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About UTEP

The University of Texas at El Paso is America’s leading Hispanic-serving university, with a student body that is 84% Hispanic. It enrolls more than 24,000 students in 171 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs. With more than $130 million in total annual research expenditures, UTEP is an R1 research university, a designation given to the top 5% of colleges and universities nationally, and ranked fourth in Texas for federal research expenditures at public universities.



Become a Miner

171 degree programs and world-class faculty means UTEP has a major for you! Students learn and engage in the classroom, outside UTEP, and around the world. Whatever your interest or passion, we can help you get where you want to go.

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Explore UTEP

Visit our Virtual Tour to take a closer look at our unique Bhutanese-inspired facilities. The 420-acre campus is bustling with growth, including the recent completion of the Interdisciplinary Research Building.

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History and Traditions

The Texas State School of Mines and Metallurgy, now The University of Texas at El Paso, opened its doors Sept. 23, 1914, with buildings located on present-day Fort Bliss. A fire destroyed the campus in 1916 and the University moved to its current location.

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By the Numbers


Degree Programs




Percentage of Hispanic students

$130 Million +

Annual research expenditures

1 Million +

Hours of community service annually contributed by students

$1.4 Billion

UTEP’s contribution to the El Paso County economy annually

Mining Minds

Mining Minds

“Mining Minds” is an iconic piece of public art installed in 2010 to enhance The University of Texas at El Paso campus. At night, lights illuminate the steel structure, while LEDs emanate from the perforated ones and zeroes at each end of the pick.

On special occasions, including historic dates, major annual milestones and to celebrate special accomplishments, the pick is illuminated in blue and orange.

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