Monday, July 8, 2024
  Accolades, Announcements

By News and Internal Communications

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JULY 8, 2024 – UTRGV has been named one of the best colleges in the United States by Money magazine, again solidifying its position as a leading institution of higher education in Texas and across the country.

The ranking considers factors such as quality of education, affordability and student outcomes. In addition, UTRGV’s strong performance in areas such as graduation rates, affordability and return on investment contributed to the high ranking.

On its website, Money magazine praised UTRGV not just for its academic standing but also for its campus community opportunities: “Students here get some serious bang for their buck: the average annual cost is around $8,000, less than half the median cost for all four-year schools.”

UTRGV President Guy Bailey said he is proud of the university's efforts and achievements, and the selection criteria – coupled with the university's innovative programs, research opportunities and laser focus on student success – have contributed to its rising national profile.

“This recognition from Money magazine is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our students, faculty and staff,” he said. “At UTRGV, we have worked hard to offer a competitive, world-class education that is both accessible and affordable.

“From the beginning, we have dedicated ourselves to ensuring that our graduates are well-prepared for successful careers, so this Money ranking reaffirms our commitment to being a catalyst for opportunity in the Rio Grande Valley and beyond,” Bailey said.

This latest accolade adds to UTRGV's growing list of national recognitions, further establishing it as a top choice for students seeking a valuable and transformative college experience. For more information about UTRGV and its programs, visit


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.