About The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Founded in 1927, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. is a Public college. Located in Texas, which is a city setting in Texas, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 24,023 full time undergraduate students, and 3,537 full time graduate students.

The The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 19:1. There are 1079 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate63%
Application Deadline
Application Fee0
SAT Range850-1050
ACT Range18-22

Admissions at UTPA are considered Selective, with ,47% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 39 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

84% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 54% were in the top quarter, and 23% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

1%
“We”re apathetic”
31%
“We know about current events and vote”
62%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
6%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
9%
“We save it for the classroom”
30%
“Sometimes, but not often”
48%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
13%
“All the time, including weekends”
1%
“I”m always terrified”
5%
“I only go out in groups”
46%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
48%
“I feel extremely safe”
8%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
31%
“We bought the gear”
60%
“We live for the big game”
13%
“It”s not really our thing”
20%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
57%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
10%
“We”re a very artistic group”
6%
“Haven”t met them”
6%
“Available in class”
50%
“They keep regular office hours”
38%
“They”re always available”
22%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
37%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
37%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
5%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
16%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
59%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
18%
“We only party on weekends”
7%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
33%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
54%
“There might be people who do”
11%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
1%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
1%
“We”re apathetic”
31%
“We know about current events and vote”
62%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
6%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
9%
“We save it for the classroom”
30%
“Sometimes, but not often”
48%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
13%
“All the time, including weekends”
1%
“I”m always terrified”
5%
“I only go out in groups”
46%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
48%
“I feel extremely safe”
8%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
31%
“We bought the gear”
60%
“We live for the big game”
13%
“It”s not really our thing”
20%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
57%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
10%
“We”re a very artistic group”
6%
“Haven”t met them”
6%
“Available in class”
50%
“They keep regular office hours”
38%
“They”re always available”
22%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
37%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
37%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
5%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
16%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
59%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
18%
“We only party on weekends”
7%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
33%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
54%
“There might be people who do”
11%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
1%
“There”s a huge drug scene”

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    122 Students rated on-campus housing 3.6 stars. 21 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    76 Students rated off-campus housing 3.9 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    144 Students rated campus food 3.8 stars. 28 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    149 Students rated campus facilities 4.2 stars. 43 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    149 Students rated class size 4.2 stars. 42 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    149 Students rated school activities 3.8 stars. 32 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    150 Students rated local services 4 stars. 47 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    148 Students rated academics 4.1 stars. 42 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley?

101 Students rated The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Selene - 08/23/2022

My opinion is that UTRGV is a great university because we could meet friends around and we can handout in organizations or in classes. However, I have my best friend, we try to get the same days to see each others to go to eat and talk about how is life tries us. But yes UTRGV is a best university and we could take each others to our cars to not walk alone in the halls.

Jessica - 12/13/2021

It is an amazing school and I am glad that UT branched out to RGV. Initially, I never thought that I would see a day where we would have a well known school down here, since most of the other ones are just vocational or location educational locations.

Victoria - 03/10/2021

My opinion of UTRGV is a great school to go to. It has all types of center where you can learn and study. Teachers at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has office hours to help students with their homework or have any questions they want to ask.

Samantha - 01/27/2021

This college I have been willing to try to enroll in. Not only because it will make my parents proud, but it will help me a lot. The career I am willing to pursuit is Criminal justice. Criminal justice is a field where they work with the FBI and investigate cases to find criminals. Many other classes must be taken for the study of an FBI agent, such as statistics, mathematics, calculus, etc

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is 63%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    Friends at this stage will only hurt you and not help you. There will be many distractions along the way including boyfriends, illnesses, and times when you want to give up; stay focus. What seems important now will not matter in the future, except your education what you make of it. Remember you have it in you to make a great impact in your own life and the life of others.

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  3. Describe the students at your school.

    In the years that I've been attending this university all my classmates have been very nice and helpful some have even become close friends.

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  4. What's unique about your campus?

    The best thing about my school is its emphasis on phylanthropy. The engaging clubs at my school are always working on the next big project to raise money for charities. Their enthusiasm is breath-taking, inspiring, and contagious. They hold brisket plate sales, book sales, food donations, and clothing donations. They also make weekly trips to certain parts of the valley where the neighborhoods are mistreated and help clean them and donate their fundraising to people who need it. Their patriotism for this school is evident and makes me proud to be called a bronc.

