STUDENTS

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UTRGV is planning Fall 2021 around your safety, success, and experience. After all, this is the semester we’ve been waiting for. Because a year-plus of lockdowns, physical distancing, and virtual everything has made Fall 2021 one of the most anticipated semester in our institution’s history.

Please click on each tab to learn more about what students can expect on campus this semester.

Safety First. Always.

As a student, you play a critical role at this university. And while your success drives us all forward, you are also essential to the health and safety of our entire UTRGV Family. To us, being on campus means everything. But getting here — and staying safe — means we all need to do our part .

Knowing that much can happen in the coming weeks and months, the University will not hesitate to adjust our operations should guidance from local, state, and federal health officials warrant such changes.

Below you’ll find the most important things you can do to protect yourself and our campus community from COVID-19.

Campus Protocols

There are currently no local, state, or national COVID-19 health mandates that enable UTRGV to require the wearing of face coverings or vaccinations within our campus community. And while UTRGV is not currently enforcing social distancing, the University continues to strongly encourage the use of face coverings, especially in settings when distancing is not possible. Because of these limitations, we all must consider the consequences of our actions and how each choice affects ourselves, our families, friends, and colleagues.

For more on what UTRGV is currently enforcing and/or recommending to promote your safety, visit the Protocols page.

Classroom Safety

We realize your concerns regarding the safety of classrooms as we return to full-capacity seating. That’s why we strongly encourage everyone who is in a classroom or indoor public space to wear a face covering at all times. We also encourage everyone who uses shared materials and equipment to further mitigate their risk of potential exposure by using the hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes that are provided in each academic space.

Health Services

Your health and well-being are our top priority. UTRGV's Student Health Clinics offer  top-notch healthcare when you need it, including COVID-19 vaccines and tests — because you deserve to experience college on your "A" game!

For more information about Student Health Clinics, including how to schedule an appointment, visit UTRGV’s Health Services page.

Mental Health & Well-Being

Between classes, work, and staying safe, "self-care" might seem like a fantasy. But getting your mind right is just as critical for your overall wellness as exercising and healthy eating. Whether you’re feeling anxious about school or wondering if the pandemic will ever end, being in tune with yourself can make each day a little better.

Visit our Mental Health & Well-Being page for more information on resources that can help guide you toward a greater sense of self.

Additional Health & Safety Resources

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Your Success is Our Success

We take great pride in knowing that you entrust us with your educational journey, and we want you to know — you’re in the right place.

Below is some information that may help you find your path to success this semester.

Financial Support

Fall Liftoff

Students eligible for the Fall Liftoff will receive up to $1,000 toward tuition and mandatory fees, after current Federal and State aid (like Pell Grant and Texas Grant), scholarships, and other gift aid are applied.

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Cash Grants

All enrolled undergraduate and graduate students are eligible for Fall 2021 HEERF Cash Grants.

  • Eligible students with exceptional need will be awarded $850 Cash Grant beginning August 27.
  • Other eligible students will be awarded $750 Cash Grant beginning August 27, depending on funds availability.
  • Students who have not enrolled with UTRGV since March 13, 2020 must establish enrollment after Fall census date and will be awarded funds beginning September 10, depending on funds availability.

For more on these cash grants and how to apply, visit UTRGV’s HEERF page.

Academic Support

UCentral

  • Got questions? We have answers! UCentral is UTRGV’s one-stop service center for student support. Here you can find helpful information about Admissions, Financial Aid, the Registrar, and the Bursar’s Office.
    • For questions regarding your admissions or financial aid status, contact by calling (956) 882-4026 or by emailing ucentral@utrgv.edu.

Academic Advising Center

  • From orientation to graduation, the Academic Advising Center is your guide to success. This Fall, the Academic Advising Center will resume in-person appointments. However, students who prefer remote advising sessions can continue to schedule phone and Zoom appointments.

Research

As a Doctoral University with “High Research Activity” (R2), UTRGV prepares students to develop an interest in seeking real-world solutions through research.

Course Modalities

While many of you have been safely learning in person throughout the pandemic, our plan to offer about 52% of all courses in the Traditional (face-to-face) modality is significant to re-instilling vibrancy — and normalcy — on campus. While more than half of all courses will be conducted completely in person, 48% of classes will be taken either completely Online (Asynchronously/Synchronously), through the Hybrid/Reduced Seating modality, or through Interactive Video.

This conservative approach to course offerings gives students enough flexibility to choose courses that best fit their learning needs.

