UTRGV ranked third most affordable university in the country by BestValueSchools.com

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RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – DEC. 26, 2017 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has been identified as the third most affordable university in the nation, according to a ranking by BestValueSchools.com.

“Our editors noted that this is one of the most affordable universities in the country,” the website says.

The ranking, which considered mid- to large-size institutions and lowest net price, lists UTRGV’s annual average net price at $4,335.

“By combining so many different resources, this affordable, accredited university is able to offer unheard-of learning options that cater directly to its 90 percent Hispanic student population,” the online ranking reports. “Degree choices range from Mexican American Studies and Marine Biology to Spanish Translation and Interpreting. Plus, you can supplement your major with unique minors like Folklore and Latin American Studies.”

According to the BestValueSchools.com website, its mission “is to help students find the best school to fit their needs.” 

Other UT System schools included in the ranking are: 

  • UT El Paso, fifth, with an annual average net price of $5,433.
  • UT Dallas, 49th, with an annual average net price of $8,978.
  • UT Permian Basin, 50th, with an annual average net price of $8,984.


One of the initiatives UTRGV offers to help students control the cost of a higher education is a 12-credit tuition cost cap for students who pay in-state tuition.

With the tuition cap, students can take 15 or more semester credit hours – which is five classes or more – for the price of 12 credit hours, which equates to four classes.

University statistics show that students who started at UTRGV in fall 2015 could save more than $7,000 and graduate a full year earlier by taking 15 semester credit hours instead of 12.


BestValueSchools.com created a list of all the public and private (nonprofit), four-year colleges and universities in the United States with primarily bachelor’s degrees or above. No community colleges were included in the selection criteria; rather, “universities” was defined specifically as mid- to large-size institutions. The search was limited to schools with an undergraduate enrollment greater than 4,000 students. And to focus on traditional academic programs, the ranking excluded online and vocational colleges.


Because BestValueSchools.com found nearly 600 schools that fit the ranking criteria they established, they collected information on each university’s net price: “This is a figure that the National Center for Education Statistics calculates annually for all postsecondary institutions in the United States. To do so, they subtract ‘the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance.’”

“Only the 100 universities with the lowest net prices made our final cut,” the website states.

THE COMPLETE LIST can be found here: https://www.bestvalueschools.com/most-affordable-universities-america/


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions.

UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016. 


UTRGV Director of News and Internal Communications / 956-665-2742