UTEP and the El Paso Community


The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) has announced its soon-to-be-established School of Pharmacy. During the next year, the program will shift from the current UTEP Cooperative Pharmacy Program with UT Austin College of Pharmacy to a fully accredited UTEP School of Pharmacy, serving larger cohorts of students from the El Paso region. Through this transition, the Community Pharmacy Residency program will be housed under the UTEP Cooperative Program.

The mission of the UTEP School of Pharmacy is to bridge borders for access and excellence by transforming pharmacy education, patient care, community service, research and leadership to benefit a 21st century demographic. UTEP’s School of Pharmacy will be a pioneer for excellence in pharmacy education for “Innovation, Diversity, Engagement, Access, and Leadership (IDEAL)”.                                

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The University of Texas at El Paso

UTEP is an emerging national research university at the heart of the U.S.- Mexico border region committed to the ideals of access and excellence. A leader among Hispanic-serving institutions, UTEP enrolls more than 23,000 students – about 80 percent of them Hispanic. UTEP offers 72 bachelor’s, 73 master’s, and 20 doctoral degree programs – with more in development. It is the only doctoral research university in the nation with a student body that is predominantly Mexican-American. 

For the third year in a row, the 2015 Washington Monthly report placed UTEP in the top 10 among affordable universities across the nation. UTEP maintained its #1 ranking as the nation’s leading university in fostering student social mobility. UTEP has over $80 million in research spending per year placing the University among the top 200 universities in the nation. Among all Texas public universities, UTEP ranks fourth with over $35 million in federal research spending. 

The center for intellectual capital in the region, UTEP awarded its 100,000th degree since its founding in 1914 at the May 2011 commencement. A major economic engine in the Paso del Norte region, UTEP generates $369 million in local business volume, contributes over 7,050 jobs, and contributes $452 million in household income. UTEP offers exciting Division I athletic programs; award-winning theater, dance, and music programs; several art galleries and a museum; and continuing and lifelong education programs open to the public.  For more information about UTEP, visit our website at www.utep.edu.  

The El Paso Community

El Paso County is a vibrant bicultural community of 800,000 people that offers affordable homes and is one of the safest large cities in the United States. Shielded by mountains on three sides, El Paso enjoys more than 300 days of sunshine annually and a dry climate, making it possible to engage in outdoor activities year-round. The city of El Paso adjoins both the state of New Mexico and the country of Mexico, making it one of the largest international communities in the world. El Paso comprises 248 square miles and is the sixth largest city in Texas and 19th largest in the United States.   

El Paso’s active arts and culture community features the state’s longest running symphony orchestra, a nationally recognized chamber music festival, art galleries, history museums, and a full schedule of seasonal festivals and events. UTEP adds to the arts scene with an award-winning dinner theater, contemporary and student art galleries, and a natural history museum.