The unique physical and cultural setting of the Center provide students and faculty with research and educational opportunities in tropical ecology, civil engineering, ecosystem sciences, geosciences, public and rural health, and agricultural economics.

Educational programs currently using the center include Agricultural Economics and Leadership, Biology, Civil Engineering, Counseling and Special Education, Ecosystem Sciences, Educational Leadership, Geography, Geology and Geophysics, Public and Rural Health, Social Work, and Tropical Ecology. The Soltis Center has also been used as a base for community service projects, such as the Engineers Without Borders, Aggies for Global Education, and MSC Fish, all from Texas A&M University.
While the Soltis Center for Research and Education is part of Texas A&M University, the center is available to programs from around the Texas A&M University System and other institutions from around the United States and Latin America.