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The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College
UTB-TSC logo
Motto Disciplina praesidium civitatis (Latin: Education, the Guardian of Society)
Established 1991
Type State university & Community college Partnership
Endowment US$138.9 million [1]
President Dr. Juliet V. García
Provost Alan F. J. Artibise (Elect)
Faculty 709 (Fall 2008)[1]
Students 17,247 [2]
Location Brownsville, Texas, USA
Campus Urban, 524 acres (2.3 km²)
Colors Orange, Blue and White
Mascot Scorpion

The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College, frequently abbreviated UTB/TSC is an educational institution located in Brownsville, Texas, on the land once occupied by Fort Brown. It is a member of the University of Texas System. The institution was formed from a partnership between Texas Southmost College and the University of Texas-Pan American at Brownsville. Since the partnership in 1991, the University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College has been a growing force in South Texas higher education, providing unique opportunities for more than 17,000 students coming from various walks of life. Through this unique partnership between UTB and TSC, students receive the hometown flavor of a community college, while at the same time the rigors of a four-year institution. The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College Partnership offers Certificates, and Associate, Baccalaureate, and Graduate degrees in liberal arts, the sciences, and professional programs designed to meet student demand as well as regional, national, and international needs[3].

The UTB-TSC campus continues to grow physically with the additions of the International Technology, Education, Commerce Campus (formerly Amigoland Mall), the Education and Business Complex (Fall 2006), and Recreation, Education and Kinesiology Center (Spring 2009). The university student population continues to grow, with the latest figures at 17,247.[2]



Texas Southmost College

Texas Southmost College (TSC) was established in 1926 under the name "The Junior College of the Lower Rio Grande Valley." It admitted its first class on September 21 of that same year. In 1931, its name was changed to "Brownsville Junior College." In 1950, the institution was given its current name.

University of Texas-Pan American at Brownsville

In 1973, Texas Southmost College formed a partnership with Pan-American University, now known as The University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA). The partnership allowed Pan-American University to establish a four year university in Brownsville. The resulting independent institution was referred to as Pan American University at Brownsville. In 1989, Pan American University joined the University of Texas System, creating the University of Texas Pan-American at Brownsville (UTPA-B). Brownsville sought a University directly under the UT System and in 1991 the University of Texas Pan-American at Brownsville became The University of Texas at Brownsville (UTB).

University of Texas at Brownsville-Texas Southmost College

After UTB was created, a 99 year partnership was established between UTB and TSC allowing TSC students to seamlessly transition to the four year University without reapplying. The university has academic colleges including business, education, liberal arts and nursing. UTB-TSC's funding comes from both the college tax district as well as the State of Texas. After failure to pass a 2002 multi-million dollar bond, the TSC tax district voters successfully passed a $68 million bond issue[4] to construct additional classrooms ($28 million), double the the library ($14 million), Workforce Training Classrooms ($17 million), Center for Early Childhood Studies ($4 million), and Center for Alzheimer's, Diabetes, Cancer, and Heart Disease ($5 million). Dr. Juliet V. Garcia has served as UTB-TSC President since its inception; Dr. Garcia is also the first Hispanic woman to be the President of any university in the United States.


UTB-TSC's campus sits on 524 acres (2.3 km²) of land in the southern part of Brownsville, Texas. A resaca or oxbow lake flows through the heart of the growing landscape. The university's unique architecture plays off the campus' rich history in Fort Brown. Many of the oldest buildings on campus remain from the old U.S. Army outpost. The university has also acquired many buildings in the surrounding area, including a former Holiday Inn hotel complex, the Amigoland Mall, and many historic buildings of downtown Brownsville. The university continues to expand.

Notable Buildings



  • Andres Cueto Building
  • International Technology Education and Commerce Campus (ITECC)
  • Young House[10]


  1. UTB-TSC is the only accredited university in the United States to also house a foreign consulate.[11]



Notable academic programs

UTB-TSC is home to academic centers and programs that receive local, state, and national recognition.

  • Center for Gravitational Wave Astronomy Research focuses on astrophysical source modeling, gravitational wave data analysis, and the phenomenological astrophysics of gravitational wave sources.
  • Center for Biomedical Studies was established to conduct biological and medical research on regional health issues and biotechnological approaches that may contribute to regional development.
  • The Center for Civic Engagement strives to create an engaged campus that connects faculty, staff, students, and external partners to revitalize the surrounding community.


The University of Texas at Brownville competes in the Red River Athletic Conference of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

The Scorpion Women's Volleyball team was ranked #18 in the NAIA,[12] but lost the standing after a bad 2008 season.

In 2009, under new head coach Todd Lowery, formerly of National American University, the Scorpions have begun to shine again, currently holding a #12 ranking in the NAIA.[13]

In soccer, the Scorpions play their games at the Recreation, Education and Kinesiology Center field, pending construction of their own athletic field. In two years with the NAIA, each soccer team has lost only two games in Brownsville, the men's loss coming against St. Thomas University in 2007 and the women's loss coming against conference rival Texas Wesleyan University in 2008.

In men's soccer, the team has a 12-0 conference record in two years.

Greek Life


  • Chilton, Carl Jr. (2001) "The First 70 Years: A History of Higher Education in Brownsville"

External links

Coordinates: 25°53′57″N 97°29′30″W / 25.899143°N 97.491544°W / 25.899143; -97.491544

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