Texas A&M University Corpus Christi: A Tradition Pursuing Excellence in Education
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (cover page) the education magazine

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is committed to prepare graduates for lifelong learning and responsible citizenship in the global community.

The goal of education is not only to increase the amount of knowledge but to provide support and help manifest the greatest potential for a successful future. Situated along the Gulf of Mexico, and on the cultural border with Latin America, Texas A&M University-Corpus serves the cultural, social, intellectual and economic needs of South Texas while gaining national and international prominence.

Home to the Island University, Ward Island is strategically situated at the confluence of Corpus Christi Bay and Oso Bay. Instituted with just 312 students in 1947, the university joined The Texas A&M University System in 1993 and today welcomes more than 12,000 students. Categorized by Carnegie Classifications as an expanding R2: doctoral-granting institution with high research activity, A&M University-Corpus Christi is committed to impactful, hands-on learning opportunities while preparing graduates for responsible citizenship in the global community. The university takes great pride in being a first-choice institution with modern research facilities and top-quality professors making real-world impacts. In addition to providing unique programs and internships, it also encourages a culture of innovation, creativity and service with an understanding that engaged citizens make for a stronger and more resilient community.

Enhancing a strong multicultural learning community, the university’s federal designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) serves the unique cultural heritage of the region with a “family feeling.” With an additional focus on service excellence and educating first-generation college students, it provides a strong foundation for closing educational gaps.

Diversity and Lessons Beyond the Classroom

Renowned for its distinctive approach, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi invites undergraduate and graduate students from around the globe to a challenging and rewarding educational experience. The International Pathway Program provides courses specially designed to prepare international students for university study in the U.S. Offering on-site and distance learning, research with national/international implications, immersive learning opportunities, creative programming, and one-of-a-kind internships, there is something at the Island University for everyone.

With more than 500 students representing 52 nations and 48 states, Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi is one of the most diverse campuses in Texas. The University’s Office of International Education offers two major service areas, one for international students and scholars, and a second service area for study abroad students and faculty. The annual International Education Week honors and celebrates the value of multicultural learning opportunities and friendships, and their contributions to a strong academic environment.

Fostered with an ethos of respect, inclusion, empowerment, shared responsibility and social justice for all, the university is a warm and community-friendly environment. By achieving and maintaining a well-balanced student body, it has succeeded in preparing scholars for living and working in an increasingly global society.

Service Excellence and Student Success

Kelly M. Quintanilla, President of Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi, and a first generation college graduate, firmly believes in providing the most rich and supportive academic environment possible to ensure service excellence and success.

To help prepare students, the First Year Learning Community is mandatory and facilitates academic quality, connections, and engagement. In addition to research opportunities for undergraduates and graduates, the Honors Program provides customized learning opportunities and puts students as drivers of their learning experiences. The Island University is in a unique position to provide impactful, real-world learning opportunities, unique internships, and hands-on experiences resulting in well-prepared graduates.

Colleges and Institutes

With 50 bachelor’s, 36 master’s and 10 doctoral/terminal degrees, the university has many of the most highly-desired and top-rated programs. Designed to foster the holistic development of students, TAMU-CC has a world-class curriculum and offers degrees in Business, Education and Human Development, Liberal Arts, Nursing and Health Sciences, and Science and Engineering.

Extending its facilities, the university proudly presents numerous labs, centers and institutes. Among its most well-known are, the Conrad Blucher Institute for Surveying and Science, the Harte Research Institute, and the LoneStar UAS Center for Excellence and Innovation.

  • The Conrad Blucher Institute for Surveying and Science, one of the research institutes of the university that conducts innovative research and encourages scientists and professional engineers to develop and apply technology solutions relevant to surveying, scientific measurements, and to the issues in the Gulf of Mexico region. The Institute has achieved and maintains a national reputation for developing innovative geospatial science research and serves as a focused resource area for geospatial datasets relevant to the coastal environment.
  • The Harte Research Institute, leader of the Texas One Gulf Center of Excellence dedicatedly serves to advance the long-term sustainable use and conservation of the Gulf of Mexico. It delivers science-driven solutions for Gulf of Mexico problems in order to advance its long-term sustainable use. It features nine research groups spanning scientific, social science, policy, and legal disciplines, each with project specific areas for study.
  • LoneStar UAS Center for Excellence and Innovationis one of two federally sanctioned test sites working with NASA to refine drone technology for urban settings and is one of seven sanctioned Federal Aviation Administration UAS test sites making them a national leader in UAS research.
  • The Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center (CBBIC) works to innovate and incubate regional economic growth. It serves as a catalyst for innovative ideas by providing business advice for the entrepreneurial process and supporting the creation of sustainable, successful Coastal Bend businesses at every level of development. CBBIC plays a major role in promoting cross-disciplinary academic and entrepreneurial programs within the University.

The university’s solid academic offerings and reputation, renowned faculty, and its quest to serve, has earned national recognition.

  • R2-High Research Activity – Carnegie Classifications
  • Nationally ranked #19 for Best MBA in Healthcare Management – OnlineMasters
  • Nationally ranked among the top nursing programs for veterans, and top online graduate nursing degrees – U.S. News & World Report
  • Ranked #2 in Texas for top value in counseling PhD degrees – topcounselingschools.org
  • Top 20 colleges for Elementary Prep Programs – National Council on Teacher Quality
  • Nationally ranked #23 among online Master of Business Administration programs – Value Colleges
  • Ranked in the top Best Value Colleges in Texas for return on investment – Payscale.com

More than 50,000 Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi alumni are testament that the Island University has a lot to offer its students and to the health, maintenance, and economic future of the region.

In the center of their campus is a memorial that stands tall and proud as a proclamation of who they are. In the words of Dr. Hector P. Garcia: “Education is our Freedom and Freedom Should be Everybody’s Business.”

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