Posted: 3/12/15

TAMIU Ranked 4th as ‘Best Bang for the Buck’



Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) is ranked fourth among the “Top 100 Best Bang for the Buck” rankings of Southern Universities, according to Washington Monthly Magazine’s publication The Other College Guide: A Roadmap for the Right School for You.

The distinction is also shared by seven other Texas A&M University System campuses that scored in the Top 100. Texas A&M University College Station was ranked second. Prairie View A&M University came in at 21, Texas A&M University-Commerce at 22, Texas A&M University-Kingsville at 40, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi at 83 and Tarleton State University at 98.

The rankings measure the schools that are the best value based on “net price,” which the guide explains is affordability and how well the universities do graduating students.

The Guide calculates TAMIU’s net price at $1,820, or $12,806 less than third-ranked University of Texas at Austin ($14,636).

TAMIU President Dr. Ray Keck said the ranking is impressive.

“We’ve just reported a 14.6% increase in our Spring term enrollment to 6,884 students, and an 11% increase in Semester Credit Hours, so it’s truly gratifying to have our efforts to keep higher education accessible for students recognized. We keep costs low with innovative programs like flex scheduling and fixed rate tuition -- both of which have been enthusiastically embraced by our students. And, of course, it’s also great to find our efforts help lead and keep us in good company with seven of our System member universities,” Dr. Keck said.

He encouraged the community to find out more about “The International U” by attending the “Discover TAMIU” event Saturday, March 21, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“It will be a special day to celebrate all things TAMIU in a family-friendly event focused on opening doors and minds to the importance of higher education,” he noted.

For more about Discover TAMIU, go to http://www.tamiu.edu/discovertamiu/

Washington Monthly also ranks universities nationally based on how well they produce cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs, recruit and graduate low-income students, and encourage students to give something back to their country.

For more on the rankings, visit: http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/college_guide/rankings-other-college-guide/best-bang-for-buck-south-rank.php

Enrollment for Summer Sessions will begin June 8. Maymester courses are also available starting May 26.

The Texas A&M University System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a budget of $3.8 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities, seven state agencies, two service units and a comprehensive health science center, the A&M System educates more than 131,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. Externally funded research expenditures exceed $820 million and help drive the state’s economy.

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