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University of Texas Permian Basin

A “basin” is a simple geological term for a dip or depression in the earth’s surface—usually caused by erosion aboveground and earthquakes deep underneath. Stretching from eastern New Mexico and covering most of West Texas (Lubbock to the north, the Rio Grande Valley to the south), the Permian Basin is actually a collection of smaller basins. 


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. 


A teacher who trains lifelong learners? A petroleum engineer discovering a new, cleaner way to drill? The CEO of a startup or major company? The choice is yours. And at UT Permian Basin—where opportunity meets excellence—you have plenty of options. You're just a few clicks away from starting your journey. What are you waiting for?


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.

Student services

UTPB Student Services is your resource for everything related to student life. Connect with your fellow Falcons, find on-campus housing, join a campus club, discover transportation options, get healthier, enroll your kids in child care, and learn how your time at UTPB can change your life.

Housing services

You can create the ultimate college living experience at UT Permian Basin. Our on-campus housing options are modern and budget-friendly, while our meal plans make on-campus dining easy and delicious. Live near the action. Eat with your friends. Live the collegiate life.

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.

Sports facilities

Our three-story gymnasium building is a home base for recreational and athletic opportunities in the UT Permian Basin community. The facility also serves as a multi-purpose venue on our campus, hosting events such as registration, lectures, concerts, testing, and conferences.

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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