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The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Overview

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is a public institution situated in Edinburg, Texas. Edinburg is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

What Is The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Known For?

4,519 Undergraduate Awards
$21,940 Avg Cost After Aid
80% Acceptance Rate
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at UT Rio Grande Valley.
  • In 2017-2018, 84% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from UT Rio Grande Valley makes roughly $41,900 a year. This is 3% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.

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The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

UT Rio Grande Valley has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#116 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#181 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at UT Rio Grande Valley.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Value Marine Science Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Multilingual Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Value Child Development & Psychology Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Value Mathematics Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#13 Best Value Mathematics & Statistics Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#18 Best Value Music Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#23 Best Music Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#26 Best Value Visual & Performing Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#35 Best Value English Language & Literature Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#49 Best Value Biological & Biomedical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards UT Rio Grande Valley has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#2 Highest Paid Music Graduates College Factual
#4 Best Music Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#7 Best Music Colleges for Non-Traditional Students College Factual
#8 Best Value Colleges for Music College Factual
#65 Best Value Colleges for Visual & Performing Arts College Factual

Where Is The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley?

Location of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Contact details for UT Rio Grande Valley are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539-2999
Phone: 956-665-2011
Website: www.utrgv.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/utpanamerican
Twitter: https://twitter.com/utpa

How Do I Get Into UT Rio Grande Valley?

You can apply to UT Rio Grande Valley online at: https://www.applytexas.org

Admission Requirements for UT Rio Grande Valley

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations considered but not required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into UT Rio Grande Valley?

80% Acceptance Rate
57% Of Accepted Are Women
46% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 80%, UT Rio Grande Valley may not be as selective as some schools, but you should not take admittance for granted. Be sure to submit the best application you can.

Approximately 43% of accepted students are men and 57% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 80%, and the acceptance rate for women is 81%.

Average Test Scores

About 46% of students accepted to UT Rio Grande Valley submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 480 and 570. Math scores were between 470 and 550.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley  ( 480 to 570 )
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800

SAT Math Scores for The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley  ( 470 to 550 )
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800
UT Rio Grande Valley received ACT scores from 75% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 16 and 21. Math scores were between 17 and 22. Composite scores were between 17 and 22.

ACT English Scores for The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley  ( 16 to 21 )
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ACT Math Scores for The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley  ( 17 to 22 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley  ( 17 to 22 )
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36

Can I Afford The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley?

$21,940 Net Price
22% Take Out Loans
8.4% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of UT Rio Grande Valley is $21,940. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At UT Rio Grande Valley, approximately 22% of students took out student loans averaging $3,790 a year. That adds up to $15,160 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UT Rio Grande Valley is 8.4%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Undergraduate Student Diversity

19,922 Full-Time Undergraduates
58% Women
94% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 24,965 undergraduate students at UT Rio Grande Valley, with 19,922 being full-time and 5,043 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  UT Rio Grande Valley

There are also 4,148 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 19,922 full-time undergraduates at UT Rio Grande Valley, 42% are male and 58% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  UT Rio Grande Valley

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of UT Rio Grande Valley Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 250
Black or African American 91
Hispanic or Latino 18,340
White 447
International Students 475
Other Races/Ethnicities 319

Geographic Diversity

Texas students aren't the only ones who study at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. At this time, 14 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 67 countries are represented at UT Rio Grande Valley. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Mexico, India, and China.

Online Learning at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

2,434 Took All Classes Online
14,369 Took At Least One Class Online
34.7% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 1 bachelor’s degree and 17 master’s degree programs available online at UT Rio Grande Valley. In 2017-2018, 14,369 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at UT Rio Grande Valley has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 27th most popular in Texas for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of UT Rio Grande Valley

