The University of Texas at El Paso Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (14)
It is important to note that UTEP as university does not rank at all in either the QS, Times Higher Education or AWRU World University Rankings. Hence you do not go to this university to be competitive within academia nor expect career compensation on a commensurate monetary level as a Top Tier or even 100 ranked university. The university itself is not particularly horrendous. True the architecture is quite striking and represents one of its unique features. However, one does not borrow to remain in perpetual debt to stare at buildings. You get and pay for higher education to reap later opportunities for a viable career, one that correlates with your studies and knowledge gained as a student. With that said, my review addresses one particular academic specialty offered by UTEP. For those interested in careers in National Security or Intelligence, UTEP is one of the IC ACE (IC Centers for Academic Excellence) under the DIA. If you examine the current list of schools who classify, all with the exception of Penn State are sub-par in terms of academic ranking, reputation and overall competitiveness. As such, you should NOT expect to be recruited by premier alphabet federal agencies such as the CIA, ODI, FBI or DIA and possibly even Homeland Security. At most you can hope for facilities security related positions, HR clerks and possibly enforcement patrol, boots on the ground type jobs with CBP. The so-called meet and greet sessions with organizations such as the CIA are just for PR and possibly federal funding in order to promote the organization, establish a visible presence for IC ACE relations in reference to US Deep State/MIC in education. Read A Curriculum of Fear by Nicole Nguyen. The IC ACE program is just an extension of the Milton High School program at a secondary level and subsequently proof of further militarization of academia. See Prof. David N. Gibbs research on the topic for further information. Nevertheless, UTEP NSSI program will not prepare you adequately for a position at an alphabet agency. I have direct experience with several in terms of the interview process and this includes two Five Eyes countries intelligence services. I would strongly advise having an established military background with an appropriate MOS, preferably working INT with high level clearance and exposure to analysis. Foreign language acquisition is mandatory. Being or becoming a polyglot is an enormous plus. Every agency requests a preference for both. Military is valuable for the vetting process and indoctrination. Consider Ray McGovern and Richard Steele whose military backgrounds paved the way for later work with the CIA. Finally I would also suggest majoring in fields of specialty as opposed to a generic umbrella like liberal arts program such as Intelligence studies. It is of no intrinsic value compared to niche field studies which examine particular academic hard or soft specialty degrees such as those in STEM fields or at best, obscure historical or cultural topics, such as Small State Studies, International Economic History or even Ancient Folklore and Mythology. Anthropology comes to mind, especially cultural or sociology based specialties. I would also suggest overseas exposure. Long term. Think Exchange student for extended periods. Total immersion including culturally and linguistically. This is a problem in America's ego-centric, indispensable exceptionalist jingo which serves to indoctrinate the young through a combination of hubris and fear of the unknown. Travel, gain first hand experience and real world knowledge. My final critique with UTEP is the faculty. None have applicable real world intelligence experience. Some have military background which is not the same as in the civilian world working for an agency. I can get more real world knowledge reading the articles written by ex-CIA McGovern or Philip Giraldi at Consortium News or watching Richard Steele on YouTube droning on about the need for total all source open intelligence as a reform for the CIA. This is a problem at UTEP and probably the entire IC ACE program. In fact, this was addressed in the Washington Post article, "Colleges Must Be Intelligent About Intelligence Studies" written by ex-CIA, professor of History, Nicholas Dujmovic. This was followed by a limited response from two UTEP professors entitled, "Can colleges teach intelligence? Three security studies professors argue they can, and should" I seriously suggest you READ BOTH. Pay special attention to the second follow up response comments. There are 14 comments including Dr. Dujmovic's timely response which adequately confirms my own beliefs and experience. as he correctly states, "professional academics, with little to no actual intelligence experience, who have an interest in perpetuating the degree programs they run." The additional comments are of equal merit as they brutally confront the apparent hypocrisy of the such academic programs from what genuinely appears to be INT insiders with both military and civilian intelligence experience. On a final personal note, I would like to express my disdain for the program's coordinator, Carmen B. Medellin whose has shown to be completely inconsiderate and rude to student needs and inquiries. I left the program with a 4.0 and returned to NYC. Do your due diligence.
The Department of Psychology welcomes you. UTEP is proud of the accomplishments of their faculty, students, and graduates. They are a research oriented department where their priority is the discovery of new knowledge and understandings of the individual and their behavior. The application of that knowledge is the better help of physical, mental, and social health, and the transmission of that knowledge to students and the community. On the psychology page you will find information about undergraduate B.A. and B.S. degrees in Psychology and graduate Doctoral and Masters degree programs. You'll also find information on the Psychology faculty, their areas of interest and research activities. Please look through the website, it is informative!
Very knowledgeable and caring teachers who strive to provide you the resources and instruction to meet your educational goals. The program is completely online and prepares you to increase your knowledge and make you competitive in the healthcare working environment. This program can be completed in about 12 months and is very affordable. It is also accredited by (CCNE) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. It further provided me with the foundation to pursue a graduate degree.
The campus offered a lot of activities. Many cultural and heritage based activities and events. Great campus and very safe. The liberal arts department was amazing and I was very please with the classes I had with the department. The psychology department was great as well!
When I first applied for college, I pursued Education. Further down the road I became dissatisfied with the Education program at UTEP and changed my major to Multidisciplinary Studies. Unfortunately, my adviser was not thorough about the options I had. I was left in the dark and confused about what I wanted to do with my education. I was fortunate enough to meet with an adviser that guided me through my current degree. I only regret not knowing about it earlier on.
I had a great experience with UTEP and the History Teacher Education program was very good for me. Although I have decided not to pursue a career in the field, I am more than confident in the skills that UTEP taught me in my years there. Dr. Keith Erekson, who currently serves as the Director at the LDS Church History Library, had a profound impact on me and helped me see the many different avenues that a History major can go as far as their career. Being a Caucasian student in a school with such history in civil rights helped mold me as a person and I feel improved my outlook on life. I can honestly say that UTEP gave me an education that went much further than the classroom and I will forever be grateful for it.
There were many positive aspects of he program I experienced. The curriculum is set up so you can take specific courses together. However, you are not able to advance further into the courses until the previous courses were completed. The initial large class size did not allow for a more individualized type of instruction.
Underrated school in my opinion; the classes, the professors and the programs available are among the best in the state. This school gave the tools and foundation to grow beyond what I had imagined for myself. I'm proud to be called a Miner, because thanks to all the progress the school has done in a near future UTEP will be an even greater university.
The Kinesiology program at UTEP is a great program. The courses they provide for the students really help prepared me for physical therapy school, which includes exercise physiology, biomechanics, personal training, and A&P. Most of these courses really dive into the human body and the responses to exercise, injury, disease, and stress. One of my favorite courses included in the Kinesiology curriculum was Fitness Programs and Appraisals (KIN 4330). Along with the semester course work, we were assigned to work at the Kinesiology department gym where they offered exercise programs to older alumni. Our assignment was to create an exercise program based off the clients evaluation (done by the professor) and guide the client through each exercise, focusing on technique and prevention of injury. It's a very competitive program and all of these courses require students to study vigorously. And most of the professors are great with communicating with the students.
I think it has a strong engineering program. It has lots of useful resources and people is very friendly.