University also listed first in social mobility, net price of attendance, performance of Pell grant students

  Thursday, September 1, 2022
  Around Campus

By News and Internal Communications

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TX – UTRGV started the first week of the Fall 2022 semester with great news – ranking second among all Texas public universities.  

Washington Monthly recently released its annual national College Guide and Rankings and, among more than 400 schools, placed UTRGV as the 45th best public university in the United States and second in Texas —  behind Texas A&M and ahead of The University of Texas at Austin.

2022 Rankings: Washington Monthly

Additionally, UTRGV received the following top rankings: 

  • 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 fourth nationally among public universities for the performance of Pell Grant-eligible students. 
  • First in Texas and 12th nationally among public universities for the social mobility of students. 
  • Second among Southern public universities (Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Tennessee) for Best Bang for Your Buck

UTRGV President Guy Bailey said these rankings are a byproduct of the university’s commitment to embodying and building upon the Valley’s values, including family, hard work and entrepreneurship.  

“These rankings are no accident,” Bailey said. “Ever since UTRGV was created, we set out to be the best value university in the country, providing a high-quality education at an affordable price. The rest of the country is now taking notice of the special things that are happening in the Valley, and I am grateful to all the students, faculty, staff, alumni and community partners who have played a role in our success.” 

Unlike other rankings, Washington Monthly ranks four-year schools – national universities, liberal arts colleges, baccalaureate colleges, and master’s universities – based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility, research and providing opportunities for public service.  

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

2022 Commencement Picture with Vaquero Mascot


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.