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University of Texas at El Paso

University of Texas at El Paso
University information
NameThe University of Texas at El Paso
PresidentDr. Diana Natalicio
Faculty1,228 [2009 Fall]
Under graduates17,205 [2009 Fall]
Post graduates3,806 [2009 Fall]
CityEl Paso
CampusUrban, 366 acres (1.5 km2)
ColorsOrange, Blue, White, and Silver     
Athletic nicknameMiners
MascotPaydirt Pete
Athletics16 Varsity Sports Teams
AffiliationsNCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision

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The University of Texas El Paso (also referred to as UT El Paso or UTEP) is a public, coeducational university, and a component of the University of Texas System. It is located on the northern bank of the Rio Grande in El Paso, Texas. The school was founded in 1914 as The Texas State School of Mines and Metallurgy, and a mineshaft still exists on the mountainous, desert campus. It became Texas Western College in 1949, and The University of Texas El Paso in 1967. In Fall 2010, enrollment was 22,106.

UTEP is the largest university in the U.S. with a majority Mexican-American student population (about 75%). It is the only such university to be classified RU/H ("Research Universities (high research activity)") by the Carnegie Foundation.

Other notable features of UTEP are its campus architecture (modeled after the dzong style of Bhutan), and its athletic history (UTEP was the first college in the American South to integrate its intercollegiate sports programs).

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