Achievements, Awards, Recognitions & Accreditations

South Texas College has a two decade history of national recognition and rankings. It is embedded in the institutional culture to exceed all expectations in our commitment to serve the needs of all residents of deep South Texas.


  • 34,000 students each semester on 5 campuses and a virtual campus;
  • Over 121 degree and certificate options, and 32 on-line degrees;
  • One of three community colleges in the state of Texas authorized to offer the Bachelor of Applied Technology; The only community college offering 3 BAT degrees;
  • Bequeaths and endowments valued at over $6 million;
  • Tuition-free dual enrollment to over 67,000 high school students, saving families over $70 million in tuition since 2003;
  • 15 Early College High Schools and academies, with 62% of participating students graduating with an Associate's Degree in addition to their high school diploma;
  • Partner with local school districts, helping over 2,000 high school dropouts earn a diploma and college credit;
  • Corporate Headquarters/Executive Office for the North American Advanced Manufacturing Research and Education Initiative designed to develop the regional workforce to be the national leader in advanced manufacturing;
  • Community approval of a taxing district for operation of the College and $118.7 million in construction bonds;
  • Construction of 16 state-of-the-art buildings on 5 campuses in 16 months;
  • Valley Scholars Program providing two year scholarships to top 10% of local high school graduates; and
  • 8th Annual College and Career Readiness Summit


  • 2013 Leah Meyer Austin Institutional Student Success Leadership Award;
  • MetLife Foundation: 2008 Community College Excellence Award for promoting educational and economic advancement;
  • National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD): Excellence Award;
  • Association of Community College Trustees: 2005 Western Region Equity Award;
  • Association of Community College Trustees: 2012 M. Dale Ensign Trustee Leadership Award;
  • First round Achieving the Dream College in 2004, ATD Leader College since 2009, and selected as an ATD Texas Peer Coach in 2012;
  • Government Finance Officers Association (United States and Canada): Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting since 2003;
  • North American Council for Staff Professional and Organizational Development (NCSPOD): Institutional Merit Award;
  • National Council for Public Relations and Marketing: National Pacesetter Award for the College's Leadership for Creative and Innovative Marketing and Public Relations; and
  • 2011 Alfredo G. de los Santos, Jr. Distinguished Leadership in Higher Education Award from the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE)


  • Community College Week's Top 100 Associate Degree & Certificate Producers, 2012 continues to rank STC in the top 100 out of more than 1,100 community colleges:
    • 3rd in awarding Associate degrees in Education
    • 4th in awarding Associate degrees to Hispanic students
    • 9th in awarding Associate degrees to all minority students
    • 44th in awarding Associate degrees in all disciplines
  • Community College Week ranked STC in the top 50 in the nation for awarding degrees in the fields of criminal justice and corrections; family and consumer sciences/human sciences; homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting and related protective services; multi/interdisciplinary studies; parks, recreation, leisure and fitness studies; and registered nursing;
  • Community College Week ranked STC as the third fastest growing community college in the nation;
  • Hispanic Outlook's Top 100 list ranked STC third for enrolling the most Hispanics among the nation's colleges and universities;
  • Diverse Issues in Higher Education's 2012 "Top 100 Producers of Minority Degrees" ranked STC as #1 in the nation in awarding associate degrees to Hispanic students in the fields of business/commerce general, education and psychology; and
  • #1 in the nation as the most affordable college by the Department of Education, the College Affordability and Transparency Center, July 2011 Rankings.


  • Level II Accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and authorization to offer the baccalaureate degree
  • Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs
  • Accreditation Council of Occupational Therapy Education
  • Texas Board of Nursing
  • Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
  • Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (accredits Health Information Technology)
  • National Accreditation for Early Child Care and Education Programs
  • Texas Department of Aging and Disability (accredits Patient Care Assisting)
  • Texas Department of State Health Services (accredits Emergency Medical Technology)
  • American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
  • Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
  • National Association for Developmental Education (NADE)
  • National Automotive Technical Education Foundation (NATEF)
  • National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS)