The University of Texas of the Permian Basin, an academic institution of The University of Texas System, is a growing and vibrant four-year university offering bachelors and masters degrees. Its faculty is engaged in a wide range of research attracting millions of dollars in grants for programs in teacher certification, energy research, and groundbreaking work in many disciplines.
U.T. Permian Basin has a diverse student population who consistently earn awards in kinesiology, business, and visual arts. UTPB has a 98% pass rate for teacher certification and ranks third in the state for placement in employment and graduate school. Student enrollment has grown, often in the double digits. Student housing expanded in Fall 2004 and Fall 2005 with the addition of twelve apartment-style buildings bringing the number of student residents to almost 500.
Dependent on the oil industry for many years, the local chambers of commerce are attracting diverse businesses to the area. In the past five years, a flourishing retail boom brought in many restaurants, and shopping centers to Midland and Odessa. Museums, theatres, a symphony, golf courses, a Texas League AA professional stadium, football stadiums, ice hockey, a polo club, international airport, and other metropolitan attractions are all within minutes of the University. The semi-arid grassland climate averages 300 days of sunshine a year, boasts wide-open spaces and spectacular sunsets. Even better than the sunny climate is that positive “can-do” attitudes abound.