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Rank: 193

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Edinburg, TXwww.utrgv.edu
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is a very young college -- it was created in 2013 and welcomed its first class in fall 2015. UTRGV offers more than 100 programs at various levels, including bachelor's degrees in subjects like addiction studies and marine biology, to its over 28,000 students. Faculty at UTRGV are dedicated to student success, creativity, research, and innovation. As a result, students enjoy a wealth of opportunities; one 2019 class conducted a study analyzing the disaster preparedness of disabled Texans (and then presented the results to local emergency management officials ahead of hurricane season). UTRGV is also home to the Smart Hospital, a 15,000-square-foot simulation center complete with an ICU, emergency room, and birthing room. Outside of the classroom, students can show off their school spirit by joining the co-ed cheer, dance, and mascot teams. UTRGV has more than a dozen sports teams and holds its homecoming festivities in February. The school recently unveiled the look of its mascot, the Vaquero, whose outfit was designed and chosen by students.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$20,900
% of students who get any grants
74%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$4,400
Average price for low-income students
$2,380
admissions
Acceptance rate
80%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1040/20
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
24,142
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
97%
% of need met
79%
% of students who get merit* grants
2%
Average merit grant
$3,174
student success
Graduation rate
45%
Average time to a degree
4.7 years
Average student debt
$10,050
Average salary within 3 years
$44,900
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
20%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
July 1

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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