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UTEP Reaffirms ‘Very High Research’ Carnegie R1 Status

The University of Texas at El Paso’s R1 designation as a doctoral university with very high research activity has been renewed in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

America’s Leading Hispanic-Serving University is an R1 Institution

With well over $100 million in annual expenditures for research in aerospace, health, cybersecurity, water, border issues and dozens of other impact areas, The University of Texas at El Paso has again earned R1 status by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Carnegie announced the official list of the top research universities this week.

UTEP is one of 141 R1 universities out of the nearly 4,000 accredited degree-granting institutions in the United States, placing it in the top 5% of all universities when it comes to research. UTEP is also one of 19 Hispanic-Serving Institutions to achieve R1 status.

UTEP is the only R1 university in the United States to have continued with a 100% undergraduate student admission rate while it built research excellence. With 83% Hispanic enrollment and 94% minority enrollment, it also has the highest percentage of Hispanic students of any R1 university in the United States. 

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UTEP Research at a Glance


74 Bachelor’s, 72 Master’s and 23 Doctoral. Degrees are offered by nine colleges and schools including both traditional and online programs

$109.4 Million

Annual research expenditures


Active grants in 2020-21

Ranked No. 4

in Texas for federal research expenditures per faculty member at public universities, after UT Austin, Texas A&M and UT Dallas

41% of graduating seniors

reported they had participated in an on-campus research or scholarly project with UTEP faculty


In the last 34 years, the number of doctoral programs offered at UTEP grew from 1 to 23, representing each of the nine colleges and schools.