UTRGV listed fourth in Top 20 Best Online Colleges in Texas ranking

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – NOV. 7, 2017 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has been ranked fourth on a list of the Top 20 Best Online Colleges in Texas by OnlineCollegePlan.com.

The website focuses on helping students and parents make better-informed decisions about the online college programs and opportunities available to them, and processes information that can facilitate their search for an online curriculum that suits their varied needs and interests.

Colleges chosen had to have at least a 50 percent freshman retention rate and 50 percent graduation rate, “because freshmen retention rates and graduation rates are two of the most important aspects when determining how capable an institution is in providing students with a degree that will give them an edge in their desired careers,” according to the website.

UTRGV had a final rating of 141 of a possible 200 points, which placed it fourth on the Top 20 list.

Dr. Patricia A. McHatton, UTRGV interim provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, said online education is an increasingly important option for today’s students.

“It can be a real challenge to juggle a job, a family and college courses as you try to improve your career options,” she said. “UTRGV feels that academically rigorous online programs provide scheduling flexibility that doesn’t compromise quality. Online courses can make all the difference in how quickly a student can earn, or even complete, a degree.”

The full list of rankings is available here: https://www.onlinecollegeplan.com/texas-colleges/.

UTRGV offers five online bachelor’s degree programs:

  • Criminal Justice.
  • Film Studies (minor).
  • Health Services Technology (BAT).
  • Multidisciplinary Studies.
  • RN to BSN Online (accelerated).



  • Business Administration (accelerated).
  • Business Administration in Financial Planning (accelerated). (UTRGV ranks sixth in the nation among the most affordable online MBAs in financial planning. 
  • Business Administration in Health Care Administration (accelerated).
  • Business Administration in International Trade (accelerated)





To learn more about UTRGV’s online degree opportunities, visit http://www.utrgv.edu/online/.

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