Social Mobility Means Improving Lives

#1 in the Nation for Fostering Student Social Mobility

For two years running, Washington Monthly magazine has ranked UTEP #1 for fostering student social mobility. This means UTEP is most successful at transforming students’ economic status and quality of life. A UTEP education opens the door to living the American dream by enabling students to develop their talents and realize their potential. Providing all students with excellent educational opportunities has long been UTEP’s special mission. Indeed, the best way to understand the impact of education at UTEP is to observe the transformations in the lives of students who prepare for careers in such fields as science, engineering, health care, public service, business, law, entertainment, arts and education.

UTEP’s success begins with a commitment to affordability. In 2012, the U.S. Department of Education ranked UTEP #1 for having the lowest out-of-pocket cost, or “net price,” per full-time academic year among all research universities.

The affordable educational opportunities at UTEP lead to success in the job market. A survey of alumni conducted in 2009 found that 94% of UTEP graduates were working full-time and 82% were employed in the field of their choice.

When considered as a personal investment, a UTEP education yields an outstanding return. UTEP graduates recover all costs of tuition, fees and foregone wages in an average of 9.7 years. Every dollar that a student spends on tuition and foregone wages increases his or her lifetime income by $5.60 ($6.60 for first-generation students), resulting in a tripling of the average income at career midpoint for bachelor’s degree holders and a five-fold return for doctoral degree recipients. UTEP students and their families earn a 15.6% rate of return on their educational investment (17.1% for first-generation students), a rate of return more than double that of other investments.

UTEP Students by the Numbers

Source: CIERP, 2014

Education Raises Income in El Paso

Source: EMSI, 2013

A UTEP Education is a Wise Investment

Source: EMSI, 2013

"We rate schools based on what they are doing for the country — on whether they’re improving social mobility, producing research, and promoting public service . . . The University of Texas - El Paso [leaves] several members of the Ivy League in the dust."
Paul Glastris, Editor, Washington Monthly

"UTEP’s long history and close connections with the community make it El Paso’s university. The educational part of our growth is very important to our community."
El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser

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