UTEP’s original colors were burnt orange & white, the colors of the UT Austin & UT San Antonio.
In 1980, UTEP’s President, Haskell Monroe, found that the UTEP community wanted their own unique identity which included the school’s colors and song.
When it was decided to change the colors to orange & blue, it was discovered that UT San Antonio also changed their colors to orange & blue just days before.
The problem was solved when the hues of orange & blue were altered so that the orange looked more “brownish” than “burnt”…and the blue, described as “El Paso Bright Blue Sky,” was tinged a little darker.
UTEP’s orange & blue received a mild makeover in 1999 to the colors we are familiar with today – navy blue, a brighter orange, and silver accents.
To learn more, visit UTEP’s encyclopedia at http://encyclopedia.utep.edu/index.php/Colors
Jessica Molinar Muñoz is the director of communications for UTEP's Centennial Office.