RGV Colleges and Universities

University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College

It is an educational institution located in Brownsville, TX on the land once occupied by Fort Brown (a military post of the United States Army during the later half of 19th century and the early part of the 20th century, which played a role during the Mexican-American War and the Civil War). The university has been a member of the University of Texas System since 1991 and serves around 15,000 students, the majority of which are natives of the Rio Grande Valley. It offers baccalaureate and an increasing number of graduate degrees in liberal arts, sciences, education, business, and professional programs designed to meet regional, national, and international needs.

The institution was formed from a partnership between Texas Southmost College and the University of Texas at Brownsville. This partnership has ended. UTB will become a standalone University of Texas institution, and Texas Southmost College will become once again an independent community college by no later than August 2015.

On December 6, 2012, University of Texas regents approved a proposal to merge UTB, the University of Texas-Pan American, and a planned medical school into one regional institution.


University of Texas-Pan American


It is a state university located in Edinburg, TX. Founded in 1927, it is a component institution of the University of Texas System. The university serves the Rio Grande Valley and South Texas with baccalaureate, master-level, and doctoral degrees. UTPA provides an affordable education and global opportunities with a choice of 56 bachelor’s, 53 master’s, three doctoral, and two cooperative doctoral programs within 7 colleges. Since the institution’s founding, it has grown from 200 students to over 19,000, making UTPA the tenth-largest university in the state of Texas. The majority of these students are natives of the Rio Grande Valley.

UTPA provides program specific classes in Rio Grande City, McAllen and South Padre Island in addition to those offered through the online learning center. The Upper Level Studies Center in Rio Grande City offers courses mostly in bilingual education, as well as limited courses in criminal justice, history, English, and anthropology.  The McAllen Teaching Site was opened in 2009 in McAllen and offers education and business courses. The site primarily serves professionals in the city of McAllen. The Coastal Studies Laboratory (CSL), established in 1973, is UTPA’s marine biology laboratory located in the city of South Padre Island. The CSL offers graduate level biology courses and houses several ecological programs that are independent of UTPA.

On December 6, 2012, University of Texas regents approved a proposal to merge UTPA, the University of Texas at Brownsville, and a planned medical school into one regional institution.


Texas State Technical College Harlingen


It is part of the Texas State Technical College System, a system of two-year technical schools in Texas (the only state-supported technical college system in Texas), which operates campuses in Waco, Harlingen, Marshall, and West Texas (Abilene, Breckenridge, Brownwood, and Sweetwater).

TSTC offers a high-quality education at an affordable price in an extensive variety of programs in areas of Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources, Health Sciences, Hospitality & Tourism, Information Technology, Manufacturing, Transportation, Distribution & Logistics and more, including programs in Wind Technology and Nursing (RN). It also has articulation agreements with partner universities to bring educational opportunities to students seeking higher degrees.

TSTC has opened the University Center, in a unique collaboration with the city of Harlingen and the Harlingen Economic Development Corporation where eight partner universities, including University of Texas Brownsville, University of Texas-Pan American, Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, Texas A&M Kingsville and University of Houston, to name a few, offer classes towards a combined total of 23 bachelor’s, 23 master’s and 1 doctoral program.


South Texas College


It is a public community college accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.  The college offers more than 100 degree and certificate program options, including associate degrees in a variety of art, science, technology and allied health fields of study. It also offers twenty online degree and certificate options.

STC has an enrollment of approximately 31,000 students and a staff of 1,600 working accross five campuses and one virtual campus: Pecan Campus (main campus) in McAllen, Mid-Valley Campus in Weslaco, Starr County Campus in Rio Grande City, Technology Campus in McAllen, Ramiro R. Casso Nursing & Allied Health Campus in McAllen, and E-STC Virtual Campus.  It also has more than 60 articulation agreements in place with colleges across the country for those students who wish to continue their education beyond an associate’s degree.

South Texas College currently runs a leadership development program engaging the community and the students with service-learning and action-learning projects.  Partner organizations in the surrounding community allow STC students and student groups to engage and volunteer to support a variety of projects.

Regional Academic Health Center

The RAHC is comprised of a Medical Education Division (in Harlingen) and a Medical Research Division (in Edinburg), and it is a geographically separated campus of the UT Health Science Center San Antonio. The students that come to the RAHC have reached the clinical stage of their education and spend most of their time in clinical sites in Harlingen and across the Valley.

The RAHC Internal Medicine Residency Program started in 2002 and approximately 90% of its graduates practice in Texas with the majority practicing in the Rio Grande Valley. Students experience a diversity of clinical experiences through various medical settings in the region, including Valley Baptist Medical Center (the RAHC’s primary teaching hospital), Su Clinica Familiar, and several other clinics and physician’s offices.

Research conducted in the RAHC research facilities focuses on diseases that disproportionately affect the border populations of South Texas-particularly diabetes and certain infectious diseases.



-Wikipedia. The Free Encyclopedia.

-University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College official website

-University of Texas-Pan American official website

-Texas State Technical College Harlingen official website

-South Texas College official website

-Regional Academic Health Center official website