental Resource Management
  • Center for Inland Desalination Systems
  • Center for Inter-American Border Studies
  • Center for Interdisciplinary Health Research and Evaluation
  • Center for Law and Human Behavior
  • Center for Research in Engineering and Technology Education
  • Center for Science, Technology, Ethics and Policy
  • Center for Space Exploration Technology Research
  • Center for the Study of Western Hemispheric Trade
  • Center for Transportation Infrastructure Systems
  • Cyber-SHARE
  • Hispanic Health Disparities Research Center
  • Hunt Institute for Global Competitiveness
  • Latino Alcohol and Health Disparities Research Center
  • Materials Research and Technology Institute
  • Mike Loya Center for Innovation and Commerce
  • National Security Studies Institute
  • Research Institute for Manufacturing and Engineering Systems
  • W.M. Keck Center for 3-D Innovation

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Campus Setting

UTEP is an urban university located in El Paso, Texas, a growing community of 750,000 which, together with Ciudad Juárez, Mexico forms the world’s largest bi-national metropolitan area, totaling 2.5 million residents. El Paso’s attractive and affordable living conditions and broad range of unique cultural and intellectual options, and the surrounding region’s beautiful mountain desert terrain, abundant sunshine and outdoor recreational opportunities, combine to offer a highly satisfying quality of life. UTEP—with its annual budget of nearly $450 million, more than 3,000 faculty and staff, a universityrelated local economic impact of $1.3 billion, and its cultural, arts, continuing education and athletic programs—is a major contributor to the region’s prosperity and quality of life. Unique in campus architectural styles, UTEP’s facilities were inspired by buildings in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan. The 420-acre campus is bustling with growth, including the recent completion of a number of such significant construction and renovation projects as new state-of-the-art facilities in chemistry, computer science, engineering, health sciences, and nursing, and a major pedestrian-friendly transformation of the campus core. Recent construction is also enhancing quality of life by adding student housing, parking garages, and an expanded swimming and fitness center. Construction of a new $85 million interdisciplinary research building will begin in early 2017. In addition to housing more than 800,000 volumes, 260,000 government documents, 71,000 electronic journals, and 1.6 million microforms, the Library offers a rich array of learning spaces and support services. The UTEP campus also offers rich cultural resources including museums and galleries, a Chihuahuan Desert garden, a cinema and numerous musical and theatre performance spaces, as well as outstanding sports and recreational facilities. Its 12,200-seat Don Haskins Center and 52,000-seat Sun Bowl serve as venues for both UTEP women’s and men’s intercollegiate athletics teams and major regional entertainment programming, ranging from Cirque de Soleil to Elton John to the Rolling Stones. UTEP Miner athletics are an important part of campus culture and community pride. UTEP competes in NCAA Division I-A as a member of Conference-USA. UTEP has won numerous national championships in track and field and remains the only university in Texas to win an NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship. In that 1966 championship game an all African-American Miner starting lineup faced the renowned Kentucky Wildcats, and their victory forever changed the face of intercollegiate athletics. The story of this major milestone in NCAA history was captured in a popular Hollywood film, Glory Road.