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Texas A & M International University

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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.

Common Reads

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.

Studying Abroad

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.

Research Opportunities

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.

Financial Aid

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

Ranks 6063rd for the average student loan amount.
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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.

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


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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  • Common Reads. Texas A&M International University. Web. 27 Sept 2011.
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  • Pope, Loren. Looking Beyond the Ivy League: Finding the College That’s Right for You. New York: Penguin. 2007. Print.
  • Student Affairs. Texas A&M International University. Web. 27 Sept 2011.
  • Texas AM International. Campus Dish. Web. 27 Sept 2011.

Information Summary

Ranks 36th in Texas and 1055th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Texas and 130th 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 4 0.06
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 818 0.34
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 11 0.00
Forcible Rape 76 0.03
Robbery 215 0.09
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 1,790 0.74
Larceny 8,143 3.38
Vehicle theft 486 0.20

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Laredo, TX 78041-1900
Surrounding communityMidsize city (inside urban area, pop. between 100,000 to 250,000)
Total Population39,519 (38,547 urban / 972 rural)
Households11,211 (3.39 people per house)
Median Household Income$34,122
Families9,166 (3.79 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, high graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate comprehensive
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 District4828

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1542nd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $3,504 $3,504 $12,000
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $2,314 $2,314 $2,314
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $50 $50 $404
FT Graduate Tuition $3,114 $3,114 $9,486
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,979 $1,979 $1,979
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $77 $77 $431
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $17,366 $17,366 $25,862
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $17,511 $17,511 $26,007
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $10,993 $10,993 $19,489

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $5,409 $5,714 $5,409 $5,714 $12,921 $14,385
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,750(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $6,918 $7,313
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,000 $2,151
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $6,918 $6,275
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,288 $3,282
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,288 $6,556

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application FeeN/A
Graduate Application Fee$35
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 4,784 (2,092 male / 2,692 female)
Admitted 2,289 (966 male / 1,323 female)
Admission rate 48%
First-time Enrollment 828 (371 male / 457 female)
FT Enrollment 819 (365 male / 454 female)
PT Enrollment 9 (6 male / 3 female)
Total Enrollment7,431

Admission Criteria

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

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Heartland Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Heartland Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Heartland Conference

ACT Test Admission

1288th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 45%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 14 / 19
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 17 / 22
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 16 / 20

SAT Test Admission

1168th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 74%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 390 / 491
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 410 / 520
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 800 / 1011

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 Capacity686
Meals per Week19
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 48 11 936 6 23 3 1,027
Accounting 1 47 1 1 50
Art/Art Studies, General 17 17
Bilingual and Multilingual Education 1 18 19
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 53 2 56
Business Administration and Management, General 32 3 104 1 3 143
Business/Managerial Economics 7 7
Chemistry, General 2 2
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General 68 68
Communication, General 1 1 15 17
Counseling Psychology 16 16
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 17 17
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 4 4
Criminal Justice/Police Science 100 1 1 102
Curriculum and Instruction 10 10
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 23 23
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 1 1 39 41
English Language and Literature, General 30 2 32
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Environmental Science 2 2
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing 11 11
Finance, General 20 1 21
History, General 20 20
International Business/Trade/Commerce 1 1
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 3 38 2 43
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management
Management Information Systems, General 2 1 21 2 26
Mathematics Teacher Education 5 5
Mathematics, General 7 7
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 7 7
Music Teacher Education 2 2
Music, General 1 3 4
Physical Sciences
Psychology, General 1 66 1 2 70
Public Administration 1 9 10
Reading Teacher Education 4 1 5
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 2 2 68 4 2 78
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education 1 1
Social Sciences, General 1 26 1 28
Social Studies Teacher Education
Spanish Language and Literature 27 27
Special Education and Teaching, General 1 20 3 24
Systems Engineering 2 9 11

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1211th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $71,899 ($77,124 male / $60,300 female)
Number of FT Faculty 188 (97 male / 91 female)
Number of PT Faculty 291
FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
Total Benefits $3,455,526

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