Facilities

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

Facilities: all of the athletic centers are top notch, the library is nice, the overrall exterior of the campus is beautiful, I really like the campus event held prior to exams, it's actually the best thing i've seen, the faculty gets together and makes a big midnight breakfast, and this past semester it actually resembled a rave. really cool.

3 College Senior

Facilities: Student life on campus is okay, although it could be better. Organizations could organize more student activities and involve the students a lot more.

3 College Senior

Facilities: They have a lot of school spirit.

4 College Senior

Facilities: Classrooms AC and heat vary. Most of the time they are too cold even in the winter. Tons of events, never been to any though.

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: The library is actually one of the best places on campus, except when there are many students there and internet connection becomes a hassle.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 157th
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 215th
    Best Library
  • 381st
    Best Student Centers
  • 551st
    Best Performance Venues
  • 735th
    Greenest Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kristopher Rivera
Hometown
Clint, TX
Major
Multimedia Journalism
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Since its original founding as the Texas State School of Mines and Metallurgy in 1914, UTEP has been expanding and covering new ground in education, athletics, and culture. Always conforming to the challenges of a fast-paced world, UTEP brings in new programs and facilities in order to pursue advancement in knowledge. Three new buildings are under construction and expected to be complete by the summer of 2011. A new Health and Science Building is being constructed, as well as a computer science facility and a new student training facility (which will be similar to the recreation facility at the University of Texas).

The campus facilities have a beautiful architecture, inspired by the region of Bhutan. Overall, campus grounds are well maintained. Custodian and grounds crews constantly keep a clean and trimmed landscape, with a walk through campus proving to be a soothing experience. Students enjoy movies at the cinema located in the Union. Students can also enjoy lounges, eateries, and dance clubs within walking distance from campus. UTEP will occasionally hold a dinner theater located in the Union, a popular event among both students and faculty.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
201
Campus Size
366 acres
Student Centers
The Union
Campus Library?
Yes
Main Libraries
UTEP Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Front of the Liberal Arts Building
  • UGLC lobby
  • The Union
  • UTEP Library
Bar on Campus
Yes. The Mine Shaft, located at the Union on the second floor.
Bowling on Campus
None
Coffeehouse on Campus
None
Movie Theater on Campus
Yes, there's a movie theater located on the first floor of the Union, west branch.
"Green" Initiatives
Blue recycle bins have been placed throughout campus to help recycle paper and plastics.
School Slang
The UGLC: The Undergraduate Learning Center, the building where most of the basic core classes are instructed
Traditions
  • Greek Week: Every spring semester, fraternities and sororities compete in various events in the span of one week.
  • Homecoming Parade: Clubs and organizations build floats with themes that usually bash UTEP's opponent for the Homecoming game.
  • Midnight Breakfast: Students gather at the El Paso Natural Gas Conference Center on Tuesday of finals week for this event, which gives students time to relax tensions building up from final exams. Students are provided a meal, entertainment, and giveaways.
  • Tailgates: The fall football season attracts many students and local residents. On the day of home games, many people enjoy tailgates on and off campus before a match-up begins.
  • TCM Day: On March 17, engineering students celebrate the origins of the University as the Texas College of Mines.
Urban Legends
There is supposedly a "wishing spot" on campus where students can make wishes; it's a small garden located near the Undergraduate Learning Center.
Favorite Things To Do
Students definitely enjoy keeping their physique in check. The swim and fitness center is a popular spot for students. Dinner theater events and concerts also get a high volume of attendance.
Student Newspaper
The Prospector
www.utepprospector.com
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
More than 170 organizations exist at UTEP. Many students do get involved in order to get more out of school, with the most active organizations being the Greek ones. Generally, Greek members get involved in school and the community.
Student Activities Offered
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
ROTC
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 73 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 7 responses

  • 33% Homecoming Parade
  • 25% Tailgates
  • 8% Midnight Breakfast
  • 8% Greek Week
  • 8% TCM Day
  • 8% Miner Soakdown
  • 8% Minerpalooza is the best.

What are the best on-campus student jobs?    Based on 6 responses

  • 57% The Swimming & Fitness Center
  • 29% Student Activities Center
  • 14% Teaching assistant
  • 0% The Library
  • 0% Office of Student Financial Aid

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 9 responses

  • 64% The Union
  • 27% UTEP Library
  • 9% Business Building
  • 0% UGLC lobby
  • 0% Front of the Liberal Arts Building

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 9 responses

  • 64% Going to the rec center to work out
  • 18% Theres nothing to do
  • 9% Rhe
  • 9% Go to a bar

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 75 responses

  • 4% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 15% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 45% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 36% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 74 responses

  • 3% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 19% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 57% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 22% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

What is the most interesting urban legend about campus?    Based on 8 responses

  • 62% A student left an alive gator in a classroom.
  • 38% Students have sex in the fifth floor of library

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