University of Texas at Brownsville

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School Overview

The University of Texas at Brownsville (UTB) is a University of Texas System member located in Brownsville, Texas. This university formed a partnership between the University of Texas-Pan American at Brownsville and the Texas Southmost College. From 1991 to 2011, these two colleges were a substantial presence in South Texas education. They provided special opportunities for over 17,000 students from Texas, Mexico, and elsewhere. Today the partnership has ended with UTB becoming a stand-alone University of Texas school and Texas Southmost College becoming an independent community college once again. UTB offers bachelor’s degrees and an increasing number of graduate degrees in fields such as sciences, liberal arts, business, education, etc. There are also professional programs which are also designed to meet the regional, national and international needs.

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:

Enrollment Statistics

Undergraduate Attendance Status

Undergraduate Student Gender

Undergraduate Student Age

Undergraduate Student Residence

Graduate Attendance Status

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Retention and Graduation Rates

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $4,145 $4,664 $4,872 $5,109 +4.86%
Books and Supplies $601 $615 $646 $646 0.00%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $5,377 $5,504 $5,782 $5,782 0.00%
Other $4,006 $4,100 $4,308 $4,308 0.00%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $8,389 $8,587 $9,021 $9,021 0.00%
Other $3,995 $4,090 $4,297 $4,297 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $14,129 $14,883 $15,608 $15,845 +1.52%
In-state Off Campus $17,130 $17,956 $18,836 $19,073 +1.26%
In-state with Family $4,746 $5,279 $5,518 $5,755 +4.30%
Average Graduate Student Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $3,086
In-state Student Fees $1,104
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $8,666
Out-of-state Fees $1,104

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 1,329 96%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,318 95% $6,965,563 $5,285
• Federal grants 985 71% $3,982,447 $4,043
• Pell grants 985 71% $3,772,197 $3,830
• Other federal grants 339 25% $210,250 $620
State/local government grant or scholarships 702 51% $1,716,240 $2,445
Institutional grants or scholarships 1,219 88% $1,266,876 $1,039
Student loan aid 448 32% $1,730,461 $3,863
• Federal student loans 448 32% $1,730,461 $3,863
• Other student loans 0 0% $0

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS PhD AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 1053 198 1021 208
Biology and Biomedical Sciences 80 5
Biology and Biological Sciences, General 80 5
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 189 33 102 19
Accounting 47 14
Accounting Technology/technician and Bookkeeping 7
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science Programs
Business Administration and Management 93 33
Business/commerce 4 76
Entrepreneurship/entrepreneurial Studies 1
Finance 1
General Office Occupations and Clerical Services 8 6
International Business/trade/commerce 20
International Marketing 4 6
Marketing/marketing Management 23
Communication and Journalism Programs 40
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 40
Computing and Information Sciences 35 16 7
Computer and Information Sciences 10 16 7
Information Science/studies 25
Construction Trades 17
Building/construction Site Management/manager 17
Education 126 177
Bilingual and Multilingual Education
Counselor Education/school Counseling and Guidance Services 14
Curriculum and Instruction 20
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 2 123
Educational Leadership and Administration 46
Educational/instructional Technology 24
Junior High/intermediate/middle School Education and Teaching 9
Music Teacher Education 1
Reading Teacher Education 5
Secondary Education and Teaching 30
Special Education and Teaching 12
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels 15
Teaching English As A Second or Foreign Language/esl Language Instructor 2
Engineering 8
Engineering Physics/applied Physics 8
Engineering Technology 11 22 15
Drafting and Design Technology/technician 9 15
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/technician 5
Industrial Technology/technician 3 13
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/technician 1
Mechanical Engineering/mechanical Technology/technician 2
English Language, Composition and Literature/letters 13 3
English Language and Literature 13 3
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 23 4 18
Language Interpretation and Translation 2
Spanish Language and Literature 21 4 18
Health Services and Allied Health Sciences 35 13 185 69
Clinical/medical Laboratory Technician 4
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/sonographer and Ultrasound Technician 8
Emergency Medical Technology/technician (emt Paramedic) 6 2
Licensed Practical/vocational Nurse Training 54
Medical Administrative/executive Assistant and Medical Secretary 9 13
Nursing Administration 2
Nursing Education 11
Public Health/community Nurse/nursing
Radiologic Technology/science – Radiographer 14
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse 35 116
Respiratory Care Therapy/therapist 28
History 34 2
History 34 2
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 95 23
Corrections 39
Criminal Justice/law Enforcement Administration 51
Criminal Justice/safety Studies 5 23
Human Services 1 70
Public Administration 1
Social Work 70
Legal and Law Studies 10 3
Legal Administrative Assistant/secretary 1 3
Legal Assistant/paralegal 9
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 376
General Studies 376
Mathematics and Statistics 13 2
Mathematics 13 2
Mechanics and Repairers 60
Autobody/collision and Repair Technology/technician 18
Automobile/automotive Mechanics Technology/technician 29
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/technician 13
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies 268 6
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, Other 268 6
Natural Resources and Conservation 9
Environmental Science 9
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 62
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 62
Physical Sciences 3 3
Chemistry 3
Physics 3
Precision Production Trades
Machine Shop Technology/assistant
Machine Tool Technology/machinist
Psychology 51
Psychology 51
Social Sciences 56
Political Science and Government 24
Sociology 32
Visual and Performing Arts 28 5
Art/art Studies 11 3
Music 17 2
Work and Family Studies 17 18
Child Care Provider/assistant 17 18
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: No

Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 100%

Open admission, but with selective admission to some programs

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 68%

Undergraduate 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

Degree levels 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
Type of School:2-year, Public
Address:80 Fort Brown, Brownsville, TX 78520
Setting:Rural: Remote
Campus Housing:No

Students & Programs

Student Population:5,062
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):26%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:23 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:
Distance Learning Students*:5,062 (100% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Certificates, Associates

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$4,398
Out-of-state Tuition:$5,598
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:87%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$5,140

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

Texas Southmost College Programs

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

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Architecture and Related Services1
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services33
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services11
Construction Trades12
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields12
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences11
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics1
Health Professions and Related Programs47
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service2
Legal Professions and Studies11
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities1
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians32
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies1
Public Administration and Social Service Professions1
Visual and Performing Arts1
Grand total1531

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at Texas Southmost College.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 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 Fees2016-2017
Books and supplies$760

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid23287%
Grant or scholarship aid22082%$5,140
Student loan aid5922%$4,208

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid2,25856%$4,074
Federal student loans1,09327%$4,553

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.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

Number of applicants000
Percent admitted%%%
Percent admitted who enrolled%%%

Admissions Considerations

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 2017

Total Enrollment5,062
Undergraduate enrollment5,062
Graduate enrollment0

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 (MNUR) - Master's program
    • Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate 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. 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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