The much anticipated – and oft-delayed – renovation of the University’s fine arts facilities will soon get underway after construction of a nearly $42.7 million Fine Arts Academic and Performance Complex was approved by The University of Texas System Board of Regents on August 25, 2011.


Theresa Barrera

"Dream Big"

Theresa Barrera

Vice Chair, UTPA Foundation Board
Vice President of Supplier Diversity
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Theresa Barrera, who rose from part-time cashier at Sam's Club to become a top executive at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., sent a strong message of empowerment to hundreds of young girls and their mothers during HESTEC's Latina Day Sept. 28. Her message: "Dream big." Barrera stressed the importance of having an education, trusted mentors and parental support.


Vertical-UTPA-Logo Founded: 1927, merged with The University of Texas System in 1989
Location: Main campus in Edinburg, Texas; satellite sites in McAllen, Starr County and South Padre Island
Enrollment: 19,302 in Fall 2012, 89% Hispanic
Academic Offerings: 56 bachelor’s, 56 master’s, 3 doctoral and 2 cooperative doctoral degree programs
Colleges: Arts and Humanities, Business Administration, Education, Engineering and Computer Science, Health Sciences and Human Services, Science and Mathematics, Social and Behavioral Sciences

UTPA is ranked fifth largest within The University of Texas System, and is the 10th largest of 38 public universities in the State of Texas.

According to The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education 2012, UTPA is among the top 100 best U.S. colleges for Hispanics.  UTPA ranks second in the number of bachelor's degrees and third in the number of master's degrees awarded to Hispanics nationwide.

Dec 13 2011

To the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation for the generous gift of $650,000 to UTPA’s GEAR UP program to expand AVID, a proven college readiness program, to several elementary and middle schools in the Rio Grande Valley.

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