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Welcome to the UTEP Encyclopedia
One hundred years of UTEP history in one place
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Today's featured article

100 Years of Women at UTEP
Texas Western Press

Published by Texas Western Press, 100 Years of Women at UTEP celebrates a century of contributions by women to the The University of Texas at El Paso and how they shaped the University into one of the nation’s top public research universities dedicated to access and excellence. This informative and entertaining collection of biographies and articles narrates the history of UTEP beginning in 1916, when the first two female students were admitted to the State School of Mines and Metallurgy, as UTEP was then known. The book provides key historical benchmarks and great insights about women's contributions not only to the University's curriculum, student life, and architecture, but also to the region and the world in which we live.

The stories of women at UTEP does not end with this book. Submit your story or the story of someone connected to UTEP here for publication in the UTEP Encyclopedia.

To contribute your history or to learn more, click on 100 Years of Women at UTEP.


From the UTEP archives

Check out this article from the National Geographic Magazine (April 1914) to see the inspiration for UTEP's classic architecture.

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On this day in UTEP history . . .

October 17, 1923 • The Rifle Club is formed. • 1968UTEP student Bob Beamon sets the Olympic record for the long jump with an effort in Mexico City that shatters previous Olympic and world records by jumping 29 feet, 2-1/2 inches, exceeding previous records by one foot, 10-1/2 inches. • 1996 • A web bot discovers UTEP’s website for the first time. The site was originally uploaded on October 1, 1996.

Bob Beamon and his history-making jump, 1968
University Communications

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About UTEP


Chartered: April 16, 1913, by an Act of the 33rd Texas State Legislature as the State School of Mines and Metallurgy under the governance of the U.T. Board of Regents
First Day of Class: September 28, 1914
President: Diana Natalicio (since 1987) • Faculty: 1,267 • Staff: 1,830
Students: 23,397 (September 2015)
Status: 14,392 full time, 8,687 part time (2014-15) • Campus: 421 acres (El Paso campus); 38,000 acres (Indio Mountains Research Station)
Degrees awarded since founding: More than 113,000
Nickname: Miners
Enrollment data over the years: Click here

Source: UTEP Facts 2014 - 2015; C.L. Sonnichsen Special Collections Department, University of Texas at El Paso; Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin

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