Academic Support Units
The Academic Advising Center (AAC) is responsible for providing advising services to incoming students for their first 45 hours of enrollment. The advising model focuses on three areas: advocacy, engagement and empowerment. To positively impact retention rates, degree completion, and time to degree, the AAC provides students with a Financial and Social Services Program, and a Student Success Help Desk.
COURI provides undergraduate students with impactful learning experiences through research, scholarly and creative activities, under the mentorship of faculty, and in collaboration with UTEP academic leaders, advisors and other supporting units.
The El Paso Centennial Museum was built to celebrate the anniversary of Texas independence, making it the oldest museum in El Paso. Permanent exhibits in the museum focus on the natural and cultural history of the Chihuahuan Desert region, the largest desert in North America, and the ties of friendship that exist between the University and Bhutan can be seen in its surroundings.
The Centennial Museum and Gardens sponsor such events as lectures/talks, collaborative exhibits with other museums on campus or in El Paso and FloraFEST.
The Center for Community Engagement connects students and faculty with community partners to share knowledge and resources for the improvement of both academics and societal challenges. The CCE supports the institutionalization of
The Center for Faculty Leadership and Development (CFLD) is a collective aimed at identifying, developing, and supporting faculty-driven initiatives that will enhance not only faculty, staff and student success but also UTEP’s role as a national leader in 21st century public higher education. The CFLD is located at the Faculty Lounge in the Honor’s House, located on Hawthorne Street between the Liberal Arts Building and the Academic Advising Center. Amenities include comfortable seating, wifi, an outdoor patio, a kitchenette, access to water, coffee and tea, and
The Developmental English Program provides quality reading, writing, and critical thinking instruction that prepares students for success in university-level courses and assists students in meeting their educational goals and becoming life-long learners.
The Developmental Math Program Consists of 3 courses and prepares students for college-level work in math. These courses are taught using ALEKS, a
The Entering Student Program (ESP) focuses on assisting entering first-year and transfer students with their successful transition to The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). ESP offers UNIV 1301 Seminar in Critical Inquiry, teaching sections designated for first-year students with fewer than 30 semester credit hours and sections serving transfer students who are in their first or second semester at UTEP and who have earned 30 or more semester credit hours. UNIV 1301 is a core curriculum course in UTEP’s Component Area Option.
ESP also administers learning communities (linked courses) 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.
Extended University is UTEP’s hub for online and other
Our three component units provide educational opportunities and services to support both nontraditional students and educators interested in new modes of teaching.
The Graduate School, located on the second floor of the Mike Loya Academic Services Building, oversees more than 100 master's degree programs and certificates as well as 22 doctoral programs. The Graduate School team helps students explore options for graduate education, complete the admissions and enrollment process, and graduate in a timely manner through professional development, advising, and mentoring. The Graduate School also offers resources for undergraduates preparing to enter graduate school, postdoctoral fellows in residence, and those who supervise these emerging scholars.
The University Honors Program (UHP) is designed to attract, retain, and graduate academically talented students and maximize their professional, educational, and service opportunities. The goal of the Honors Program is to involve students in an ideal set of experiences that will best prepare them for their next steps and lifelong success. The dynamic interdisciplinary program promotes student engagement and integrates closely with the UTEP Student Success Framework (UTEP EDGE). Networking activities, scholarships, and special events that are a part of the program promote interaction and cultivate academic excellence across campus.