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UTEP Climbs to #7
in National University Rankings

In its 2013 national university rankings, Washington Monthly ranks UTEP #7 overall, placing us in excellent company between #6 Stanford and #8 Harvard!

We’re also very proud that UTEP maintained its #1 ranking as the nation’s leading university in fostering student social mobility. Our success in achieving both affordability and high quality in the low-resourced U.S.-Mexico border setting requires a deep commitment by all UTEP faculty and staff, and our many friends and supporters. That commitment ensures that students who entrust us with their aspirations are given every opportunity not only to pursue them, but to engage in enriched educational experiences on our campus that will prepare them to compete successfully with their peers from across the globe.

UTEP is undeniably holding its own among institutions that historically have been placed at the top of traditional college rankings. We are not only redefining public higher education regionally and throughout Texas; with these rankings, we can now confidently say that our impact is being strongly validated across the nation.

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Social Mobility

UTEP Ranked #1 in Social Mobility

In the 21st century, we have proven that talent can be found in every ZIP code. UTEP’s student population has swelled to nearly 23,000, of which more than 75 percent are Hispanic and 55 percent are female.

UTEP maintains a strenuous commitment to providing a high quality and affordable education. The U.S. Department of Education recently ranked UTEP as having the lowest net price among all public or private research institutions in the nation.

An education at UTEP truly transforms individual lives and families. Our students enjoy a 15.5 percent rate of return on their educational investment and recover all costs in 9.7 years. Top 10 percent of high school students in El Paso County who may attend any public university in Texas, 62 percent now choose to attend UTEP where they are joined by talented students from across the state who are enticed by UTEP’s unique blend of access to excellence with affordability.

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Research at UTEP

Research that Changes Lives

UTEP Research improves lives, builds community, and strengthens Texas and the nation. Research expenditures have risen steadily over the past decade, reaching nearly $80 million annually and ranking UTEP fourth in the state and 72nd in the country among universities without a medical school. The National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), USAID, NASA, and the U.S. departments of agriculture, defense, education, and labor fund UTEP research projects, many of which are now housed in new state-of-the-art facilities.

UTEP faculty and students are actively engaged in the full spectrum of research in health and biomedical sciences, global enterprise, national defense and border security, energy and the environment, engineering, and education. Recent projects aim to combat cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, make water desalination more affordable and efficient, improve forensic interviewing, create a vaccine for HIV and Chagas disease, test and certify alternative energy projects, prevent obesity in children, improve battlefield decision-making, reduce tobacco use, stimulate sustainable forests and fisheries, protect against cyber-attacks, document climate change in the Arctic, identify the links between neuroscience and drug addiction, promote bilingual education, monitor earthquakes, and create special light filters used to preserve works of art by Georgia O’Keeffe.

Path to Tier One

A Leader in Higher Education

Today UTEP succeeds by providing access to excellence in an affordable research university setting. Our forward-looking efforts have been validated by the stellar accomplishments of our alumni and by recognition from state and national leaders. Our cutting-edge programs have attracted successful researchers and transformed the lives of our students. Our bi-national setting positions us within a new global reality in which we serve the economic and cultural interests of our community and region. The University of Texas at El Paso is the future of higher education in Texas and the nation.

UTEP offers 71 bachelor’s, 76 master’s, and 20 doctoral degree programs. The University currently ranks as the largest producer of Mexican-American STEM graduates in the nation, third among all U.S. universities in awarding bachelor’s degrees to Hispanics, and among the top 10 in preparing Hispanic students for success in completing doctoral degrees. UTEP’s Law School Preparation Institute and pre-med program send a disproportionate number of graduates to top 10 schools, and UTEP graduates are regularly recruited for positions in major companies such as Microsoft, General Motors, Boeing, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, and Lockheed-Martin.

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