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.