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About South Texas College

South Texas College (STC) was established by the Legislature of Texas in 1993 to serve the Hidalgo and Starr counties. The college operates five campuses in the area and employs more than 1,600 faculty to serve its 30,000 plus students. STC offers career and technical education, and it has articulation agreements with more than 60 4-year colleges across the country to accept credits towards a bachelor's degree. There are also multiple e-learning opportunities, and ten of the associate degrees are offered entirely online.

More than 95% of STC's students are of Hispanic origin, and more than 70% are the first members of their families to enroll in college. A dual enrollment program allows eligible high school students to take college courses and earn credit towards a certificate or associate degree.


The majority of STC's offerings are undergraduate certificate and associate degree programs. There are also two Bachelor of Applied Technology (BAT) programs in technology management and computer and information technology. Only two other accredited Texas schools offer the BAT.

The college is divided into five academic divisions, with programs in business and technology, liberal arts and social sciences, nursing and allied health, developmental studies and math and sciences. The Associate Degree in Nursing program offers LVN to RN and Paramedic to RN tracks. Other health fields include radiologic technology and respiratory therapy. Associate of Applied Science degree programs are available in a number of areas, including construction supervision, culinary arts, paralegal studies and computer aided drafting. Traditional majors, such as math, science, history, drama, English and philosophy are also offered.

Certificate programs of 30 or fewer credit hours are available in a wide variety of areas, such as welding, banking, fire science, civil drafting, emergency medical technology and geographic information systems. These are designed to qualify students for entry-level employment.


South Texas College has an open admissions policy. Potential students can use to apply to every public and some private universities in the state. Applicants must have graduated high school and passed the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills test or received a GED. If the GED is completed in a language other than English, students will be limited enrollment-wise to English as a Second Language (ESL) courses. In order to be admitted to other courses and programs, students must complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Exam. The minimum score required is 500 on the paper exam or a 173 on the computerized section.

Tuition & Financial Aid

In 2012, the in-district tuition for 12 credit hours was $804. Out-of-district tuition for 12 hours was $913, while non-residents paid $2,424. Students have the options of paying tuition in full, enrolling in a payment plan or applying for an emergency loan. The estimated cost for books and supplies was $1,200. Estimated total expenses for in-district students were $12,414, out-of-district students $13,299, and out-of-state students $14,424.

Most beginning undergraduate students receive some sort of financial aid; loans, grants and work-study awards are available. STC provides access to a number of scholarship sources, including the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, which offers assistance to students of Hispanic background.

School Type 4-year, Public*
Degrees Offered Associate, Bachelor, Certificate*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semester**
School Setting Midsize city*
Student Body 29,604 (all undergraduate)*
Student Housing None*
Schools and Programs Over 100 degree and certificate choices**
Student-Faculty Ratio 25 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Associate: Education (409)
Bachelor: Business (106)* *
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 12%*
Admission Rate Open admissions*
Entering Class Size 4,294 in 2011***
First-Year Retention Rates 50% (full time students)*
Application Due Date Spring registration begins on October 29**
Tuition In 2011-2012: $5,160 in-district estimate per year, $6,045 in-state, $7,170 out-of-state*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2011: Federal grants (82%), Pell grants (82%), State-local grants (38%), Federal student loans (0%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 50% in 2011*

Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **South Texas College, ***IPEDS Data Center.

School Contact Information

  • Address: 3201 W. Pecan, McAllen, Texas 78501
  • Phone: 956-872-8311
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