South Texas College

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School Overview

South Texas College, locally referred to as STC, is a publicly funded community college located in the Rio South Region of the state of Texas. The college is regionally accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award Associate of Arts (A.A.), Associate of Science (A.S.), Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) and Bachelor of Applied Technology (B.A.T.), degrees. Approximately, 30,000 students attend STU each year and the college employs over 1,600 staff and faculty at six locations.

STU offers over 100 degree programs and certificates, including associate degrees in various disciplines such Art, Allied Health, Science and Technology. In addition to its campus based programs, South Texas College offers an extensive selecton of online degrees and certificate programs for students seeking to complete a degree via distance learning.

Unlike many community colleges, STU offers several accredited bachelor degree programs. In fact, there are only two other community colleges in all of Texas, other than STU, that offer an accredited BAT degree, and STU is the only community colleges in Texas that offers three accredited bachelor’s degree programs.

General Information

Admission Office

3201 West Pecan Boulevard

McAllen, TX 78502

(956) 618-8311

Contact: Matthew Hebbard

Director of Admissions and Registrar
Main Address

3201 West Pecan Boulevard

McAllen, TX 78502

(956) 618-8311

Total undergrads: 21,666

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 2,389

Degree-seeking undergrads: 21,425


Suburban setting

Small city (50,000 – 249,999)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: No

Admissions Policies/Requirements

Special requirements for nursing program.

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $2,166 $2,366 $2,462 $2,678 +8.77%
Books and Supplies $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $1,200 +20.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state Off Campus $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
In-state with Family $3,166 $3,366 $3,462 $3,878 +12.02%

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 1,597 86%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,546 83% $7,044,790 $4,557
• Federal grants 1,373 74% $5,475,881 $3,988
• Pell grants 1,373 74% $5,262,407 $3,833
• Other federal grants 321 17% $213,474 $665
Local and state government scholarships or grants 918 49% $1,525,995 $1,662
Institutional scholarships or grants 28 2% $42,914 $1,533
Student loan financial aid 119 6% $87,175 $733
• Federal student loans 0 0% $0
• Other student loans 119 6% $87,175 $733

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 99 1819 995
Area, Cultural, Ethnic, Gender, and Group Studies 1
Hispanic-american, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-american/chicano Studies 1
Biology, Biological and Biomedical Sciences 108
Biology and Biological Sciences 108
Business, Management, Administration and Marketing Services 68 205 87
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Studies 5 31
Business Administration and Management 68
Business/commerce 197 55
Human Resources Management and Services, Other 2 1
Office Management and Supervision 1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 31 40 150
Computer and Information Sciences 31 29 48
Computer Science 8
Computer Support Specialist 3 102
Construction Trades 25
Electrical and Power Transmission Installation/installer 25
Engineering 35
Engineering 35
Engineering Technology 29 65
Civil Drafting and Civil Engineering Cad/cadd 1
Computer Engineering Technology/technician 15 3
Computer Technology/computer Systems Technology 30
Drafting and Design Technology/technician 13 32
English Language and Literature/letters 8
English Language and Literature 8
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 29
Foreign Languages and Literatures 29
Health Services/allied Health/health Sciences 309 411
Emergency Medical Technology/technician (emt Paramedic) 12 93
Health Information/medical Records Technology/technician 5 1
Licensed Practical/vocational Nurse Training 170
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/coder 23
Medical/clinical Assistant 14 9
Nursing Assistant/aide and Patient Care Assistant/aide 103
Occupational Therapist Assistant 13
Pharmacy Technician/assistant 10 12
Physical Therapy Technician/assistant 12
Radiologic Technology/science – Radiographer 6
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse 218
Respiratory Therapy Technician/assistant 19
History 12
History 12
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 172
Criminal Justice/safety Studies 172
Human Services 2
Social Work 2
Legal Studies 12 9
Legal Administrative Assistant/secretary 9
Legal Assistant/paralegal 12
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 209
General Studies 209
Mathematics and Statistics 7
Mathematics 7
Mechanics and Repairers 15 60
Automobile/automotive Mechanics Technology/technician 6 15
Diesel Mechanics Technology/technician 4 17
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/technician 5 28
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies 343
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, Other 343
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 33
Health and Physical Education/fitness 33
Personal and Culinary Services 20 32
Culinary Arts/chef Training 20 32
Physical Sciences 15
Chemistry 14
Physics 1
Precision Production Trades 4 56
Tool and Die Technology/technician 4 37
Welding Technology/welder 19
Social Sciences 160
Anthropology 2
Political Science and Government 3
Social Sciences 155
Visual and Performing Arts 30 67
Digital Arts 67
Fine/studio Arts 15
Music 15
Work and Family Studies 21 33
Child Care Provider/assistant 21 1
Child Development 32
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Architecture & Related Programs

