Donna E. Ekal, Ph.D., Associate Provost
Thenral Mangadu, Research Associate

218 Academic Services Building
(915) 747 6500
Fax: (915) 747 5412

The mission of the Office for Undergraduate Studies is to provide integrated, high-quality academic programs that foster and support student success for our students prior to entering UTEP through the entirety of their undergraduate education in order to encourage and enrich students’ academic experiences and achievements. The Office for Undergraduate Studies (OUS) houses eight UTEP programs and departments: Academic Advising, Center for Civic Engagement, Developmental English, Developmental Math, Entering Student Program, Medical Professions Institute, Study Abroad Program and University Honors Program. These programs/departments guide students to make informed choices pertaining to opportunities and resources available on UTEP campus to augment student success thereby facilitating UTEP’s goals in relation to learning and teaching, research, scholarship and artistic production, public service and administration.

Academic Advising Center

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: Jose Andalis, Cynthia Holguin
PROGRAM ADVISOR/LECTUERS: Karina Calderon, Daniel Duarte, Cinthia Jimenez, Michael Lewis
PROGRAM ADVISORS: Sergio Contreras, Rhiannon Herrington, Kaay Miller, Stephen Pruett, Alejandra Sifuentes, Lucy Snelson

Academic Advising Center Bldg.
Phone: (915) 747-5290
Fax: (915) 747-5297

The Academic Advising Center (AAC) helps students develop class schedules and degree plans related to career and life goals that reflect their interests, abilities, and values. This advising model helps students take into account transitions, new roles, and new responsibilities as they make both short- and long-term curricular and co-curricular decisions. Advisors are available Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.; and some Saturdays. We also see students on either a walk-in or appointment basis. See website for Saturday availability. Advisors will also assist students via email at Advisors look forward to helping all students get connected on campus!

The AAC provides academic advising to the following populations:

  • General Studies (undecided majors) students
  • Texas Success Initiative (TSI) students
  • START (provisionally admitted) students
  • ProgramaInteramericanoEstudiantil (PIE) students
  • Pre-nursing students
  • UT Austin Coordinated Admission Program (UTCAP) students
  • Junior Scholars
  • Summer Guest students
  • Transfer students
  • German Abitur Program students
  • College of Liberal Arts: Selected lower-division Liberal Arts majors are assisted in course selection based on degree requirements
  • College of Education: Students with fewer than 45 hours who are interested in teaching in the elementary and middle school grades are assisted in course selection.

Texas Success Initiative (TSI)

The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is designed to ensure that students entering a Texas public college or university are prepared for college-level math, writing, and reading-intensive courses. Entering students must take the TSI Assessment prior to enrolling in college-level courses at a Texas public college or university. Students who have not successfully completed the TSI requirement will be advised every semester at the Academic Advising Center.

The following TSI exemptions are provided by the state:

  • Students with an ACT composite score of 23 with a minimum of 19 on the English and/or mathematics sections*.
  • Students who score 1070 on the SAT with a minimum of 500 on the English and/or math sections*.
  • Students who score 1770 on the TAAS test, with a Texas Learning Index (TLI) of 86 on the math test and 89 on the reading test*.
  • Students who took the eleventh grade exit-level Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) with a minimum scale score of 2200 on the math section and/or a minimum scale score of 2200 on the English Language Arts section with a writing subsection of a 3*.
  • Students with a STAAR end-of-course (EOC) with a minimum score of Level 2 on the English III shall be exempt from the TSI Assessment required under this title for both reading and writing, and a minimum score of Level 2 on the Algebra II EOC shall be exempt from the TSI Assessment required under this title for the mathematics section*.
  • Students who have an associate’s or baccalaureate degrees from an institution of higher education
  • A student who has previously attended any institution and has been determined to have met readiness standards by that institution.
  • Students enrolled in certificate programs of one year or less at public junior colleges, public technical institutes, or public state colleges.
  • Students on active duty as members of the armed forces, the Texas National Guard, or reserve forces for at least three years before enrolling.
  • Students honorably discharged, retired, or released from active duty as members of the armed forces, Texas National Guard, or reserve forces after August 1, 1990.
  • Students who are not seeking a degree or a certificate.
  • Students who transfer to UTEP from a private institution of higher education or an accredited out-of-state institution of higher education and has satisfactorily completed college-level coursework with a C or better per TSI area (reading, writing, and math) will be exempt for the corresponding area.
  • Students who successfully completed a college preparatory course are exempt for a period of twelve (12) months from the date of high school graduation with respect to the content area of the course.

