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University of Texas at El Paso

University of Texas at El Paso

The University of Texas at El Paso is a research-doctoral university with more than 18,000 students, located in El Paso , Texas , a city of approximately 700,000.  Situated directly on the U.S.-Mexico border, El Paso , with its sister city Ciudad Juárez , Mexico forms part of an international metropolitan area of more than 1.5 million.  More than 70% of UTEP student population is Mexican American and an additional 10% are Mexican nationals, a very substantial proportion of whom commute daily across the international boundary. Most of these students pay tuition at the same rate as Texas residents, reflecting recognition of the close inter-connection and inter-dependency between communities on both side of the border.

Building on traditional strengths in science and engineering, UTEP has made itself a leader in programs related to minority participation, border issues, and relations between the United States and Mexico . 

The UTEP Center for Interamerican and Border Studies coordinates teaching and research across the campus related to border issues, including immigration, race, and ethnicity.  It is currently launching a new multidisciplinary master's level program in Latin American and Border Studies that will provide an appropriate academic home for project participants.  

In addition, UTEP offers a doctoral program in Borderlands history, and has programs in Chicano Studies and African American Studies, as well as an important initiative to develop the Paso al Norte Immigration History Museum, a museum and research center devoted to immigration across the southern boundary of the United States . 


The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) is the only Mexican-American majority doctoral/research university in the United States . Founded ninety years ago, the University is located directly adjacent to the U.S.-Mexico border. UTEP is committed to providing educational opportunity for people of the El Paso border region and to promoting research that capitalizes on its binational location. Students are enrolled in more than 60 undergraduate programs and an equal number of graduate programs, including 12 doctorates. The University has a state of the art technological infrastructure and a research library with particular strength in areas related to Mexico , the border region, Mexican Americans, and migration.

The University and community are vibrant places to live and work. El Paso is regarded as one of the safest major cities in the United States .


UTEP commits itself to providing quality higher education to a diverse student population. Classified as a Doctoral/Research-Intensive university, UTEP seeks to extend the greatest possible educational access to a region which ahs been geographically isolated with limited economic and educational opportunities for many of its people.

Core Values

UTEP is dedicated to teaching and to the creation, interpretation, application and dissemination of knowledge. UTEP prepares students to meet lifelong intellectual, ethical, and career challenges through quality educational programs, excellence in research and in scholarly and artistic production and innovative student programs and services. As a component of the University of Texas System , UTEP accepts as its mandated the provision of higher education to the residents of El Paso and the surrounding region. Because of the international and multicultural characteristics of the region, the University provides its students and faculty with distinctive opportunities for learning, teaching, research, artistic endeavors, cultural experiences and service.

UTEP has a deep commitment to addressing the under representation of Mexican Americans and other minorities in educational programs and the professions.


University of Texas at El Paso :
The UTEP Graduate School

The UTEP Graduate School provides educational opportunities for approximately 3,300 students in more than programs in six academic colleges at the master's and doctoral level. Since 1990 UTEP has rapidly expanded as a doctoral institution, now offering degrees in 12 areas. The University has a special commitment to providing opportunities for PhD work to Mexican American and other minority students. The University graduate faculty includes large numbers of highly accomplished scholars, with substantial records of publication and research funding. The University has particular strength in the areas of science and technology, but there are strong graduate programs in the humanities and social sciences as well.


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