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Coordinates: 31°46′12″N 106°30′18″W / 31.77°N 106.505°W / 31.77; -106.505

The University of Texas at El Paso
Established 1914
Type Public
Endowment $151,200,713[1]
President Dr. Diana Natalicio
Faculty 1,157[2]
Staff 1,511[2]
Students 21,011[3]
Undergraduates 17,261
Postgraduates 3,281
Location El Paso, Texas, US
Campus Urban, 366 acres (1.5 km²)
Athletics 14 varsity teams
Colors Orange, Blue, White, and Silver                 
Nickname Miners
Mascot Paydirt Pete
Official UTEP Logo

The University of Texas El Paso (also referred to as UT El Paso or UTEP) is a public, coeducational university, and a component of the University of Texas System. Located on the northern bank of the Rio Grande in El Paso, Texas, it is the largest university in the nation with a majority Mexican-American student population. The school was founded in 1914 as The Texas State School of Mines and Metallurgy, and a mineshaft still exists on the mountainous, desert campus. It is composed of buildings of Bhutanese architecture, with massive sloping walls and overhanging roofs. In the mid-1950s, UTEP, then called Texas Western College, became the first southern college to integrate its intercollegiate athletic teams. Although the campus population is less than 1% African-American, in 1966, basketball coach Don Haskins and his Texas Western team thrilled all portions of the nation by winning the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship with an all-black starting lineup, thus breaking an unspoken barrier and transforming the history of college basketball. By 1967, the Board of Regents authorized that the name of the college be changed from Texas Western College to its present name. Currently there are some 19,842 students enrolled at UTEP. About 73 percent of UTEP's student population is Hispanic. UTEP is the country's only doctoral research intensive university with a student body that is predominantly Mexican American.

The historic 1966 Texas Western College win over The University of Kentucky for the NCAA basketball championship was depicted in the Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer movie Glory Road, which was released in 2006 and in the national bestselling 2005 book "Glory Road" written by Don Haskins and Dan Wetzel. Glory Road lies between the two basketball arenas on the campus, stretching from Mesa Street to Sun Bowl Drive.

Today, the institution is devoted to the ideals of access and excellence, educating the population at a sprawling campus in the westernmost part of the State of Texas along the borders with Mexico and the State of New Mexico.



College of Mines Seal
  • 2003 was a busy year for UTEP, the school hired former Washington State University head coach Mike Price to bring new life to the UTEP football team, $44 million in construction projects began for Academic Services and Biosciences buildings and an addition to the Engineering-Science Complex, construction also began on the $1.8 million Helen of Troy Softball Complex, and the International business doctorate, the Civil engineering doctorate, and the Composition and Rhetoric doctorate programs were approved. On Saturday, November 15, 2003, The UTEP Miners beat the Harlem Globetrotters in basketball 89-88. Billy Gillespie, now in alcohol rehab, was the head coach at UTEP at that time.
  • In 2004, UTEP celebrated its 90th anniversary and in the 2004-2005 athletic year, UTEP enjoyed great success in both football and men's basketball, the Miner football team, under Price, went on to play the Buffaloes of the University of Colorado in the Houston Bowl, and the Men's basketball team under new coach Doc Sadler went on to play in the school's 15th NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament appearance.
  • 2006, Texas Tau chapter of Phi Delta Theta International Fraternity was installed.
  • Enrollment at UTEP reached its highest level ever during Fall 2008 at 20,458, a 1.6% increase over the prior year.



The University of Texas at El Paso is subdivided into several colleges, each of which offers a variety of degree programs including undergraduate, graduate and some post-graduate:

  • School of Allied Health

UTEP offers 81 undergraduate degrees, 65 master's-level degrees and 16 doctoral degrees. The university ranked, in 2006, second in federal research spending among UT System academic institutions, and in fiscal year 2006 reported $45.7 million in total research spending.

Hispanic Business magazine has twice ranked UTEP as the number one graduate engineering school for hispanics. The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering has called the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) "a model for other engineering institutions who say that today's minority young people from low-income families can't succeed in a rigorous math- or science-based discipline."

The National Science Foundation has designated UTEP as a Model Institution for Excellence, one of only six in the country. UTEP is one of only 11 universities nationwide to receive a $5 million Teachers for a New Era (TNE) research grant from the Carnegie Corporation.

Campus Architecture

The campus architecture is a rare example of the dzong style seen outside the Himalayas - the university hosts the Chenrezig Himalayan Cultural Center of El Paso. Initial phases were designed by El Paso architect Henry Trost, and later phases have continued in the same style.[4]

Modeled after Bhutanese monasteries, or Dzong architecture. To the left is the College of Business, to the right the College of Engineering
Academic Services Building
Larry K. Durham Sports Center

The school's colors were originally made orange and white. However, in the early 1980s, Columbia blue was added so now the official colors are orange, white, and blue. When the new UTEP athletic department logo was introduced in the fall of 1999, a darker hue of blue was incorporated into the logo, as well as a silver accent to go with the customary orange.

School songs

"The Eyes of Texas" was adopted by the 1920 student body after the song had been "declared the school anthem for the University of Texas at Austin" [3] [4]."

UTEP's fight song, "Miners Fight" was also borrowed from the Austin campus. However, in the late 1980s and with the blessing of the estate of Marty Robbins, the UTEP Music Department wrote a new song to the melody "El Paso."



"The Eyes of Texas" (UTEP's Official Alma Mater)[5]

The Eyes of Texas are upon you,
All the live long day.
The Eyes of Texas are upon you,
You cannot get away.
Do not think you can escape them,
At night or early in the morn-
The Eyes of Texas are upon you,
'Till Gabriel Blows His horn.

"UTEP Fight Song"

Down in the west Texas town of El Paso,
Home of the River they call Rio Grande.
Down on the border the town of El Paso,
Home of the Miners the best in the land.
Fighting to win, the Miners of UTEP,
Long live the College of Mines, GO COLLEGE OF MINES!
Loyal forever, we're standing together,
Onward to victory Orange and Blue, WE WILL BE TRUE!

"Miners Fight"

Miners Fight! Miners Fight!
And it's goodbye to Kentucky.
Miners Fight! Miners Fight!
For we'll put over one more win.
Miners Fight! Miners Fight!
For it's Miners that we love best.
Hail! Hail! the gang's all here,
And it's goodbye to all the rest!

"The Shadows on the Mountains" (UTEP's Band Hymn)

The shadows on the mountains fall,
across the desert sands.
We lift our voices to our home
Along the Rio Grande
With brothers standing ever near
And sisters by our side
Oh Alma Mater always true
Our hearts with thee abide


It is presumed that the nickname "Miners" came from the fact that the school was founded as the "State School of Mines and Metallurgy." In doing research on this project, early mention of "Ore Diggers" and "Muckers" for the nickname was found, but nothing to determine if the name "Miners" was voted upon by the student body, or if a faculty member, John W. (Cap) Kidd, chose the name. Kidd was a big booster of athletics, especially football, and in 1915, when funds were rather lean at the school, Kidd donated $800 to equip the football team. He also assisted with coaching, although he was not the head coach. The present track facility on campus bears Cap Kidd's name.

Notable Athletic Achievements

UTEP's sports programs have won a total of 21 NCAA Division I national championships.[5] UTEP is currently tied for 10th overall among schools in Men's Sports Division I championships.


Sports Venues

UTEP owns the two largest stadiums in El Paso:

Notable people



See also


External links


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