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South Texas College (STC) is community college serving McAllen, Rio Grande City and Weslaco, Texas. STC is one of three community colleges in Texas accredited to offer a Bachelor of Applied Technology (BAT) degree. It is the only one accredited to offer two bachelor's degrees. It also offers associate's degrees, professional certificates, continuing education, developmental studies, and online education. Hybrid courses that combine classroom instruction with online learning are also available, and students may follow transfer study programs to transfer courses to other institutions.
The more than 100 degree and certificate programs offered at South Texas College cover topics that range from art and science, to technology and health care. Eight associate's degrees are offered through the online learning program. There are two Bachelor of Applied Technology degrees offered at STC - one win Technology Management, and one in Computer and Information Technology.
As a service to the community, STC offers dual enrollment opportunities to local high school students. These programs allow eligible students to take college courses while attending high school. For high school students in their junior or senior year who are interested in pursuing a degree in medicine or engineering, there is a Dual Enrollment Medical Science Academy and a Dual Enrollment Engineering Academy. These academies offer concentrated two-year programs of study and internship opportunities that culminate in an Associate of Science degree.
The South Texas College District was established by the Texas Legislature in 1993, to serve the Hidalgo-Starr County area's population of half a million people.
Within the district, South Texas College, Brazosport College and Midland College all received accreditation to offer the bachelor's degree.
The academic calendar for South Texas College follows a semester format with fall and spring semesters, and three shorter summer sessions. Additionally, there are shorter "minimesters" of 6-, 8-, and 12-week durations offered through the spring and fall for working students who need a more flexible schedule. The nursing program offers "minimester" flex scheduling throughout the year for busy students.
Colleges and Schools
STC offers a Core Curriculum of general education courses that prepares all students for Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees, and also for those students who plan to continue their education by completing a bachelor's degree at STC or by transferring to another institution. The Core Curriculum helps students develop their competencies in mathematics, critical thinking, reading, writing and speaking.
Study areas at South Texas College are divided into Academic Divisions, as follows:
- Bachelor Programs and University Relations
- Business and Technology
- Developmental Studies
- Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
- Math and Science
- Nursing and Allied Health
The STC Department of Student Life provides students with a full calendar of activities and student organizations to choose from, as well as helpful information about departments, health services, and professional associations. Some of the professional associations available for student participation or assistance include the American Student Government Association (ASGA), and the National Association of Veterans' Program Administrators (NAVPA).
Financial assistance is available, and many of the student services are free, including tutoring, Internet access, career counseling, job placement services, and more.
The Office of Intramural Sports and Wellness Programming offers students a variety of recreational sports and health programs to encourage social interaction and improve overall wellness.
South Texas College does not participate in intercollegiate athletics.
STC has satellite campuses and workforce training centers located throughout the Hidalgo-Starr counties:
- Mid-Valley Campus
- Nursing & Allied Health Campus
- Pecan Campus
- Starr County Campus
- Technology Campus
Known as the Rio Grande Valley and Coastal Bend, the South Texas region is south of San Antonio and west of the Gulf of Mexico. The south and west boundaries of this region are formed by the Rio Grande River. Padre Island is a popular tourist destination in this region. South Texas has a largely Hispanic community.
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $1,300. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. There is also a $90 application fee for those applying to a program. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Annual tuition estimates are:
- State Residents: $2,000-$2,500
- Out-of-State: $3,000-$3,600
- Part-time students are charged:
- In-State: $73-$88 per unit
- Out-of-State: $100-$120 per unit
Financial Aid Details
The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||89%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||85%||$5,105|
|Receiving Student Loans||6%||$1,279|
Admissions, Academics, & Student Services
To help students and recent graduates, South Texas College may offer student services like those listed below:
- Online course work available
- Classes offered on nights and weekends
- Remedial instructional courses
- Career path counseling
- Work study style employment
- Assistance to find work
- Day care
Graduation & Transfer Rates
Students who attend a community college will be able to choose from a variety of programs that will lead to an associate's degree or transfer to a four year institution. The following list shows graduation and transfer-out rates for South Texas Community College compared to community colleges in Texas, which can be useful for determining which community college to attend.
|South Texas Community College||Hidalgo County||Texas|
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
- Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program (more info)
- Accredited by the American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (since 1998)
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Business and Marketing Studies
Communications and Journalism
Computer and Information Sciences
English Language and Literature
Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies
Family and Consumer Sciences
Foreign Languages and Literature
Health and Clinical Professions
Legal Professions and Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mathematics and Statistics
Mechanic and Repair Technology
Personal and Culinary Services
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Public Administration and Social Services
Recreation and Fitness Studies
Security and Protective Services
Visual and Performing Arts
Other Community Colleges Nearby
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