University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Scholarships & More

UTPA Computer Center after a rare snowfall
UTPA Computer Center after a rare snowfall. Anne Toal / Flickr

University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley Description:

Located in Edinburg, a city on the southernmost tip of Texas, the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) sits just ten miles from the border with Mexico. The university is among the top in the country for the number of bachelor's degrees awarded to Hispanic students, and the school has also ranked highly on the Forbes list of best public universities. Undergraduates can choose from 57 degree programs, and popular majors span a wide range of fields in the sciences, social sciences, humanities, and professional areas. On the athletic front, the UTRGV Broncs compete in the NCAA Division I Western Athletic Conference.

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Admissions Data (2016):

  • University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley Acceptance Rate: 64%
  • Test Scores -- 25th / 75th Percentile

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 27,560 (24,023 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 44% Male / 56% Female
  • 74% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $7,438 (in-state); $17,230 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,210 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $7,950
  • Other Expenses: $3,152
  • Total Cost: $19,750 (in-state); $29,542 (out-of-state)

University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 91%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 88%
    • Loans: 21%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $9,827
    • Loans: $3,828

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Biology, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, English, Interdisciplinary Studies, Nursing, Psychology, Spanish

Transfer, Retention and Graduation Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 80%
  • Transfer-out Rate: 9%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 19%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 41%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Track and Field, Basketball, Baseball, Tennis, Cross Country, Golf
  • Women's Sports: Basketball, Golf, Tennis, Cross Country, Track and Field, Volleyball

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley Mission Statement:

"The University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA) serves the higher education needs of a rapidly growing, international, multicultural population in the South Texas Region. The University preserves, transmits and creates knowledge to serve the cultural, civic, and economic advancement of the region and the state. The University provides students advanced instruction in academic programs offered through innovative delivery systems that lead to professional certification, and baccalaureate, master's and doctoral degrees. Through teaching, research, creative activity and public service, UTPA prepares students for lifelong learning and leadership roles in the state, nation and world community."