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6300 Ocean Dr.
Corpus Christi, TX 78412-5503
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Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi

Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi Rating: 4.0/5 (10 votes)

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Introduction

Texas A&M University Corpus Christi (TAMUCC) is a public university in Corpus Christi, Texas. It was first founded as the University of Corpus Christi in 1947. TAMU-CC is the only university in America with a campus on its own island. The 240 acre campus is criss-crossed with paths lined with palm trees. Today, the university is part of the Texas A&M University system with more than 10,000 students in attendance.

Academics

The university offers over 30 undergraduate majors and nearly as many graduate programs. Academic divisions include the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Business, the College of Education, the College of Science and Technology, and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. The university is particularly well-known for its Geographic Information Science program. The student to faculty ratio is 20:1.

Research Opportunities

There is a strong focus on research at TAMU-CC, with many opportunities for student involvement. Research facilities include:

The Conrad Blucher Institute for Surveying and Science, which operates the Texas Spatial Reference Center and the Texas Coastal Ocean Observation Network.

The Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, which is a research leader in environmental issues for beaches, coastal waterways, and wetlands.

Online Learning

A wide range of classes and some complete degrees are available online through TAMU-CC. Degrees which can be earned online include a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing, and Master of Science in Geospatial Surveying Engineering.

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.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Admissions

Admissions to TAMU-CC are moderately competitive. Prospective students must successfully complete a pre-college high school curriculum; earn at least a 1500 on the SAT; or earn ACT benchmark scores of an 18 in English, 21 in reading, 22 in math, and 24 in science. Students who graduate in the top 10% of their class are exempt from test score requirements.

Incoming students are also expected to have studied several subjects at the high school level, including 4 years of English; 4 years of laboratory science, including at least one year of biology, chemistry, or physics; four years of math, including algebra, geometry, and another high-level math; 4 years of social studies, including economics, and two years of foreign language.

Financial Aid

In addition to the wide range of state and federal financial aid options available to college and university students in Texas, TAMU-CC offers several of their own need- and merit-based scholarships.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 3825th for the average student loan amount.
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Students

First Year Orientation

TAMU-CC organizes an introduction to college life for first year students called Aloha Days. In addition to orienting to the campus and its facilities, Aloha Days offers many social events to introduce newcomers to each other, as well as to older students.

Dining on Campus

In addition to a traditional buffet-style dining hall, the TAMU-CC campus features several convenient dining outlets. The Commons Market in the University Center houses Grill 155, Chick-fil-A, Classics, Slice of Life, Wall of Greens, Sammies, and Tsunami Sushi. There is a Subway and a Starbucks inside the Mary and Jeff Bell Library. There is an Einstein Bros. in Island Hall, Ultimate Baja in the Center for Instructional Learning, and a Simply to Go Kiosk in Bay Hall.

University Center

The Breakers Gameroom in the University Center offers several different video game options, pool tables, and other games for student enjoyment. The University Bookstore, the Women’s Center, the Campus Activities Board, the Office of Greek Life, and the Offices of the University Center and Student Activities are also located in the University Center, making it a true hub of student life.

Living on Campus

The on-campus housing complex is the Camden Mirar. The Camden Mirar features study lounges, computer lounges, games rooms, television lounges, study rooms, barbeque facilities, and an outdoor pool. The complex houses around 1,500 students. All rooms and apartments include electric, water, sewer, local phone with voicemail, high speed Internet access, and enhanced cable. Students may choose to purchase an unlimited resident laundry program. Floor plans include double rooms with a shared bath, single rooms with a shared bath, private rooms with private baths, single-occupancy studio apartments, apartments with shared bedrooms for 2 to 4 people, and apartments with private bedrooms for 1 to 4 people.

Clubs and Organizations

There are dozens of student organizations on the TAMU-CC 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 newspaper is called Island Waves.

Student Services

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.

Student Testing

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

Athletics

The athletic department at TAMU-CC competes in NCAA Division I and the Southland Conference. Men’s sports include basketball, baseball, cross country, track and field, and tennis. Women’s sports include volleyball, basketball, golf, softball, cross country, track and field, and tennis. The mascot for athletic events is a colorful character called “Izzy the Islander”.

Bibliography

  • About Us. About. Texas A&M University Corpus Christi. Web. 29 Sept 2011.
  • Aloha Days. Texas A&M University Corpus Christi. Web. 29 Sept 2011.
  • Fiske, Edward B. Fiske Guide to Colleges 2011. Chicago: Sourcebooks, 2010. Print.
  • Locations. Dining. Texas A&M University Corpus Christi. Web. 29 Sept 2011.
  • Online Degrees. Distance Education. Texas A&M University Corpus Christi. Web. 29 Sept 2011.
  • Pope, Loren. Looking Beyond the Ivy League: Finding the College That’s Right for You. New York: Penguin. 2007. Print.

