The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is a distributed university located in South Texas, with facilities along the Rio Grande Valley and near the Gulf of Mexico. 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), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American), 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.


To transform the Rio Grande Valley, the Americas, and the world through an innovative and accessible educational environment that promotes student success, research, creative works, health and well-being, community engagement, sustainable development, and commercialization of university discoveries.


To be one of the nation’s leaders in higher education, its premier Hispanic-serving institution, and a highly engaged bilingual university, with exceptional educational, research, and creative opportunities that serve as catalysts for transformation in the Rio Grande Valley and beyond. 



Transforming the Rio Grande Valley, the Americas, and the world requires weaving excellence throughout the fabric of the university and into the core of everything we do.

Diversity, Access, and Inclusion

Establishing an accessible educational environment requires that we cultivate and enhance the diverse, multicultural, and linguistic assets of our university and the Rio Grande Valley. UTRGV also promotes access, inclusion, and lifelong learning to ensure that all members of the university community have opportunities to succeed.

Inquiry, Discovery, and Creativity

Igniting, illuminating, and enhancing the talents and passions of the university community for open inquiry, discovery, and creativity inspire generations of lifelong scholars and artists who impact the Rio Grande Valley and beyond.

Engagement and Impact

Seeking to be a catalyst for transformation, the university integrates social justice, civic responsibility, innovation, and sustainable development in its endeavors. Such change is best undertaken through interdisciplinary and collaborative approaches across the university and with community, government, business, and non-profit partners.

Shared Governance

Participating in decision-making processes with integrity, trust, and respect is a responsibility of all UTRGV stakeholders. This requires an environment of shared governance, academic freedom, accountability and transparency, and open and honest communication.


Instilling a sense of value and empowerment in all members of the university community is a fundamental responsibility of leaders at all levels and involves facilitating professional, intellectual, cultural, and personal growth.

Health and Well-being

Recognizing that our success is integrally related to the condition of our community, UTRGV strives to promote the health and well-being of its students, faculty, and staff, and create a healthy, equitable, and resilient community.

Core Priorities

Student Success

Support our students in achieving their academic goals in a timely manner and reaching their professional aspirations through excellent integrated learning experiences both in and out of the classroom.

Educational Opportunities

Strategically expand educational opportunities from pre-K to post-doc to increase experiential learning, research, creative endeavors, and community-engaged scholarship for people in the Rio Grande Valley and beyond.

Research Impacting the Rio Grande Valley and Beyond

Increase the number and productivity of faculty and students engaged in research and creative work that improves the lives of people in the RGV and beyond.

Health and Medical Education

Promote a culture of health and well-being for UTRGV and surrounding communities that employs a holistic approach to wellness, health, medical education, training, and research.

Community Engagement

Foster sustainable community-university relationships to enrich scholarship, research, teaching, learning, and creative activities while addressing critical societal issues and contributing to the public good.

Other Key Areas of Focus

Bilingual, Bicultural, Biliterate

Build UTRGV as a bilingual, bicultural, and biliterate university.

Campus Climate and Professional Development and Growth for Faculty and Staff

Cultivate a welcoming, inclusive, and nurturing climate for all faculty and staff.


Foster a globally-connected university culture.


Institutionalize sustainability throughout the university and promote sustainability awareness in the community.

University History

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.