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The University of Texas at El Paso is a doctoral/research institution at the heart of the US-Mexico border region committed to the ideals of access and excellence. A leader among Hispanic-serving institutions, UTEP enrolls over 23,000 students -- about 80 percent of them Hispanic – and is the only doctoral research university in the nation with a majority Mexican-American student body. UTEP is designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as “Community Engaged” and by the U.S. Department of Education as “Hispanic Serving.” UTEP faculty are nationally recognized for their commitment to student success, teaching, research, scholarship, and artistic expression.
UTEP comprises six colleges and a School of Nursing and offers 72 bachelor’s, 73 master’s, and 20 doctoral degrees, with more in development. UTEP’s over $80 million in research spending a year ranks the University among the top 200 universities in the nation, and its over $35 million in federal research spending ranks fourth among all Texas public universities. UTEP is currently undergoing a transformation, including over $300 million in recent building expansion and renovation, and infrastructure for improvements. The center for intellectual capital in the region, UTEP has awarded more than 110,000 degrees since its founding in 1914. UTEP is one of the major economic engines in the Paso del Norte region, generating $369 million in annual local business volume and 7,050 jobs, and contributing $452 million in annual household income.

In its 2015 national university rankings, Washington Monthly again ranked UTEP in the top 10. In addition, UTEP maintained its #1 ranking as the nation’s leading university in fostering student social mobility. Our success in achieving both affordability and high quality in the low-resource U.S.-Mexico border setting requires a deep commitment by all UTEP faculty and staff, and our many friends and supporters. That commitment ensures that students who entrust us with their aspirations are given every opportunity not only to pursue them, but to engage in enriched educational experiences on our campus that will prepare them to compete successfully with their peers from across the globe. UTEP is not only redefining public higher education regionally and throughout Texas; our impact is being strongly validated across the nation. UTEP also offers exciting Division I athletic programs; award-winning theater, dance, and music programs; art galleries and a museum; and continuing and lifelong education programs open to the public.