Discover UTRGV goes on the road to visit Laredo on March 12

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – MARCH 11, 2016 – To help connect with potential students and parents interested in joining The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley family, the university will make a stop in Laredo during its Discover UTRGV Tour on Saturday, March 12. 

The Discover UTRGV event will be held at the Ramada Plaza Laredo, 800 Garden St., from 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Griselda C. Castilla, UTRGV director of Recruitment and Scholarships, said the event is ideal for any student who wants to learn what it takes to become part of the university. In addition, Discover UTRGV will help potential students with the essential building blocks they need for a successful future at the university. 

“They will experience a day filled with activities, information sessions, food, door prizes, entertainment, and a chance to meet with their future friends, student organizations and professors,” Castilla said.

Students who already have been admitted to UTRGV can attend and be the first to sign up for student orientation before anyone else. They also will have an opportunity to meet with faculty and staff who can answer their questions about a variety of academic fields and majors.

Other Discover UTRGV events and activities include:

  • A Presidential Welcome.
  • University Fair, with student organizations and departments.
  • Mock classroom presentations led by UTRGV professors.
  • Scholarship giveaways.

Because this is the first Discover UTRGV Tour for the university, the selected cities are key for recruitment efforts. The tour’s first two events were on the UTRGV home campuses in Edinburg and Brownsville. After the Laredo event, Discover UTRGV also will visit:

CORPUS CHRISTI: 1:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 30
Congressman Solomon P. Ortiz International Center
402 Harbor Drive

SAN ANTONIO – 1:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 9
Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, San Antonio Airport
37 NE Loop 410 (at McCullough)

“We currently attract students from these cities, and we want to strengthen our recruitment efforts there,” Castilla said. “This will serve as a benchmark, and we will start assessing other areas to host these events.”

Mayra Martinez, UTRGV associate director of outreach, said Discover UTRGV is a great event for parents, as it helps them understand college life at UTRGV and gives them a chance to ask important questions about admissions, financial aid and academics.

“Discover UTRGV allows parents to engage in what their son or daughter will be involved in here. Their life is about to change. Life is not only going to change for the student, but for the parent, too,” Martinez said.

Since September 2015, UTRGV has received 11,092 applications for fall 2016. To reserve your spot or to learn more, visit  

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