Posted: 7/16/15

TAMIU Ranks No. 1 Among Nation’s Top 10 Colleges with Highest Hispanic Enrollment



Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) is now ranked No. 1 in the nation among the “Top 10 Colleges with the Highest Hispanic Enrollment” according to the U.S. News and World Report.

TAMIU topped the list of 10 schools with the highest percentage of Hispanic students enrolled in Fall 2013, with the exception of U.S. colleges located in Puerto Rico.

TAMIU, where 90 percent of students are Hispanic, is followed by St. Mary’s University of San Antonio, University of the Incarnate World, California State University – Los Angeles, Mount Saint Mary’s University (Calif.), California State University-San Bernardino, University of La Verne (Calif.), CUNY – Lehman College, California State University Stanislaus and the University of New Mexico. The full list is here: http://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/slideshows/10-colleges-with-the-highest-hispanic-enrollment

TAMIU president Dr. Ray Keck said this latest honor is especially powerful to the University.

“Our campus was born of the promise to provide access and affordability to higher education for a long underserved and deeply deserving region of learners.  To see our daily commitment, mission and passion recognized at this national level is truly uplifting and tells us that our mission is indeed being delivered and realized,” Dr. Keck said.

According to the U.S. News and World Report, the number of Hispanic students at U.S. colleges is rising at a faster rate than any other racial or ethnic group. Citing provisional data released by the Department of Education, the publication indicated student population at four-year colleges has grown more than 20 percent since 2010.

While Hispanic students make up just 7.2 percent of all undergraduates attending four-year and two-year schools, and 12.3 percent of all four-year college students, the number is growing faster than any other racial or ethnic group, the article states.

Based on 2011 analysis by the Pew Hispanic Center, the U.S. News and World Report article noted that the increase in Hispanic college enrollment is attributed to both population growth and increased educational attainment.

“Hispanic adults, particularly those between 18 and 24, are now significantly more likely to be enrolled in college,” the article states, “In fact, among 2012 high school graduates, the Hispanic college enrollment rate surpassed that of white students.”

Just last week, TAMIU was ranked fifth in Texas for Best Value for Tuition Dollar in Money Magazine’s “736 Schools that Provide the Best Value for Your Tuition Dollar.”  It was also the only Texas institution to receive a grade of “A” for value added and one of only two Texas A&M University System institutions ranked.   See story here:  http://www.tamiu.edu/newsinfo/newsarticles/2015-BestValueRanking071415.shtml

Other recent accolades accorded to TAMIU include:

  • Ranking fourth among the “Top 100 Best Bank 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.
  • Ranking sixth in the nation for lowest net price among public four-year universities, according to figures released by the College Affordability and Transparency Center, a project of the U.S. Department of Education.      
  • Ranked No. 8 among the nation’s fastest-growing public master’s institutions, by The Chronicle of Higher Education “Almanac of Higher Education 2014”…the second year in a row that TAMIU has been so recognized.   
  • The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s Accountability System indicated that TAMIU’s student retention rate is 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. 

A Member of The Texas A&M University System, TAMIU enrolls over 7400 students from around the world on its 300-acre campus in north Laredo. Over 70 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs are available, each infused with international perspectives by a gifted, global faculty.

Fall Registration is underway at TAMIU. Classes start Wednesday, Aug. 19. Late registration continues through Tuesday, Aug. 25.

The University’s Fixed Tuition and Fee Plan enables undergraduate, Texas resident students to lock in costs, guaranteeing tuition and fees for four years for most majors for a total of 12 consecutive semesters.

For registration information, contact the Office of the University Registrar at registrar@tamiu.edu, call 326.2250 or visit offices in the Senator Judith Zaffirini Student Success Center, suite 121.

Additional information is available on @txamiu on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube and the free TAMIU smartphone and tablet app tamiu.edu/mobile

TAMIU information is available by calling the TAMIU Office of Public Relations, Marketing and Information Services at 326.2180, emailingprmis@tamiu.edu or visiting tamiu.edu

Summer University office hours are 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Friday.