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City of Edinburg


Visit the City of Edinburg site

Edinburg lies at the epicenter of one of the most dynamic regions in North America, a region that is keeping pace with the speed of change. Edinburg is the educational and technological capital of a Texas-Mexico border region. With a population of more than 2 million, this region has the highest concentration of people between the ages of 18 and 24 in North America. The result is an excellent and trainable workforce and one of the largest concentrations of Maquiladora plants along the U.S. Mexico border.

Edinburg is a pro-business community with an excellent quality of life, educational facilities and strong civic pride. It has been recognized as an All-America City three times by the National Civic League, placing it among a handful of outstanding communities in the nation. Under the auspices of The University of Texas System, it will soon open the first major Medical Research Center along the U. S.- Mexico.


City of McAllen


Visit the City of McAllen site

McAllen had a population of 150 in 1910. The next year the City of McAllen was incorporated, and by 1920 the city had grown to over 5,300 residents. McAllen grew steadily over the next several decades and the U.S. Census reported in 1960 that McAllen had 32,728 residents. In the 1960's, the city did not add many residents, but did build a new city hall, double the size of its library and established a museum and had already added a civic center and airport the previous decade.

Over the last three decades, McAllen has transformed into the Valley's business, commerce and government leader. The city has become home to scores of national businesses and the center of most state and federal government operations in the Valley. Today, McAllen enjoys explosive growth and the near-constant addition of new and beautiful buildings to the city.


City of McAllen


Visit the City of Mission site

The City of Mission is a great place to live and do business! With a mixture of old and new, there's something for everybody in Mission, Texas. Located along the U.S./Mexico border, Mission is part of one of the fastest growing MSAs in the country. It has experienced tremendous growth in population, business development and its economy in recent years.

The City of Mission is also widely known for ecotourism and is the premiere spot for birding in South Texas. Birders and nature enthusiasts flock to Mission for the World Birding Center headquarters at Bentsen State Park and the Texas Butterfly Festival.


University of Texas Pan American


Visit the UTPA site

The University of Texas-Pan American is in the middle of one of the fastest growing areas in the nation, the southern tip of Texas known as the Rio Grande Valley. UTPA is located in Edinburg, Texas, approximately 10 miles north of the US/Mexico border and 75 miles northwest of South Padre Island. UTPA provides program specific classes in Rio Grande City, McAllen and South Padre Island in addition to those offered through the online learning center.

Since its inception in 1927, The University of Texas-Pan American has conferred over 2,600 associate's, 50,000 bachelor's, 10,600 master's and 100 doctoral degrees. UTPA provides an affordable education and global opportunities with a choice of 57 bachelor's, 57 master's, three doctoral, and two cooperative doctoral programs within 6 colleges.


South Texas College


Visit the STC site

From its inception, STC was mandated by the State Legislature to provide service to residents of Starr and Hidalgo counties. Meeting the population's need for postsecondary education - and the rapid institutional growth experienced by STC in the process - has been an enormous but vital task. It is the one for which the College was founded and charged by the State Legislature, and it is one to which the College is committed.

South Texas College changed its name from South Texas Community College in Fall 2004. STC, along with Brazosport College and Midland College, received Level II accreditation by SACS as the first Texas community colleges accredited to offer the Bachelor's degree. The announcement was made on December 7, 2004 during the SACS annual meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. The three institutions were selected from among the state's fifty community colleges to be part of a 10-year pilot project approved by the Texas Legislature in its last legislative session. South Texas College began offering the Bachelor of Applied Technology in Technology Management in Fall 2005.