The University Of Texas At El Paso

The University Of Texas At El Paso

The University of Texas at El Paso, or UTEP, is a public, coeducational university located on the northern bank of the Rio Grande in El Paso, Texas. It was established in 1914 as The Texas State School of Mines and Metallurgy. UTEP is a member of the University of Texas System and the largest university in the nation with a majority Mexican-American student population. UTEP is subdivided into several colleges::

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

The athletic teams of UTEP are nicknamed the Miners. Their official mascot is called the Paydirt Pete.

The following statement has been provided to CityTownInfo by the University:

The University of Texas at El Paso, or UTEP, is located in El Paso, Texas, one of the largest binational communities in the world. UTEP is a public institution in the University of Texas System.

UTEP is home to a majority Hispanic population of students, many of whom are among the first in their families to attend college.

The University prides itself on the multi-cultural setting, and its long history of fostering diversity these characteristics make the campus of more than 21,000 students one of the most friendly and welcoming university settings anywhere.

Since its beginnings, UTEP has been committed to providing both access and excellence to those seeking a higher education. Today, the University offers more than 80 bachelor's, 85 master's and 16 doctoral degrees, with others in development.

With more than $50 million in annual research spending, UTEP is dedicated to becoming one of Texas' next Tier One research universities. It is a designation that will boost the region's economy and quality of life, while offering a wealth of research opportunities for students, both undergraduate and graduate. To this end, the campus is transforming as UTEP makes unprecedented investments in its research and academic infrastructure.

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Contacting UTEP

The University of Texas at El Paso
500 W. University Ave
El Paso , TX 79968-0691
General Phone: (915) 747-5000

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UTEP Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts996Latin American studies, Hispanic-American studies, linguistics, comparative literature, French language, Spanish language, English, creative writing, speech and rhetoric, ...
Business and Management539business, business management, operations management, accounting, managerial economics, finance, international business, MIS, marketing ...
Engineering289engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, materials engineering, mechanical engineering, metallurgical engineering, construction engineering, industrial engineering, ...
Education and Teaching263education, curriculum and instruction, educational administration, special ed, school counseling, art education, English teaching, health teaching, music teaching, ...
Science260biology, microbiology, pathology, bioinformatics, natural sciences, chemistry, geology, geophysics, physics ...
Nursing and Emergency Medicine221registered nursing, nursing administration, nurse practitioner, nurse midwifery, community nurse, clinical nurse specialist
Therapy and Counseling141psychology, clinical psychology, experimental psychology, organizational psychology, medical psychology, physical therapy
Media131communication studies, mass communication, journalism, digital communications, public relations, advertising
Security and Law Enforcement96criminal justice and safety, security and protective services
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy96health and physical education, occupational therapy
Computer Science and Engineering85computer and info science, information science, computer science, computer engineering
Medical Support and Technology82health service and sciences, audiology and speech pathology, clinical lab tech
Mathematics51mathematics, applied mathematics, computational mathematics, statistics
Family and Social Work43public administration, social work
Art Studies33art studies
Music25music, music performance, music theory and composition, piano, voice, music management
Design16graphic design
Fine Arts14painting, sculpture, ceramics, metal and jewelry
Religion and Philosophy11philosophy
Conservation and Resource Management10environmental science
Photography and Commercial Art5drawing, printmaking
Drama and Performing Arts5dance, drama
Medicine0public health, health professions

Number of programs and degrees for UTEP in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree2,63167
Master's degree74472
Doctor's degree3718

UTEP Student Body

In 2007-2008, UTEP had a total enrollment of 20,154 students (15,940 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 48%
Women 52%
Full-Time 92%
Part-Time 8%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 81%
Graduate 19%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 11%
Black 3%
Hispanic 74%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 0%
(Foreign Students) 10%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 20%
20-21 18%
22-24 23%
25-29 16%
30-34 8%
35-39 5%
40-49 6%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)9%
New Mexico1%

UTEP Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 68 %
Part-Time 43 %

UTEP Room and Board (2007)

UTEP offers campus housing for 465 of its 15,940 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of El Paso, Texas for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Texas Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

UTEP Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal390510
SAT Math410530
ACT Verbal1320
ACT Math1622
ACT Composite1621

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT80%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT20%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsrequired

UTEP Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 6,121
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 14,621
Room and board $ 4,185
Books and supplies $ 890
Other expenses $ 3,240

Financial Aid:
UTEP participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 366100)

UTEP Faculty

UTEP has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track9772
Non-tenured and not on tenure track81116

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year114$92,20331$87,868
Associate professoracademic year128$70,69539$66,021
Assistant professoracademic year85$64,48667$62,615
Lectureracademic year77$42,303113$44,851
All faculty totalacademic year404$70,046250$58,248

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

UTEP Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Conference USA
Basketball Conference USA
Track Conference USA

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports77683

UTEP Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General
Business/Managerial Economics
Finance, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Operations Management and Supervision

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Science
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Information Science/Studies

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science

Graphic Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Education, General
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Health Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Reading Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General

Civil Engineering, General
Construction Engineering
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering, General
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Industrial Engineering
Manufacturing Engineering
Materials Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Metallurgical Engineering

Family And Social Work
Public Administration
Social Work

Fine Arts
Ceramic Arts and Ceramics
Metal and Jewelry Arts

Liberal Arts
Comparative Literature
Creative Writing
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
Hispanic-American,Puerto Rican & Mexican-American/Chicano Studies
History, General
History, Other
Latin American Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies
Technical and Business Writing

Applied Mathematics
Computational Mathematics
Mathematics, General
Statistics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
Mass Communication/Media Studies
Public Relations/Image Management

Medical Support And Technology
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General

Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)

Music Management and Merchandising
Music Performance, General
Music Theory and Composition
Music, General
Piano and Organ
Voice and Opera

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Family Practice Nurse/Nurse Practitioner
Nurse Midwife/Nursing Midwifery
Nursing Administration (MSN, MS, PhD)
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)
Public Health/Community Nurse/Nursing

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education, General
Occupational Therapy/Therapist

Photography And Commercial Art

Religion And Philosophy

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Geophysics and Seismology
Microbiology, General
Natural Sciences
Pathology/Experimental Pathology
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
Security and Protective Services, Other

Therapy And Counseling
Clinical Psychology
Experimental Psychology
Health/Medical Psychology
Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Psychology, General

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What Sets UTEP Apart:

Number of degree programs
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Number of students
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Minority % of student body
(vs. all colleges)
Top 12%UTEP Minority % of student body
% of freshmen enrolled part-time
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 13%UTEP % of freshmen enrolled part-time
% of degrees in liberal arts
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 14%UTEP % of degrees in liberal arts
% of degrees in engineering
(vs. all colleges)
Top 15%UTEP % of degrees in engineering
% of degrees in mathematics
(vs. all colleges)
Top 15%UTEP % of degrees in mathematics
Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
(colleges not offering open-admission)
Top 17%UTEP Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
% of full-time faculty on tenure track
(for colleges of its size and type)
Top 19%UTEP % of full-time faculty on tenure track

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checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
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