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Weslaco, Texas (TX) Colleges and Universities

While there are only 3 schools in Weslaco, TX, there are 20 more schools located within a 50-mile radius. Read about the top schools in several categories, including highest graduation rates and lowest net price, to find the school for you.

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There are about 23 postsecondary institutions within 50 miles of Weslaco, including vocational institutes, cosmetology schools, 4-year universities and more. This article compares and contrasts traditional schools based on data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) in four categories.

Closest Schools to Weslaco, Texas

The closest schools to Weslaco are less than 2-year, private specialty schools. For students looking for traditional institutions, there are several 4-year schools available within 35 miles of downtown.

  • The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (14.4 miles from downtown)
  • South Texas College (16.2 miles from downtown)
  • Southern Careers Institute-Harlingen (19 miles from downtown)
  • Southern Careers Institute-Brownsville (33.6miles from downtown)
  • The University of Texas at Brownsville (33.6 miles from downtown)

Largest Schools Near Weslaco, Texas

The 4-year public schools in the Weslaco, TX, area have large student populations compared to the private schools. A couple of these schools offer graduate level degree programs in addition to undergraduate programs.

  • South Texas College (30,180 students)
  • The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (21,015 students)
  • The University of Texas at Brownsville (11,943 students)
  • Southern Careers Institute-Brownsville (497 students)
  • Southern Careers Institute-Harlingen (369 students)

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  • Liberal Arts and Humanities
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  • Psychology
  • Transportation and Distribution
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Lowest Net Price

The NCES calculates the lowest net price for schools by subtracting the average amount of financial aid that a full-time undergrad receives from the total cost of attendance for a school. The NCES reported that schools in the Weslaco area ranged in net prices from $1,306 to $24,438 for 2014-2015.

  • South Texas College ($1,306)
  • The University of Texas at Brownsville ($2,740)
  • The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley ($4,335)
  • Southern Careers Institute-Harlingen ($22,504)
  • Southern Careers Institute-Brownsville ($23,115)

Highest Graduation Rates

The NCES comes up with overall graduation rates for postsecondary schools by determining the percentage of full-time undergraduate students who graduated within 150% of the 'normal' estimated program completion time. Unfortunately, most of the traditional schools in the Weslaco, TX, area had graduation rates less than 50% for 2015.

  • Southern Careers Institute-Harlingen (66% graduation rate)
  • Southern Careers Institute-Brownsville (56% graduation rate)
  • The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (39% graduation rate)
  • The University of Texas at Brownsville (31% graduation rate)
  • South Texas College (18% graduation rate)

There are a handful of traditional private and public institutions in the Weslaco, TX, area for students to choose from based on location, size, price, and graduation rates.

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