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley was 34.7%. This is the #625 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at UT Rio Grande Valley regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of UT Rio Grande Valley majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Accounting 14%
Allied Health Professions 18%
Business Administration & Management 12%
Business, Management & Marketing 7%
Curriculum & Instruction 34%
Education 13%
Educational Administration 7%
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 9%
Health & Physical Education 15%
Health Professions 5%
Health Sciences & Services 9%
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 39%
Mathematics 9%
Mathematics & Statistics 9%
Nursing 15%
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies 15%
Public Administration & Social Service 3%
Social Work 11%
Special Education 15%
Teacher Education Subject Specific 90%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at UT Rio Grande Valley ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at UT Rio Grande Valley.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Linguistics & Comparative Literature #2
Mathematics #5
Multilingual Education #6
Mathematics & Statistics #7
Foreign Languages & Linguistics #7
Health Sciences & Services #9
Public Administration #12
Social Work #16
Instructional Media Design #18
Curriculum & Instruction #19
Allied Health Professions #20
Health & Physical Education #20
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies #21
Special Education #32
Public Administration & Social Service #39
Educational Administration #44
Nursing #105
Education #128
Business Administration & Management #169
Health Professions #181
Business, Management & Marketing #211

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
General Biology 577 0 28 0 605
Criminal Justice & Corrections 463 0 14 0 477
General Psychology 358 0 0 0 358
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 334 0 17 0 351
Business Administration & Management 213 0 101 0 314
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 225 0 58 8 291
Nursing 138 76 37 0 251
Health & Physical Education 224 0 17 0 241
Social Work 158 0 67 0 225
Accounting 182 0 38 0 220
Mechanical Engineering 143 0 20 0 163
General English Literature 132 0 14 0 146
Communication & Media Studies 131 0 9 0 140
Health Sciences & Services 27 0 100 0 127
Special Education 0 0 120 0 120
Fine & Studio Arts 86 2 10 0 98
Allied Health Professions 0 0 92 0 92
Computer Science 76 0 13 0 89
Educational Administration 0 0 84 3 87
Finance & Financial Management 82 0 0 0 82
Mathematics 64 0 15 0 79
History 69 0 6 0 75
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 58 12 70
Marketing 66 0 0 0 66
Communication Sciences 39 0 24 0 63
Chemistry 54 0 9 0 63
Romance Languages 46 0 16 0 62
Civil Engineering 59 0 2 0 61
Electrical Engineering 53 0 7 0 60
Music 51 0 6 0 57
Public Administration 0 0 56 0 56
Sociology 44 0 5 0 49
Drama & Theater Arts 43 0 0 0 43
Political Science & Government 41 0 0 0 41
Student Counseling 0 0 39 0 39
Computer Engineering 35 0 0 0 35
International Business 32 0 0 0 32
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 16 0 12 0 28
Manufacturing Engineering 18 0 8 0 26
Economics 23 0 0 0 23
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 22 0 22
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 21 0 21
Physics 18 0 3 0 21
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 20 0 0 0 20
Natural Resources Conservation 19 0 0 0 19
Management Information Systems 18 0 0 0 18
Anthropology 17 0 0 0 17
General Social Sciences 17 0 0 0 17
Ethnic Studies 16 0 0 0 16
Human Development & Family Studies 16 0 0 0 16
Information Science 5 0 10 0 15
Philosophy 15 0 0 0 15
Instructional Media Design 0 0 14 0 14
General Business/Commerce 0 2 0 8 10
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 10 0 10
Dance 10 0 0 0 10
General Engineering Technology 9 0 0 0 9
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 8 0 0 0 8
Liberal Arts General Studies 8 0 0 0 8
Homeland Security 0 0 8 0 8
Child Development & Psychology 0 5 3 0 8
Writing Studies 0 0 7 0 7
Marine Science 0 0 7 0 7
Entrepreneurial Studies 6 0 0 0 6
Multilingual Education 0 0 6 0 6
Sustainability Science 0 0 6 0 6
Engineering Physics 5 0 0 0 5
Computer Information Systems 4 0 0 0 4
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 4 0 0 0 4
Teaching English or French 0 0 3 0 3
Engineering-Related Fields 0 0 3 0 3
Computational Science 2 0 0 0 2
Hospitality Management 0 0 0 0 0
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 0 0 0 0 0
Medicine 0 0 0 0 0
General Physical Sciences 0 0 0 0 0
Public Policy 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 4,519 85 1,225 31 5,860

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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