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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

Unique Programs

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

Information Summary

Ranks 102nd in Texas and 2088th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Texas and 178th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.02
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.02
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 5 0.09
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 25 0.43

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 250 0.38
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 4 0.01
Forcible Rape 18 0.03
Robbery 65 0.10
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 880 1.33
Larceny 3,099 4.68
Vehicle theft 99 0.15

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 6313th for the average student loan amount.
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Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Harlingen, TX 78550-3697
Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population51,087 (48,405 urban / 2,682 rural)
Households16,555 (2.99 people per house)
Median Household Income$29,223
Families12,468 (3.51 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Medium
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingMedium two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAssociate's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4834

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 2952nd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $2,160 $2,160 $5,400
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,104 $1,104 $1,104
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $90 $90 $225
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $11,257 $11,257 $14,497
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $13,321 $13,321 $16,561
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $5,718 $5,718 $8,958

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $6,096(N/C) $6,096(N/C) $13,500(N/C)
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,441 $1,484
On-Campus – Room & Board $7,340 $7,560
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,624 $2,703
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $9,763 $10,056
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,146 $3,240
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,062 $2,124

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity930
Meals per Week10
Room Fee$2,175
Board Fee$2,775

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 3567th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $49,019 ($49,529 male / $38,993 female)
Number of FT Faculty 150 (91 male / 59 female)
Number of PT Faculty 227
FT Faculty Ratio 0.7 : 1
Total Benefits $3,614,526

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1902 North Loop 499
Harlingen, TX 78550-3697
p. 956-364-4000
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