Message from the Dean

Dr. Mark C. Andersen

Welcome to the UTRGV Honors College!

Are you a high-achieving student? Do you enjoy small classes and interacting with your classmates and instructors? Are you (or do you want to be) a well-rounded person? Do you want to be a campus and community leader?

Then the UTRGV Honors College is for you!


Students in the UTRGV Honors College follow our basic honors curriculum, the Rafael and Carmen Guerra Honors Program, which includes specialized tracks for pre-medical and pre-law students, and for students in the College of Business and Entrepreneurship.

The UTRGV Honors College is open to students from any major. To find out more, click on the links above. To apply to join the UTRGV Honors College, click on one of the links to the left.  Also feel free to visit our Facebook page and give us a “like”.

In addition, the UTRGV Honors College offers an annual study abroad program in Peru. I teach a course on alpine ecosystems of the Andes, and Dr. Bradley, associate dean of the Honors College, teaches a course on Inca history and culture. 

For more information on the the Peru program, please watch the following video:

Honors College in the News

MAY 4, 2020 - An incoming UTRGV Honors College student is featured in a national news story about the impact of covid19 on college admissions and enrollments. (Full story here.)

NOV. 25, 2019 - The dean of the Honors College at UT-Rio Grande Valley says his goal before retirement is to produce the region’s first Rhodes Scholar. ( Full story here.)

NOV. 20, 2019 - Starting in Spring 2020, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will launch its new Physician Assistant Career Track (PACT) program, designed for South Texas high school students moving toward a Master of Physician Assistant Studies . ( Full story here.)

OCT. 21, 2019 – The UTRGV School of Medicine, in partnership with the Honors College, has announced a new early-assurance, pre-med program for high school students throughout the Rio Grande Valley. ( Full story here.)