Economic Development

Education

Approximately 77% of El Paso’s population (age 25 and older) have obtained a high school diploma or higher; and nearly 23% have received a higher education degree. 

El Paso County Educational Attainment
  Total Total %
Age 25+ Population 505,803 100
Less than 9th grade 66,142 13.1
Grade 9-12 (no diploma) 48,167 9.5
High school graduate (includes equivalency) 126,535 25
Some College, No degrees 115,090 22.8
Associates Degree 34,526 6.8
Bachelor’s Degree 82,007 16.2
Graduate/ Professional Degree 33,336 6.6

*Cenus.gov, American FactFinder El Paso County Educational Attainment 1year estimates 2015- October 2016

 

The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)

Fall 2016 enrollment: 23,922 students

UTEP is the state's third largest campus in the University of Texas system.  UTEP now ranks fourth among all 35 Texas public universities in federal research funding, and is also included on the National Science Foundation's list of Top 200 research universities in the United States. During the 2013 academic year, UTEP faculty researchers secured nearly $77 million in new grant awards. In January 2016, UTEP was awarded a $3.9 million Scholarship for Service grant from the National Science Foundation and the Department of Homeland Security. UTEP is also one of seven public institutions in Texas to be designated by the Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Texas legislature as an "Emerging Tier One University." 

 

University of Texas at El Paso Enrollment by College- Fall 2015
College Count
Business Administration 2,988
Education 1,228
Engineering 3,172
Health Sciences 1,885
Liberal Arts 6,254
School of Nursing 2,547
College of Science 1,874
Non-degree and MDS 272
Graduate Students 3,177
TOTAL 23,397

*Fall 2015- UTEP Fact Brochure

 

UTEP College of Engineering

Founded in 1913, the College of Engineering has evolved into a national leader in graduating Hispanic engineers with hands-on experience needed to be successful and meet today's challenges.  Ranked as a top 5 school in the U.S. in awarding bachelor degrees to Hispanics, the College of Engineering is also the number one graduate engineering school for Hispanics. The UTEP College of Engineering has also been ranked the Top Engineering School for Hispanics by Hispanic Business Magazine for 2014. 

University of Texas at El Paso 2013-2014 2012-2013 2010-2011 2009-2010 2008-2009
  UG GR UG GR UG GR UG GR UG GR
Total Bachelor/Master of Science Degrees 363 155 - - 299 173 316 135 261 120
Biomedical Engineering - 1 - - - - - - - -
Environmental Engineering - 1 - - - - - - - -
Civil Engineering 59 18 38 40 53 25 52 19 43 10
College of Engineering Dean’s Office - - - 14 - 6 - 10 - 4
Computer Science 62 14 46   26 25 44 13 24 21
Electrical Engineering 84 21 84 35 100 41 103 29 81 39
Computer Engineering - 3                
Industrial Engineering 33 12 - - - - 12 17 40 30
Manufacturing Engineering - 8 38   27 52 18 18 - -
Mechanical Engineering 112 26 89 25 85 20 70 21 60 13
Metallurgical Engineering 13 -                
Metallurgical & Material Engineering - 9 11 6 8 4 17 8 13 3

*Source: College of Engineering College Profile 2014  

 

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso 

The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso is home to the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, the Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing, and the Regional Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences that have evolved into a top notch education, research, and patient care institution.  More than 6,000 students are currently enrolled at all three campuses and are located at the epicenter of healthcare on the Medical Center of the Americas Campus.

 

El Paso Community College (EPCC)

Fall 2016 enrollment: 29,541*

With six campuses located throughout the El Paso, EPCC offers a diversity of programs relevant to today's workforce needs and is continuously receiving national recognition for its educational excellence. The El Paso Community College Office of Customized Training serves business and industry with employee training in dozens of areas including advanced manufacturing, management, software, quality control and other disciplines. 

*Enrollment as of 10/18/2016

EPCC *2015 **2013-2014 UG 2011-2012 UG 2010-2011 UG 2009-2010 UG
Associate of Arts 2,026 4,490 1,393 2,181 2,345
Associate of Applied Science 574 1,151 481 545 512
Associate of Arts in Teaching 151 327 133 216 258
Associate of Science 466 757 135 115 82
Certificates 868 1,825 482 720 497
Total # of Associate & Certificates 4,085 8,550 2,624 3,777 3,694

*2015 reflects Spring 2015 thru Fall 2015 data
**2013-2014 reflects Spring 2013 thru Fall 2014 data

 

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