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University of Texas of the Permian Basin

The magazine U.S. News and World ReportĘhas recognized the University of Texas of the Permian Basin (UTPB) as a Top Tier University, proving that students don’t have to sacrifice quality to obtain an affordable education. The first school in Texas to offer a $10,000 bachelor’s degree in select majors, UTPB has been recognized as the second-least-expensive public, four-year institution in Texas for all college expenses, including tuition and fees, according to a College for All Texans report.

UTPB has received national recognition for its communications, arts, kinesiology and online degree programs. As part of UTPB’s commitment to quality, the university has also achieved a number of special accreditations that allow it to demonstrate to outside reviewers the success of its programs. For example, the College of Education has achieved full accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, the visual arts program was the sixth department in Texas to be awarded accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, the mechanical engineering program recently received accreditation by the engineering society ABET, and the College of Business and Engineering is one of less than a third of U.S. business schools to hold Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business accreditation.

UTPB offers a total of 35 baccalaureate degrees and 19 master’s degrees, with a music program and nursing program that opened in Fall 2013. Its student body is primarily composed of native Texans, with 54 percent of students residing in the oil-rich, 17-county region of Texas known as the Permian Basin. To meet the needs of students who work part-time or full-time, many upper-level and graduate courses have scheduling options such as evening or weekend classes and online instruction. Accelerated degree programs are also offered in selected undergraduate and graduate areas.

When students need a break from their studies, UTPB offers recreational opportunities to suit every personal taste. The Wagner No‘l Performing Arts Center is ranked as one of the top centers in the world, and the Ballet Folklorico de UTPB, Step Team and UTPB Mariachi perform at school and community events around the Permian Basin. UTPB became a full member of the NCAA at the Division II level in Fall 2008 and offers a number of intramural sports opportunities for interested students. Greek life is a growing aspect of student activities, and students have the opportunity to join one fraternity and two sororities. Finally, in Fall 2016, UTPB will field its first football team!

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