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University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)

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Description of University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)

  • Year of foundation: 1914
  • Location: El Paso, Texas, USA
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Number of students: 25151 people
  • Age of students: 17+ years.
  • Type of study: State Research University.

The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) is developing fundamentally new areas of higher education. UTEP has become a national model for the creation and successful implementation of highly competitive academic and research programs, while retaining a deep commitment to serving the educational needs of the local population. The desire to provide access, an advantage to regional students, has led UTEP to become a leading research university with a Mexican-American majority of students.

UTEP officially opened in the fall of 1914 and is the second oldest institution in the University of Texas system. More than 25,000 students study here, and according to the classification of Carnegie universities, the university is considered a university of R1 level (very high research activity). This level includes only 130 educational institutions among 2,883 four-year US universities. UTEP serves residents of West Texas, southern New Mexico, northern Mexico: 80% of students are Hispanic, 83% are from El Paso County, 4% are Mexican citizens.

Programs and prices, tuition fees in University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)

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Accommodation, meals, prices

The housing department of UTEP offers students accommodation in apartments of various levels, apartments. All rooms are equipped with common spaces, places for study, recreation. The close proximity to classes, campus resources, makes it easier to keep a balance between study, leisure and communication.

All rooms are fully furnished and include a kitchen, a common area (depending on the type of room), private bathrooms.

The housing department offers:

  • the Internet
  • Gas, electricity, water
  • Laundry room
  • Cabinets and computer classes
  • Places for rest
  • The work of security.

Cost of living (per semester):

  • Apartment with 2 bedrooms for 2 people - $ 2739
  • Apartment with 4 bedrooms for 4 people - $ 2630.

Activities University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)

The university offers activities, programs designed to make students feel part of UTEP:

  • Leadership Seminars
  • Student organizations
  • The Inclusion and Advocacy programs are focused on supporting racial, national, sexual, and other minority representatives.


  • UTEP is named a Carnegie R1 university with high research activity.
  • UTEP ranked first in the United States for its success in conducting competitive research and social mobility of students.
  • 80% of students are Hispanic, more than 50% are the first to enter college among family members.
  • 83% of high school students are residents of El Paso County, 54% are women.
  • The number of degrees awarded annually increased by 127% from 2001 to 2018.
  • The educational institution offers 170 programs: 74 undergraduate courses, 74 - master's, 22 - doctoral.
  • The university has nine colleges and schools, traditional, online programs.
  • To date, the school has registered 200+ student organizations in various fields.

Facilities and equipment at University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)

Attractive and affordable living conditions in El Paso, a wide range of unique cultural opportunities, beautiful countryside with mountains and deserts, plenty of sunshine, opportunities for outdoor activities - all this ensures a high standard of living.

Unique in its architectural style, UTEP objects were inspired by buildings in the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan. The campus of 420 acres accommodates modern educational buildings, equipped with everything necessary for research in chemistry, computer science, engineering, medicine, and patient care. On campus built a new student housing, parking, extended recreation center. The construction of a new interdisciplinary research building worth $ 85 million is scheduled for completion in 2020.

The UTEP campus has rich cultural resources: museums, galleries, Chihuahuan Desert Gardens, a cinema, music, theater halls, sports and entertainment facilities.

Center for Fine Arts. Stanley and Gerald Rubin became a world-famous place of contemporary art with particular attention to works related to the US-Mexico border region.

Admission dates and extra charges

Tuition University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP):

  • Undergraduate - from $ 919 /
  • Master - from $ 988 /

Extra charges:

  • Student ticket (one time) - $ 10
  • Student's total property deposit - $ 10
  • Professional payment of graduate students for courses conducted in the business center for graduates - $ 165
  • The fee for international student services is $ 50.

Entry requirements, how to apply, what is required to enrol

The admission process involves several steps:

  1. Students apply online ($ 65).
  2. Send official transcripts. All transcripts in languages other than English or Spanish must be accompanied by a certified translation into English.
  3. International candidates fill out the “Proof of Financial Resources” form.
  4. All international students take entrance exams:
  • SAT - minimum score of 1070 (reading + math sections) with a score of 480 in the reading section
  • ACT - minimum composite score of 23 with a score of 19 in the English section.
  • TOEFL - from 500 points (paper carrier), 61 points (Internet exam) PAA - minimum score of 1000
  • Pearson English Test (PTE) - from 44 points
  • UTEP does not accept IELTS results.

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Residence permits, citizenship and other services

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  • Student supervision

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- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
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