As its name implies, Texas A&M International University is an international university, poised at the Gateway to Mexico and serving as the intellectual center of a vibrant bilingual and bicultural community.
Laredo is 156 miles south of San Antonio, 158 miles west of Corpus Christi, and 153 miles north of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico . Laredo is an enviable crossroads of international business and life. Laredo's history is hallmarked by seven sovereign flags and people of all races and nations seem drawn by a colorful environment and tropical climate that affords a pleasant lifestyle for all.
Over 160,000 people call Laredo home and the city was recently named the fastest growing city in Texas and the second fastest in the United States.
The Rio Grande winds its way between Laredo and its sister city, Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico. Nuevo Laredo is home to over 360,000 people and offers its own rich culture, history and traditions, most proudly shared by the peoples of Los Dos Laredos.
In August of 1970, students were accepted for the very first time at what was then called Texas A&I University at Laredo. This beginning, as a "center" under Texas A&I University, was the start of a legacy in education for South Texas. The focus was to fill a demand in teacher education and business disciplines. Texas A&I at Laredo was organized under the upper level concept of higher education, offering only junior and senior level course work. This approach provided a local bachelors degree opportunity for area residents. This upper-level University was later expanded to include graduate degree programs.
In September 1977, the name was changed to Laredo State University, and the old "center" status was removed officially in 1987. As the University grew, it expanded its scope of operations to include international operations and agreements with degree programs and a faculty to meet the requirements
The University became a member of The Texas A&M University System on September 1, 1989. The name was changed to Texas A&M International University in 1993.
The 74th Texas Legislature authorized an expansion to 4-year status in the Fall of 1995, and authorized the University to develop joint degree programs with Mexican and Canadian institutions of higher education. Further authorization has permitted the development of doctoral level programs.
The year 1995 was the cornerstone of the legacy in education for South Texas and Texas A&M International University. The start of the Fall 1995 term marked the University's 25th anniversary, and the inauguration of a newly-constructed campus in northeast Laredo, and offering freshman and sophomore courses for the first time.
Texas A&M International University, a member of The Texas A&M University System, is committed to the preparation of students for leadership roles in their chosen profession and in an increasingly complex, culturally-diverse state, national and global society. The University provides students with a learning environment anchored by the highest quality programs built on a solid academic foundation in the liberal arts and natural sciences. To fulfill its mission, the University offers baccalaureate and masters programs in the arts; humanities; business; education; physical, biological and social sciences; and health professions with authority for select doctoral programs. Programs focus on developing undergraduate and graduate offerings and progressive agenda for global study and understanding across all disciplines.
Through instruction, faculty and student research, and public service, Texas A&M International University is a strategic point of delivery for well-defined programs and services that improved the quality of life for citizens of the border region, the State of Texas, and national and international communities.