* SAT, STAAR, TAKS and ACT scores are valid for five (5) years from the date of testing.  The TAAS test is valid for three (3) years from the date of testing.

To satisfy TSI requirements and determine college readiness students will need to take the TSI Assessment, which also serves as a placement test for Math and English courses.  If a student is not college ready in one or more sections of the test, he or she will be advised by the Academic Advising Center into an appropriate developmental education course(s) according to UTEP’s Developmental Education Accountability Plan.

Students will complete the TSI when they have passed the reading, writing, and math sections of TSI Assessment, or when they have received a passing grade in the last level of developmental education or a college level course in writing, math, and reading.  Students that are not TSI complete must take the developmental education course(s) prior to taking a college level course; the following courses are considered TSI college level courses: core curriculum RWS, MATH, STAT, HIST, POLS, PSYC and SOCI.  UTEP students with disabilities should inquire about special testing accommodations.

For further information about the Texas Success Initiative, visit the Academic Advising Center, or call (910) 747-5290.  For information concerning TSI testing, refer to the Student Assessment and Testing  section of this catalog. 

Center for Civic Engagement (CCE)

DIRECTOR: Azuri L. Gonzalez (Azuri L. Ruiz)

101 Benedict Hall
Phone: (915)747 – 7969
Fax: (915)747-8917

The mission of the Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) at the University of Texas at El Paso is to engage faculty and students in the community through community-based teaching and learning in order to enhance student learning, promote civic engagement, and actively improve the El Paso-Cd. Juarez Region.

In its twelve years of operation, the CCE has served as a link that fosters collaboration and partnerships between the university and public schools, nonprofit organizations, and public agencies to address community problems while identifying learning opportunities for UTEP students.

Since 1998, the CCE has been home to numerous students who have been the heart and engine of its operations while successfully engaging over 12,000 UTEP students with over 100 partner agencies and schools. It has also partnered with over 100 university professors from various disciplines in all colleges to reach over 125,000 community members and children, ultimately accruing over 300,000 hours of purposeful service to the community.

In practice, the CCE also manages service-learning programs with various focus areas like domestic violence prevention, adult English, Health, and Citizenship literacy, and college preparedness for youth. As of 2010, it also entered into a strategic partnership with the Nonprofit Enterprise Center, resource center for nonprofits, to better serve the community through technical assistance and capacity-building.

The CCE can be contacted to help facilitate community collaborations, develop academic and service related curriculum and projects, for civic engagement training and education, and other nonprofit organizational needs.

Medical Professions Institute (MPI)

DIRECTOR: Mary Wells

Academic Advising Center Room 105
Phone: (915) 747-6260
FAX: (915) 747-6412

The Medical Professions Institute (MPI) is the resource center for UTEP students interested in the medical professions of: medicine, osteopathy, dentistry, podiatry, optometry, veterinary medicine, and physician assistant. The MPI instructs, supports, and facilitates the development of UTEP students into highly competitive candidates for post-graduate training in these professions. The institute utilizes an array of collaborations with other entities both on and off campus emphasizing academic preparation and enrichment, leadership, service, and lifelong community relationship. Through a unique continuum of programming, including sections of UNIV 1301, professional student organizations, early acceptance programs, internships, MCAT preparation, and workshops, UTEP students have access to professional growth opportunities from their first semester to graduation and beyond.