About the Rio Grande Valley

The Rio Grande Valley is located at the southernmost point of Texas. At the meeting point of Mexico and the USA, the 4-county region called the Valley is one of the fastest growing areas of the United States.
The Valley is one of the richest places in the country in history and tradition. Its culture and identity is based on adaptation to movement and change, perseverance, and resiliency. As a learner, the Valley is an ideal area in which to live, combining a modern infrastructure, multicultural population, rich history and cultural heritage, and a beautiful natural environment with an excellent quality of life, reasons why UTRGV is becoming a major international education destination. The Valley also enjoys a vigorous and growing economy with a high standard of living that has one of the lowest costs of living in the country.  What Winter Texans, Spring Breakers and families looking for fun in the sun most associate with our area is one of the best beaches of not just the Gulf of Mexico but the USA: South Padre Island.
The region offers a wonderful subtropical climate, with sunny weather and warm-to-hot temperatures prevailing all year long, including excellent facilities for sport, leisure and shopping, and a varied night-life. Plus, the natural beauty of the Valley is one of a kind. Beyond our beautiful beaches and palm trees, there are wildlife preserves that are international hot spots for birders and others who enjoy watching butterfly, amphibians, reptiles and small mammals inhabiting the area. The area supports one of the best sites for deep sea fishing and, for the past 77 years, has hosted the Texas International Fishing Tournament. The region features abundant historical and cultural sites, honoring traditions of military and public service as well as the shared ties with Mexico.  And, the people of the Valley are famous for their warmth and friendly dispositions, making it a welcoming environment for all. Combine the hospitality with the more relaxed pace of life, safe neighborhoods, and emphasis on community involvement, inclusion and education make the Valley a place where life is to be enjoyed and lived to its fullest. 
So “come on down” and …

Feel the passion,

Find your heart,

Come to the Rio Grande Valley to get a great start!