The University of Texas at El Paso has been named #6 in Best-Bang-for-the-Buck Colleges in the South and was singled out as one of “50 Schools You Should Know About.”

UTEP has been recognized for its mission of access and excellence with two new distinctions in Washington Monthly magazine’s recent book, “The Other College Guide: A Road Map to the Right School for You.”

The Other College Guide is meant for any student interested in attending college, regardless of family income. Instead of ranking schools based on how many students are declined admissions, this new guide focuses on affordability and outcomes after graduation.

The 1,540 colleges on this list are separated by region and show which institutions charge their students the least, and provide them the highest probability of graduating with a degree that leads to a job.

UTEP is in the top 10, coming in at #6 among 214 universities in the South.

Over the past 10 years about 60 percent of UTEP bachelor’s degree graduates received federal Pell Grants, a need-based grants program. Of the undergraduates who earned their UTEP degrees in 2013-14, 39 percent had family incomes of $20,000 or less and 73 percent received Pell Grants.

For the second consecutive year, UTEP has been ranked among Washington Monthly magazine’s Top 10 national universities in 2014.

For a third consecutive year, UTEP was ranked #1 among all U.S. universities in Washington Monthly’s social mobility category, which seeks to measure universities’ success in outperforming predictions for the graduation of first-generation and low-income students.

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