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The University of Texas–Pan American
University of Texas - Pan American seal
Motto Latin: Disciplina praesidium civitatis (Education, the Guardian of Society)
Established 1927
Type Public state university
President Dr. Robert S. Nelsen (President-Designate)
Faculty 819 (2008)
Students 17,534 (2008)[1]
Location Edinburg, Texas, USA
Campus Urban, 238 acres (0.96 km²)
Colors Burnt orange and green. White and green prior to UT System merger.[2]
Nickname UTPA, Pan Am
Mascot Bronc

The University of Texas–Pan American (also referred to as UTPA or UT–Pan Am) is part of The University of Texas System. Located in Edinburg, Texas (Hidalgo County), it serves the Rio Grande Valley and southern Texas with baccalaureate, masters-level, and doctoral degrees. Since the University’s founding in 1927, it has grown from 200 students to over 17,000, making UTPA the tenth-largest university in the state of Texas. The majority of these students are natives of the Rio Grande Valley. UTPA also operates an Upper Level Studies Center in Rio Grande City, Starr County, Texas.



New university logo presented August 23, 2006 at the university's annual Fall Convention.

UTPA Slogan Prepare. Discover. Transform.


Pathway leading toward the Science and Engineering buildings.


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Academic Profile

As part of its mission statement, the university offers a wide variety of degrees spanning across 6 colleges. Currently, there are 56 bachelor's degrees, 45 master's degrees, 2 doctoral degrees, and one cooperative doctoral pharmacy program with The University of Texas at Austin.[4]


Degrees Offered

Undergraduate Degrees

Graduate Degrees


In recent years, the university has been recognized as a “hot-spot” for Hispanic students. According to Hispanic Outlook, in 2005, UTPA was ranked second in the nation for bachelor’s degrees awarded to Hispanics and fifth in the nation for number of master’s degrees awarded.[5]

Student Life


The University of Texas–Pan American competes in NCAA Division I. It is one of five schools in the University of Texas System that compete in Division I; the others are the UT campuses in Austin, El Paso, San Antonio, and Arlington.

UTPA won the 1963 NAIA national men's basketball championship under Coach Sam Williams. Lucious Jackson a/k/a Luscious "Luke" Jackson was one of the players on that championship team. Jackson was selected 4th overall during the 1964 NBA draft. He played on the 1964-65 NBA all rookie team and played in the NBA All Star game that same year. Jackson played his entire career with the Philadelphia 76ers.

The basketball program, during the mid 1970's was coached by Abe Lemons. Under Lemons, the program had very successful seasons but, lamentably, failed to get invited to any NCAA tournaments. Coach Lemmons was later hired away by the University of Texas at Austin.

Upon Lemons departure to the University of Texas, Bill White was named the head basketball coach. While at Pan American, Coach White led the Broncs to their first post-season tournament play at the Division I level. During the 1980-81 season, Pan American earned a berth to the 1981 National Invitation Tournament. The Broncs lost to the 1981 NIT champs, the University of Tulsa Golden Hurricane.

The basketball program was later coached by Lon Kruger, who later went on to coach at Kansas State University,University of Florida, University of Illinois and University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He also coached the Atlanta Hawks of the NBA.

UTPA Tennis program won several doubles NAIA championships from 1959 through 1962 under Coach Don Russell, who himself captured several championships while playing and coaching the team.

UTPA baseball squad place 4th in the 1971 College World Series under Coach Al Ogletree.

It has been announced that the Broncs would be charter members of the previously football-only Great West Conference when it begins all-sports play in 2008. [6]


  1. ^ Enrollment The University of Texas System. Accessed 22 August 2006.
  2. ^ Colors The University of Texas - Pan American Handbook of Operating Procedures. Accessed 22 August 2006.
  3. ^ University of Texas-Pan American from the Handbook of Texas Online
  4. ^ Areas of Excellence The University of Texas – Pan American. Accessed 22 August 2006.
  5. ^ Hispanic Outlook Magazine Hispanic Outlook Top 100. Accessed 23 August 2006.
  6. ^,5143,700241969,00.html New Great West Conference

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Coordinates: 26°18′22″N 98°10′24″W / 26.306227°N 98.173249°W / 26.306227; -98.173249


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