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Authorized by the Texas Legislature in 1969 as an upper level university offering junior, senior, and graduate level programs, UT Permian Basin achieved four-year status and began offering freshman level classes in September of 1991. The University of Texas of the Permian Basin is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate and masters degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of The University of Texas of the Permian Basin. 


  • Fall 2014: 4,661 undergraduate and 899 graduate students


  • UTPB serves students from 183 Texas counties, 31 states, and 31 countries (Fall 2014) 


  • 100% of tenured and tenure-track faculty hold terminal degrees/doctorates in their teaching field
  • University faculty are engaged in a wide range of research activity.



  • Bachelor of Arts degrees are offered in Art, Child and Family Studies, Communication, Criminology, Economics, English, History, Humanities, Leadership Studies, Multidisciplinary Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Spanish.
  • Bachelor of Business Administration degrees are offered in Accounting, Finance, Management, and Marketing.
  • Bachelor of Science degrees are offered in Athletic Training, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Geology, Industrial Technology, Information Systems, Kinesiology, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Nursing, and Petroleum Engineering.
  • Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences
  • Bachelor of Fine Art in Art
  • Bachelor of Music
  • Bachelor of Social Work


  • Master of Arts degrees are awarded in Bilingual ESL, Counseling, Educational Leadership, English, History, Mathematics, Professional Education, Psychology, Reading, Spanish, and Special Education.
  • Master of Business Administration degrees are awarded in Management.
  • Master of Professional Accountancy
  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Science degrees are awarded in Biology, Computer Science, Criminal Justice Administration, Geology, and Kinesiology.

Students are involved in research at the graduate and undergraduate level under the direction of university faculty.


  • Honors Program
  • Pre-professional studies including Pre-Law, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Dental, and other Pre-Health Sciences.
  • Teacher Certification: Early Childhood-Grade 6, Grade 4 to Grade 8, Grade 7 to Grade 12, Grade 8-Grade 12, and All Level (Art, Music, Physical Education, Spanish and Special Education)
  • Online Fast Track Teacher Certification
  • Education Endorsements
  • Supplemental Certifications programs in Bilingual Education (Spanish), English as a Second Language (ESL) and Special Education
  • RN to BSN in Nursing
  • Accelerated degree programs in selected undergraduate and graduate areas


  • Fall Semester (September to December)
  • Spring Semester (January to May)
  • May Term (May)
  • Summer Sessions (June to August)
  • Accelerated 7-8 week terms online in fall, spring, and summer


  • Courses include Daytime & Evening Classes, Internet-based courses, Audit (No Credit Classes), Self-Paced Instruction, Internships, and Contract Courses.


  • Counseling Center provides psychological services for the community and students.
  • Financial Aid is available in the form of grants, scholarships, college work-study, work assistance, veterans’ education benefits, agency assistance, and a variety of loans.
  • The J. Conrad Dunagan Library is a blend of traditional resources and new technology, pursuing a vision of becoming the learning nexus for the university community by promoting information literacy, offering innovative services and fostering lifelong learning behaviors.
  • The Success Center helps students succeed academically through tutoring, mentoring, supplemental instruction, and the first year experience course.
  • The Academic Advising Center helps freshmen, sophomore, and transfer students select courses and build degree plans to facilitate graduation in 4 years.
  • The Career Services Center helps students identify which career options are best and then helps students prepare and find the right job. 
  • The PASS Office offers student testing and disability services.
  • REACH (Regional Electronic Academic Communication Highway) is responsible for coordination and deployment of quality of distance education to offer flexible course delivery options to UTPB students. REACH supports education initiatives with other UT system campuses allowing UTPB students to take online courses/programs through the UT Online Consortium.
  • Student Activities include a wide range of campus cultural and entertainment events. Students, participate in university governance through the Student Senate, and are represented on the Program Board (campus entertainment, lectures, fine arts exhibits, folk culture events).
  • Student Activity Center and the Student Union are places close to classes where students can eat, play pool, video games, hold meetings, and just relax.


  • On Campus: completely furnished, all electric efficiency, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and four bedroom apartment-style living. Housing for families is also available. All apartments have high speed internet connections.
  • On Campus food service available Monday through Friday.


  • Every UTPB classroom is equipped with multimedia capabilities.
  • Wi-Fi is available in all classrooms, the Library, Student Activity Center, Student Union, and other public access areas.
  • Four general purpose multimedia computer labs are available to students.
  • Interactive video with national and international connectivity making available courses, seminars and presentations to students.
  • Campus-wide computer network connects every classroom and office to both local and wide area networks.


  • Center for Energy and Economic Diversification
  • High-Temperature Teaching and Test Reactor (HT3R)
  • John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute
  • Small Business Development Center


  • The Bush Family Home, Ellen Noël Art Museum, and Presidential Archives and Leadership Library are located on the south campus.
  • UT Permian Basin Park is a park with baseball batting cages, soccer fields, softball fields, and playground equipment operated by the City of Odessa. It is located on the northeast corner of the campus.
  • Wagner-Noël Performing Arts Center is located in Midland County.
  • UTPB STEM Academy (K-6) opened in fall 2014.