President's Welcome

Diana Natalicio President, The University of Texas at El Paso

Welcome to The University of Texas at El Paso! We are delighted that you are interested in this great university.

As you explore our website, you will find that UTEP offers academic and research excellence with innovative programs and services, outstanding faculty, and a university-wide commitment to student success.

UTEP is proud to be well on its way toward becoming the first national research university in the U.S. with a 21st century student demographic. We are successfully transforming this university, pursuing a quest for excellence while strengthening our commitment to access, and thereby creating a new higher education model that is not only working in our setting, but attracting widespread respect and emulation. UTEP boasts many points of pride, including:

UTEP’s growing enrollment. UTEP has surpassed an enrollment milestone of more than 23,000 students—a record that surely validates UTEP’s success in offering affordable access to higher education excellence for residents of a historically undereducated region. In fact, the U.S. Department of Education reported that UTEP’s net price (total cost of attendance minus financial aid and scholarships) of $2,543 per year was once again this year the lowest among all U.S. research universities.

Unprecedented success as UTEP celebrates its Centennial. UTEP’s 2014-2015 academic year began with the good news that Washington Monthly magazine again ranked UTEP among the Top Ten research universities in the U.S. UTEP’s ranking recognizes our exceptional performance as an engine of student social mobility and a generator of highly competitive research funding—nearly $84 million in expenditures last year—as well as our success in conferring doctoral degrees and fostering a campus climate of civic engagement and service to our region and the nation. In the social mobility category itself, and for the third year in a row, UTEP ranked #1 in enabling students from modest backgrounds to set and attain the highest educational and life aspirations. This ranking has given national visibility to our success in fulfilling our access and excellence mission and has enabled UTEP to become a national leader in redefining public higher education in the United States.

The yearlong Centennial celebration is not only a commemoration of the past, but the start of a new era as UTEP takes its place on the national stage as a model urban public research university. Many events have been planned to celebrate UTEP’s 100th anniversary in 2014 to offer all of us on the campus, and our many alumni, friends and supporters, extraordinary experiences and lifelong memories of being a part of UTEP’s Centennial commemoration.

UTEP’s campus transformation. As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of this university’s distinguished service to the Paso del Norte region, a new Centennial Plaza is being constructed at the heart of our campus. It will serve as the centerpiece of UTEP’s Campus Transformation initiative, as well as an enduring legacy of our 100th anniversary commemoration. This project will complement the recent $300 million investment that we’ve made in new campus buildings, create a continuous pedestrian environment and more inviting outdoor spaces for studying, collaborating and relaxing, and promote a campus climate conducive to enhancing the quality of life for students, faculty, staff and residents of the surrounding region.

UTEP’s top-ranked programs. For the fifth successive year, Hispanic Business Magazine ranked UTEP’s MBA the #1 graduate business program for Hispanics in the U.S., and, its engineering graduate programs ranked among the top 5 for the tenth consecutive year.

UTEP ranks first nationally in the number of Hispanic graduates in Mathematics and Statistics, Engineering, and Education, and third among all U.S. colleges and universities in the total number of bachelor’s degrees awarded to Hispanics in all academic disciplines.

UTEP serves as an economic force. UTEP is the 5th largest employer in El Paso with more than $418 million in expenditures in 2012-2013. As one of the major economic engines in the Paso del Norte region, UTEP adds $1.3 billion annually in business volume to the region’s economy, and UTEP students donated more than 560,581 hours of community service, an equivalent of $13.1 million, in 2012-2013.

Our geographic location, on the border of the United States and Mexico, makes UTEP distinctive. UTEP students live and study in the world’s largest bi-national metropolitan area, unlike any other university setting. In addition to its border setting and beautiful mountainous terrain, El Paso consistently ranks as one of the safest cities of its size in the U.S.

UTEP shares a rich history with the surrounding region. We were founded in 1914 as the Texas School of Mines and Metallurgy, with 27 students and a handful of faculty and staff, to respond to the needs of the mining industry in the region at that time. From this modest beginning, UTEP has grown into a dynamic urban university that serves its more than 23,000 students enrolled in 70 bachelor’s, 75 master’s and 20 doctoral programs. UTEP is recognized nationally for its leadership role in changing the face of U.S. higher education. Our students, who are 78% Hispanic, mirror the population of this region and, increasingly, that of Texas and the United States. UTEP’s success in serving as a catalyst for economic development and quality of life in this region has placed us in the national spotlight as a model 21st century U.S. research university.

We can only give you here a quick glimpse of all that The University of Texas at El Paso has to offer. After your online visit, we invite you to tour our campus and become better acquainted with our people and programs. We look forward to sharing further with you our excitement at being a part of this very special university.

Go Miners!