The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) 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 the region that has resulted in UTEP becoming a top tier research university with a Mexican-American majority student population. UTEP officially opened in the fall of 1914 and is the second oldest institution in The University of Texas System.
The University serves its primary constituency residents of far west Texas, southern New Mexico, and northern Mexico. UTEP offers 170 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs in 10 colleges and schools. It maintains one of the lowest out-of-pocket costs of any research university in the U.S., underscoring its commitment to make education accessible to all.
The Brookings Institution, a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, D.C., ranked UTEP No.1 among all U.S. public universities for successful achievement in both competitive research and student social mobility. UTEP is the top university in the continental United States for graduating Hispanic students who go on to earn doctoral degrees in STEM fields. It also is recognized as one of the top universities in the U.S. for the number of Hispanic graduates in biological and biomedical sciences, accounting and related services, engineering, homeland security, and law enforcement and related protective services.
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. The UTEP Dinner Theatre is the only full-time dinner theatre on a university campus, and 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.
The campus offers rich cultural resources including museums and galleries, Chihuahuan Desert Gardens, a cinema and numerous music and theater performance spaces, as well as outstanding sports and recreational facilities. Its 12,200-seat Don Haskins Center and 52,000-seat Sun Bowl Stadium serve as venues for both UTEP women’s and men’s intercollegiate athletics teams and major regional entertainment programming, ranging from traveling shows such as Cirque de Soleil to performing artists such as Metallica and Shawn Mendes.
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. 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.
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