University of Texas at El Paso

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The University of Texas at El Paso is a comprehensive public research university that boasts a broad-based curriculum, including physical sciences, nursing, liberal arts, health sciences, engineering, and education, as well as a substantial research program. UTEP offers 166 bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs at the only open-access, top-tier research university in America.

One of the most unusual and distinctive aspects of UTEP is its buildings, many of which are inspired by Bhutanese architecture, complete with mosaics, high windows, tapestries, and wood carvings. The style is said to have been introduced after Kathleen Worrell, the wife of the school’s first dean, was entranced by a photo essay on Bhutan in a 1914 issue of National Geographic.