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McAllen, Texas (TX) Colleges and Universities

There are 22 schools within a 50 mile radius of McAllen, Texas; four of which are traditional schools. Learn more about the four factors used to compare colleges and universities in the area to help with your educational goals.

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Within 50 miles of McAllen, Texas, there are a few colleges and universities that may interest students. The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) helps show statistics for important factors that students should consider when comparing these colleges and universities.

Closest Schools to McAllen, Texas

Distance can be an important factor when selecting a school. With two schools being quite far from McAllen, the other two schools are only within about 7 miles of downtown. Three of these are 4-year schools. The four closest schools to McAllen are:

  • South Texas College (1.5 miles from downtown)
  • The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (7.2 miles from downtown)
  • Southern Careers Institute-Brownsville (49 miles from downtown)
  • The University of Texas at Brownsville (49 miles from downtown)

Largest Schools Near McAllen, Texas

The size of a school can be important to many students. The student population size varies greatly with the largest school having about 34,000 students and the fourth largest school having almost 600 students. The two schools with the highest number of students are also very close to downtown McAllen. The following are the four schools with the highest student population near McAllen:

  • South Texas College (34,371 students)
  • The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (28,584 students)
  • The University of Texas at Brownsville (4,029 students)
  • Southern Careers Institute-Brownsville (564 students)

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Lowest Net Price

Finding the cost of attending a school can help make a decision about your education as well. The net prices shown are for full-time undergraduate students, and is calculated by finding the difference between the tuition and fees of a school and the financial aid that is given out. The college with the lowest net price is within 2 miles of downtown McAllen. The three schools with the lowest net price are all 4-year schools. The following are four schools near McAllen with the lowest net price for the 2014-2015 schools year:

  • 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-Brownsville ($23,115)

Highest Graduation Rate

The graduation rate listed by NCES can help students select a school that fits their needs. Out of the four schools with the highest graduation rate, three are 4-year schools and one is a 2 year. The school with the highest graduation rate is located 49 miles from McAllen. These listed rates were calculated with students who began their degree program in 2009, with the exception of Southern Careers Institute-Brownsville which was 2012. The graduation rates are for students who completed their degree program within 150% of the normal time.

  • 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)

To conclude, it is essential for students to look into these four factors when choosing a college or university near McAllen.

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