UTRGV again named in national Top 100 list of testing sites for credit by examination

Testing center Edinburg

(UTRGV Photo by David Pike)

By Vicky Brito

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – NOV. 3, 2017 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley for the second time has been named one of the top 100 College Level Examination Program (CLEP) testing centers in the United States for 2016-2017 by College Board.

College Board is a nonprofit organization that, since 1900, has helped expand student access to college opportunities. It now has a membership of 6,000 educational institutions around the world dedicated to promoting quality and equity in education.

UTRGV is one of three UT System schools to be recognized this year, with UT Arlington and UT San Antonio.

The full list is available here: https://clep.collegeboard.org/top-100-national-test-centers-2016-2017

CLEP is a group of standardized tests created and administered by College Board; the tests assess college-level knowledge in 36 subject areas, and provide a mechanism for earning college credits without taking college courses.

UTRGV hosts about 600 test-takers each year; most of them are in Spanish-language testing.

Dr. Patrick Mcgehee, UTRGV associate director of high school-to-university test services, said the College Board ranking gives UTRGV national recognition in testing.

“There are a number of subjects approved by UTRGV that allow our students to test and earn college credit,” he said. “The CLEP allows the student to save both time and money in completing their degree plans.”

UTRGV currently offers more than 30 CLEP exams in various subjects, including English, Spanish, French, German, psychology, economics, history and math.

For more information on testing on the UTRGV Edinburg Campus, contact Melissa Pedraza at (956) 665-7584 or melissa.pedraza@utrgv.edu.

For testing on the UTRGV Brownsville campus, contact Lydia Melendez at (956) 882-7082 or Lydia.melendez@utrgv.edu.


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.


Victoria.Brito @UTRGV.edu
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