McALLEN, Texas – South Texas College and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley ventured into what they are calling “an extraordinary partnership.”

They say the partnership will make it easier for students to complete their higher educational journey.

The partnership consists of a joint admission agreement that is designed to benefit students from across the Rio Grande Valley. The agreement will see one admission application process created for both institutions and/or a seamless transfer to the university.

STC President Ricardo J. Solis and UTRGV President Guy Bailey announced the new partnership on STC’s Pecan Campus in McAllen.

“There are two very important components of education as we rapidly move forward into the future – our students and access to knowledge,” Solis said. “This is what we, the largest institutions in South Texas provide, and through this merger and our collaboration, we are leveraging our resources for the betterment of our students. This is powerful.”  

Through the “STC 2 UTRGV,” STC students who are not yet eligible for admission to UTRGV will be able to earn university credits while developing the academic skills necessary for admission to UTRGV.

President Bailey said the agreement is yet another pathway that area students can follow in getting a quality higher education.

“This is another step in providing more access for our students in the Rio Grande Valley so they can succeed not just in the present, but also in the future,” Bailey said during a press conference today to announce the agreement. “This takes us to a whole new level.”

The “STC 2 UTRGV” program is slated to begin this academic year, with the first class entering the program in Fall 2023. All students need to do is complete the ApplyTexas Admission application, and work with the UTRGV-STC Outreach Representative to ensure all requirements for the program are met.

Here are Dr. Bailey’s remarks from the podium:


Here are Dr. Solis’s remarks from the podium:


Editor’s Note: This is the first of a two part story about the new collaboration between UTRGV and STC. Part Two will be posted in our next edition.

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