University of Texas at El Paso


MASCOT: Paydirt Pete

Campus Origin & History

The University of Texas at El Paso school was founded in 1914 as The Texas State School of Mines and Metallurgy, and a mineshaft survives on the mountainous desert campus. It was called Texas Western College in 1949, and The University of Texas at El Paso in 1967. It is a 4 year state university and is part of the institution of the University of Texas System.

As for the architecture, The Kingdom of Bhutan has honored UTEP's use of their country's style. Prince Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuk has visited the university, and in 2009 the Kingdom presented UTEP with a hand-carved wooden temple to be erected on the campus.

23,079 students were enrolled in UTEP in 2014. With about 70% of the student population being Hispanics, UTEP is the biggest University in the United States with a majority of the student body being Hispanics.

As for sports, UTEP won the first of seven NCAA Men's Cross Country Championships in 1969. Their first doctoral degree program in Geological Sciences was approved in 1974. In addition, UTEP won the first of seven NCAA Men's Indoor Track and Field Championships in 1974 as well. In 1975 UTEP won both the NCAA Men's Outdoor and Indoor National Championships. UTEP is only one of a few universities to win at least 21 NCAA national championships in multiple sports. Not only is UTEP a great university for academics, but for sports too.

"Fight Song"

Admission Requirements

Admissions Data (2013):

  • Percent of Applicants Admitted: 100%
  • Test Scores -- 25th / 75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 390 / 500
    • SAT Math: 420 / 530
    • SAT Writing: - / -
    • ACT Composite: 17 / 22
    • ACT English: 15 / 21
    • ACT Math: 17 / 23

Recommended Requirements

Tuition & Costs

Student Life:  Theatre, Dance, & Art

At UTEP the visual arts are everywhere. The Department of Theater and Dance are always having performances. Going to watch not only gives you the opportunity to see the talent the Miners have, but the chance to socialize and have a great time with friends or family. You don't want to miss out, so come take a look!

Degree Plan: Physical Therapy

MAJOR: Kinesiology

Kinesiology Prereqs (ExSci)

Basics - Complete designated core courses with a C or better:

  • Mathematics: MATH 1320 or higher (prereq MATH 0311 or placement by exam)
  • Natural Sciences: BIOL 1305/1107 (prereq MATH 0311 or exam)BIOL 2311/2111 (prereq BIOL 1305/1107; ZOOL 2406)

Preqs - Program Prerequisites:

  • BIOL 2313/2113: prereq BIOL 1305/1107 or ZOOL 2406
  • HSCI 2302: prereq BIOL 1305
  • CHEM 1407: prereq MATH 0311 or by exam
  • PHYS 1403: prereq MATH 1409, 1508 or 1320

All courses listed below are required:BIOL 1107 | BIOL 1305 | BIOL 2111 | BIOL 2113 | BIOL 2311 | BIOL 2313 | HSCI 2302 | PHYS 1403 | CHEM 1407 | MATH

Kinesiology Core

Kinesiology Professional Courses:

  • KIN 1303
  • KIN 2332: prereq KIN 1303, dept approval
  • KIN 3313: prereq KIN 1303; MATH 1302 or 1508; dept approval
  • KIN 3331: prereq KIN 1303, BIOL 2311, dept approval
  • KIN 4312: prereq BIOL 2311/2111/2313/2113; KIN 1303; dept approval
  • KIN 4313: prereq KIN 1303/3331; MATH 1320; dept approval
  • KIN 4314: prereq KIN 1303/2332; dept approval
  • KIN 4330: prereq KIN 1303/4312; dept approval

All courses listed below are required:KIN 1303 | KIN 2332 | KIN 3313 | KIN 3331 | KIN 4312 | KIN 4313 | KIN 4314 | KIN 4330 |


(Select two courses from KIN 2315 or HSCI 2309; KIN 4301, 4350, 4351; any upper-division KIN courses) Please Choose a Course Below:

HSCI 2309 | KIN 2315 | KIN 3201 | KIN 3202 | KIN 3203 | KIN 3204 | KIN 3205 | KIN 3206 | KIN 3207 | KIN 3209 | KIN 3210 | KIN 3211 | KIN 3217 | KIN 3219 | KIN 3221 | KIN 3223 | KIN 3313 | KIN 3315 | KIN 3316 | KIN 3318 | KIN 3331 | KIN 3342 | KIN 4101 | KIN 4201 | KIN 4222 | KIN 4301 | KIN 4310 | KIN 4312 | KIN 4313 | KIN 4314 | KIN 4315 | KIN 4316 | KIN 4319 | KIN 4320 | KIN 4321 | KIN 4330 | KIN 4350 | KIN 4351 | KIN 4390 | KIN 4650 |

Cover Letter

Justin Howard

Reaction Physical Therapy

12946 Broad Rd

May 19, 2015

Good evening Justin,

I am applying for the internship position at Reaction Physical Therapy in response to the meeting we had in the career center office at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP).

