Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) is a public university in Laredo, Texas. It was founded in 1969 as a branch of Texas A&M University at Kingsville. Today, the school is located on 300 acres in Laredo with over 6,800 students at any given time.
The university offers 32 undergraduate degrees and 28 graduate degrees. Academics are organized into five colleges: College of Arts and Sciences, A.R. Sanchez Jr. School of Business, College of Education, and College of Nursing and Health Sciences. The business school has a strong reputation for excellence, particularly in the field of international business.
The university sponsors a Common Reads program, in which students from every college and program read the same books and have an ongoing conversation about them throughout the year.
The university puts a strong emphasis on study abroad programs, including exchange programs in which students take classes at another institution but pay tuition to and receive credit from TAMIU; affiliate programs in which students enroll in another institution, then transfer credits back to TAMIU, and short term programs sponsored by TAMIU, which mostly take place during the summer between semesters. Some of the most popular countries for study abroad include China, France, Spain, and Thailand.
TAMIU is a research-intensive school. The university is especially well-known for its Center for Western Hemispheric Trade. Other research initiatives include the Center for Earth and Environmental Studies, Center for the Study of Western Hemispheric Trade, The Western Hemispheric Trade Information Center, the Texas Center for Border Economics and Enterprise Development, and the Small Business Development Center. All of these programs and facilities offer unique and valuable opportunities for students to learn and gain practical work experience in their fields.
High School Academics
Dual Credit classes allow high school students to earn college credit at reduced prices. Successful completion of the dual credit program can lead to beginning college at the sophomore level. Students may take up to two college classes per semester of their junior and senior year of high school. The program is open to homeschooled students as well as public and private school enrollees. Many students enrolled in dual credit choose to take online classes to best suit their high school schedules, although they may also take classes on campus.
Upward Bound is a federally funded program which provides tutoring and academic assistance to low-income, first-generation high school students to help them prepare for college. It includes weekend and summer academic sessions and frequent extracurricular activities for area high school students.
Most Popular Fields of Study
Admissions to TAMIU are somewhat competitive. Only students in the lower half of their graduating high school class need to submit test scores. No essay, application fee, or personal statement are required. A transcript with academic plan is required.
In addition to the wide range of state and federal financial aid options available to college and university students in Texas, A&M offers several of their own need- and merit-based scholarships.
Student Financial Aid Details
Over 90% of the student body members at TAMIU are Latino American. About 11.5% of students live on campus. The faculty student ratio is 1:21.
Dining on Campus
In addition to a traditional dining hall, the Student Center Food Court at TAMIU offers fast and convenient dining options, including Subway, Bene Pizzeria, and Starbucks.
Living on Campus
Student housing consists of both dormitories and apartments. All housing options include ensuite baths. Apartments feature mini-fridges, microwaves, cable television, wireless internet, and individually locking bedroom doors. All residences feature access to a pool room, computer center, recreation center, sand volleyball court, sun deck, hot tub, swimming pool, basketball court, and more.
Clubs and Organizations
There are more than 60 student organizations on the TAMIU campus to meet the personal and professional interests of a wide range of students. The Student Government Association is the voice of the student body in administrative and other public matters.
The Student Services office offers a wide range of support services to assist students in academic success. These services include academic counselling, career counselling, employment placement services, personal counselling, testing services, and disability services.
The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is an assessment testing program mandated by state law for any student entering a public college or university. Approved tests include the Quick THEA, Accuplacer, and Asset. Students for whom English is not a first language are also required to take the Compass Test and the Lindholm Test.
Student Enrollment Demographics
Student Graduation Demographics
The athletics department at TAMIU is known as the Dustdevils. The Dustdevils compete in the NCAA Division II and the Heartland Conference. Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, and soccer. Women’s sports include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, volleyball, and softball. Men’s basketball and women’s softball are the most popular students on campus.
Well known faculty on the TAMIU campus include:
- Former Olympic gymnast and political scientist Rafael A. Lecuona
- Historian and author Jerry D. Thompson
- Artist Janet Krueger
- Video game expert Christopher Ferguson
- Information systems expert and evolution theorist Ned Kock
The university is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Universities, The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners, the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Texas Education Agency, American Association of State Colleges and Universities, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, American Council on Education, and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.
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