ranks UTRGV 15th in the nation overall

  Wednesday, September 20, 2023
  Around Campus

By Amanda A. Taylor-Uchoa

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – SEPT. 20, 2023 – has ranked UTRGV highly in several categories, including first among Texas public universities for best relative economic value. has also ranked UTRGV 3rd for best colleges in Texas, 3rd in the nation for MSW programs and5th for bachelor’s programs in criminal justice.

Overall, UTRGV ranks
15th in the nation (7th among national public schools), just behind Rice. UTRGV is ranked above Columbia and Vanderbilt universities for national rankings.

No other Texas school is ranked in the top 25.

The ranking for value is detailed in an article from Forbes listing the top colleges based on relative economic value.

UTRGV President Guy Bailey said rankings like these are valuable because they directly factor in economic value for students and their families.

“To be ranked in the top 15 with schools like MIT, Princeton, Stanford, Harvard and Yale is a tremendous accomplishment and further proof that UTRGV provides one of the best values in the state and country,” Bailey said. “UTRGV continues to provide students the opportunity to pursue their degrees with economic value in mind.”

THE TOP 25 ranks hundreds of colleges and universities in various categories, including best national universities, best colleges by region, and best majors and graduate programs. Listed are the top 25 national universities out of a total of 436.

1.      CUNY City College

2.      MIT

3.      Florida

4.      Princeton

5.      Stanford

6.      Harvard

7.      California Tech

8.      Florida International

9.      Penn

10.  Yale

11.  California, Berkeley

12.  Georgia Tech

13.  Michigan

14.  Rice

15.  UTRGV

16.  Vanderbilt

17.  California, Irvine

18.  Washington

19.  UCLA

20.  Columbia

21.  Missouri University of Science and Technology

22.  Illinois

23.  North Carolina

24.  Fresno State

25.  University of California, San Diego


ABOUT DEGREECHOICES.COM is an online college guide that bases rankings on relative financial value. These values were based on the economic return students could expect from attending their respective university or college.

According to Forbes, this data is calculated by using public cost and earnings from updated Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), with supplemented information from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey to allow to compute two metrics which, combined, provided an institution’s total economic score.

To calculate an institution’s economic score, the school’s payback is divided by the percentage advantage and disadvantage of the “EarningsPlus” factor. EarningsPlus compares students’ earnings after attending college against a benchmark adjusted by based on two variables for salary comparisons.

These variables are each institution’s program ecology to highlight unique academia programs it offers and the in-state/out-state composition of the student body.


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.