Friday, December 3, 2021
  Around Campus

By News and Internal Communications

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TX – UTRGV once again has been recognized as one of the best and most affordable public universities in the United States and Texas.

Washington Monthly recently released its annual national 2021 College Guide and Rankings, and ranked UTRGV high in the following categories:

Washington Monthly Infographic
2021 Rankings: Washington Monthly
  • First in Texas and second nationally among public universities for lowest net price of attendance for students whose household income is below $75,000.
  • First in Texas and third nationally among public universities for the performance of Pell Grant-eligible students.
  • Third in Texas and 55th nationally among public universities for the social mobility of students.
  • Fourth among public universities in the South Region (Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Tennessee) for Best Bang for Your Buck.
  • Fourth in Texas and 73rd nationally for overall rankings among public universities.

UTRGV President Guy Bailey said the national recognitions the university continues to earn is a testament to its commitment to student success.

“These rankings show that we are truly transforming the lives of our students, all while maintaining an affordable cost of attendance,” he said. “At UTRGV, we believe that you can obtain an outstanding education without mortgaging your future.

“We are proud to be consistently recognized by national publications like Washington Monthly, because these accolades reflect the hard work and dedication of our students, faculty and staff.”

Washington Monthly ranks institutions of higher learning on the degree to which they recruit and graduate students of modest means, produce the scholarship and scholars that drive economic growth and human flourishing, and encourage students to be active citizens and serve their country.

For an infographic that summarizes UTRGV’s Washington Monthly rankings, please click here.


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.