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University of Texas Permian Basin

The only university named after a geological formation, The University of Texas of the Permian Basin is unlike any in the world. Surrounded by one of the largest oilfields in the country, UTPB is home to over 7,000 students and 250 teaching faculty. Located in Odessa, Texas, the University sits at the epicenter of a region whose economic growth and technological advancements have global significance.

Distance Learning Courses

Medicine & Health (2)
Humanities (1)



In 1969, the Texas Legislature authorized an upper-level university accepting only junior, senior and master's degree graduate students as part of an experiment in upper-level education in Odessa, Texas. Construction plans began soon after; however, a series of delays - including a lawsuit challenging the validity of the University's property deeds - halted all work. 


All Federal Government agency sponsored proposals and State and Local Government sponsored proposals should be routed through the OSPR as should be proposals made to national organizations. All other classifications would normally go through Development, but there is some overlap and the two offices do cooperate and work together.


The UTPB Career Center’s mission is to assist students in developing, evaluating and implementing career, education, and employment decisions and plans. Career development is integral to the success of UTPB graduates and the mission of our university. All UTPB students will be able to acquire the necessary skills to enable them to successfully take personal responsibility for the management of their careers.


Housing services

Not only will you be provided with affordable, comfortable, safe and convenient accommodations -- we provide an environment which supports your educational goals, personal growth, social awareness and leadership opportunities. Don't forget, we have social and recreational activities for your enjoyment and relaxation. Get involved!

Library services

The University of Texas of the Permian Basin makes library workstations available to students, faculty, and staff, and sometimes the general public in order to provide access to electronic library collections and other information resources for the purpose of supporting learning and research. 

The library has wireless internet access in all areas available to students, faculty, and staff.

ICT services

The University of Texas of the Permian Basin (UTPB) promotes and supports the use of the Internet and Internet applications to inform the global community about the services and operation of UTPB and to provide support to university personnel in the administration of programs. 

Medical services

The Medical Service Plan is the result of an agreement between UTPB and Medical Center Health System in Odessa. Emergency room treatment and ambulance fees are not covered by the Medical Service Plan. This program is funded through the Medical Service Fee paid at registration. The medical service plan does not cover online only students or dual credit.

Student Life

Student clubs

Student organizations create opportunities for students to get to know their classmates and faculty outside of the classroom. UTPB has about 50 student organizations, and the numbers continue to grow! 

  • Accounting Association
  • American Association of Petroleum Geologists Student Chapter
  • American Nuclear Society
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Association of Computing Machinery


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 bachelor's and master's degrees.

Odessa, Texas, United States

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