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University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Edinburg, TX

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
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  1. 1st Best in Texas & 11th in the USA for performance of first-gen students!
  2. 4th Best in Texas after UT Austin, Rice, and Texas A&M! Washington Monthly 2021
  3. 2nd Best in Texas for social mobility! U.S. News & World Report 2020

About This Campus

UTRGV offers students 64 programs of study across seven academic colleges. The Rio Grande Valley, with close proximity to the Gulf Coast, provides unparalleled opportunities to study in areas ranging from international business and cultural border issues to marine biology and environmental science. With the SpaceX launch site planned in Brownsville, the region is also an emerging global hub for the aerospace industry. We are the second largest Hispanic-serving institution in the nation, with an emphasis on educating 21st-century leaders and professionals who are culturally fluent and have a deep understanding of the perspectives, languages, and values of different cultures. Our students find daily opportunities to innovate and collaborate with faculty and global leaders in industry, business, medicine, science, education, and technology. Our facilities include the Coastal Studies Lab, Center for Biomedical Studies, Center for Excellence in STEM Education, among others.

Location Information

UTRGV campuses are located in Edinburg, Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, South Padre Island, and Brownsville, approximately 15 miles north of the US/Mexico border and 70 miles west of South Padre Island.

Helpful Information

UTRGV is one university spread across two main campuses in Edinburg and Brownsville. The majority of students (about 21,000) attend classes at the Edinburg campus and a smaller group (about 8,000) attend at the Brownsville campus. NSE students would be located, most likely, on one campus or the other and would not be expected or required to travel between them.

2023/2024 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment

2024/2025 Placement

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Fast Facts

Location | Edinburg
Population | 831,561
Enrollment | 29,619
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home & Host
Term Dates
Fall | 08/29-12/15
Spring | 01/17-05/11

Campus Diversity

1st Nation/Native | 0%
Asian | 2%
Black | 1%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 0%
Hispanic/Latino | 88%
Two or more | 0%
White | 4%
Other | 5%
International | 0%


  • Campus Catalog
  • Priority: According to class standing
  • Syllabus Request for Course Pre-Approval: Contact Host Coordinator for assistance
Notable Academic Programs
  • Nursing - #4 Best RN to BSN programs in Texas
  • Criminal Justice - #1 Best Criminal Justice Program in the Nation
  • College of Business & Entrepreneurship - AACSB Accredited
  • Center for Gravitational Wave Astronomy - The Center for Gravitational Wave Astronomy was created by grants from the University Research Centers program from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Centers for Research Excellence in Science and Technology program from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to further scientific research and education in gravitational wave astronomy.
  • Engineering and Computer Science - Our college is engaged in a variety of complex and challenging activities requiring that many students and faculty members engage in research innovation within our centers. Thus, the university needs to reflect the value of innovation by recognizing and rewarding faculty and student’s creativity, labor and excellence. At a research university, the creation of new knowledge and understanding is a fundamental responsibility. Centers innovation can, and should, encompass all areas of faculty responsibility. Nanotechnology Center of Excellence Center for Advanced Manufacturing Innovation and Cyber Systems (CAMICS) Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center (TMAC) University Transportation Center for Railway Safety (UTCRS) South Texas Industrial Assessment Center.

Unique Academic Programs

  • Coastal Studies Laboratory - The Coastal Studies Laboratory located on South Padre Island was established in 1973, and is dedicated to providing educational opportunities, enhancing research, engaging in public service, and providing community outreach related to coastal and marine concerns in the Gulf of Mexico with special emphasis on the South Texas region.
  • Office for Sustainability Programs - The UTRGV Office for Sustainability Programs provides an innovative and collaborative approach to designing sustainable development initiatives. The United Nations 17 goals lead our programs into building and growing competencies in our students, faculty, and staff, and our RGV Partners within the social, economic, and environmental justice spheres, all-sustaining the quality of life. The programs cover a wide range of research, marketing, and academic projects that are implemented to support the UTRGV mission statement in progressing sustainability at UTRGV, the Americas, and the World.
  • Sustainable Agric Environmental Studiesulture and Food Systems

Honors Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

Accounting, Agricultural Biology, Anthropology... ++ show all


GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • 2.5 GPA
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 500.00 paper, 173.00 computer or 61.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6.00
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept Home/Host Pay
Canadian Students
  • Will accept Home/Host Pay

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 11/12/22

  • Campus Budget
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Host Payment Students
  • Estimated cost: $4770.
  • Expect 5-15% increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on 15 hours. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your actual enrollment.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Host Payment students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment: None.
  • Home Payment: 18

Financial Aid for NSE Students
Regardless of Payment Plan, financial aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
NSE Program Fee $150 Year Host Mandatory
Housing Deposit $150 Semester Host & Home Mandatory

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 11/12/22

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • On-Campus Housing
  • 4% living on campus
  • Suite: $4444 (includes meals)
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $750
  • Proximity to campus: 1
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Meal Plans


Figures per Semester are current as of 11/12/22

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Health Insurance $1371 Semester Host Optional

Important Notes about Health Insurance

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $1,371 per semester.


    Comments on Problems or Conditions for Access

    Other Health Related Comments
    Dental and Vision coverage may be purchased separately.
    All first-time students, including transfer and returning students, must provide one of the following documents to the Office of Admissions:

    A “Bacterial Meningitis Immunization Record” signed by a health practitioner indicating the student has been vaccinated against bacterial meningitis or any other official state or local immunization record. Vaccinations must be administered no more than 5 years and no fewer than 10 days prior to the first day of the semester for which the student is enrolling.
    A "Refusal of Immunization for Medical Reasons" signed by a physician who is licensed and registered to practice medicine in the United States that states the physician's opinion that the required vaccination would be injurious to the health and well-being of the student.
    A "Texas Department of State Health Services Conscientious Exemption" form signed by the student stating the student has declined the vaccination for reasons of conscience, including religious belief. Submit original form, no copies allowed.

    All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.
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