The University of Texas - Pan American is a university in Edinburg, Texas. Previously, the university was named Pan American University
, changing its name in 1989
after merging with the University of Texas
The university traces its roots to the 1920s, when it was established as a teacher's college. Interstingly, UT-Pan American has one of the highest minority enrollments in the nation. Yearly, upwards of 70% of the students are Mexican-Americans. This should come as no surprise when one considers that Edinburg, Texas is located in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, which has a Mexican-American population of approximately 80%.