As I mentioned before I am in the process of earning my Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. I also must earn a physical therapist degree from a CAPTE- accredited physical therapist education program and pass the state licensure exam as well. The primary content area courses I am enrolled in (Kinesiology & Exercise Physiology) involve real projects that allow me to obtain a real life working experience. In addition, we were given scenarios as groups of 4, and had to figure out a treatment plan for each patient in each scenario. I was given the leading position or "head" PT for my group. Being the group leader was not an easy task because I was in charge of managing work tasks, team communication, weekly & final reports, and the final treatment plan presentation. Not only did this give me the opportunity to lead my group, but it allowed me to gain knowledge and practice.

It is obvious that physical therapy is a service that is necessary in order to maintain people's physical health. I believe I am a good candidate for your internship position, it will be a perfect opportunity for me to establish myself in an exciting career and future. I would like the opportunity for an interview so that I can further express my interest in Reaction Physical Therapy.

Thank you in advance for your consideration and I apologize for the inconvenience of not being able to print out my resume earlier.


Genesis Hermosillo

12932 Wood Rd

555-555-5555 (h)

123-123-4567 (c)

Letter of Recommendation

To Whom It May Concern:

It is without doubt that I write this letter of recommendation for Genesis Hermosillo to attend The University of Texas at El Paso. Ms.Hermosillo is a very fine student who is smart, dedicated, passionate and has a warm heart. She is always ready to learn and always has the best behavior.

One of Ms.Hermosillo's assets is that she is very organized and is able to solve any problem thrown at her. If everyone was smart like her there would be no reason to have schools, as I have taken her under my wing, I have seen her try to make her future something better through school work and in elective classes. Ms.Hermosillo has a wide imagination and can think of a way to solve anything in that brain of hers, she's already on her way to change the world as how we know it.

Ms.Hermosillo is ready for any challenge as she is willing to learn more and grow further. it is without doubt that she will do her best in any field of study that she takes, she has a bright future ahead of her. If you would like to know more about Ms.Hermosillo, you may contact me at or via phone: (915) 252-****

Best Regards,

Rafael Castor

Science department

AP Science teacher

El Dorado 9th Grade Academy

El Paso Tx 79938



Persuasive Essay

College has always been something part of my academic career that I’ve always wanted to accomplish. There has never been a doubt in my mind that I wanted to attend college, though I did not know where. When I came across The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), instantly I knew that I wanted to be a Miner. I deserve to attend UTEP because not only do I have a strong passion to become a physical therapist, which is one of the many fields of studies UTEP offers, but I know that if I attend UTEP I will succeed in my career and be able to give back to my city by providing the best services telling everybody “It’s all thanks to UTEP”.

Most importantly, I know that if I attend UTEP and graduate I will be successful in my career.. For instance, my mother graduated from UTEP and received her bachelor’s degree. Now, she is very successful, and is the Vice President of Wells Fargo Business Banking Payroll Services. She learned all she knows from UTEP, and has them to thank. I want to be just as successful as her one day, except in the career I choose to take on. I know that if I attend UTEP, one day I will succeed.

In addition, if I attend UTEP, in the future I will be able to give back to my city by providing the best services. I will be able to tell everybody “It is because of the amazing college I graduated from, I have them to thank. ” For example, Aaron Rosas, who is a grad student from UTEP says, “UTEP is growing in recognition year after year. I made the best choice in my life coming here.” Not only do I want to learn and receive a good education from college, but I also want to be proud of the college I end up graduating from, and if that's UTEP I know I will be proud.

Evidently, I strongly want to attend The University of Texas at El Paso. UTEP is one of the top schools in the US to award bachelor degrees to hispanics. Hundreds of students graduate from this college each year, and I guarantee you that if I attend UTEP I will graduate and thrive in my career.

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