The University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA) is located in Edinburg, just seven miles north of McAllen. UT Pan American is the fifth largest campus of The University of Texas System and the 10th largest public university in Texas.
More than 86 percent of UT Pan American’s 18,744 students are Mexican-American, giving UTPA the highest number of Hispanic students in the state and second highest in the nation. Many of the students represent the first generation of their families to go to college, and it is not uncommon for students, upon graduation, to triple their earning power compared to their parents.
UTPA is particularly proud of being ranked 32nd in the top 100 list for America’s Best Public Colleges. This list included only 6 public universities from Texas (Forbes, August 2009).
The University offers 57 bachelor’s degrees and 57 master’s degrees in more than 50 fields of the arts and humanities, business, education, health and human services, science and engineering, and social and behavioral sciences. The university also offers three doctorates — Business Administration with an emphasis in International Business, Educational Leadership and Rehabilitation Counseling. UT Pan American also offers two cooperative degree programs, a doctorate in Pharmacy and a Doctorate in Spanish. In addition, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Regional Academic Health Center (UTHSCSA RAHC) Medical Research Division is located on the UTPA campus. This collaborative relationship provides leading edge laboratory space and equipment for scholars and scientists to conduct research on critical health problems of the South Texas/Border Region.
Founded in 1927, UT Pan American has seen tremendous growth. Since 1990, the university has added numerous programs supported by new buildings with state-of-the art facilities and computer laboratories. The university makes innovative use of new technology to prepare students for careers and life in the 21st century. It is a leader within the UT System in its use of interactive video telecommunications and other information resources.
A $23 million Engineering Building, which opened in 1996, and a $26 million Science Building, which opened in 1997, provided UTPA one of the best facilities for undergraduate science and engineering in the United States. The International Trade and Technology Building opened in 1998 and provides high end conferencing and meeting facilities.
The university also offers a 44,000 square-foot, $7 million Student Union, featuring a 500-seat theater, convenience store and food court. The UTPA campus also features a $17.2 million General Classroom/Computer Center Building and a 156,000 square foot, 26 million dollar Wellness and Recreation Sports Complex which includes a variety of high-tech weights and cardio equipment, basketball and racquetball courts, an indoor walking/jogging track, a 34 foot climbing wall which is believed to be the tallest South of San Antonio, aerobics and samba studios, tennis and sand volleyball courts and an outdoor swimming pool.
Research efforts at UTPA include special centers that focus on international business, education, aging, economic development, coastal studies, rapid response manufacturing and speech and hearing. Outreach centers assist area businesses, manufacturers and local government districts.
Less than 20 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border, UT Pan American has cooperative agreements with Mexican universities in Tamaulipas state and Monterrey. It is the only university in the United States to serve as a satellite office of INEGI, the Mexican equivalent of the U.S. Census Bureau.
For more information on The University of Texas-Pan American, call (956) 381-2741, or visit the Web site at http://www.utpa.edu.