I went to UTEP ignoring the negative reputation it has. I was wrong to do so; the students are the rudest people I have ever known (and I'v known a lot of rude people). Most students should not be in the university setting (most can't even read at college level). I had professors explain how to wright an essay--at first I thought it was a joke, but students here really do not know how to wright. Sports aren't that great and the social life is none existent. Although I expect UTEP to become a better university, at this point, it is a poor excuse for one. I would not recommend anyone come here. \
I'm not saying that you won't learn anything at UTEP, but the reputation will kill you once you get into the job market. I could not get internships at top companies, as I wanted to go to graduate school in my field. Even though my grades were quite good, 3.80, the schools I wanted to go to placed me at the bottom of the list. Since I'm from the area, I stayed and am working at a job well below that of my supposed educational level. I should have gone to an out of state school of went to UT Austin.