South Texas College

Also known as South Texas Community College

3201 W Pecan, McAllen, TX

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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

Student Life

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.

Satellite Campuses

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

Community Life

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 StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid89%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships85%$5,105
Receiving Student Loans6%$1,279

Admissions, Academics, & Student Services

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 CollegeHidalgo CountyTexas
Graduation Rate19.3%-16.5%
Transfer-out Rate11.8%-20.8%

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)

Programs Offered

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.

Get more information about the programs offered by South Texas College by clicking the request information to the right.

(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

Construction Trades



Engineering Technology

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

Physical Sciences

Precision Production


Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

Other Community Colleges Nearby

The list of nearby schools has been selected by researching which schools offer similar programs to South Texas College.

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