On June 12, 1916, Dr. J.A. Udden submitted to the Land Committeeof the U. T. Board of Regents a photograph of a map
he had constructed indicating the possible location of mineral deposits on the University lands in West Texas, along with a report on the potential mineral resources of the University lands. Later that year the Board approved a policy expressly forbidding the sale of any of the University lands.
The University of Texas at El Paso became a part of the University of Texas System 1919. UTEP is based on a foundation of academic excellence as solid and enduring as the rugged Rocky Mountain foothills that are the university's home.
Located on the El Paso-Juárez border - the world's largest binational
metropolitan area - UTEP is the largest Hispanic-majority university in the United States. As the principal institution of higher learning in far west Texas, the university serves as a vital force in the economic, academic and cultural advancement of this bicultural region.