UTEP has redefined public higher education not only in Texas, but across the nation as the University begins its second century of service to the people of the Paso del Norte region and reaffirms its commitment to an access and excellence mission.
The University’s extraordinary success is validated by Washington Monthly magazine’s 2014 ranking of UTEP as one of the top 10 universities in the nation, grouped with Stanford, Harvard, UC Berkeley, UCLA and UC San Diego, to name a few. UTEP has been ranked #1 for the third consecutive year among all U.S. universities in the social mobility category for its success in helping students achieve the American Dream.
Since opening its doors as the Texas State School of Mines and Metallurgy in 1914, UTEP’s geographic location along the U.S.-Mexico border 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 23,000 undergraduate and graduate students, and that number continues to increase each year.
UTEP offers a broad array of degree programs – 70 bachelor’s, 76 master’s and 20 doctoral degrees taught by outstanding faculty who have been recognized for their commitment to student success.
With more than $80 million in annual research spending, UTEP is dedicated to becoming the first national research university serving a 21st century student demographic. The University’s outstanding record of receiving extremely competitive grant awards reflects the quality of UTEP’s faculty and their sustained commitment to excellence 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.