South Texas College

  • South Texas College is a public institution of higher education meeting the diverse educational and workforce needs of the people of Hidalgo and Starr counties.
School Highlights
  • South Texas College serves 30,180 students (32% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 43:1 is higher than the state community college average of 35:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 98% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 61%.
  • South Texas College is one of 2 community colleges within Hidalgo County, TX.
  • The nearest community college to South Texas College is Kaplan College-McAllen (3.2 miles away).

Top Placements

South Texas College places among the top 20% of community colleges in Texas for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 698 teachers has declined by 30% over five years.
South Texas College(TX) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelFour or more yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty698 staff76 staff
South Texas College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of South Texas College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 43:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The South Texas College diversity score of 0.13 is less than the state average of 0.69. The school's diversity has grown by 229% over five years.
Total Enrollment30,180 students3,921 students
South Texas College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio43:135:1
South Texas College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students9,650 students1,055 students
South Texas College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students20,530 students2,866 students
South Texas College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
South Texas College Enrollment Breakdown TX All Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
South Texas College Asian (2007-2012)
% Hispanic
South Texas College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% White
South Texas College White (2007-2016)
% Non Resident races
South Texas College Non Resident (2008-2013)
% Unknown races
South Texas College Ethnicity Breakdown TX All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.130.69
South Texas College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$33,600$33,800
South Texas College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $3,590 is less than the state average of $4,026. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $4,464 is less than the state average of $6,207. The out-state tuition has declined by 37% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$3,590$4,026
South Texas College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$4,464$6,207
South Texas College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid88%83%
South Texas College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates--
Median Debt for Dropouts--
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Since its inception in 1993, South Texas College has grown from 1,000 to more than 17,000 students, and from a faculty and staff of 267 to 1489. The college has also grown from one campus to five campuses and centers. STC has campuses in McAllen, Weslaco and Rio Grande City as well as the Dr. Ramiro R. Casso Nursing and Allied Health Center in McAllen, and the Technology Center in south McAllen near the Foreign Trade Zone. South Texas College is a comprehensive college offering the Bachelor of Applied Technology, and associate degrees and certificates in 90 degree and certificate program options. Academic courses are transferable to colleges and universities and the curriculum includes distance learning, weekend courses and a newly added mini-mester. Although located in Hidalgo County, the STC Pecan Campus services students from the entire Rio Grande Valley. The campus offers comprehensive courses for college transfer to four-year institutions as well as vocational, technical and continuing education courses. The campus is currently undergoing numerous construction projects that will add an expanded library wing, new instructional facilities, and a new student services building. STC is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award the Bachelor of Applied Technology, the Associate of Arts, the Associate of Sciences, and the Associate of Applied Sciences Degrees and Certificates. It is also approved for veteran's educational training in Certificate and Associate of Applied Sciences Degree programs by the Texas Education Agency.

Nearby Schools

  • College Location Mi. Students
  • Kaplan College-McAllen
    Private, for profit
    519 students | 3.20 Mi1500 S. Jackson
    Mcallen TX  78503
  • 5,225 students | 33.70 Mi1902 North Loop 499
    Harlingen TX  78550
  • Kaplan College-Brownsville
    Private, for profit
    345 students | 50.30 Mi1900 North Expressway, Suite O
    Brownsville TX  78521
  • 11,943 students | 52.30 MiOne West University Boulevard
    Brownsville TX  78520
  • 399 students | 116.70 Mi1620 S. Padre Island Drive, #600
    Corpus Christi TX  78416
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Did You Know?
For Texas public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,026 per year for in-state students and $6,207 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $13,730 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Texas is 74%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Texas community colleges have a diversity score of 0.69, which is higher than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in Texas is Houston Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.