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Publication ranks UTEP in top 10 nationally

For the third year in a row, UTEP is ranked among Washington Monthly magazine’s Top 10 national universities.

UTEP ranked seventh overall in 2013 and eighth overall in 2014.

The 2015 overall ranking places UTEP in the company of Harvard; Stanford; the University of California, Berkeley; the University of California, Los Angeles; and the University of Washington.

Washington Monthly rates 258 schools based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: Social Mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), Research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs), and Service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).

“UTEP has had great success at providing accessible and excellent opportunities in higher education to the El Paso region,” said UTEP President Diana Natalicio. “It comes from the commitment of our faculty, staff, alumni and supporters who work hard to make sure our students not only have the opportunity to earn an affordable college degree, but also that they are prepared to compete with their peers across the globe.”

UTEP remained ranked No. 1 for the fourth year in a row in the category of social mobility.

The social mobility category seeks to measure universities’ success in outperforming predictions for the graduation of first-generation and low-income students, according to a statement by Washington Monthly. Social mobility is when people are able to improve their life circumstances regardless of where they start out in life.

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Seventy-three percent of UTEP students who earned a bachelor’s degree during the 2013-14 academic year received Pell Grants, which are awarded to students with financial need. The average annual family income of UTEP students in that same graduating class was $30,031, placing them in the nation’s lowest income group. Thirty-nine percent of their families earned less than $20,000 a year.

UTEP’s success in recruiting, retaining and graduating these students demonstrates that talent crosses gender, ethnic and socioeconomic boundaries, and that an investment in a UTEP degree yields high returns, both for students from a broad range of backgrounds and for U.S. global competitiveness in the 21stcentury

UTEP offers 72 bachelor’s, 73 master’s and 20 doctoral degree programs. UTEP boasts the lowest net price among all research universities in the U.S. andholds its own among institutions that historically have been placed at the top of traditional college rankings. UTEP not only redefines public higher education regionally and throughout Texas; with these top rankings, UTEP can confidently say it lives its mission of access and excellence, and the impact of that commitment is strongly validated across the nation.

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