The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) is a public, research, Ph.D.-granting institution in the University of Texas System. The school was founded in 1914 as the State School of Mines and Metallurgy, and a practice mineshaft survives on the mountainous desert campus. Following a reorganization of the University of Texas in 1920, the school was renamed the College of Mines and Metallurgy of the University of Texas. It became Texas Western College of the University of Texas in 1949, and The University of Texas at El Paso in 1967.
In fall 2014, enrollment was 23,079 (19,817 undergraduate and 3,262 graduate students). UTEP is the largest university in the U.S. with a majority Mexican American student population (about 70%).
The El Paso, Texas, campus features a one-of-a-kind collection of buildings in the Bhutanese architectural style. The UTEP campus is located on hillsides overlooking the Rio Grande, with Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico, within easy view across the border.
Another notable feature of UTEP is its athletic history. UTEP was the first college in any Southern state in the United States to integrate its intercollegiate sports programs. To this date it is the only school in Texas to bring home an NCAA Men's Basketball Championship, which it achieved in 1966. The movie Glory Road recounts this story.(Wikipedia)