Tuesday, February 23, 2021
  Awards and Recognitions

By Amanda Alaniz

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – A number of UTRGV degree programs have received top rankings by Intelligent.com.

The UTRGV degrees that received the highest rankings were:

• No. 1 Master’s in Sports Medicine Degree Programs.
• No. 1 Physician Assistant Degree Programs.
• No. 2 Master’s in Math Education Degree Programs.
• No. 2 Master’s in Health Services Degree Programs.
• No. 2 Master’s in Science Education Degree Programs.

Intelligent.com is an online, education-focused ranking group that collects publicly available data to help pre-college students choose the best colleges and programs for them.

Based on an assessment of more than 2,000 colleges and universities, UTRGV received a total of 18 recognitions for its research opportunities, affordability and curriculum quality.

UTRGV ranked in the Top 15 in the Best Colleges in Texas category for its “Best Funded Research,” and in the Most Affordable Colleges category for “Best Financial Aid.”

The Social Work Degree Program ranked No. 5 and was named “Best in the South.”

“We want our students to have opportunities for innovative programs that help them become leaders in their fields,” said Dr. Janna Arney, UTRGV deputy president and interim provost. “We have extremely dedicated faculty and staff who create these opportunities and work alongside our students to create a unique and engaging educational environment.”

For the full list of the degree programs and other rankings, visit Intelligent.com’s Best Online Degrees.


The 2021 rankings are calculated through a unique scoring system which includes student engagement, potential return on investment and leading, third-party evaluations. Intelligent.com analyzed thousands of schools with comparable programs on a scale of 0 to 100.

UTRGV made it to the final list for 18 degree programs.

The methodology uses an algorithm that collects and analyzes multiple rankings into one score to easily compare each university’s degree program.


“Intelligent.com provides unbiased research to help students make informed decisions about higher education programs. The website offers curated guides which include the best degree programs, as well as information about financial aid, internships and study strategies. With comprehensive, user-friendly guides and hundreds of program rankings, Intelligent.com is a trusted source among students and prospective students. To learn more, visit https://www.intelligent.com/.”


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.