The City of Hidalgo has the benefit of having two school districts servicing our community. The Valley View Independent School District (VVISD) & the Hidalgo Independent School District (HISD) both are communities in which students are enthusiastically and actively engaged in the learning process. Students demonstrate academic excellence in a safe, nurturing and challenging environment enhanced by technology and the contributions of the total community.

Higher Education

With well over 70,000 students, and enrollment growing with each semester, the Rio South Texas region is rapidly emerging as the center for higher education along the U.S.-Mexico border. Several higher educational institutions serve the region’s growing workforce.

utpaUniversity of Texas-Pan American: Part of the University of Texas system, UTPA in Edinburg serves more than 18,500 students. This four-year university offers undergraduate degrees in numerous subject areas. The university also has two Ph.D. programs, as well as several graduate programs.

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utbUniversity of Brownsville-Texas Southmost College: Situated right along the shared border with Mexico, UTB-TSC is one of the most historic campuses in Texas. However, UTB-TSC offers students in the Rio South Texas region access to some of the most modern technologies and programs. Here, students can receive two or four-year degrees, as well as Masters and doctoral programs.

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stcSouth Texas College: This growing college campus offers two-year and four-year degrees to more than 20,000 students in the Rio South Texas region. STC offers technical programs and partners with local industry to ensure the regional workforce meets the needs of businesses today, and tomorrow. STC has campuses in McAllen, Rio Grande City and Weslaco.

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tstcTexas State Technical College: TSTC provides students in the Rio South Texas with a variety of options for Associates degrees. TSTC makes it easy for students to either pursue a career after two years through a variety of campus services, but also courses are readily transferable to most universities in Texas.

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4-Year Universities and Colleges
Institution Location FTE Enrollment Public / Private
University of Texas at Brownsville Brownsville 17,151 Public
University of Texas-Pan American Edinburg 18,337 Public
South Texas College McAllen 26,338 Public (as of Fall 2009)