The University of Texas at El Paso and its access and excellence mission are redefining public higher education not only in Texas, but also across the nation. At UTEP, we believe that an accessible and affordable education should be available to all. Online degrees such as these help make higher education a possibility for those who are unable to come to campus because of other responsibilities. Here’s what sets UTEP apart:
- UTEP is one of the major economic engines in the Paso del Norte region, adding $1.4 billion to the local economy annually.
- UTEP enrolls more than 25,000 students – about 80% of them Hispanic – and is the only doctoral/research university in the nation with a majority Mexican-American student body. With its 36%-Hispanic faculty composition, UTEP also boasts one of the highest proportions of minority faculty among research universities in the United States.
- In a climate of decreased education funding and falling enrollment at many institutions, UTEP’s enrollment increased for the 19thconsecutive year in fall 2018. The 4.8% increase was the largest at the University since the fall of 2010.
- UTEP has attained a coveted R1 designation (top tier doctoral university with very high research activity) in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. UTEP is one of only 130 (4.5%) top tier universities among the 2,883 four-year higher education institutions across the U.S. to earn this prestigious R1 distinction, joining the ranks of such universities as Stanford, M.I.T., Michigan, Arizona and California-Berkeley.
- With $90 million in total annual research expenditures, UTEP ranks third among University of Texas System academic institutions in federal research spending. Funding is received from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, National Endowment for the Humanities and other agencies.
- UTEP awards $88 million in scholarships annually and $192 million in financial aid (over 88% of UTEP students receive financial aid).
- UTEP prides itself on being military-friendly. We welcome military-affiliated students to our programs and UTEP's Military Student Success Center and its dedicated staff (many of whom are veterans and students) are here to help personnel in any branch of the service to reach their educational goals.
- The University of Texas at El Paso celebrated the 25th anniversary of the El Paso Collaborative for Academic Excellence (EPCAE) in fall 2017. The EPCAE is a community-wide partnership spearheaded at UTEP that was established to improve academic success of students from pre-K to graduate school in the Paso del Norte region. Since the collaborative’s inception, the region has seen significant improvements in test scores and high school graduation rates; increases in college readiness programs and in the number of higher education degrees and certificates awarded; and reductions in academic achievement gaps across demographic groups.
- UTEP President Diana Natalicio, the longest-serving current president of a U.S. public doctoral/research university, has been recognized by both Fortune magazine and TIME magazine for her leadership and impact in higher education. In 2017, Fortune named her among the World’s Greatest Leaders, and in 2016, she was recognized by TIME as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
- Diverse: Issues in Higher Education ranks UTEP among the top 10 U.S. colleges and universities in the total number of degrees awarded to Hispanics.
- The Brookings Institution in 2017 ranked UTEP as the No. 1 leader in equal access to higher education, based on a combination of research productivity and student social mobility.
- UTEP is ranked as the best return on investment and one of the most affordable emerging research institutions in higher education in the country according to collegecost.ed.gov. Also, per collegescorecard.ed.gov, the average net price per year at The University of Texas at El Paso was significantly lower than other universities across Texas.
- Affordableschools.net also ranks UTEP as one of the top most affordable Latinx/Hispanic-Serving Institutions with online bachelor’s degrees.
- The Carnegie Corporation of New York also recently recognized the University for its institutional vision and commitment to quality, diversity, curricular innovation and investment in our community.
- Hispanic Business magazine consistently ranks graduate programs in both Business Administration and Engineering in the Top 10 in the nation.
- UTEP is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
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