Wednesday, July 13, 2022
  Awards and Recognitions

By Amanda A. Taylor-Uchoa

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – Another reputable national publication has singled out UTRGV for the value it provides students.

Money Magazine has named UTRGV a top college in its list of Best Colleges, which focuses on the overall value of education among the 2,400 four-year colleges it reviewed.

UTRGV ranked third in Texas, right behind Texas A&M and UT Austin, and 76th in the country.

UTRGV President Guy Bailey said being ranked alongside some of the top universities in Texas is a reflection of UTRGV’s solid commitment to ensure that each student is getting a high-value education at a reasonable price.  

“UTRGV has, time and time again, been recognized for providing students a valuable education at a time when value is being questioned,” Bailey said. “This pattern of being recognized by top media organizations reiterates that the programs and initiatives we have instituted at UTRGV have been working toward overall student success.”

Here is Money’s Best Colleges in America list, ranked by value in Texas schools:  

Money’s Best Colleges in America list, ranked by value in Texas schools
  1. Texas A&M 
  2. UT Austin 
  3. UTRGV 
  4. North Texas at Dallas 
  5. West Texas A&M 
  6. Texas A&M International 
  7. UT Dallas 
  8. Houston 
  9. UT Permian Basin 
  10. St. Thomas (Houston) 
  11. Trinity (San Antonio) 
  12. Sam Houston State 
  13. Texas Tech 
  14. North Texas  
  15. Texas State 
  16. Austin College 
  17. Texas Christian 
  18. Tarleton State 
  19. University of Dallas 
  20. Southwestern 



UTRGV has established a pattern for being recognized for value by key media organizations, and has been included in top rankings from the following organizations:  


Money’s Best Colleges list is compiled based on colleges with sufficient data and above-average graduation rates, as well as being scored in three specific areas: quality, affordability and outcomes.  

Quality is measured on graduation rate per college, and affordability is calculated by weighing the net price of a degree, student and parent borrowing, and loan repayment rates.  

Median earnings are considered in the area of outcomes, which includes the share of alumni working and the share of alumni earning more than a high school graduate.  

Value-added calculations were also a focus in the list, comparing a school’s performance against its predicted performance, accounting for standardized test scores and the percentage of low-income students among enrollees.


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.