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University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Edinburg, TX

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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, 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.

2020/2021 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

2021/2022 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Campus Links

Campus Homepage

Fast Facts

Location | Edinburg
Population | 831,561
Enrollment | 28,644
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Both (A/B)
Term Dates
Fall | 08/26-12/12
Spring | 01/13-05/7

Campus Diversity

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


-- Campus Catalog --

Registration Priority
  • According to class standing
Honors Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students
Agriculture: Agricultural Biology

Anthropology: Anthropology, Archaeology, Ethnic Studies

Area Studies: Chicano/Mexican American Studies, Hispanic Studies, Mexican American Studies

Art/Design/Fine Art: Art, Art Education, Art History, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Photography, Theater Art

Athletics: Exercise Science, Physical Education

Biological Sciences: Biology/Life Science

Business: Accounting, Business Administration, Business Information Systems, Finance/Banking, International Business, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing

Chemistry: Chemistry

Communications: Communication, Journalism, Mass Communication

Computer Science: System Administration

Criminal Justice: Criminal Justice

Earth Sciences: Geology, Physical Sciences

Economics: Economics

Education: Bilingual, Child Care, Curriculum/ Instruction Supervision, Early Childhood, Elementary Education, English, Health Education, Junior High/Middle School, Junior High/Middle School Mathematics, Kindergarten Education, Language and Literacy, Learning Disabilities, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Preschool Education, Reading, Science, Secondary Education, Social Science Education, Spanish, Special Education, Teaching and Learning, Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL), Technical Education, Theatre Education

Engineering: Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

English: Comparative Literature, Creative Writing, English, Language and Literacy

Environmental Studies: Environmental Sciences

General Studies: Arts and Science, Gender Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, Social Sciences, Spanish Literature

Geology: Geology

Health and Safety Sciences: Clinical Laboratory Science, Communication Disorders, Dietetics, Disaster Studies, Exercise Science, Health Education, Health Science, Kinesiology, Nursing, Physician Assistant, Rehabilitation Sciences, Substance Abuse/Addictions

History: History

Hospitality and Tourism: Hotel/Restaurant Management

Information Studies: Computer Information Systems, Computer Science

Languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, Spanish

Marine Sciences: Marine Biology

Mathematics: Mathematics

Performing Arts: Dance, Music, Music Education, Music Performance, Piano Pedagogy, Theater Arts/Drama

Philosophy/Religious Studies: Philosophy

Physics: Astrophysics, Physics

Political Science: Political Science

Pre-Professional : Law Pre-Professional, Medicine Pre-Professional, Pharmacy Pre-Professional

Psychology: Child Psychology, Psychology

Sociology/Social Work: Social Work, Sociology

Speech Pathology and Audiology: Communication Disorders, Deaf Studies, Speech Pathology and Audiology, Speech Therapy

Technology: Engineering Technology

Theater: Theater


Quick Links GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • 2.5 GPA
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 500.00 paper, 173.00 computer or N/A Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6.00
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will not accept

Tuition / Fees

-- 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 (Plan A) Students
  • Figures are current as of 07/29/19.
  • Estimated cost: $3937.
  • 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 (Plan A) students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment (Plan B) 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 (Plan B) students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment (Plan A): None.
  • Home Payment (Plan B): 18
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 07/29/19.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Application Fee $150 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
NSE Program Fee $150 Year Plan A Mandatory
Housing Deposit $150 Semester Plan A & B Mandatory

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $830 per semester.

Financial Aid

Host Payment (Plan A)
For Plan A U.S. students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your host campus. Students apply for federally funded financial aid by using the FAFSA code of their host campus. Host campuses award aid to eligible incoming Plan A students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Ask your home campus NSE coordinator if your campus awards aid to their own outgoing students. If so, do not apply for aid from your host campus.

For eligible Plan A applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

  • Pell
  • CWS
  • Perkins
  • SEOG
  • DL
  • Plus
Use FAFSA CODE: 003599

Home Payment (Plan B)
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Regardless of Payment Plan, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 07/29/19

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • 4% living on campus
  • Suite: $4099 (includes meals)
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • On campus living is limited
Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $700
  • Proximity to campus: 1
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Meal Plans Per Semester
  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
  • $1188 per semester for 10 meals per week.
  • $1260 per semester for 14 meals per week.
  • $1300 per semester for 17 meals per week.

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