NOTE: If you had previously enrolled in a traditional class, your professor may elect to use a mix of online and face to face. Specifics will be communicated to you by your professor. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Student Success at StudentSuccess@utrgv.edu or the Dean of Students at dos@utrgv.edu.

For a specific breakdown of the most current fall course modalities, along with detailed descriptions of what each offer, please refer to the chart and table below.

52%
Traditional
14%
Hybrid/Reduced
Seating
3%
Interactive
Video
23%
Online
Asynchronous
8%
Online
Synchronous
Fall Modalities
Hybrid/Reduced Seating
775
Interactive Video
159
Online Asynchronous
1308
Online Synchronous
428
Traditional
2931

As of August 18, 2021
Refer to the Class Schedule at my.utrgv.edu for the latest detailed course information.

Accelerated Online Programs

Accelerated Online Courses: These fully online courses in the Graduate College will continue as normal and follow their own academic calendar, which can be found here.

Online Asynchronous Classes

These courses will be delivered fully online. There will be no designated class meeting time for real-time instructor/student interaction, which gives you the flexibility to engage with the course materials as best fits your daily schedule. Your learning will be guided by the digital presentation of the course content (e.g., recorded lectures, presentations, outlines, notes) and scheduled assignments. Your instructors will provide you with feedback on assigned work, communicate with you electronically, and be available to meet as defined on the course syllabus.

Online Synchronous Classes

These courses will be delivered fully online. There will be a designated class meeting time for real-time instructor/student interaction, which will be conducted remotely via online platforms from the safety of your home. This real-time interaction may be supplemented by the digital presentation of course content. Your instructors will provide you with feedback on assigned work, communicate with you electronically, and be available to meet as defined on the course syllabus.

Hybrid Classes (Online + On-Campus)

These courses will combine online delivery and on-campus instruction. This mode of delivery is particularly well suited for the type of learning that requires in-person instructional methods or the use of specialized equipment (e.g., practicums or hands-on science laboratory work).

Because part of the course will be delivered online, you will spend much less time on-campus than in a traditional face-to-face course. Your instructor will provide the details in the course syllabus.

During the limited time that you will spend on campus, all present course participants will be following all UTRGV current health and safety guidance, which includes the encouragement to use of face coverings, and other measures as appropriate during all on-campus activities. Exact procedures for these classes will vary depending on the course, on-campus space, instructor, and across disciplines, and will be shared on or before the first day of class.

Traditional Face-to-Face Classes

This is the course format that most students are already familiar with. Students enrolled in traditional face-to-face courses will attend class in person, on-campus, and on set schedules — the traditional way.

Safety measures will be maintained, and the use of face coverings is encouraged, as well as following all other current measures as appropriate.

Interactive Video Classes

These classes are administered via live video feed and combine aspects of Online Synchronous and Traditional Face-to-Face modalities. Students in Interactive Video Classes attend in-person and follow a set schedule with real-time instruction from faculty. Instructors can interact simultaneously with students in specially equipped classrooms across UTRGV campus facilities throughout the Rio Grande Valley.

Study Spaces on Campus

UTRGV has locations on campus that can accommodate students who need a place to log on and attend an online class.

Visit our Study Spaces on Campus page for a full list of available locations.

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Experience the Best of UTRGV

What makes the UTRGV experience so special? While the answer is different for everyone, one thing is certain: you’ll find it on campus.

Because campus is more than a place to learn — it’s the focal point of your academic adventure. It’s where you’ll make lifelong friends, attend exciting events, and take charge of your future.

Below is more on what our campuses have to offer this semester.

Campus Services & Facilities

Whether you’re studying for a test, meeting friends for lunch, or working out, you’ve got a place at UTRGV.

Learn more about the variety of Campus Services available to help you get the most out of your time here, including information on locations, hours of operation, and whether or not you can access them remotely.

Live on Campus

It’s called campus life for a reason. Choose from traditional coed residences, gender-specific halls, or apartment-style living — all available through Housing and Residence Life.

Student Activities

Getting involved on campus is part of the full college experience. Join one (or a few) of the more than 250 student organizations on campus, like the Campus Activities Board, Civic Engagement, and Spirit Program to name a few.

Campus Events

Are you a planner or spontaneous? Either way, there's always something to do campus. We highly recommend participating in ALL of our Signature Events, as well as our Distinguished Speaker Series. For the latest on campus events, check out V Link.

UTRGV Athletics

Want to experience the VAQUEROS SPIRIT? Feel the energy LIVE and in-person when you cheer on the Vaqueros at any of our 16 NCAA Division I athletics programs, including basketball, baseball, soccer, volleyball + MORE!

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