Office of Graduate Studies

Meet our Students

UT Pan American has one of the largest enrollments of Hispanic students among four-year colleges and universities in the United States. About 86 percent of the undergraduate students are Mexican-American, reflecting the demographic characteristics of the immediate region, the Rio Grande Valley.

In May 2008, The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education reported that UTPA is second in the nation in the number of bachelor’s degrees awarded to Hispanics and first in the state of Texas.

Enrollment in fall 2008 was 17,534. According to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s “Closing the Gaps” target, the University will have a fall enrollment of 20,000 students by the year 2015.

UTPA Profiles in Excellence (PIE) is a means to recognize UTPA students who have made outstanding contributions to the our community. Students are nominated on the basis of academics, community service, leadership and attitude. Below are all the graduate recipients with of the Student of the Week award.


Ruben Baldazo Master of Arts in Spanish with concentrations in literature, linguistics and creative writing
Orquidea Morales Master's in interdisciplinary studies and Graduate Certificate in Mexican American Studies
Josey Salazar Master of Arts degree in mass communication


Deanna Schneyer Masters in Business Administration
Alex R. Villarreal Masters in Education Administration
Adan G. Nieto Master's degree in public administration
Imelda E. Rodriguez Master of Science in Computer Science
Sandra Rios Master of Science in Accounting
Rebekah Sepulveda Master of Arts in Communication
Jose “Joe” Luis Caraveo Master of Science in  Sociology


Andrew Perez Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology
Sarah Viranda Master in Public Administration
Bernardo Diaz Master of Accountancy
Emily Ruby Fierros Master of Arts in Theatre
Cesar Omar Gonzalez Master of Arts in Spanish


Saray Ramírez Master's of Arts in Spanish


Ernesto Gonzalez Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling
Marissa Barranco Master of Education in Guidance and Counseling
Sarah Wilcox Graduate Studies in Psychology


Christine Philip Cooperative Doctor of Philosofy in Pharmacy
Kaleena Joann Cruz Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders