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College Profile: Texas Southmost College

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Texas Southmost College was established in 1926 under the name of The Junior College of the Lower Rio Grande Valley and admitted its first class on September 21 of that year. The school was originally a subsidiary of the local school district in Brownsville. It has always been located in Brownsville, Texas since its inception; from 1928 to 1948 it was housed with the Brownsville High School and Elementary Schools on Palm Boulevard between Washington Street and Jefferson Street. Despite hard times during the Great Depression the college continued to maintain nominal levels of enrollment. The name of the college changed in 1931 to Brownsville Junior College then again to Texas Southmost College in 1950. During World War II enrollment dwindled with the number of graduates halved from 1943-1945. This changed in 1948 when the city of Brownsville acquired the lands owned by the decommissioned army base known as Fort Brown, which had been closed in 1944. In 1948 when the college had an enrollment of around 1,250 students, their own campus, and a generous budget, talks started within the district about creating a separate district for the college. It was decided that the new district would cover Southern Cameron County. In 1950 on the silver anniversary of the college the Brownsville Independent School District handed over the deed to the college to the newly formed Southmost Union Junior College District. The Texas Southmost College athletics program flourished in the 1950's: the school had football, basketball, boxing and track teams and many of these teams won accolades for their performance. Unfortunately, in the mid to late 60's the TSC athletic program experienced a great decline and many competitive programs did not survive into the 70's. In the 1960's, despite declining competitive sports programs, the college gained the Rancho Del Cielo research center, located 300 miles south of Brownsville, in Mexico. This few acre research center has abundant plant life and rainforest life conditions. In 1973 Texas Southmost College received its first Bachelor's degree programs and Graduate courses cooperating with Pan American University (now known as University of Texas-Pan American and located in Edinburg, Texas). This created the entity known as Pan American University at Brownsville which worked independently from Texas Southmost College. In the late 1980s Pan American University created a partnership with the University of Texas System and the entity in Brownsville became known as The University of Texas Pan American at Brownsville. Texas Southmost College and The University of Texas-Pan American at Brownsville combined their educational functions as The University of Texas at Brownsville on September 1, 1991. This created the University of Texas at Brownsville/Texas Southmost College. Since 1991 UTB/TSC has continued to grow boasting over 10,000 students. On November 2, 2004 Voters in the Texas Southmost College district voted yes to a 68 million dollar bond package so the College could do a number of building projects.
80 Fort Brown
Brownsville, TX
956-882-8200 (general)
956-882-8277 (financial aid)
956-882-8295 (admissions)


General Information
Other Names
Type Public, 2-year
Control Public
Size 10,000 - 19,999
Campus Setting City: Midsize
Calendar System Semester
Title IV Eligibility Participates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Relgious Affiliation Not applicable

College Student Services Offered
Yes Remedial ServicesYes Academic/career counseling service
Yes Employment services for studentsYes Placement services for completers
Yes On-campus day care for students' children   

College Special Learning Opportunities
No ROTCYes Distance learning opportunities
No ROTC: ArmyNo Study abroad
No ROTC: NavyNo Weekend/evening college
No ROTC: Air Force   

Sources: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
More info

Texas Southmost College Website

Admissions Considerations & Recommendations
Open admission policy Yes
Admission test scores Not applicable
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language Not applicable

Applicants (most recent fall period)
Admissions (most recent fall period)
Percentage of Students Submitting Test Scores
SAT Percentile Scores
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ACT Percentile Scores
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Percentage Receiving Financial Aid
Average Amount of Financial Aid Received
Average Tuition for Full-Time Undergraduates
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Per Credit Hour Charge for Part-Time Undergraduates
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Student Body
-- Student Body SizeYes On-Campus Housing
-- Fall Applicants234 Total Dormitory Capacity
-- Fall Admissions

College Levels Offered
No Less than one year certificateYes One but less than two years certificate
Yes Associate's degreeNo Two but less than 4 years certificate
No Bachelor's degreeNo Postbaccalaureate certificate
No Master's degreeNo Post-master's certificate
No Doctor's degreeNo First-professional degree
No First-professional certificate

All Academic Programs
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