Monday, June 8, 2020
  Around Campus, Community

By News and Internal Communications

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – The UTRGV School of Medicine has matched with 55 prospective students for its Class of 2024.

The new cohort is comprised of 53 Texas residents who have matched, including 27 students from the Rio Grande Valley, further strengthening ties to the community. Two candidates are from outside of Texas.

Of the 27 from the Valley, 15 are from Hidalgo County and 12 are from Cameron County. Of the 27 Valley students, 17 are from UTRGV.

Dr. John H. Krouse, dean of the UTRGV School of Medicine and executive vice president for the Division of Health Affairs, said the School of Medicine is continuing its commitment to educating top quality physicians, especially in these uncertain times.

“We are dedicated to training a diverse group of medical students who are passionate about treating and advocating for patients in underserved communities,” Krouse said. “I am confident that the Class of 2024 will bring pride to this institution, as they become the next generation of talented and dedicated providers serving the Valley and beyond.” 

The 55 prospective students were selected from more than 4,500 applicants and make up a diverse group that boasts an average MCAT score in the 74th percentile nationwide, a grade point average of 3.63, and an average BCPM (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Math) grade point average of 3.54.

Students entering the Class of 2024 also come from prestigious institutions throughout Texas and the nation, including Brown, Cornell, Emory, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton and Vanderbilt, among others.

The admissions process at the UTRGV School of Medicine recognizes the importance of diversity in advancing our mission and in training students who will reflect the diversity of the patients we serve. The of the Class of 2024 are: 40 percent Hispanic, 31 percent Asian and Asian Indian, 14.5 percent African American, 13 percent White/Caucasian, and 1.5 percent with more than one ethnicity.

The class also will be comprised of 55 percent female students and 45 percent male students. 


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.