The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College (UTB-TSC)

One West University Blvd, Brownsville, TX

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The University of Texas Brownsville and Texas Southmost College is the result of an academic partnership that took place in 1991 to meet community and area needs regarding post-secondary education. Originally a branch campus of University Texas Pan America, the school was separated and given university status with the University of Texas System. Shortly after its formation the school partnered with Texas Southmost College, a community college in Brownsville that was established in 1926 to expand assist one another in providing educational opportunities to residents of south Texas which had been lacking otherwise. The partnership between the two schools is expected to end some time before 2015 due to vote by the Texas Southmost College school board wishing to return it to a separate institution.

UTB/TSC has a large number of programs that provide a variety of opportunities to students. Due to the variety of programs available, students may pursue the academic or career programs that best suits their future goals. Academic programs allow for associate, bachelor, master and doctoral degrees, with enrollment requirements becoming more complex with each level of degree. Associate programs take approximately two years to complete, bachelor degrees take four, master degree programs between one and two years, the same for doctoral programs. Students may choose to continue their education at UTB/TSC once a degree is earned, or they may transfer to another institution to continue their education.

Career and technical training programs are also offered, resulting in a certificate or associate degree, allowing students to enter the workforce immediately after graduation at the entry level. Students enrolled in such a program will have learned the skills and abilities necessary to enter the workforce as a professional and perform all tasks and duties required of him or her. These programs take between one and two years to complete.

Programs offered include:

Admissions and FInancial Aid
Students interested in enrollment at UTB/TSC must submit an application which will be reviewed and compared to the new admissions standards put forth by the school in 2012. Student applications will be undergo evaluation, and if they meet the schools standards, a notification for admission will be sent to the students. Students applying for associate or certificate programs may do so through Texas Southmost College, whose restrictions for admission are few.

Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, work study programs, veterans benefits programs and scholarships. Students in need of financial assistance must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the resulting student aid report (SAR) from which will be used by the school to identify the student's need, eligibility for programs, and the monetary awards he or she is entitled to. Students may also apply for merit scholarships offered by the school, or for external scholarships provided by private groups or funds and offered for a variety of reasons. Students may be asked to provide additional financial documentation, such as tax returns, prior to the disbursement of funds in order to ensure that the information on the SAR is accurate.

The UTB/TSC Scorpions participate in a small number of intercollegiate athletics through National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) in the Red River Athletic Conference. Students who participate in intercollegiate athletics will participate in an atmosphere of healthy competition against rival schools, developing skills and habits, such as discipline, teamwork, and good health, which are applicable to one's academic, professional and personal life. Additionally, students form bonds out of camaraderie, working with one another toward a common goal and experiencing success and failure together. Athletic programs have different start dates throughout the year and interested students should visit the athletic department to find out when tryouts begin.

Athletic programs at  UTB/TSC:

  • Soccer
  • Golf
  • Volleyball (Women Only)

Admission Requirements & Details

The information regarding admissions below may provide a better idea of the applicants UTB-TSC accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP or college credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • Life Experience Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

The total student enrollment at The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College is about 4,000, with undergraduate students making up about 100% of the total student population and graduate students making up the rest.


Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $2,700. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Tuition estimates per year:
    • State Residents: $1,200-$1,400
    • Out-of-State: $3,600-$4,320
  • Charges for part-time students are:
    • State Residents: $50-$60 per credit unit
    • Nonresidents: $150-$180 per credit unit

Financial Aid Details

The financial aid table below details the types of financial aid, along with the percent of students receiving aid, and on average the amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid89%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships83%$8,314
Receiving Student Loans29%$3,377

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help support students, The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College may offer services to students including:

  • Online classes
  • Remedial courses
  • Academic counseling for students
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Assistance to find work
  • Day care for children

Graduation Rates

The overall graduation rate of The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College is around 26%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years7%
Graduating in 5 Years8%
Graduating in 6 Years5%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Music Program (more info)
    • * Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation (since 2007)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program (more info)
    • * Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (since 1982)

Intercollegiate Athletics

  • Baseball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

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.

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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

Construction Trades



Engineering Technology

English Language and Literature

Family and Consumer Sciences

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions


Interdisciplinary Studies

Legal Professions and Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Mechanic and Repair Technology

Natural Resources and Conservation

Physical Sciences


Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

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