Entering Student Program
The Entering Student Program (ESP) focuses on assisting entering first-year and transfer students with successfully transitioning to The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). To help students develop their UTEP Edge, ESP offers several opportunities to participate in Edge High-Impact Practices (HIPs). The first HIP is UNIV 1301 Seminar in Critical Inquiry, a core curriculum course in UTEP’s Component Area Option. ESP teaches UNIV 1301 sections designated for first-year students with fewer than 30 semester credit hours and also offers UNIV 1301 sections for transfer students who are in their first or second semester at UTEP and who have earned 30 or more semester credit hours. ESP also offers learning communities (linked courses), a second Edge HIP, to help students make academic and social connections in their first year at UTEP. Another key component of ESP is the peer leader program, which prepares and supports students who serve as members of the instructional team for UNIV courses. Peer leaders work in the classroom as on-campus student employees, a third UTEP Edge HIP.
In the summer, ESP administers UTEP Prep, a summer bridge program designed to help first-year students’ transition from high school to UTEP during the summer following their high school graduation. In UTEP Prep, students learn to use campus resources and become engaged university students while enrolled in 2 required courses taught in a 6-week summer term. To learn more about UTEP Prep, please visit (https://www.utep.edu/utepprep/).
Two additional programs ESP administers are Miners on Track and the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) (http://camp.utep.edu/). Both programs are funded by U.S. Department of Education grants and are designed to support student success in the first-year of college and beyond.
UNIV 1301 is a 3-semester credit hour course. UNIV 1301 is designed to help students make a successful start at UTEP.
Students take two or more linked courses, forming academic and social communities with their peers.
Peer Leader Program
Gain valuable leadership skills and learn how you can be a part of the Peer Leader family.