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  5. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    No other school would be relatable to the lifestyle that I have been accustomed to. It is like the home away from home that a lot of my peers enjoy going to. Its almost like thebrighter side of our seemingly meek day. When weare there , no matter how difficultour school day has been, there is a certain sense of hope that cannot be found anywhere else other than our campus. The light at the end of the tunnel seems tobe a lot brighter th emore time wea ttend.

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  6. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    People who are not serious about receiving an education shouldn't attend the University of Texas Pan American because they will be wasting their time and money and the professors time. Other than that, anyone is welcome! People with disabilities, with ambition, with artistic abilities, and with the desire to learn.

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  7. What kind of person should attend this school?

    The kind of person who wants to continue their education post bachelor's degree. The majority of the students I come in contact with, including myself want to go to graduate school and are highly involved in mentoring youger students.

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  8. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    I wish I had known a little bit more about the history. This university has such a background to it that I only got to know it by coming to it. It keeps on expanding and growing beyond the limits a university should have. It's become a major staple in the city of Edinburg but I didn't know its history. Never was it mentioned in any orientation either.

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  9. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    Being composed of mostly hispanics and being a commuter university.

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  10. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    I always tell my friends that you don't have to go to a big expensive school to get a quality education. Family support is very important and it is something you can count on when you attend a commuter university.

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  11. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    Finding parking

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  12. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    Lack of more student participation.

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  13. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    Panam is not a very large university, but its agood place to be at. Its also close to home, it takes me about 15-30 minutes depending on traffic.

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  14. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    Some of the mos common stereotypes are geeks or latino students, mostly mexican.

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  15. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    The best thing about the school is the Honor's program. The class sizes are down to twenty students. I would change the parking situation. My school is just right. It is big enough to have students all around but small enough to have everything within walking distance. People always ask me how I like the school. I have never received a negative reaction. Most of my time on campus is spent in the library studying. The school's administration is involved and friendly. The biggest recent controversy at school was over budget cuts. "Bucky Pride is shown throughout the walk ways" There are many student organizations that show school pride. I will always remember the "Hestec" festival they have every year. All the student organizations come together with the community to have a great time on the campus. The most frequent student complaint is about the parking situation.

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  16. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    the most popular activity groups are the community service groups, inside the fraternities.

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  17. What are the academics like at your school?

    The professors are very friendly. They are willing to work with you and help you out when you need it. There are writing centers available and a student learning center that offers tutoring. You can always find students in the library studying. The classes are usually full with eager students wanting to learn. Some professors put their lectures online that help if you miss a class. The most unique class I took was asian philosophy. We learned how to meditate. I am majoring in Psychology and so far all the professors have been helpful. I am writing a thesis right now and I have three professors on my board. Two of them I have never taken for class but they were still willing to help me. The education is geared toward you learning something not just memorizing facts.

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  18. Why did you decide to go to this school?

    Because it is a great college with many opportunities for a college students to succeed.

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  19. Describe a typical weekend.

    A typical weekend includes studying and hanging out with friends

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  20. Describe the dorms.

    The dorms are small. They are watched heavily 24/7

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  21. Tell us about the sports scene on campus.

    The sports scene is not that big, however the sports that we do have generate a lot of hype around campus.

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Student Body

Students

56%

female

44%

male

24,023

Total Undergrad Enrollment

3,537

Total Grad Students

N/A

Out-Of-State

97%

In-State

3%

International

Organizations

139

Student Organizations

9

Fraternities

7

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

5%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
N/A
% Asian/Pacific Islander
1%
% Black or African-American
N/A
% Hispanic/Latino
91%
% White or Caucasian
3%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

91% of students attending The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley receive some sort of financial aid. 71% were awarded federal grants. While 21% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$17,230

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$1,210

Books and Supplies

$7,950

Room and Board

26,390

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$2,673
$30 - $48K
$3,514
$48 - $75K
$6,196
$75 - $110K
$11,312
$110K & UP
$13,161

We use student reviews and the most current publicly available data on our school pages. As such, we don't typically remove or edit college information. Sources for school statistics and data include the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Portions of college data include copyrighted material, which is reproduced on this website by permission of Wintergreen Orchard House, a division of Carnegie Communications. © 2009-2016 by Wintergreen Orchard House. All rights reserved.

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