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Texas A & M University-Kingsville

Texas A & M University-Kingsville Rating: 4.3/5 (24 votes)

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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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Undergraduate Admission

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.

Graduate Admissions

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.

Financial Aid

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.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4437th for the average student loan amount.
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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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  • “Things to do in Kingsville.” Kingsville Texas Convention and Visitors Bureau. Texas Convention and Visitors Bureau. 2011. Web. 8 August 2011.

Information Summary

Ranks 48th in Texas and 1254th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Texas and 327th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 4 0.04
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.01
Robbery 1 0.01
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 18 0.17
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 21 0.20

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 203 0.76
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 18 0.07
Robbery 11 0.04
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 353 1.32
Larceny 635 2.37
Vehicle theft 27 0.10

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Kingsville, TX 78363
Surrounding communityDistant town (between 10 to 35 mi. away from an urban cluster)
Total Population29,917 (25,618 urban / 4,299 rural)
Households10,303 (2.78 people per house)
Median Household Income$29,146
Families7,234 (3.31 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

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

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 District4834

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1256th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $4,366 $4,366 $14,986
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $2,574 $2,574 $2,574
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $626 $626 $910
FT Graduate Tuition $3,228 $3,228 $7,758
FT Graduate Required Fees $3,705 $3,705 $3,705
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $653 $653 $937
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $20,423 $20,423 $31,043
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $20,497 $20,497 $31,117
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $12,707 $12,707 $23,327

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $6,640 $6,940 $6,640 $6,940 $16,030 $17,470
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,300(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $7,042 $7,484
On-Campus – Other Expenses $4,538 $4,699
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $6,844 $7,086
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,994 $5,171
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,314 $4,467

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$25
Graduate Application Fee$35
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 6,488 (3,143 male / 3,345 female)
Admitted 5,716 (2,718 male / 2,998 female)
Admission rate 88%
First-time Enrollment 1,255 (718 male / 537 female)
FT Enrollment 1,201 (686 male / 515 female)
PT Enrollment 54 (32 male / 22 female)
Total Enrollment12,229

Admission Criteria

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

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Lone Star Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Lone Star Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Lone Star Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Lone Star Conference

ACT Test Admission

1244th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 59%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 14 / 20
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 16 / 23
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 16 / 21

SAT Test Admission

1178th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 66%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 380 / 490
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 410 / 520
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 790 / 1010

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 Capacity2,329
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 211 107 1,473 19 6 521 43 2,393
Accounting 1 5 40 1 19 1 67
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching 8 1 9
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations 1 4 8 13
Agriculture, General 1 12 24 37
Agronomy and Crop Science 1 9 5 15
Animal Sciences, General 12 5 17
Apparel and Textiles, General 3 3
Architectural Engineering 11 7 18
Bilingual and Multilingual Education 15 1 16
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 3 4 38 14 1 60
Biomedical Sciences, General 2 29 7 38
Business Administration and Management, General 2 9 78 3 1 37 7 138
Business/Commerce, General 1 3 11 6 1 22
Chemical Engineering 16 2 11 1 10 2 42
Chemistry, General 9 1 1 11
Civil Engineering, General 3 26 10 39
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General 2 1 133 1 20 2 159
Communication, General 1 17 1 5 1 26
Community Health and Preventive Medicine 2 1 3
Computer and Information Sciences, General 71 12 1 1 1 86
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 6 76 1 28 111
Criminology 11 66 15 1 93
Dietetics/Dietitian 3 3 6
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 3 1 4
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 11 5 16
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 3 31 10 2 46
Educational/Instructional Technology 2 1 2 5
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 49 1 14 2 1 5 72
Engineering/Industrial Management 2 4 3 9
English Language and Literature, General 2 26 14 1 43
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering 14 1 5 2 1 23
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General 2 1 8 11
Farm/Farm and Ranch Management 2 2
Finance, General 10 2 4 16
Fine/Studio Arts, General 2 1 14 3 1 21
Geology/Earth Science, General 4 16 1 21
History, General 11 8 19
Human Development and Family Studies, General 7 7
Industrial Engineering 4 1 5
Industrial Technology/Technician 1 2 16 13 32
International Business/Trade/Commerce 3 6 1 1 11
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 9 54 1 24 2 91
Management Information Systems, General 1 2 21 1 10 36
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 1 2 6 4 1 15
Mathematics, General 2 1 11 4 18
Mechanical Engineering 14 18 18 50
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 1 23 368 4 1 67 8 479
Music Performance, General 4 4
Music Teacher Education 1 1 2
Music, General 12 1 13
Petroleum Engineering 3 1 4
Physics, General 1 3 4
Political Science and Government, General 1 7 3 11
Psychology, General 4 97 24 4 129
Reading Teacher Education 1 6 4 11
Social Sciences, General 1 1
Social Work 10 3 13
Sociology 8 37 2 47
Spanish Language and Literature 13 13
Special Education and Teaching, General 16 4 21
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 2 1 3
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management 7 28 1 36

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1461st for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $68,398 ($72,531 male / $51,985 female)
Number of FT Faculty 486 (281 male / 205 female)
Number of PT Faculty 859
FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
Total Benefits $6,963,432

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