Architectural Technology A,C

Arts, Visual & Performing

Arts – General A
Fine/Studio Arts A
Music – General A

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology A

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting A,C
Banking/Financial Services A,C
Business Administration/Management A,C
Logistics/Materials Management C
Marketing Management A,C
Office Management A,C

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Networking/Telecommunications A
Computer Programming – Specific Applications A
Computer Science A
Computer Support Specialist A,C
Computer/Information Sciences – General A
Computer/Systems Security A
Database Management A
Technology management B
Web/Multimedia Design A,C
Web/Multimedia Management A


Early Childhood Education A,C
Elementary Education A
Junior High Education A
Kindergarten/Preschool Education C
Secondary Education A


Engineering – General A

Engineering Technologies

Drafting and Design Technology A,C

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General A

Family & Consumer Sciences

Child Development A

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Emergency Medical Technology A,C
Medical Insurance Coding C
Medical Office Assistant A,C
Medical Records Technology A,C
Medical Transcription C
Nursing – Practical C
Nursing Assistance A,C
Occupational Therapy Assistance A
Pharmacy Assistance A,C
Physical Therapy Assistance A
Radiologic Technology/Medical Imaging A


History – General A

Law & Legal Studies

Legal Administrative Assistance A,C
Paralegal/Legal Assistance A

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences A


Mathematics – General A

Mechanic & Repair Technologies

Automotive Technology A,C
Diesel Mechanics A,C
Heating/A.C./Refrigeration Mechanics A,C

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Intercultural/Multicultural/Diversity Studies A

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Studies A

Personal & Culinary Services

Food Prep/Professional Cooking C
Personal & Culinary Services – General A
Restaurant/Catering Management A

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy A

Physical Sciences

Chemistry A
Physics A

Precision Production Trades

Precision Production Trades – General A,C

Public Administration & Services

Human Services A

Security & Protective Services

Law Enforcement Administration A

Social Sciences

Political Science/Government A
Social Sciences – General A

Degrees, certificates and diplomas for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

South Texas College Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (956) 872-8311
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online:
Address: 3201 W Pecan, McAllen, TX 78502-9701
Setting: City: Midsize
Campus Housing: No

Students & Programs

Student Population: 33,054
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 0%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 23 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 24,618 (74% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Associates, Bachelor's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $4,440
Out-of-state Tuition: $7,830
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 89%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $5,627

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

South Texas College Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at South Texas College.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 1
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 1
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 631
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 221
Construction Trades 21
Education 3
Engineering 1
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 53
English Language and Literature/Letters 1
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 21
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 12
Health Professions and Related Programs 12101
History 1
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 23
Legal Professions and Studies 22
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 2
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians 63
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 11
Personal and Culinary Services 22
Philosophy and Religious Studies 1
Physical Sciences 2
Precision Production 42
Psychology 1
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 12
Social Sciences 3
Visual and Performing Arts 4
Grand total 48603

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at South Texas College and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $4,440
Out-of-state $7,830
Books and supplies $1,200

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $0
Out-of-state $0

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 2,600 89%
Grant or scholarship aid 2,469 84% $5,627
Student loan aid 155 5% $1,845

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 13,089 41% $4,360
Federal student loans 0 0% $0

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for South Texas College. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled South Texas College students.

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

South Texas College Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 33,054
Undergraduate enrollment 33,054
Graduate enrollment 0

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

South Texas College Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
    • Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
  • American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
    • Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) - Programs leading to an associate degree
  • American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
    • Physical Therapy (PTA) - Programs for the physical therapist assistant

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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