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TAMIU ‘Three-peats’ Top Ten Ranking Among Best Bang for the Buck 2018 Colleges Posted: 8/30/18

TAMIU ‘Three-peats’ Top Ten Ranking Among Best Bang for the Buck 2018 Colleges


TAMIU President Dr. Pablo Arenaz  

Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) has repeated its placement in a national  Top Ten ranking among Southern Colleges by Washington Monthly Magazine’s 2018 College Guide for the third year in a row. TAMIU was ranked ninth.

TheCollege Guide singles out those institutions as “Best Bang for the Buck”  that are the best value based on “net price” -- which the Guide explains is affordability and how well universities do in graduating students. It notes ‘Best Bang’ universities like TAMIU charge students “a reasonable price for quality education that will advance them in their careers.”  Perhaps most importantly, the Guide rates schools on three equally weighted criteria: social mobility, research, and public service.

One of the Guide’s authors, Kevin Carey, notes, “we give high marks to colleges that enroll lots of low-income students and help them graduate and earn a good living without too much debt. We factor in pure research spending and the number of undergraduates who go on to earn PhDs. And we give extra weight to colleges that send their graduates out into the world to serve the community at large.” 

TAMIU President Dr. Pablo Arenaz said the ranking is a source of great pride for all members of the TAMIU community:  students, faculty, staff and alumni…especially as the University begins its Fall Semester this week.

“This is a clear indication  of the importance of doing things right. Our administration and our faculty listen  to our students and the communities we serve.  Together, we’ve created a higher education destination with world-class facilities and a global faculty that engages and advances students in meaningful ways.  I’m especially impressed that this ranking continues to appreciate income and social mobility, and student engagement -- all dynamic elements that distinguish our campus.  When we say we ‘Go Beyond,’ we mean it and we live it,” Dr. Arenaz concluded. 

The 2018 Best Bang for The Buck for Southern Colleges rankings can be found at:

TAMIU has earned national accolades for the income mobility of its students, including being highlighted in the American Council on Education’s report, “Minority Serving Institutions as Engines of Upward Mobility.”Based on Stanford University’s  Equality of Opportunity Project, the study analyzed students’ and parent’s income.At TAMIU, that high extended income mobility rate was 34.1 percent, second only to the City University of New York’s Lehman College with 35.5 percent.TAMIU was the top scoring Texas institution highlighted in the study with The University of Texas Pan-American and Our Lady of the Lake University-San Antonio also cited.

Also recently, Zippia hailed TAMIU as one of Texas’ best colleges for getting jobs, ranking TAMIU eighth in the State,  and citing a 91.58% student employment.  TAMIU was also the only A&M System campus to be included in ZIppia’s Top Ten ranking of public and private institutions.

Founded in 1969, Washington Monthly is a bimonthly nonprofit magazine covering politics, government, culture and the media.

The Fall semester at TAMIU began Tuesday, Aug. 28.  Late registration continues through Monday, Sept. 3 in offices and online at University information is also available on its social media sites on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. 

For additional information, contact the TAMIU Office of Public Relations, Marketing and Information Services at 956.326.2180, email, click on or visit offices in the Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library, Suite 268.


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