The city of Odessa is located almost entirely in the county of Ector, Texas, although a small corner of the city runs into the county of Midland. With a population of roughly 100,000, Odessa is one of Texas’s mid-size cities, although it is situated within the Midland-Odessa metro area which is home to over 265,000 residents.
Like other cities in Texas, Odessa is an oil town. In fact, the city’s economy is driven by the production and refinement of oil. Currently, the city is taking steps to ensure that once oil drys up the city’s economy doesn’t. Odessa is also a popular tourist destination and many hotels are being developed throughout the city. Many other companies, including Family Dollar Corporation and Coca Cola, are continuing to invest in the local economy through the development of new retails locations and distribution centers.
Odessa is home to three colleges and universities, which include the University of Texas of the Permian Basin (a four-year institution), Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, and Odessa College (a two-year community college).
University of Texas of the Permian Basin (UTPB) is the only true four-year university located in Odessa. (Midland College, another four-year college, is located just next door in the city of Midland.) UTPB was originally a graduate school, offering only junior and senior level college courses. In the early 1990s the university began freshman and sophmore curriculum and became a comprehensive four-year university. UTPB is made up of three academic schools and colleges, which include the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, and School of Business (an AACSB accredited school). Through its three schools and colleges UTPB offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.
Odessa College is a public, two-year community college that was founded in 1952 to offers advanced career training and higher education programs for residents of Permian Basin and Ector County. With an annual enrollment of just over 5,000, Odessa College is the largest higher education institution in the city of odessa. When including students taking non-degree courses, Odessa College has a total annual enrollment of nearly 11,000. In addition to a comprehensive selection of two-year associate degrees and certificate programs, Odessa also offers adult, continuing and basic education courses.
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center is a division of Texas Tech University. It was founded in 1979 as part of the Medical Center Hospital. Today the center primarily offers graduate degrees in physical therapy and career-oriented nursing programs, with specialities in primary care and rural health nursing. Through its satellite campus at Midland College, Texas Tech offers physician assisting programs. In addition to higher education, Texas Tech University Health Science Center operates several health clinics throughout the region.
Right next door, in neighboring Midland, resides Midland College, a four-year college that offers a large selection of two-year associate degrees, professional certificates and four-year bachelor’s degrees. Midland has over 7,400 students and several hundred staff and faculty. The college is located in the Permian Basin in West Texas. In total, Midland offers degree and certificate programs in over 100 fields of study. It also offers continuing education courses for working professionals.
Below is a comprehensive list of the 4-year and above accredited colleges and universities located in Odessa and Midland Texas.
3600 N Garfield
Midland, TX 79705
main phone: (432) 685-4500
Midland College is a pulic, 4-year colleges that offers accredited associate, bachelor and certificate programs in various disciplines including Biology, Accounting, Business Administration (several specializations), Real Estate, Journalism, Computer and Information Sciences (3 specializations), Networking, Carpentry, Education, Engineering Technology (9 specializations), English, Foreign Languages (4 programs), Health Services (14 programs), History, Homeland Security and Law Enforcement (6 programs), Social Work, Legal Assisting, Liberal Arts, Math, Mechanics, Cosmetology, Physical Sciences, (3 programs), Production Trades, Social Sciences, Visual and Performing Arts (5 programs), and Work and Family Studies.
University of Texas of the Permian Basin
4901 East University
Odessa, TX 79762-0001
main phone: (432) 552-2020
admission phone: (866) 552-8872
admission fax: (432) 552-3605
University of Texas of the Permian Basin reports a total enrollment of 3,400+ students and offers Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees and degree completion programs.