Athletics

Location
El Paso, TX
Undergrads
12,681
Tuition (in-state)
$17,814 ($7,214)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: I think the fact that UTEP is mostly a commuter school sports aren't such a big deal because most of us don't have enough time, or the drive to UTEP is to far.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The only popular sport to watch is basketball. Not enough students are involved in intramurals though.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Great rec center, we need more support for teams

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: I have a lot of school spirit, i love to go to football games and support, because if us that we are like one BIG family dont support our school who is going to? People around campus have goood school spirot when its miner palooza everyone goes ans support different organizations, and with football games too people wear orange all the time and screat for their favorite football player. The facilities are awesome. I used to be a high school swimmer and when i joined a swimming class in UTEP i was amazed by the pool how clean and sparkling it is, and also how clean the restrooms are and the water super hot i love their gym the equipment its really good and every student really tries to take care of everything.

3 College Student

Athletics: Most varsity teams suck and are disappointing.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 181st
    Most Active Varsity Sports
  • 1264th
    Best Intramural Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kristopher Rivera
Hometown
Clint, TX
Major
Multimedia Journalism
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In 1966, Texas Western College was the first Texas school to capture the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship after defeating Kentucky. Coach Don Haskins had started a legacy of hard work and commitment, creating an ambitious program that would fight to compete. Because of people like Haskins, sports at UTEP are well organized and respected. Students and locals fill the seats at home football and basketball games, and student athletes enjoy a well-biased fan base. Plus, El Paso residents love to watch the Miners compete, as well. Miner pride goes pretty far.

Facilities built for specific sports include the Durham Center, which hosts everything from football players to a sports medicine room. The men’s basketball program offers the same hospitality to its athletes. The Foster Stevens Center has a strength and conditioning room for basketball players, plus a film room, coaches’ offices, a sports medicine room, and two practice courts. Other sports that perform exceedingly well include track and field and cross country. UTEP holds conference titles within all of its athletic programs. El Paso is proud to see so many successful seasons come and go.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
Football: Conference USA
Basketball: Conference USA
School Colors
Orange, blue, white, and silver
School Nickname
Miners/Paydirt Pete
Men Playing Varsity Sports
162 - 3%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
124 - 2%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Rifle
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Fencing
  • Soccer
Intramurals
  • Basketball
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Don Haskins Center
  • Foster Stevens Center
  • Helen of Troy Complex
  • Kidd Field
  • Larry K. Durham Sports Center
  • Memorial Gym
  • Sun Bowl
  • Tennis Complex
  • University Field
  • UTEP Rifle Range
Most Popular Sports
Basketball, football
Most Overlooked Teams
Softball, track and field
Getting Tickets
Student can purchase tickets online through the Miner athletics Web site.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 79 responses

  • 3% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 32% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 61% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 5% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 78 responses

  • 1% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 50% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 41% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 8% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 82 responses

  • 6% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 12% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 79% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 2% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

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