The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) is a four-year state university, and is a component institution of the University of Texas System. It is celebrating its Centennial this year (2014). On April 16,1913 SB 183 was signed by the Texas governor allocating funding for a new institution. The school was founded in 1914 as The Texas State School of Mines and Metallurgy, and a mineshaft survives on the mountainous desert campus. It became Texas Western College in 1949, and The University of Texas at El Paso in 1967.
In fall 2013, enrollment was 23,003 (19,696 undergraduate and 3,307 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 Juarez, Mexico, within easy view across the border.