To know West Texas is to love it, and at the heart of this thriving region is The University of Texas Permian Basin. Part of the world-renowned University of Texas System, the university is changing, growing, and most importantly, providing a quality education at an affordable cost.
The university experienced record growth in the number of students who earned a degree in 2018-2019 with an all-time high of more than 1,400 graduates. With its wide range of undergrad and graduate programs in the Colleges of Arts & Sciences, Business, Engineering, Education and Nursing, UT Permian Basin continues to earn national recognition for its academic rigor and student success.
Most recently, the College of Engineering achieved a 100% pass rate for the Fundamental of Engineering Exam – that’s 21% higher than the national average. The exam is one of two tests that students must take in order to become a licensed engineer in the United States. The university’s new Engineering Building officially opened to students in fall 2019. The three-story, state-of-the-art facility encompasses nearly 106,000 square feet. Additionally, U.S. News and World report has ranked UT Permian Basin as No. 1 in the nation for the highest-paid petroleum engineering graduates.
Construction on campus is an indicator the university continues to grow and expand. The D. Kirk Edwards Family Human Performance Center has started to take shape. This facility will serve as a hub for student-athletes as well as the University’s Kinesiology Department. The athletic wing will provide an equipment room, men’s and women’s locker rooms, team meeting areas, offices for coaches and strength and training facilities. The academic wing will house the entire kinesiology department. Recent studies show the number of kinesiology students will double in the next five years while the number of athletic training students will triple by 2025.
A 150-seat auditorium and lecture hall is another highlight of the building. Athletes and students will be able to take advantage of the theater-style auditorium. The D. Kirk Edwards Family Human Performance Center is expected to be ready for students by fall 2020.
If you are considering pursing a degree in business, UT Permian Basin is the right place for you. The College of Business is AACSB accredited, a distinction awarded to only 20% of business colleges. The College of Business was also ranked among the best in the country by chamberofcommerce.org. The MBA program has received multiple national distinctions over the past year including a recognition by U.S. News and World Report as one of the best online programs. The university’s athletic department continues to thrive with 16 different sports at UT Permian Basin. Fall 2019 marks the fourth season for Falcon Football and the men’s basketball team has played in the NCAA Sweet 16.
UT Permian Basin continues to be a great place for student-athletes who are winning not only at their individual sports, but also in the classroom. UT Permian Basin student-athletes maintain a higher average GPA and graduate at a higher rate than the general student population.
UT Permian Basin is also home to the world-famous Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center named one of the 24 most spectacular theaters in the US by curbed.com. The university is the perfect size – small enough to offer personal interaction with professors and leadership opportunities across campus, while big enough to deliver a quality education and professional opportunities after graduation. Offering a world-class education at an affordable cost, UT Permian Basin is the academic heart of West Texas.