University of Texas at El Paso

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The University of Texas at El Paso

There’s something about our spectacular mountain vistas and never-ending Southwest skies that inspires us to achieve at the University of Texas at El Paso.

From our founding in 1914 as the state’s first school of mines to the 20,000 student-strong university we’ve become today, we give students the educational tools to make their dreams come true.

We see this in the success of our graduates, the true measure of a university’s caliber.

Among our 80,000 alumni are a NASA astronaut, a legendary television newsman, CEOs and VPs of international businesses, best-selling authors, acclaimed educators, engineers, doctors, researchers, attorneys, judges … all of whom have reached new heights of success.

Campus Architecture
Faculty and Staff
Success Through Giving
Economic Impact

Facts Brochure 2005-2006 
Facts Brochure 2006-2007 
Facts Brochure 2007-2008

The University of Texas
at El Paso
500 W. University Ave.
El Paso, TX 79968
Overview back to top

At UTEP, we offer innovative support programs for new students and unique initiatives to help those in the middle years of college reach their goal of earning a degree.

Here, undergraduate and graduate students alike have boundless opportunities to conduct hands-on research. When it comes to research spending, we rank among the top academic institutions in the UT System- with nearly $46 million in fiscal year 2006.

Our location on the U.S.-Mexico border allows us to offer unique academic and research programs that are helping fill a critical regional and national demand for experts in education, health, environmental science and homeland security.

We're the country's only doctoral research intensive university with a student body that's predominantly Mexican-American. Our graduates, educated in a multicultural setting, are highly sought after by companies and organizations seeking a diverse workforce.

We're changing the face of higher education.

Student Profile back to top

Our student population closely mirrors the demographics of the region. But no matter their background, our students share a desire and the drive to succeed.

Fall 2007

Total Enrollment Number Percent
Students 20,154 100

Gender Number Percent
Male 8904 44.2
Female 11,250 55.8

Average Age

Undergraduate 23 NA
Graduate 32 NA
Doctoral 35 NA

Status Number Percent
Full time 12,214 60.1
Part time 8,040 39.9

Residence Number Percent
El Paso County 16,705 82.89
Other Counties in Texas 530 2.63
Other U.S. States 686 3.41
Mexico 1,801 8.94
Other foreign countries
430 2.13

Enrollment by race/ethnicity Number Percent
Hispanic 14,826 73.56
International 2,291 11.37
White Non-Hispanic 2,124 10.54
Black Non-Hispanic 547 2.71
Asian or Pacific Islander 226
Unreported/Unknown 96
Native American
44 0.22

Enrollment back to top
More than 20,000 students in search of success enrolled at UTEP in fall 2007 — the highest in the university’s 93-year history, and the sixth consecutive fall record.

Fall Semester Enrollment
2006 19,842
2005 19,264
2004 18,918
2003 18,542
2002 17,232
Campus Architecture back to top

UTEP’s architectural history began in the early 1900s, when Kathleen Worrell, wife of then-dean Steven Worrell, read the article “Castles in the Air” about Bhutan in National Geographic. She was awed by the similarities between the mountains in El Paso and those in Bhutan.

Built in 1917 after a fire destroyed the original buildings, Old Main, Graham Hall and Quinn Hall stand as the university’s oldest buildings. Since then, our buildings have been modeled after Bhutanese monasteries, featuring sloping walls, high inset windows and projecting roof eaves.

Today, the majority of the university’s 90 buildings feature the Bhutanese-style architecture.

Most notable are the dark bands of brick with mosaic tiles in the shape of mandalas, the symbol of unity and wholeness — inspiring those who visit, teach, learn and dream here.

A few key University facilities:
  • Academic Services Building: A one-stop shop for student services, including admissions, financial aid and registration
  • Don Haskins Center: Named after UTEP's legendary baskatball coach, seats nearly 12,000 and is home to Miner basketball and top-name concerts
  • Larry K. Durham Sports Center: A state-of-the-art athletics training facility named after a former UTEP football player and current donor
  • Sun Bowl Stadium: Seats 51,500 and is home to the Miner football team, the Brut Sun Bowl game, and concerts and events
  • Swimming and Fitness Center: Features two 25-meter pools and is the anchor for recreational activities
  • Undergraduate Learning Center: Houses state-of-the-art technology and multimedia resources
  • University Library: More than 1 million books and a new Collaborative Learning Center student computer lab

Academics back to top

Because the aspirations of our students are as varied as the stars, we offer more than 80 bachelor's degrees, more than 70 master's-level degress and programs, and 14 doctorates - with more on the way!

