Established back in 1967 as a branch of the Texas A&M University called James Connally Technical Institute, the Texas State Technical College-Harlingen separated from A&M University in 1969 to form part of the Texas Technical College System.
The school lies in the far south of the state of Texas, close to the Mexican border in Cameron County, within the Rio Grande Valley and close to the Gulf of Mexico.
Accreditation of the Texas State Technical College-Harlingen is conferred b the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges. Separately, a variety of the school’s programs receive additional accreditation from pertinent professional organizations: for example, the Dental Assistant Program is recognized by the American Dental Association Joint Commission on Accreditation; the Surgical Technology Program is recognized by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health; and so on for a variety of other programs.
The principal academic divisions at TSTC-Harlingen are: Biology, English, Mathematics/Physics, Social/Behavioral Sciences, Developmental Education, Arts/Humanities, and General Studies.
Judged by the number of degrees granted in a given year, the most popular degree programs among the student body are those in the areas of Medical Support and Technology, Engineering Technician, Mechanics and Repair, and Medical Administration.
Recently, TSTC-Harlingen introduced seven new Associate of Science degrees in the following areas: Biology, Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Health Professions, and Nursing Preparatory.
A benefit to studying at TSTC-Harlingen which many students take advantage of is the fact that the school has automatically transferable “academic core” classes to any public institution of higher education in the state of Texas, making the college a very appealing option.
Most Popular Fields of Study
TSTC-Harlingen has a Corporate & Community Education program that falls under its Corporate College. This program is available for students independently of whether or not they are enrolled in the college itself, and the Corporate College is used by many community members to acquire or renew professional licenses or certifications through the Corporate Testing Center.
Admission to Texas State Technical College-Harlingen (TSTC-Harlingen for short) is available for all qualified applicants and based on the number of vacancies registered at the institution for a given academic year. As with virtually all colleges of its kind, TSTC-Harlingen requires applicants to have graduated high school (or be on track for graduation) or have received a GED.
The admissions procedure goes as follows: a student must submit the application form (available online or in PDF format for printout and mail-in) to the school; they must then submit proof of Texas residency along with all official transcripts from high school onwards, including college experience if applicable; they must then take one of the school’s approved placement exams (THEA or Accuplacer) and submit their scores; and finally, if accepted, the student is requested to apply for financial aid as well as student housing, if desired.
The final steps here involve meeting with an academic advisor and attending the school’s orientation process, both of which are mandatory for new students.
Students at TSTC-Harlingen enjoy a variety of amenities and privileges. For starters, it is notable that the school offers a fairly broad array of student housing options, something not incredibly typical of an institution of its size and type. Students may apply for placement in regular student housing or married student housing options: there are three distinct single student housing sites, with one site for married students or those with children that contains a few different options.
A variety of clubs and organizations make TSTC-Harlingen and the surrounding community their home, including but not limited to the Agriculture Club, the Bio Medical Club, the Catholic Campus Ministry, the Environmental Club, Dental Explorers, and the Photojournalism and Design Club.
The students at TSTC-Harlingen have a variety of services available to them to make their time at the school as productive as possible, such as career counseling and placement services, student health services, a well-equipped sports complex, campus-wide public wireless internet access, as well as support services for what are known as “special populations.”
The student body itself, which has been hovering around the 5,000 mark, has a slight majority of full-time students. In terms of diversity, the student population is primarily Hispanic followed by Caucasians, with other groups constituting only a small fraction of the population.
Student Enrollment Demographics
The following sports can be found here:
- Men’s Intramural and Women’s Intramural Baseball
- Men’s Intramural and Women’s Intramural Basketball
- Men’s Intramural and Women’s Intramural Football
- Men’s Intramural and Women’s Intramural Racquetball
- Men’s Intramural and Women’s Intramural Soccer
- Men’s Intramural and Women’s Intramural Softball
- Men’s Intramural and Women’s Intramural Table_tennis
- Men’s Intramural and Women’s Intramural Track_and_field
- Men’s Intramural and Women’s Intramural Volleyball