EDITORIAL: UTRGV rated 3rd best for value online degree in US

With so many first-generation college students in the Rio Grande Valley, and so many who are financially struggling and must work while taking classes, we applaud the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley for recently being ranked third in the nation in terms of offering the best values and fastest online degrees in 2018.

Collegevaluesonline.com has ranked UTRGV just under Eastern Kentucky University (No. 1) and Central Michigan University (No. 2) as third in the United States for “Best Value Fast Degrees Online” for 2018. It cited UTRGV’s “fast-paced online degrees” and “accelerated master’s degree programs that can be completed in as little as one year.”

The average net cost to attend UTRGV online is $4,432. The university offers an accelerated MBA with three concentration options: financial planning, healthcare administration and international trade, as well as online degrees in public affairs, education, social work and nursing.

The other Top 10 universities that UTRGV bested include (in order): Northern Kentucky University, Colorado Technical University, University of Arkansas-Little Rock, Faulkner University, California Baptist University, the University of Texas-Arlington and East Coast Polytechnic University.

“Not everyone has the luxury of attending school for four years in one stretch — much less to immediately jump into a graduate program for an additional multi-year commitment,” the editors at Collegevaluesonline.com wrote of their rankings.

UTRGV’s average net online tuition is, in fact, the lowest of all the top 10 ranked value online universities, less than half of the next-least expensive online tuition offered by Northern Kentucky University, and five times less expensive than the $25,875 online tuition plan from California Baptist University.

Congratulations to UTRGV and we hope administrators will continue to keep tuition costs as low as possible, especially knowing that rate increases could prevent many first-generation students in the Rio Grande Valley from pursuing higher education degrees.

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