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UTEP ranked inside top 10 once again

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Adrian Broaddus
President Diana Natalicio speaks at Centannial Plaza on UTEPs continued ranking in the top 10 universities by Washington Monthly Magazine.

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UTEP has been ranked as number 10 in the Top 10 list of universities across the country for the third year in a row by Washington Monthly Magazine. The magazine also placed UTEP as number one in social mobility for the fourth year running.

UTEP President Diana Natalicio announced the ranking to students and staff at a conference Tuesday morning.

“[This recognition] shows that we have enabled students to achieve their full potential,” Natalicio said.

According to Natalicio, Washington Monthly looks at the number of low-income students that graduate from a university, along with other factors, to determine the social mobility rank. One of the metrics used is the percentage of students attending under Pell Grants, which accounts for 61 percent of UTEP students.

Natalicio also criticized Washington Monthly for basing their graduation rate metric on students who start and finish their degrees at the same university.

“If you look at the total number of graduates, instead of only who starts and finished here, we are quite successful at helping students achieve their full potential,” Natalicio said.

The ranking was generally received well by several students.

“I’m pretty proud of going here,” said Justin Bilbe, junior electrical engineering. “In the research aspect, there are a lot of organizations you can join that can help you advance your academic career.”

Julio Cesar Chavez may be reached at [email protected].

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Adrian Broaddus, Sports Editor
Adrian Broaddus is the sports editor for The Prospector. He is a junior multimedia journalism major with a minor in political science.   Adrian was born and raised in El Paso, TX, and is a graduate of Franklin high school. He entered college in the fall of 2015 in hopes to better his career in journalism.   Along with sports, Adrian enjoys writing music reviews, perspective columns and news stories on politics.   Although he is pursuing his degree in journalism, Adrian would like to go to law school and be an attorney while doing part-time work in journalism.  
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