The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)

500 W. University Ave, El Paso, TX

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The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) is a large, multicultural public research university. UTEP boasts a majority Hispanic student population, and is proud of its multicultural heritage and historical location. UTEP offers 75 bachelor’s degrees, 78 master’s degrees and 19 doctoral degrees. Many service learning opportunities are available at UTEP, which help the community and give students practical work experience.

The Simulation Center at UTEP offers innovative learning experiences to health services students, allowing them to practice in a safe, clinical environment that mimic’s real-world experience. The Medical Professions Institute at UTEP is highly ranked, providing mentoring and networking opportunities for students interested in pursuing medical careers.

UTEP is on the road to becoming the first national research university serving a divers 21st century demographic, which means it is positioned to offer a range of research opportunities at all levels by 2014. UTEP is currently undergoing enormous development and investment in its research programs to achieve this aim by its Centennial Celebration in 2014.

UTEP has a top Executive MBA program that attracts business managers from both Mexico and the U.S. It supports a digital business community called “Borderzine,” which encourages Latino student journalists to share experiences, perspectives and opinions across borders.


UTEP was founded as a small mining school in 1914.  There were 27 students enrolled in the “Texas State School of Mines and Metallurgy.” They rode a streetcar or walked across dusty desert to reach the school that was founded on the site of the old El Paso Military Institute. The name was changed several times as the curriculum developed and enrollment increased, until it became The University of Texas at El Paso.


The academic calendar for the University of Texas at El Paso follows the semester format, with fall, spring and summer semesters. There is a 4-week “Maymester” in the month of May. The summer semester is divided into two sessions: Summer I, and Summer II. The first summer session begins in early June, and the second summer session begins in early July.

Colleges and Schools

  • College of Business
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Health Sciences
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • School of Nursing
  • College of Science


Student Life

Students at UTEP are encouraged to become involved in one of the more than 150 clubs or organizations available on campus. There is an active Greek Life on campus, with fraternities and sororities offering many more opportunities for making friends, networking and developing leadership skills. Campus activities are published in the school newspaper, The Prospector, as well as via email broadcasts and postings on campus bulletin boards.

The Office of the Dean of Students is a good resource for UTEP students.  At UTEP, nine campus departments report to the Dean of Students:

  • Union Services
  • University Career Center
  • University Counseling Center
  • College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP)
  • Educational Talent Search
  • Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Program (GEAR UP)
  • High School Equivalency Program (HEP)
  • Student Support Services Program (SSSP)
  • Upward Bound

Other student resources on campus are the University Child Care Center, tutoring, advising, student development center, computer labs, and more.

Student housing is available on or near campus in one of the housing complexes at UTEP: Miner Village and Miner Heights. Ranges of dining options are available on campus.


The traditional school colors for UTEP are orange, navy and white. The mascot is the miner, and the athletic teams are nicknamed the UTEP “Miners.”


The UTEP “Miners” athletic teams compete in several intercollegiate sports, including:

Men’s Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Track and Field

Women’s Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Rifle
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Community Life

El Paso is a historical location and a bi-national community. Students at UTEP can visit El Paso’s Centennial Museum to view artwork by some of the area’s most renowned artists. On campus, the Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts offers exhibits of contemporary art from students and internationally-recognized artists. Additional artworks are displayed in the UTEP Library, which also houses more than one million books and microforms, among its collections.

Students seeking more culture on campus will enjoy the Union Gallery exhibits, many music recitals, dinner theatre performances, cinema, and a range of social and cultural events that are also open to the El Paso community.

Admission Requirements & Details

The admission details below may give you an idea of the candidates UTEP accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP or college credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

The total student enrollment at The University of Texas at El Paso is about 23,000, where graduate students make up roughly 14% of the student body.


Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $5,400. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition estimates are:
    • In-State Tuition: $5,600-$6,700
    • Nonresident Student Tuition: $18,000-$21,010
  • Part-time students are charged:
    • State Residents: $190-$220 per credit unit
    • Nonresidents: $580-$700 per credit unit
  • Some programs may have tuition rates that will remain the same as the first year for up to five years.

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid86%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships76%$9,788
Receiving Student Loans33%$4,867

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To support students and graduates, The University of Texas at El Paso may provide services including:

  • Online course work available
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Career path counseling
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Day care for children

Graduation Rates

The overall graduation rate of The University of Texas at El Paso is approximately 39%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years12%
Graduating in 5 Years18%
Graduating in 6 Years10%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Music Program (more info)
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program (more info)
  • Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program (more info)
  • Occupational Therapy (OT) Program (more info)
  • Graduate Level Public Health (Outside School of Public Health) Program (more info)
  • Speech-Language Pathology Program (more info)

Intercollegiate Athletics

UTEP is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NCAA Division I-A classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Basketball (Conference Usa)
  • Track and Field (Conference Usa)
  • Football (Conference Usa)
  • Golf
  • Rifle
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences



English Language and Literature

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions


Interdisciplinary Studies

Mathematics and Statistics

Natural Resources and Conservation

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences


Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

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