The Del Mar College Board of Regents articulated the need for a Southside presence at Spring retreat in 2012. In May of 2015, the Board issued a Resolution on the Southside Presence Plan, articulating the premises which guide the expansion. 

 According to Fall 2015 data, 42% of current DMC students live south of SPID. 

 The region is a nexus of population expansion and a flourishing economic zone. Since 2013, 3,477 new Southside residential building permits were issued, with an increase in commercial and residential valuation of $1.24 billion.

The College's Southside location enjoys proximity to a dozen existing schools from Flour Bluff to London ISDs, enabling the College to enhance services to those students. The Southside presence is 15 minutes travel time to Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and 30 minutes to Texas A&M University-Kingsville, benefiting transfer opportunities to those institutions.

Southside campus will not duplicate or diminish existing College locations. The East Campus will retain its focus on Natural Sciences and Fine and Performing Arts, while the West Campus will keep Industrial Technology, Nursing and Allied Health as signature programs.

 Southside Signature Programs to include:

  • Culinary Arts
  • Architecture
  • Engineering
  • Science,Technology & Math (STEM)
  • Biotechnology, agriculture focus
  • Core liberal arts courses for transfer 
  • Developmental Education
  • Dual Credit opportunities with area high schools

The Southside Presence builds on the College’s current Strategic Plan, Reach Forward. Deliver Excellence.

DMC Southside Presence Area Map


To serve the 15,000-student population established by the state as Del Mar College’s target for achieving “Closing the Gaps” goals in the next decade, the College started planning this Capital Improvement Program in 2012. The CIP envisions providing academic core courses, workforce technology laboratories, developmental education, early college, dual credit, student support and library services at each campus.