The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, America’s newest major university of the 21st century, will open its doors to students on the first day of classes, August 31, 2015.
The first round of acceptance letters for incoming freshmen – those who will have the distinction of being the “first class” of UTRGV, the “Class of 2019” – have been sent out, and the registration process for classes has begun for new students and those who are legacy students from UTB and UTPA.
“There is still time to apply for admission, and there is still time to apply for financial aid,” said Arnold Trejo, Director of Financial Aid. “I urge students not to delay another day. Fill out the Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) right away – the Financial Aid Office is here to help in any way.”
UTRGV offers many forms of financial aid, some of which – including scholarships, grants, and veterans benefits – are free and do not need to be repaid. According to Trejo, more than 3,400 entering freshmen have already been offered financial aid packages.
“Also, we encourage students to consider campus work/study jobs,” Trejo said. “Campus employment is a great way for students to supplement their incomes with a job conveniently scheduled before, after or between classes.”
Once accepted, students attend New Student Orientation, meet with their advisors and register for classes.
Academic advisors help students select their classes, organize their schedules, and lay out a plan of study. Personalized academic guidance and advising helps ensure students stay on track to graduate.
“Not everyone walks into college knowing what they want to study, and they are not always ready to declare what they want to earn a degree in,” said Dr. Selma Yznaga, Interim Director of Academic Advising. “Career advising can be very beneficial; our advisors are trained to help students figure out where their strengths and interests lie – to better determine a career path – and consequently, what field to select for their degrees.”
Dr. Kristin Croyle, Vice President for Student Success, said UTRGV student support will be foremost in programming and will provide students with a strong support system.
“Our top priority is to position all students to achieve their academic and professional goals,” Croyle said. Individualized health services will help students stay healthy – physically and emotionally.
“Health Services is here to meet the needs of our students so they can focus on their studies,” said Rick Gray, Director of Health Services, accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care.
Dr. Michael Banegas, Associate Dean for Student Support, and his staff focus on students’ mental health.
“We want students to feel welcome and comfortable at Counseling and Psychological Services,” Banegas said. “Our professional staff is available for students to address any number of concerns, including family problems, relationship issues and substance abuse.”
The UTRGV presence extends throughout the Valley. With campuses and learning facilities in Brownsville, Edinburg, Harlingen, McAllen, Rio Grande City, and the School of Medicine, students will have access both on-site and online – to a vast array of learning resources.