Open House to Give Prospective Students Crash Course in All Things UTEP

What: Orange and Blue Day
When: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28
Where: The event will be based out of UTEP’s Union Building East, but prospective students and their families will visit other parts of campus.

UTEP’s Centennial year in 2014 will be a more exciting time than usual to be a student at The University of Texas at El Paso. That’s the message more than 700 of the region’s high school seniors and transfer students will get during their Orange and Blue Day visit on Saturday, Sept. 28.

The students, their families and academic counselors will get an overview of UTEP’s academic programs, student success initiatives, undergraduate research opportunities and student life, and will learn why UTEP is ranked #1 in the nation for improving the social mobility of its graduates. Attendees will have the opportunity to speak with staff, UTEP students and faculty about different majors, becoming involved on campus, financial aid resources and the registration process.

Orange and Blue Day started in 2009 as an open house where prospective students and their families could learn more about the University’s academics, research and campus life, as well as get answers to important questions about admissions requirements, scholarships and financial aid.

The free event, which is repeated in the spring, is based in UTEP’s Union Building East. After they sign in, guests will gather in the Union Cinema (English) or the Tomás Rivera Conference Center (Spanish), where they will be greeted by University President Diana Natalicio and UTEP Provost Junius Gonzales.

The groups will then break up and visit their areas of interest, such as a college or a tour of the campus that will include stops at some of the new state-of-the-art campus buildings and examples of the Campus Transformation projects such as Wiggins Plaza.

More than 250 UTEP students, faculty and staff will be on hand at information tables throughout campus to answer questions and ensure a positive and informative experience, said Amanda Vásquez, senior director of Enrollment Services.  

“It’s important that the students come (to Orange and Blue Day) in the fall because it gets them ahead of their deadlines for registration and scholarships and gives them the time to make the best decisions,” Vásquez said. She added that even a spring visit gives students enough time to assess their options. “It’s important for the students to meet the people who work and go to school here so they can make connections and learn about our world-class programs and visit our beautiful campus.”

Visitors are encouraged to park in the P-1, P-2, P-3 or P-4 perimeter lots along Schuster Avenue. A free shuttle service will take families from the Santa Fe International Bridge (El Paso Street and 6th Avenue) to the corner of University Avenue and Oregon Street starting at 7 a.m. The shuttles will run every 30 minutes. The last return bus will leave UTEP at 2 p.m.

Information: utep.edu/obd or 915-747-5890