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The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Edinburg, TX 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate93%
Acceptance Rate93%

UTRGV Admissions

If you are considering submitting an application to UTRGV, the deadline for Fall 2023 admissions is July 1 and there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.

UTRGV Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of UTRGV's admissions stats.

UTRGV 2022 Admissions Statistics
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 19%
Mean SAT Score 1029
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are considered
Applicants Who Submit SATs 23%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 31%
Waitlist No

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No –– ––
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action No –– ––
Regular Decision Yes July 1 ––

Considering Applying Early to UTRGV?

UTRGV does not offer early decision or early action.

➡️ See a list of some top colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Admissions

For applicants who are non-residents, getting into The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is not competitive.

Transferring to The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Transfer student admissions is not competitive.

For Students Waitlisted to UTRGV

UTRGV has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does UTRGV Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the admissions factors where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at UTRGV

Curious about the factors that are considered by UTRGV during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Class Rank Very Important
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Important
Application Essay Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Important
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

Make sure to check with UTRGV for more information on admission factors.

UTRGV Application Requirements

To apply to UTRGV, all applicants must submit the following items. Check in with UTRGV's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.0
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into UTRGV?

UTRGV has not provided an information about GPAs of accepted students. Any questions regarding applicant expectations should be addressed directly with the school.

Out of all students that were admitted, 89% submitted a class rank. At UTRGV 19% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 46% were in the top 25% and 75% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA ––
3.75 and 3.99 ––
3.50 and 3.74 ––
3.25 and 3.49 ––
3.00 and 3.24 ––
2.50 and 2.9 ––
2.00 and 2.49 ––

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to UTRGV directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

UTRGV looks at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

UTRGV does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 23% of UTRGV's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 31% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for UTRGV?

To be competitive with other UTRGV applicants, you should strive to score between 930 and 1120 (or higher!) on the SAT. At UTRGV 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1120 and 25% of scored lower than 930, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a UTRGV student is 1029.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of UTRGV students scored 550 or higher and 75% of students scored 470 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of UTRGV students scored 570 or higher, and 75% scored a 470 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for UTRGV?

To be most competitive at UTRGV, you should strive to earn between 16 and 21 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 21 means you fall in the 75th percentile for UTRGV's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 21, and three out of four students scored lower than 21 on the ACT.

A 16 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for UTRGV students. Only one out of every four students scored below 16.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on Transferring to The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

For transfer students, it is not competitive to get admitted to UTRGV.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is July 1.

Transfer students can enroll in UTRGV during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

• Summer Term

UTRGV Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to UTRGV?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to UTRGV.

Does UTRGV accept transfer credits?

✅ UTRGV accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does UTRGV accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

❌ UTRGV does not accept International Baccalaureate credits but does accept Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to UTRGV?

✅ UTRGV is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.

What is UTRGV's acceptance rate?

✅ UTRGV's acceptance rate is 93%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at UTRGV?

❌ UTRGV does not offer early decision.

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Admission Difficulty

Open Admission


How hard is it to get into UTRGV? UTRGV is a open admission institution. The UTRGV acceptance rate is 93%. This means that the institution accepts 92 out of every 100 applicants.


UTRGV Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jul 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Jul 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to UTRGV is Jul 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to UTRGV is Jul 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs



Composite SAT Range

930 - 1120


Math SAT Range

460 - 550


Reading SAT Range

470 - 570

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1120 and Above


930 to 1120


930 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for UTRGV students is 1029. Applicants with SAT scores of 1120 and above have a good chance of being admitted to UTRGV, while applicants with SAT scores between 930 to 1120 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 930 have a low chance of being offered a spot at UTRGV.


Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

Not available

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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