University of Texas at El Paso

University of Texas at El Paso

The University of Texas at El Paso and its “access and excellence” mission are redefining public higher education not only in Texas, but also across the nation.

The University’s 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 lauded UTEP as a working-class institution that enrolls students from families of modest means and turns out graduates who 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.

Over the past century, the University’s enrollment has grown from 27 mining students to more than 25,000 undergraduate and graduate students, and that number increases annually.

The University has annual externally funded research expenditures of $95 million, maintains an operating budget of $500 million and employs 4,000 people.

UTEP offers a broad array of degree programs – 74 bachelor’s, 76 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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