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FirstClass celebrates new beginnings, opportunities at The Roundup

#FirstClass celebrates new beginnings, opportunities at The Roundup


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley welcomed almost 4,000 of its #FirstClass students over two days during The Roundup, daylong orientation events geared toward acclimating new students to the university.

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UTRGV offering intra-campus and campus-to-campus transportation options


The wheels on the Vaquero Express buses will go ’round and ’round all across the Rio Grande Valley starting Monday, Aug. 31, when The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley opens its doors to its #FirstClass of students.

Proud mom Letty Vera tears up as she talks with her daughter, Monica, who was moving into the UTRGV dormitory on Friday, Aug. 28. (UTRGV Photo by David Pike)

UTRGV freshmen move into new home-sweet-homes on both campuses


Hundreds of anxious freshmen carrying bags of clothing and armloads of bedding spent the morning Aug. 27 and 28 moving into their new homes away from home at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.




Your final step in the orientation process, The Roundup will supply UTRGV’s #FirstClass with college and resource sessions, success tips, and how to make the most out of their university experience. GO VAQUEROS!

Cycling event: TOUR DE VALLEY



August 30, 6:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. More than 200 cyclists will make a 45-mile journey to commemorate the inaugural year of UTRGV. The Ride for Education will start at two different locations in the Valley and end in one, symbolizing the creation of UTRGV.


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Community Connection

Whether you’re an entrepreneur looking for help with your business plan, a family wanting to attend a cultural event, a student seeking an experiential learning opportunity or a researcher looking for a community-based partnership, discover the many ways UTRGV engages with the community.

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Rio Grande City

UTRGV's Starr County Upper-Level Center in Rio Grande City offers courses in bilingual education, criminal justice, history, English, and anthropology.

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Our 186-acre campus in Edinburg features a new Wellness Center, new residence hall, and a covered walkway that spans the perimeter of campus.

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The McAllen Teaching Site offers education and business courses, primarily serving professionals in the city of McAllen.

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Harlingen is home to the Regional Academic Health Center and UTRGV's 15,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Smart Hospital and technology complex.

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South Padre Island

UTRGV's Coastal Studies Lab is located on South Padre Island, serves as our marine biology laboratory, and offers graduate level biology courses.

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Our 320-acre campus in Brownsville provides students with state-of-the-art facilities and technology, as well as beautiful architecture and a scenic oxbow lake.

A University for the Valley