New Students

Save the Date! Empowering Graduate Students for Success!

New Graduate Student Orientation:
Wednesday, August 23, 2017, 8:00 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Undergraduate Learning Center

Working Professionals Graduate Student Orientation:
Thursday, August 24, 2017, 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Computer Science/Chemistry Bldg. G.0208

Click Here to Register for Orientation 



Congratulations on taking the next step in your academic and professional life. The Graduate School wants you to have a successful graduate experience and will help you with advising and enrollment and, when the time comes, graduation. Between now and then, take advantage of our professional development activities, support, and other resources designed to help you be successful in grad school and achieve your academic and professional goals. We also encourage you immediately begin to develop mentoring relationships with faculty members and other people in your field.
If you have not already, please review our guide for new students and get in touch with your graduate program director

New Student Orientation

Each semester, the Graduate School has a very engaging orientation sessions designed specifically for you. At orientation you will be able to meet our office leadership and staff. We are all available to help you make the transition to graduate school and to be successful in your graduate program. The orientation is designed to provide you with the crucial information you will need right now, and to provide you with basic guidelines about how to be a successful graduate student. Students will learn about student support services and programs offered by the University. 

Topics include:

  • Overview of campus resources such as housing, food services, library, University Writing Center, Career Center, Counseling Center, bookstore, parking, and child care services
  • Funding opportunities including teaching and research assistantships
  • Degree Plans, progression and milestones
  • Professional Development
  • Academic integrity
  • Immigration issues, presented by the Office of International Programs
  • Safety on campus


Student Life

The UTEP Division of Student Affairs not only helps our students excel in the classroom, but also prepares students for a lifetime of success and accomplishment. In addition to overseeing The Center for Accommodations and Support Services, International Programs, and Residence Life, Student Affairs offers a variety of other services and opportunities to get involved in campus life.


About El Paso, Texas


The University of Texas at El Paso is located on the U.S.-Mexico border in El Paso, Texas, a city of about 650,000 people. Ciudad Juárez, El Paso's sister city across the Rio Grande in Mexico, has a population of over 1,500,000. El Paso is located at the westernmost tip of Texas, at the southern end of the Rocky Mountains, and is as close to San Diego, California as it is to Houston, Texas. Like Denver and Albuquerque, El Paso is in the Mountain Time Zone.


El Paso's high desert location (approximately 4,000 ft. above sea level) provides an excellent climate, with abundant sunshine year round. Mountain ranges reaching to more than 9,000 ft., with beautiful pine and spruce forests, are only two hours away by car. Many people have described the weather in El Paso as perfect. The average rain fall for El Paso is 8.81 inches a year. The temperature in El Paso ranges from a low of 58 in December to a high of 96 in June, with an average for the year of 64.6° F (


The El Paso region provides a wide range of recreational opportunities. White Sands National Monument, the Gila Wilderness, Hueco Tanks, the Guadalupe Mountains, and Carlsbad Caverns are all an easy day-trip distance from El Paso. The nearby mountains offer winter sports including cross-country and downhill skiing. El Paso has movie theaters, three shopping malls, an amusement park, a zoo, and over 20 museums and galleries. There is also an award-winning minor league baseball team, the El Paso Chihuahuas, and our sister city hosts a professional soccer team, the FC Juarez Bravos.

There is also a racetrack and casino in nearby Sunland Park, New Mexico, and a water park in Anthony, Texas, all just a few minutes from El Paso. Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, also has numerous tourist attractions and shopping centers, which include a motor speedway and a water park.


El Paso has four school districts. The school district that oversees the area near UTEP is the El Paso Independent School District (EPISD) This district has 57 elementary schools, 15 middle schools, and 13 high schools. Other schools districts in the El Paso region include Ysleta Independent School District (YISD), Clint Independent School District (CISD), and Socorro Independent School District (SISD).


The City of El Paso