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4 College Freshman

Local Area: There is a lot more to do in this part of the town.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Mountains are near for hicking as well as lots of night life for college students.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: There are usually plenty of activities around El Paso. There are concerts and special presentations in the Plaza and Abraham Chavez Theaters downtown, and especially in UTEP's very own Don Haskins Center. At "the Don," as we often call it, we students always have some sort of discount, special offers, and/or access to pre-sale tickets. Shopping centers have a great variety of stores and are great places to hang out with friends, and to enjoy treats at the food courts/nearby restaurants. The largest shopping malls are Cielo Vista Mall, Sundland Park Mall, and the newest addition, The Fountain's at Farah.

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: The people in El Paso area are very easy to get along with, everyone is treated with respect.

4 College Junior

Local Area: El Paso Texas is very nice to me. Talking about downtown, I would say that it is very interesting and people like to shop there. I believe that el paso is noticeable because you can go and shop in many places. Also the fast food that we have here is adaptable to the busy life which is going on. There is a place in which students can go and enjoy at weekends because it has a lot of night out places. There are also many museums in which people can go and learn more about. The sports are very popular here because there is also the new stadium for Chihuahuas`team.


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El Paso is an enjoyable experience, with just enough to keep residents entertained. The city prides itself in living a most enjoyable life, appreciating all of the little things that bigger cities either ignore or take for granted. Students should educate themselves on the history of El Paso, its rich culture, and everything it stands for. However, students should not just sit around and expect media advertisements to direct their paths in terms of activities. In El Paso, students have to dig for the fun, to seek and find an adventure. Students who surround themselves with a diverse group of people willing to try something new will eventually become familiar with the cultural gold mines of the area.

There is never a dull moment for those with ambition to create something new. Activities range on a wide scale from rural to urban. El Paso welcomes many performers throughout the year, including local performers at parks and theaters. Besides entertainment, students should travel a couple of miles into the rural landscapes to enjoy nature. There are several lakes to the north and south of El Paso where students can enjoy fishing. Plus, students can utilize the Franklin Mountains and hike up some trails. Truly, the opportunities are endless.

Facts & Statistics

Notable Natives
  • Sam Donaldson - former ABC journalist and reporter
  • Thomas Hayden Church - actor
  • Cormac McCarthy - novelist
  • Stevie Nicks - singer from Fleetwood Mac
  • Sandra Day O'Connor - retired associate justice of the Supreme Court
  • Debbie Reynolds - actress
Points of Interest
  • Abraham Chavez Theatre
  • Big Bend National Park
  • El Paso Museum of Archaeology
  • El Paso Museum of Art
  • El Paso Museum of History
  • McKelligon Canyon
  • O.T. Bassett Tower
  • Plaza Theatre
  • Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino
Shopping Centers
  • Bassett Place
  • Origins Cielo Vista Mall
  • Sunland Park Shopping Center
Movie Theaters
Carmike 16
9840 Gateway Blvd. N
El Paso
(915) 751-6867
Movie Theaters
Cinemark Cielo Vista Mall 14
8401 Gateway West
El Paso
(800) 326-3264 ext. 2121
Movie Theaters
Cinemark El Paso
7440 Remcon Circle
El Paso
(800) 326-3264 ext. 1184
Movie Theaters
Cinemark Tinseltown USA and XD
11855 Gateway West
El Paso
(800) 326-3264 ext. 1142
Movie Theaters
El Paso Premiere Cinema 18
6101 Gateway West
El Paso
(915) 771-7900
Movie Theaters
Montwood Movies 7
2200 N. Yarborough
El Paso
(915) 591-4840
Movie Theaters
Starplex Cinemas East Pointe Movies 12
8300 Gateway East
El Paso
(915) 590-0280
Major Sports Teams
  • El Paso Brawlers: Far West Football League
  • El Paso Diablos: American Association of Independent Professional Baseball
  • El Paso Generals: Indoor Football League
  • El Paso Patriots: USL Premier Development League (soccer)
  • El Paso Rhinos: Western States Hockey League
  • Indios USA: National Premier Soccer League
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Albuquerque: NM: 3 hours, 50 minutes
  • Tucson: AZ: 4 hours, 30 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 130 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 130 responses

  • 31% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 19% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 17% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 32% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 2% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 130 responses

  • 45% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 30% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 25% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 132 responses

  • 33% Totally.
  • 52% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 16% No way.


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