Texas A&M University at Kingsville was founded in 1917 but not opened until 1925 because America entered the first World War. It is located in beautiful Kingsville, Texas, just 30 miles southwest of Corpus Christi and 120 miles north of the Mexican border. The university offers a variety of educational opportunities including bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, doctorates and graduate certificates. TAMUK has a wide array of majors ranging from business to agriculture and nursing. The school has various research projects going on at all times so that students get the opportunity to benefit from hands-on learning in their fields of choice.
TAMUK offers students an exciting social life as well. There are several sports teams as well as intermural sports and numerous student clubs and organizations. There is an active Greek life that frequently holds activities that the entire campus may take part in. The school also holds social and academic functions that are open to all.
In addition the the main campus, TAMUK also operates several satellite campuses including the agricultural center, the wildlife research park and a rodeo arena. There are various dining halls and restaurants throughout campus as well as numerous great restaurants in town. Many students choose to hang out in the “living room of campus”, which is the Memorial Student Union Building. In addition to housing the financial aid office and many other administrative offices, the building is also home to coffee houses, a pizza restaurant, a fast food restaurant and a sandwich shop.
If students get tired of the myriad places to go on campus, the local area offers many recreation activities including camping, hiking, water sports, shopping and cultural activities. The famed 825,000-acre King Ranch, which has been an operating cattle ranch for nearly 200 years, is within a couple of miles from Kingsville and was the birthplace of the only two cattle breeds originating in the United States. The ranch was also the home of one of the most famous American Quarter Horses of all time, King P234. Both the school and the local community are steeped in a rich history and provide an excellent environment in which to learn and play.
Texas A&M University Kingsville offers several different educational options at a few different levels. There are over 50 bachelor’s progams, nearly 40 master’s programs, several doctoral programs and several professional certificates available. There are also several programs that give students the opportunity to start a bachelor’s degree and work straight through a master’s or even a doctorate, all at TAMUK. This gives students the opportunity to bond with faculty and develop life-long relationships with other students in their programs.
The university is focused on providing an educational experience designed to prepare students for employment in a global economy with degrees that are innovative and that target the needs of the future. Because of this, there are several environmental degrees available at Texas A&M as well as degrees in the health industry, business and computers.
In addition to the traditional majors found at most colleges, Texas A&M University Kingsville offers several degree programs that aren’t so traditional but are instead targeted at training professionals who will be the problem-solvers of the future. One of these programs is the Range and Wildlife Management Program. Because Texas has a rich history of both livestock production and recreational wildlife activity, students may earn both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree that prepares them for many different positions within this field. The program offers internships as well as special grant programs so that students may receive assistance paying for their education as well as have employment opportunities ready-made for them upon graduation.
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Students who graduate in the top 10% of their high school class and complete a college preparatory high school program are eligible for regular (automatic) admission to Texas A&M University Kingsville, as are students who complete the State of Texas Distinguished High School Program or the International Baccalaureate High School Program or its equivalent. In addition, students that complete a State of Texas Recommended High School program or its equivalent are also eligible for regular admission. These students still need to submit ACT or SAT scores for class placement purposes.
Students who do not meet the above criteria may be eligible for regular admission if they satisfy the ACT’s College Readiness Benchmarks or earn a minimum score of 1500 on the SAT without the writing component.
Applicants who do not meet automatic admission standards will be evaluated individually using an approach that takes into consideration life experiences, classroom performance, volunteer activities and leadership skills.
Transfer students and international students require additional documentation in order to be admitted to Texas A&M University Kingsville and should work with the school to ensure that all documentation is submitted in a timely manner.
Students wishing to enroll in a graduate program at TAMUK will need to complete the application for admission and submit it along with the fee, all undergraduate transcripts, and appropriate test scores (such as the GRE, GMAT, or MAT) to the admissions office. Students should be aware that each program may require additional documentation. Acceptance to the graduate program does not guarantee admission to a particular program. Students must have a minimum of 18 undergraduate credit in the major of study in order to be considered.
Texas A&M University Kingsville offers many different forms of financial aid including need-based and merit-based scholarships, grants, loans and work-study programs. Students who wish to apply for financial aid need to begin the process by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available online starting in January. This form requires financial aid information for both the student and family so applicants should have this information readily available at the time of application.
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The Texas A&M University Javelinas (aka Hoggies) athletics organization is an NCAA Division II organization that competes in the Lone Star Conference. There are several different intercollegiate sports teams including men’s and women’s basketball, cross country and track & field. Men may also choose to play baseball and football while women have the additional options of golf, tennis and volleyball. The school’s colors are blue and gold and their mascot is Porky the Javelina.
In addition to intercollegiate sports, students also have the opportunity to participate in many different individual, team and co-rec activities. The school has an Olympic-sized swimming pool as well as a huge new Student Recreation Center that has full fitness facilities, two full gymnasiums, an elevated 1/12 mile indoor jogging track, an outdoor basketball court and men’s and women’s locker rooms and showers. The rec center is open to students free of charge and also offers fitness classes and open recreation as well as providing the space for most of the intramural sports.
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