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The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Campus Life

Campus Size

Large Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 4,256 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen
Including 204 Part-time

Gender Breakdown:

57% Women
43% Men


NCAA Division I-AAA

Independent Southwest Region

  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $58,426)
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $51,741)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
All Track Combined 24 28 - -
Baseball 34 - - -
Basketball 14 13 - -
Golf 10 7 - -
Tennis 8 9 - -
Volleyball - 13 - -


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.1%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1.4%
Black/non-Hispanic 0.7%
Hispanic 87.5%
Non-resident alien 2.8%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 2.7%
Two or more races 0.0%
White/non-Hispanic 4.8%
Percent of students with disability 3% or less

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Remedial services for students with learning disabilities
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Daycare on campus for children of students
  • Library on campus
  • Hospital on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, maximum 17 meals per week.

Clubs & Organizations

Reserved Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
  • Army ROTC

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 3
Drug Law Violation 20
Liquor Law Violation 4
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 0
Property Crime 12
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Karen from Mcallen, TX
  • 5
  • UTPA has three Dorm complexes. Heritage- Most of the CAMP people stay here. It is not very nice, but if you have a roof to live under, take it. Unity Hall-…

  • Apr-19-2012 Read More
  • Edna from Edinburg, TX
  • 5
  • I dont live in door but i would like too. Some of the my friends who sleep in door have more variety of communication with other peers. This help a…

  • Sep-22-2012 Read More


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 5
  • Joel from Alton, TX
  • Dec-10-2015 I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    There is some food on campus and a good selection right outside

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  • 5
  • Alexia
  • Feb-27-2015 I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    The food on the meal plan is amazing. I have been to other universities, but the best dining hall is this one.

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  • 4
  • t
  • Jan-09-2015 I am a current student here

    There are tons of restaurants close to campus, but I wish there would be more on campus.

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  • 4
  • psy student
  • Jan-05-2015 I am a past student here

    There is a variety of selection. In campus vendors, cafeteria buffet and nearby walking-distance restaurants.

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  • 4
  • Miguel from Hidalgo, TX
  • Dec-27-2014 I am a current student here

    The food is good, the student union has a couple of restaurants that opened up a couple of years ago and they are good and not quite so expensive, this can help you stay on a budget.

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  • 4
  • Michelle from Brownsville, TX
  • Dec-05-2014 I am a current student here

    The dining hall food is not the greatest but it is a blessing to have. Some days are better than others but there will always be something that you can pick to eat. Breakfast is amazing and lunch and dinner are alright. It is a great time to meet with friends and relax. The staff are all really nice and they work really hard.

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  • 4
  • Valerie from Edinburg, TX
  • Nov-29-2014 I am a current student here

    Again, I do not live on campus, so I do not experience the dining hall on a daily basis. However, I have taken the liberty to eat and the dining hall every once in a blue moon, and what I have experienced has been satisfactory. The food is as to be expected: close to a home-cooked meal, but not quite. Overall, I was satisfied with the meals I have eaten in the dining hall, and will eat there again if need be. The hall is a more-than-substantial eatery for students who live on campus and dine there regularly.

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  • 5
  • Cynthia from Monte Alto, TX
  • Aug-24-2014 I am a current student here

    The University has many dining options! Located in the Student Union is a Chic-fil-a restaurant, which I love to eat at, and Asian food and pizza. There is also a separate dining hall, which has many, many options such as pasta, pizza, sandwiches, a salad bar, and much more! The dining hall is all you can eat for as long as you are there, for one low price. If none of the above mentioned things appeal to you, located throughout the campus are a couple of cafes and sandwich shops.

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  • 4
  • Andrew from Edinburg, TX
  • Aug-06-2014 I am a current student here

    The food on campus is decent, you have a choice of Chick-fil-a, Tacos, Sushi, and a Sub-Connection, plus the university cafeteria.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Michelle from Brownsville, TX
  • Dec-05-2014 I am a current student here

    There are different sororities and fraternities around campus. Although personally I am not in one, I know they are very involved in many different things and has a lot of fun.

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  • 0
  • Valerie from Edinburg, TX
  • Nov-29-2014 I am a current student here

    There are many sororities and fraternities available for both male and female students wishing to Go Greek.

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  • 0
  • Sanna from McAllen, TX
  • Mar-09-2014 I am a past student here

    Our Greek Life is very different, since we're a small campus, we don't have Greek houses. But I think you get the same experience you get in most major universities. The Greeks here are a lot more friendly...but then again, I'm biased.

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  • 0
  • Vince from Harlingen, TX
  • Nov-15-2013 I am a current student here

    A lot of Fraternities, like Kappa Sigma. There is also a lot of sororities, Like Delta Zeta. They all have events a during the school year promoting there groups

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  • 0
  • Utpa student
  • Nov-11-2013 I am a current student here

    Great and fun really a good way to meet people. Greek life can get a little high school at times with organizations aiming to get rival org in trouble with university guidelines.

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  • 0
  • BP
  • Oct-09-2013 I am a current student here

    not involved, but have many different frats and sororities.

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