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Higher Education

With well over 70,000 students, and enrollment growing with each semeseter, the Rio South Texas region is rapidly emerging as the center for higher education along the U.S.-Mexico border. Several higher educational institutions serve the region’s growing workforce.

 
University of Texas-Pan American: Part of the University of Texas system, UTPA in Edinburg serves more than 18,500 students. This four-year university offers undergraduate degrees in numerous subject areas. The university also has two Ph.D. programs, as well as several graduate programs.
 
For more information on one of the best ranked public universities, visit http://www.utpa.edu/about/overview/
   

University of Brownsville-Texas Southmost College: Situated right along the shared border with Mexico, UTB-TSC is one of the most historic campuses in Texas. However, UTB-TSC offers students in the Rio South Texas region access to some of the most modern technologies and programs. Here, students can receive two or four-year degrees, as well as Masters and doctoral programs.

To learn more, visit http://www.utb.edu/Pages/default.aspx.

   
South Texas College: This growing college campus offers two-year and four-year degrees to more than 20,000 students in the Rio South Texas region. STC offers technical programs and partners with local industry to ensure the regional workforce meets the needs of businesses today, and tomorrow. STC has campuses in McAllen, Rio Grande City and Weslaco.
 
For more information on one of the fastest growing college centers along the border, visit www.southtexascollege.edu
   
Texas State Technical College: TSTC provides students in the Rio South Texas with a variety of options for Associates 
degrees. TSTC makes it easy for students to either pursue a career after two years through a variety of campus services, but 
also courses are readily transferable to most universities in Texas.
 
Visit http://harlingen.tstc.edu/ to learn more.
 
 

4-Year Universities and Colleges

Institution

Location

FTE Enrollment

Public / Private

University of Texas at Brownsville 

Brownsville

17,151

Public

University of Texas-Pan American 

Edinburg

18,337

Public

South Texas College 

McAllen

26,338

Public

 Source: National Center for Education Statistics ( www.nces.ed.gov) (as of  Fall 2009)

2-Year Colleges

Institution

Location

FTE Enrollment

Public / Private

Texas State Technical College

Harlingen

5,988

Public

Texas Southmost College

Brownsville

N/A

Public

 Source: National Center for Education Statistics (www.nces.ed.gov) (as of Fall 2009)

Vocational Training

Provider

Location

Enrollement

Programs

Career Centers of Texas 

Brownsville

628

Computer & Info Sciences

Engineering Technologies

Health & Related Sciences

South Texas Vo-Tech Institute 

Weslaco

818

Business

Health & Related Sciences

Legal Professions

Valley Grande Institute  

Weslaco

454

Health & Related Sciences

Southern Careers Institute  

Pharr

245

Health & Related Sciences

South Texas Vocational Technical  Institute

McAllen

474

Business

Health & Related Sciences

Legal Professions

San Antonio College of Medical & Dental Assistants

McAllen

1,015

Computer & Info Sciences

Construction Trades

Health & Related Sciences

Source: National Center for Education Statistics (www.nces.ed.gov) (as of Fall 2009)