The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) is a comprehensive, four-year university under the Texas University System. The university is located on the U.S.-Mexico border in the El Paso-Ciudad Juárez area and is the largest Mexican – American university in the United States. The history of the University of Texas at El Paso dates back to 1914 when the university was established as the Texas State School of Mines and Metallurgy. The architecture of the buildings in the University of Texas at El Paso is inspired by the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan. In 1949, the curriculum of the Texas State School of Mines and Metallurgy was expanded to add liberal arts courses and the school was renamed as Texas Western College. It was again renamed as the University of Texas at El Paso in 1967. Since its inception, the enrollment of students has continuously expanded and at present the total enrollment is about 20,000 students.
The University of Texas at El Paso is spread over an area of 367-acres and has close to 90 buildings. The notable buildings of the university include the Undergraduate Learning Center, UTEP Library, Collaborative Learning Center, Engineering Sciences Complex, Fox Fine Arts galleries, and the Don Haskins Center. The university comprises seven colleges: College of Business Administration, College of Education, College of Engineering, College of Health Sciences, College of Liberal Arts, College of Science, and the School of Nursing.
The University of Texas at El Paso is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools for awarding bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees.