Dual Enrollment Academies

Since 2005, South Texas College has been offering a unique opportunity for high achieving high school juniors to earn an associate degree from STC while they complete their high school graduation requirements. The Academies are two-year dual enrollment programs for high school juniors who are interested in earning an associate degree at South Texas College during their junior and senior year at high school. Since 2005 twelve Academy students have received the Bill & Melinda Gates Millennium Scholarship.

The first Dual Enrollment Academy in Medical Science (DEMSA) was established in 2005 followed by Engineering Academy (DEEA) in 2006. Since then, the Computer Science Academy (DECSA) was created in 2010, along with the Criminal Justice (DECJA) and School to Career Academy (SCADE) in 2012. In Fall 2017, South Texas College will launch its sixth program, the Dual Enrollment Business Administration Academy.

What is the Dual Enrollment Academy Program?

Academies are two-year dual enrollment programs for high school juniors interested in earning an associate degree by the end of their senior year in high school. Academy program structure is designed to allow students to take high school courses in the morning and dual credit college courses in the afternoon at South Texas College.

Dual Enrollment Academies

Dual Enrollment Medical Science Academy

Dual Enrollment Engineering Academy

Dual Enrollment Computer Science Academy

School to Career Dual Enrollment Academy

Dual Enrollment Criminal Justice Academy

Selection Process Enrollment & Graduation Data Internships Achievements

Selection Process:

The Academies are open to high school rising juniors through an application process. The criteria includes:

  • Complete a South Texas College Admissions Application
  • Complete a Dual Enrollment Academy Program Application
  • Student Resume
  • 3 letters of recommendation-9th or 10th grade teacher of each of the following areas: English, Math, and Science
  • Submit High School Transcript
  • Submit TSI Assessment Test Scores to STC Assessment Center
Minimum TSI Assessment Scores
Reading 351
Writing Essay Score of 5 OR
Essay Score of 4 & Multiple Choice of 363
Math 350+
 *DEEA Only: 380+ OR MATH 1414 with a grade of C or Better

Summer Internships:

Since 2005, the Dual Enrollment Academies have received $1,239,304.00 in grants to support all of its student support and academic services:

August 2012 Summer Internships:
DECSA and DEEA students visited Cowboys Stadium, the largest pro football stadium. During their visit, students learned about all the engineering, physics and computer science components that took place in building the stadium. Students were provided with TEKS behind-the-scenes curriculum and visit certain areas in the stadium where very few people have visited.

DEMSA students visited Sea World's Marine Biology Program where they took an exclusive walk "backstage" through SeaWorld's zoological support area where they got up-close with animals and learned how Sea World cares for animals both at the park and out in the field as were introduced to TEKS curriculum.

Summer 2008
Thirty-five DEEA students travelled to Orlando Florida to do a behind-the-scenes tour of Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. There they got a firsthand look at the science and physics behind some of the most spectacular special effects in motion picture history. During this educational field trip, students went beyond the classroom learning the role engineering plays to bring special effects to life in the movies and at the world's most technologically advanced themk park.

Summer 2007
Thirteen DEMSA students had the opportunity to a one-week internship at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City, NY. As part of the educational program, students were paired up with a doctor for an entire week for observation and career awareness. At the end of the program, students spent time preparing their findings where they presented to a group of doctors and students from similar programs.


  • Excelencia in Education Award Finalist 2014
  • Legacy Award Finalist 2014
  • Bellwether Award Finalist 2013
  • Success Student Award Finalist 2013
  • Star Award Winner 2012
  • Since 2008, Academy students have been offered over $14.7 million in scholarships
  • Since 2005, twelve (12) students have been awarded the Bill and Melinda Gates Scholarship