The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is the fourth-best university in Texas, according to the Best Colleges in Texas for 2018 rankings.

The list – which was compiled by BestColleges.com – ranks the following schools as the top five in the state:

1.      The University of Texas at Austin.

2.      Rice University.

3.      Texas A&M University.

4.      UTRGV.

5.      The University Texas at Dallas.

“This ranking puts us in some great company, and it is a reflection of the hard work and dedication invested by our students, faculty, staff, and community stakeholders,” said UTRGV President Guy Bailey. “We still have much to accomplish. Our future is ahead of us with new programs and expanded opportunities for the Rio Grande Valley and beyond.” 

BestColleges.com is a website that partners with HigherEducation.com to provide students with direct connections to schools and programs suiting their educational goals. Its program rankings are intended to inform and guide prospective students toward institutions that provide a quality education and a meaningful learning experience at an affordable cost.

The methodology behind the Best Colleges in Texas for 2018 rankings is grounded in statistical data and a few consistently applied guiding principles, including academic quality, affordability, and online competency.

The 2018 rankings reflect the most recent data available from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and College Navigator, both of which are hosted by the National Center for Education Statistics. The goal is to objectively assess relative quality based on academic outcomes, affordability, and the breadth and depth of online learning opportunities.