The University of Texas at El Paso serves 21,000 students with more than 180 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs in the Colleges of Business, Education, Engineering, Health Sciences, Liberal Arts, Nursing, and Science. Founded in 1919, it is the third largest institution in the UT System. Famous for its diverse student population, the University includes a high percentage of Hispanics from the city and surrounding area. Aside from the superb education the University provides, the campus itself is a work of art, with the striking Bhutanese architecture providing a sense of serenity for the student, faculty and staff in the heart of the Chihuahuan Desert.
The UTEP Miners compete in 14 intercollegiate sports – men’s and women’s basketball, cross country, golf, track and field, and football, women’s rifle, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball – at the Division I level. The Miners are part of Conference USA.
The University boasts one of the most competitive athletic programs in the nation, with Miner athletes having earned top awards in almost every sport. The University has won 25 NCAA Division I national team championships, and several athletes have captured Olympic gold medals, including Bob Beamon and Ria Stalman. UTEP, which captured the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship in 1966, is the only university in Texas to have won the title.