MCALLEN, Texas – Annually, UT-Rio Grande Valley reports that more than 1,300 students apply to the university and are not admitted because they don’t meet college readiness standards.

A new agreement between UTRGV and South Texas College aims to minimize this barrier for students and their families.  

A new joint admission agreement sets out a plan that creates a pipeline from STC to UTRGV for students, who are not yet eligible for admission to the university, to first attend STC and earn college credits, while developing the academic skills necessary for admission to UTRGV.

In addition, it lays out a one admission application to both institutions for students who decide to begin their educational journey at STC and later transfer to UTRGV – it is guaranteed admission to the university if a student successfully completes their courses at the college.

While at STC, students participating in the joint admission program will be required to meet college readiness standards by earning 30-60 credit hours, maintaining a 2.0 GPA and attending a UTRGV orientation for their intended transfer term.

The agreement also outlines the responsibilities of STC and UTRGV to share student data in compliance with the protocols and policies of both institutions and relevant laws.

The agreement was signed by UTRGV President Guy Bailey and STC President Ricardo Solis. Below are interviews the two presidents gave to the Rio Grande Guardian International News Service.

Here is an interview with Dr. Bailey:


Here is the interview with Dr. Solis:


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