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Contact Information

General Information

Phone: 1-800-742-7822

Student Services

Admissions: 956-872-8323
Financial Aid: 956-872-8375
Cashiers: 956-872-3455
Advising Center: 956-872-8372
Student Assessment: 956-872-3484
Disability Support: 956-872-2173

Media Inquiries

Public Relations: 956-872-8302

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 9701
McAllen, Texas 78502-9701

About South Texas College

Founded in 1993, South Texas College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate and associate degrees. More than 34,000 students attend STC, and a faculty and staff of more than 1,600 serve STC’s five state-of-the-art campuses, two teaching centers and one virtual campus.


South Texas College was created on September 1, 1993, by Texas Senate Bill 251 to serve Hidalgo and Starr counties. A confirmation election, held on August 12, 1995, established a taxing district for the college. Seven districts, based on population, were also approved for single-member representation on the Board of Trustees. A community leader from each of the seven districts was originally appointed by Governor Ann Richards to serve on the founding Board of Trustees. Since then, elections have been held for all of the seats, and all members have been elected as of May 2002.

Dual Credit

South Texas College is a model of collaboration with public schools and has one of the largest dual enrollment programs in the state of Texas. A variety of dual enrollment programs have been instituted, including five academies, drop-out recovery programs and other unique initiatives with 24 school districts, and over 78 high school sites throughout Hidalgo and Starr counties. The programs allow eligible students to take college courses while attending high school. Combined, over 15,000 students are currently enrolled in these programs. Since 2003, South Texas College has provided tuition-free dual enrollment to over 91,000 students; saving families over $100 million.

In addition, South Texas College leads the nation in the number of Early College High School partnerships developed with area Independent School Districts. This includes 28 Early College High Schools and two Career and Technical Early College High Schools.

Dual Enrollment Website

Continuing, Professional and Workforce Education

The program provides opportunities for lifelong learners who want to upgrade their skills, change careers, renew licenses and certifications, or seek personal enrichment. There is a wide variety of course offerings including online classes. Additionally the division also offers customized training to area businesses, industries and the community. Training programs are tailored to a client’s specific needs in terms of content, schedule and location.

Continuing, Professional and Workforce Education

Articulation Agreements

For those students who wish to continue their education beyond an associate’s degree, STC has more than 60 articulation agreements in place with colleges across the country.

View Articulation Agreements


South Texas College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the Baccalaureate and Associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of South Texas College.

South Texas College's offerings are approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Texas Education Agency.

Associate Degrees and Certificates

The college offers more than 119 degree and certificate program options, including associate degrees in a variety of art, science, technology and allied health fields of study. The college also offers 18 online associate degrees and certificates options through South Texas College Online.

Baccalaureate Degrees

South Texas College offers Bachelor of Applied Technology degrees in Technology Management, Computer and Information Technologies and Medical and Health Services Management. A new Bachelor of Applied Science in Organizational Leadership is now also offered. South Texas College is proud to be one of three community colleges in the state of Texas accredited to offer Bachelor of Applied Technology degrees. 

Bachelor Programs

South Texas College Online

Through South Texas College Online, students have access to more than 500 online course sections, full online library services, registration, advising, counseling, payment services, financial aid, bookstore, testing and so much more. Currently, 18 associate degrees, 8 certificates and all four bachelor programs are available online, making it possible for students to earn their degrees without ever setting foot on campus.

South Texas College Online

Industry Training & Economic Development

South Texas College is the fiscal agent and home of the executive offices for the North American Advanced Manufacturing Research and Education Initiative (NAAMREI). In addition, the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing (IAM) is linked to all community and technical colleges in the region. South Texas College has taken the lead in helping train workers to fuel a regional manufacturing economy and to support innovations in rapid response manufacturing.

Advanced Manufacturing Institute Website

ADA Compliance

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972, and Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973, South Texas College provides accommodations as required by law to afford equal educational opportunities to all people. For questions about the accreditation of South Texas College, contact the Commission on Colleges at (404) 679-4500.

Equal Opportunity

South Texas College is an equal education and equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer. As an equal opportunity employer, the College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, disability, genetic information, or veteran status. Discrimination is prohibited and the College will comply with all applicable College policies, and state and federal legislation. This policy extends to individuals seeking employment with and admission to the College.