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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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Student Graduation Demographics
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”.
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