Posted: 10/23/14

TAMIU Named Among To 50 Colleges for Hispanic Students



Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) has been named by BestColleges.com to its Top 50 Colleges for Hispanic Students, a nationwide study.

TAMIU was listed as Number 41 among the 50 Colleges included. Texas colleges claimed 16 of the Top 50 slots.  Texas A&M University-Kingsville was No. 47.

According to the site, “In 2012, 49% of Hispanic high school graduates enrolled at a postsecondary, public institution. This percentage surpassed that of white students for the first time, and Hispanic enrollment in colleges and universities, which has increased 240% since 1996, is expected to continue to grow.

The site adds, “many Hispanic students are the first in their families to attend college, so it is important for them to find a support system that will help them navigate degrees, financial aid and their school and social obligations.”

TAMIU president Ray Keck said the good news is much appreciated.

“Every day, we look forwarding to accomplishing our mission.  Every day our students define their futures here.  Every day, faculty bring those futures closer.  Every day, staff and administration keep us going. We are delighted to see that all our combined efforts for our students are recognized,” he concluded.

The rankings were based on Hispanic enrollment and graduation rates. The study also considered the percentage of Hispanic students currently enrolled at each college, along with in- and out-of-state tuitions, cultural centers, degree programs or scholarships dedicated to enhancing Hispanic student experiences.

Last month, TAMIU was ranked No. 20 in Top Public Schools Regional Universities, West, up from last year’s ranking of 35.  Approximately 1800 universities were surveyed.

Other recent rankings named TAMIU sixth in the nation for lowest net price among public four-year universities; The Chronicle of Higher Education named TAMIU among the nation’s fastest-growing public master’s institutions, ranking it No. 8 in its “Almanac of Higher Education 2014,” and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board found TAMIU’s current student retention rate higher than state and national norms: almost 87% for students remaining in higher education, among the highest for The Texas A&M University System’s regional campuses.

Registration for the Spring Semester 2015 at TAMIU begins Monday, Oct. 27.   Classes start Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015.

For University information, contact the TAMIU Office of Public Relations, Marketing and Information Services at 956.326.2180, visit tamiu.edu or email prmis@tamiu.edu

University information is also available on Facebook and Twitter and a free app for smartphone and tablet can be downloaded from tamiu.edu

For more information on the Top 50 Colleges for Hispanic Students, visit http://www.bestcolleges.com/features/top-50-colleges-for-hispanic-students/

Journalists who need additional information or help with media requests and interviews should contact the Office of Public Relations, Marketing and Information Services at prmis@tamiu.edu