1845 The discovery of oil in West Texas and the authorization to UT Austin to control the oil and mineral rights are what created the Permanent University Fund (PUF). This money is still used to this day for improving the infrastructure, buildings and technology of the schools in the UT System.
Since its inception in 1927, Bronc Country has experienced a lot of change – all good for the students and the community. The University of Texas-Pan American has had six name changes and has transformed the lives of more than 76,000 alumni. Current student enrollment has surpassed 20,000, and it is predicted that the new university will open with 28,000 students, a number that will probably skyrocket in just a few semesters as more and more Rio Grande Valley students make higher education a priority in their lives. Over its eight decades, UT Pan American has been the shining light for many first-generation students who probably would not have had an opportunity of a college education if it weren't for the campus situated in their own backyard. In Fall 2015, that campus will become home to a new university with a wider reach, a medical school and access to the Permanent University Fund (PUF), which has never before been available to the region.
Thanks to the prehistoric creatures that once roamed West Texas and our current forward-thinking state legislators who shared a vision with UT Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa and the UT Board of Regents, the new uni6,217 versity will get a big taste of "Texas Tea" from the Permanent University Fund ensuring growth and prosperity for its programs, facilities, enrollment – and the entire Rio Grande Valley. 1,537
1927 Edinburg by College Gail Fagan opens its doors as a two-year community college with a tuition of $20 for nonresident students.
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1933 Edinburg College becomes Edinburg Junior College.
1948 The college once again changes its identity...this time to Edinburg Regional College.
1952 A new era in higher education for the Valley – a four-year institution named Pan American College.
1971 Pan American University was born.
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