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Campus Quality


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5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Student life is really good; there are a bunch of options to have fun with friends like basketball and football games as well as art exhibitions and Minerpalooza. The Rec Center is very well-equipped and is relatively new, having been remodeled recently.

2 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: Really not modern and outdated. The population there in campus has become so bad, people actually sit in the floor in class because there is no more room. Student study rooms are really noisy and just worthless. There is a lot of construction going on. Ever since I was a freshman there has been construction going on everywhere. Construction is a good thing for campus but when it is taking more than two to three years to complete it really gets to us students. Student hangouts are being overwhelmed with not much space. I believe that is why once your classes are over, students just go home or back to their dormitories. We don't have time to deal with over crowded spaces and the ongoing construction.

3 College Junior

Campus Quality: It is a nice campus but it does not have anything that amazes me.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: There has been a lot of changes during this past years around campus. a lot of improvement.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: The gym is very nice, as is the new bio-sciences, computer science, and engineering buildings. Some older buildings need more work.


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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
Campus Size
366 acres
Student Centers
The Union
Campus Library?
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
Coffeehouse on Campus
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
  • 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
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
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 136 responses

Very poor
  • 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 things to do around campus?    Based on 72 responses

  • 31% Going to the rec center to work out
  • 21% Talk with friends
  • 21% Going to the Union to eat & hang out with friends
  • 8% Kinley's Coffee House
  • 6% Chill on the lawn
  • 4% Working
  • 3% 19 credits do not let me do anything else.
  • 3% Theres nothing to do
  • 2% Go to a bar
  • 1% Rhe

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 59 responses

  • 37% Minerpalooza is the best.
  • 21% Tailgates
  • 18% Midnight Breakfast
  • 12% Homecoming Parade
  • 4% TCM Day
  • 4% Miner Soakdown
  • 4% Greek Week
  • 1% There are no campus traditions

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 76 responses

  • 53% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 37% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 11% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 0% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 131 responses

  • 23% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 53% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 23% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 2% I hate my school and have no school spirit.



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