At the westernmost point of West Texas, straddling the U.S.-Mexico border, El Paso is a city of vibrant communities. Often called "Sun City" in homage to the average 302 sunny days each year, El Paso welcomes students of all nationalities to enjoy the thriving arts and crafts scene, enjoy the nightlife and experience the beauty of the surrounding countryside.
From large campuses to smaller, more intimate educational settings, colleges in El Paso are likely to have an educational program right for students at all stages of their working life.
The El Paso Community College system — and its six locations throughout the city, plus distance learning opportunities — offers students in the city the widest range of programs. More than 130 courses of study are available, including those in business, health sciences, technology, public service. The school has served more than one millions students since its founding in 1969, awarding 80,000-plus degrees and certificates. EPCC also participates in a dual credit program which helps high school students get a head start on their college studies — whether they use those credits at one of the colleges in El Paso or further afield.
The largest institution in El Paso that offers bachelor's degree programs is University of Texas at El Paso, with over 24,000 students. UTEP offers an enormous list of educational possibilities — more than 70 undergraduate programs. Consistently ranked as one of the top colleges in the country in a variety of areas, students at UTEP can expect a comprehensive and well-rounded education.
Other El Paso colleges provide options for those seeking a smaller educational setting, such as Vista College, with numerous degree programs offered on campus or online. Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso offers undergraduate nursing degree programs as well as other options in the healthcare field.
Universities in El Paso offer many advanced degree programs for aspiring professionals. The Graduate School at UTEP has more than 70 master's programs in areas such as business, education, liberal arts, nursing, sciences and more. UTEP's doctoral programs include the Ph.D. in business administration, the Pharm.D. program, and the Ed.D. in educational leadership and administration. The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center has a dedicated School of Medicine, School of Nursing and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, among others — including an upcoming School of Dentistry.
To learn more about higher education options in Texas, visit our list of Texas colleges.