Information Summary

Ranks 62nd in Texas and 1524th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Texas and 143rd overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.01
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 3 0.03
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 19 0.19

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 1,411 0.45
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 12 0.00
Forcible Rape 194 0.06
Robbery 370 0.12
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 2,668 0.86
Larceny 11,762 3.77
Vehicle theft 467 0.15

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Corpus Christi, TX 78412-5503
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population34,018 (34,018 urban / N/A rural)
Households13,393 (2.49 people per house)
Median Household Income$37,748
Families8,770 (3.05 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Doctoral/Research Universities
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduateDoctoral, professional dominant
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4827

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 1370th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $4,494 $4,494 $12,990
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $2,678 $2,678 $2,678
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $168 $168 $522
FT Graduate Tuition $3,522 $3,522 $9,894
FT Graduate Required Fees $2,176 $2,176 $2,176
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $196 $196 $550
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $20,611 $20,611 $29,107
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $21,239 $21,239 $29,735
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $11,310 $11,310 $19,806

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $6,594 $7,084 $6,594 $7,084 $15,894 $15,508
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $960 $992
On-Campus – Room & Board $9,283 $9,020
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,600 $2,428
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $9,175(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,000 $3,131
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,732 $2,800

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$40
Graduate Application Fee$50
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 7,091 (2,806 male / 4,285 female)
Admitted 6,565 (2,593 male / 3,972 female)
Admission rate 93%
First-time Enrollment 2,051 (902 male / 1,149 female)
FT Enrollment 2,002 (877 male / 1,125 female)
PT Enrollment 49 (25 male / 24 female)
Total Enrollment10,913

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Division I Independents
NCAA Baseball Conference Division I Independents
NCAA Track & Field Conference Division I Independents

ACT Test Admission

991st for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 44%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 17 / 23
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 17 / 24
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 17 / 23

SAT Test Admission

1003rd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 81%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 420 / 520
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 450 / 540
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 870 / 1060

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity1,640
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$5,211
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 140 80 739 51 9 849 31 1,913
Accounting 26 4 24 1 37 4 97
Aquaculture 1 1 4 6
Art/Art Studies, General 3 10 2 13 29
Athletic Training/Trainer 3 3
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 3 20 1 56 1 82
Biomedical Sciences, General 1 3 21 7 22 54
Business Administration and Management, General 32 2 23 1 40 2 101
Business/Commerce, General 2 2 19 1 15 1 40
Business/Managerial Economics 3 1 3 7
Chemistry, General 1 6 1 3 11
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist 1 4 3 8
Communication, General 12 5 35 42 1 95
Computer and Information Sciences, General 18 6 1 10 3 38
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 3 21 1 23 48
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 1 2 52 1 29 85
Curriculum and Instruction 4 2 6
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 1 7 10 18
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 2 1 3 3 9
Economics, General 1 1
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 19 6 25
Educational/Instructional Technology 1 5 1 8 15
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 1 2 1 1 5
Elementary Education and Teaching 1 3 5 9
English Language and Literature, General 2 3 21 31 1 59
Environmental Science 7 1 19 1 28
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing 3 16 2 2 39 1 63
Finance, General 15 8 14 1 39
Fine/Studio Arts, General 1 2 3
Geology/Earth Science, General 4 9 1 14
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General 2 6 28 3 14 53
History, General 10 20 1 32
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 2 4 40 1 50 2 99
Management Information Systems, General 1 3 1 2 7
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography 3 3
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 6 2 16 17 2 44
Mathematics, General 1 1 6 2 1 8 19
Mechanical Engineering 3 8 11
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician 2 1 3
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 8 94 1 1 80 1 185
Music, General 1 8 6 15
Nursing Administration 4 9 10 23
Nursing Education 1 1
Philosophy 2 2
Political Science and Government, General 1 2 1 8 1 13
Psychology, General 6 6 60 2 3 45 1 124
Public Administration 6 4 10
Reading Teacher Education 7 3 10
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 2 8 62 17 89 5 187
Secondary Education and Teaching 1 10 1 7 19
Sociology 1 1 9 4 15
Spanish Language and Literature 9 2 11
Special Education and Teaching, General 1 6 1 7 16
Surveying Engineering 1 1 1 3
Surveying Technology/Surveying 2 1 6 10

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1429th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $68,735 ($74,430 male / $68,370 female)
Number of FT Faculty 359 (183 male / 176 female)
Number of PT Faculty 559
FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
Total Benefits $6,890,503
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