The Rio Grande College of Sul Ross State University, with sites at Del Rio, Eagle Pass and Uvalde, serves 13 counties in Southwest Texas. Sometimes referred to as the Southwest Texas Badlands, this area is known for its fields of purple sage and its Old West ambiance.
Rio Grande College is located on the Texas-Mexico border, the area includes two of the five highest-volume ports to our southern neighbor.
The Academic Programs
The college offers junior, senior and graduate coursework with programs in liberal arts, business and teacher education at all sites. Some business courses are also offered on the Laughlin Air Force Base near Del Rio.
RGC Offers the Latest Educational Technologies
As of the fall of 2010, Rio Grande College (RGC) became one of only a few in the nation to equip every classroom with the finest available education technology. Because its three campuses are charged to provide higher education opportunities across 13 Southwest Texas counties, RGC seeks to link students and curriculum through remote teleconferencing technologies and Internet courses. Now, RGC’s 1,100 students enjoy 'Smart Classrooms”. Using touchscreens at special lecture consoles, RGC faculty can instantly download Internet programming, play information stored on Blue-ray and DVD discs, and project course presentation papers onto 65-inch plasma TV screens. Four Distance Learning Centers at each campus provide real-time interaction between a professor and students learning from a distance. All campuses are equipped with two computer labs and writing centers, where students are tutored to master written and oral communication skills. Additionally, more than half of RGC’s course offerings are available online to convenience students otherwise obligated to work or family schedules.
A Brief History
Begun originally as the Sul Ross State University Study Center, the college was renamed the Uvalde Study Center in 1985 and again the Uvalde Center in 1989. Recognizing its service to the broad area of the Middle Rio Grande and Wintergarden regions of Texas, the Legislature renamed it Sul Ross State University Rio Grande College in 1995.
Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas, was created in 1917 as a teacher college. It now has three schools in addition to Rio Grande College: agricultural and natural resources, arts and sciences and professional studies. Together with RGC, the university has about 3,000 students.
A Blend of Cultures
Sul Ross and the southwest are closely tied. The blending of the Hispanic and Anglo heritages makes Sul Ross perfect for anyone who seeks intellectual development with emphasis on the mutual culture that all Americans share. The student body consists of multicultural, traditional and non-traditional students.
Rio Grande College is one of the largest producers of Hispanic teachers in the state, and Sul Ross State University is regularly recognized as one of the outstanding educational institutions for Hispanic students.
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Average Student Age: 31
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