Editorial

Editorial Style Guide — The Basics

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is the official name of the university.

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley should be used in first references in all formal communications. “The” is part of the name and should always be included, uppercase, in first reference. Second references may be abbreviated as UT Rio Grande Valley or UTRGV (preferred because it reinforces the web address). Do not use hyphens in the university name (UT-RGV or UT-Rio Grande Valley).

CAMPUSES AND SITES

UTRGV is a distributed institution made up of numerous campuses and sites across the Rio Grande Valley. There will be occasions to identify individual campuses. In such cases, use:

  • The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Edinburg Campus
  • UTRGV Edinburg Campus
  • The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Brownsville Campus
  • UTRGV Brownsville Campus
  • The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine
    DO NOT use: UTRGV Medical School

DO NOT use hyphens: The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley-Edinburg; UTRGV-Edinburg; UTRGV-Brownsville campus, or similar configurations.

The following campus names include a hyphen.

  • The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley - Regional Academic Health Center, Harlingen (RAHC on second reference)
  • The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley - Regional Academic Health Center, Edinburg (E-RAHC on second reference)
  • The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley - McAllen Teaching Site
  • The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley - Rio Grande City Site
  • The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley - South Padre Island Site

HISTORY

The following statement is the official UTRGV History statement, and should be used in all references pertaining to the history of the university:

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.

LEGACY INSTITUTIONS

When referencing UTRGV legacy institutions, please use The University of Texas at Brownsville/Texas Southmost College (UTB/TSC) or The University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA). For example:

  • Any “UTB” reference should be changed to “UTB/TSC”
  • Any “The University of Texas at Brownsville” references should be changed to “The University of Texas at Brownsville/Texas Southmost College”

IN SPANISH

The official university name in Spanish is La Universidad de Texas de El Valle del Río Grande.

ACADEMIC DEPARTMENTS

Capitalize if referring to a specific department or other academic unit by its official name. Examples: Department of Biology, College of Liberal Arts, Office of the President, MBA Program, etc. Lowercase examples: biology department, the college, president’s office, the program, etc.

On first references, refer to the full name of the division (e.g., School of Medicine, the Department of Mathematics, the Office of University Marketing and Communications) using uppercase style. When the antecedent is absolutely clear, on subsequent references, use lowercase “school,” “department,” “office,” etc.

AMPERSAND (&)

The ampersand (&) character is part of the official wordmark for UTRGV colleges and departments. The ampersand should not be used in place of “and” in written communications. You can find a complete list of UTRGV Colleges and Department Names here.

In matters of editorial style, the prevailing standards for university publications of a promotional nature shall be those of the Associated Press (AP) Stylebook, and the UT System and UTRGV editorial style guides.