• 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 33,054 students (34% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 17:1 is same as the state community college average of 17:1.
Minority enrollment is 98% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 71%.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 33,054 students
  • In-state tuition: $3,590
  • Out-state tuition: $4,464
  • Student:teacher ratio: 17:1
  • Minority enrollment: 98%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Top Rankings

South Texas College ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Texas for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 1,992 teachers has grown by 95% over five years.
South Texas College
(TX) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Baccalaureate/Associate's Colleges: Associate's Dominant
Associate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High Traditional
Institution Level
Four or more years
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
1,992 staff
262 staff
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Student Body

The student population of South Texas College has grown by 9% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 17:1 has decreased from 43:1 over five years.
The South Texas College diversity score of 0.08 is less than the state average of 0.68. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
33,054 students
4,831 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
17:1
17:1
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# Full-Time Students
11,080 students
1,371 students
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# Part-Time Students
21,974 students
3,460 students
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Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
251 students
% Asian
1%
5%
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% Hispanic
96%
47%
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% Black
n/a
12%
% White
2%
29%
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% Two or more races
n/a
3%
% Non Resident races
n/a
2%
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% Unknown races
1%
2%
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This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in TX.
Diversity Score
0.08
0.68
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$33,600
$34,600
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $3,590 is less than the state average of $4,287. The in-state tuition has declined by 7% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $4,464 is less than the state average of $6,528. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$3,590
$4,287
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$4,464
$6,528
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
89%
82%
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Acceptance Rate
n/a
76%
Source: 2020 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (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.

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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 33,054 students
  • In-state tuition: $3,590
  • Out-state tuition: $4,464
  • Student:teacher ratio: 17:1
  • Minority enrollment: 98%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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Did You Know?

For Texas public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,287 per year for in-state students and $6,528 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $13,663 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Texas is 77%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Texas community colleges have a diversity score of 0.68, which is lower than the national average of 0.71. The most diverse community college in Texas is Vista College-Online. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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