Texas Southmost College

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School Overview

Texas Southmost College is a comprehensive open admissions public community college located in Brownsville, Texas. The college was founded in 1926 as The Junior College of The Lower Rio Grande Valley. While Texas Southmost has never been a large college, it’s always been stable. Even during the Greate Depression, the college maintained nominal levels of enrollment, which is more than a lot of colleges were able to do during the same time period. Over the last 50 years, the college has continued to grow. In 1948, the college’s total annual enrollment was roughly 1,250 students. By 1991 the college boasted over 10,000 students.

Texas Southmost College offers a variety of certificate and 2-year associate degree programs designed to prepare students to pursue a bachelor’s degree at a 4-year institution and prepare students for immediate employment.

General Information

Admission Office

80 Fort Brown

Brownsville, TX 78520

(956) 882-8295

(800) 850-0160

Fax: (956) 882-7810

Contact: Rene Villarreal

Director of Admissions
Main Address

80 Fort Brown

Brownsville, TX 78520

(956) 882-8200


Total undergrads: 16,340

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 1,797

Degree-seeking undergrads: 10,145

Graduate enrollment: 849


Urban 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 and allied health programs.

College Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Music – General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting A,B,C
Business – General B
Business Administration/Management B
Entrepreneurial Studies B
Finance/Banking B
International Business B
International Marketing A,C
Marketing Management B
Office Clerical Services A,C

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer/Information Sciences – General A,B,C
Information Sciences/Systems B

Construction Trades

Construction Site Management C


Engineering Physics B

Engineering Technologies

Drafting and Design Technology A,C
Electrical Engineering Technologies A,B,C
Industrial Technology A,B,C
Manufacturing Technologies B
Mechanical Engineering Technology B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Family & Consumer Sciences

Child Care Service A,C

Foreign Language & Literature

Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technology A
Diagnostic Medical Sonography A
Emergency Medical Technology A,C
Health Services – General B
Medical Administrative Assistance A,C
Nursing (RN) A,B
Nursing – Practical C
Radiologic Technology/Medical Imaging A
Respiratory Therapy A


History – General B

Law & Legal Studies

Legal Administrative Assistance A,C
Paralegal/Legal Assistance A,C

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences B


Mathematics – General B

Mechanic & Repair Technologies

Auto Body Repair C
Automotive Technology C
Diesel Mechanics C
Heating/A.C./Refrigeration Mechanics C

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Science B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Health/Physical Fitness B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Physics B

Precision Production Trades

Machine Shop Technology C


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Public Administration B

Security & Protective Services

Corrections B
Criminal Justice Studies A,C
Law Enforcement Administration B

Social Sciences

Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

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.

Texas Southmost College Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (956) 295-3600
Website: www.tsc.edu
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Apply Online: www.tsc.edu/index.php/admissions-and-records/apply-now.html
Address: 80 Fort Brown, Brownsville, TX 78520
Setting: City: Midsize
Campus Housing: No

Students & Programs

Student Population: 8,628
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): %
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 20 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 8,100 (94% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Associates

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $3,748
Out-of-state Tuition: $4,948
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 90%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $5,343

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

Texas Southmost College Programs

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Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Architecture and Related Services 1
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 33
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 11
Construction Trades 12
Education 4
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 11
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 11
Health Professions and Related Programs 47
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 11
Legal Professions and Studies 11
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 1
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians 32
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 1
Visual and Performing Arts 1
Grand total 1628

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Texas Southmost 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 $3,748
Out-of-state $4,948
Books and supplies $1,344

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 449 90%
Grant or scholarship aid 418 84% $5,343
Student loan aid 71 14% $4,085

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 2,834 40% $4,545
Federal student loans 731 10% $4,034

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Texas Southmost 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 Texas Southmost 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

Texas Southmost College Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 8,628
Undergraduate enrollment 8,628
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

Texas Southmost 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
    • Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
    • Nursing (MNUR) - Master's program
  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
    • Radiologic Technology (RAD) - Programs for radiographers
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs

*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. CollegeAtlas.org 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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