Our schools and colleges:
• College of Business Administration
• College of Education
• College of Engineering
• College ofHealth Sciences
• College of Liberal Arts
• College of Science
• Graduate School
• School of Nursing
• University College

Our unique programs help prepare students for more than careers: they shape shape their destinies. Among them:
• Center for Inter-American and Border Studies
• Center for Law and Border Studies
• Law School Preparation Institute
• Medical Professions Institute
• Ruben Salazar Spanish-Language Media Program
• Sam Donaldson Center for Communication Studies

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Our hope for a better community,coupled with our distinctive academic strengths, drive our research portfolio in an array of areas:

Biomedical, health and Hispanic-health disparities
• Border security
• Environmental and Earth Science
• Emerging technologies
• Borderland arts and humanities
• Education of U.S. Hispanics

With nearly $46 million in research spending in fiscal year 2006, UTEP ranks among the top academic instituitions in the UT System and among the top public universities in Texas in total and federal research expenditures.

Our diverse research centers and programs are helping propel us toward the ranks of the nation's top-tier research universities. Among them:
  • Border Biomedical Research Center
  • Center for Civic Engagement
  • Center for Defense Systems Research
  • Center for Entrepreneurial Development, Advancement Research and Support
  • Center for Enviromental Resource Management
  • Center for Research on Educational Reform
  • Center for Transportation Infrastructure Systems
  • El Paso Collaborative for Academic Excellence
  • Hispanic Health Disparities Research Center
  • Institute for Manufacturing and Materials Management
  • Institute for Policy and Economic Development
  • Materials Research and Technology Institute
  • Regional Geographic Information Systems Center
  • W.M. Keck Cen ter


Alumni back to top

Once a Miner, always a Miner.

UTEP is working to bring our aspirations for a larger, more involved alumni base with national representation to fruition.

It all begins with the UTEP Alumni Association. The association conncets the university and all its graduates, former students and friends to promote and support the quality of the university.

Nearly 80,000 alumni are testament to that quality, including NASA astronaut Danny Olivas, whose childhood dreams came true when he traveled to the International Space Station aboard shuttle Atlantis in June 2007.

Olivas took our reputation of excellence to new heights.

For more information, call 915-747-8600 or (toll-free)

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Faculty and Staff back to top

Our top-notch faculty and staff provide students the tools they need to succeed — sharing of their talent, knowledge and skills — and serving as mentors, role models and supporters.

Faculty 1,157
Staff 1, 511 (Oct 2007)

Increasingly reflective of its student body, UTEP has one of the highest percentages of minority faculty among universities in the United States — more than 30 percent.

Success through Giving back to top

To help our students succeed, we rely on the generosity of our donors and supporters.

UTEP received $20.4 million in charitable gifts and pledges in FY 2006-2007, and our number of donors continues to increase.

Whether giving to research, technology, facilities, professorships or scholarships, our suppporters make dreams happen everyday.

Athletics back to top

The first time you experience the ground-shaking roar of 50,000 screaming fans in the Sun Bowl, you’ll understand why Miner sports are the hottest ticket in El Paso.

Our athletics programs are riding high, building pride throughout the city.

In the past four seasons, the football team has gone to two bowl games and produced NFL standouts such as Thomas Howard and Johnnie Lee Higgins, Jr., both now playing for the Oakland Raiders.

And Miner basketball is the stuff of legend. We’re home of the famed Texas Western (now UTEP) team that made history by winning the 1966 NCAA championship with an all-black starting lineup. Told in the 2006 movie “Glory Road,” the story of the Texas Western Miners is further proof that the university experience opens doors to greatness.

And with a new state-of-the-art basketball practice facility now under construction next to the Don Haskins Center, the future of Miner hoops is even brighter. Beyond football and basketball, there’s plenty more to root for, from the winning women’s soccer team to our renowned cross country and track and field teams, which regularly produce nationally-ranked athletes.

A member of Conference USA since 2005, UTEP had previously been a member of the Western Athletic Conference for 35 years.

Economic Impact back to top

UTEP has grown into a key economic force that contributes millions to the region's economy.

• Operating budget: $265 million
• Contribution to personal income of local individuals: $343 million *
• University-related local business: $375 million *
• Number of local jobs attributed to UTEP's presence: 6,123
* Source: Institute for Policy and Economic Development, UTEP, 2006

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