University of Texas at El Paso
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About the University of Texas at El Paso

The University of Texas at El Paso is paving the road to success for thousands of students in the region and mapping the future of higher education across the nation.

We’re no strangers to the task.

As Texas Western College in 1966, we changed the face of collegiate athletics with our historic NCAA basketball championship over Kentucky, breaking the color barrier in college sports. Our story is told in the upcoming major motion picture “Glory Road.”

Today, UTEP continues to break barriers while changing the face of higher education.

We’re a major research university of nearly 20,000 students. Located in the heart of the U.S.-Mexico border, more than 72 percent of our student body is Hispanic, and another 10 percent are Mexican nationals. The majority are first-generation college students.

We rank third in the nation awarding undergraduate degrees to Hispanics, and we have been named the top engineering school for Hispanics in the nation.

Sunset over the UTEP Campus

A gorgeous Southwestern sunset silhouettes the UTEP campus.

UTEP embraces this as our mission – to provide access and excellence in higher education to a typically underserved population. Our mission and programs to help reach this goal are featured in the recently released Student Success in College: Creating Solutions that Matter by George D. Kuh, which was featured in USA Today.

Our research portfolio ranks us second among UT System academic institutions in research spending (about $35 million a year), and we’re on track to becoming a top-tier research university.

Several of our programs have received the prestigious Star Award from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for exemplary contributions toward closing the educational gaps among diverse groups of students, including our Entering Students Programs, the Law School Preparation Institute and the Model Institutions for Excellence.

Since our founding in 1914, we’ve graduated more than 76,500 students from our six academic colleges and Graduate School. Today we offer 81 bachelor degrees, more than 70 master’s-level degrees and programs and 13 doctoral degrees – with more on the way.

For many of our students, the road to glory starts here.