Posted: 10/02/19

TAMIU Sets Historic Fall ’19 Enrollment: Over 8,400 Students


Dr. Pablo Arenaz
Dr. Pablo Arenaz, president  

As Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) celebrates its 50th Anniversary, it’s making a good deal of history along the way:  the University’s largest enrollment, 8,455 students, has been achieved this Fall 2019.

“It’s a big number,” said TAMIU president Dr. Pablo Arenaz, “and it affirms our 50th Anniversary theme…it is a ‘World of Difference,’ ” Dr. Arenaz said, “When you think back to the Fall of 1970, then-Texas A&I University at Laredo enrolled 285 students. This Fall, our 8,455 students are part of this University’s continued history and transformational impact.”

In a celebration before  the University community on the Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library Green, Arenaz introduced the University’s 8000th student, Kevin Zamora, a 2018 Martin High School graduate and TAMIU freshman majoring in Criminal Justice.

“Being named the 8000th student motivates me to continuing pushing forward to achieve my ultimate goal, which is to graduate,” said Zamora.  Upon graduation, Zamora hopes to begin his career in law enforcement.  He is the fourth sibling in his family to attend the University.  His sisters Fabiola (’11) and Alexis (’12) Hurtado are University alumni, and brother Esteban Zamora plans to graduate in December this year.

Students joined in the celebration with cupcakes commemorating the milestone accomplishment.

Fall TAMIU student enrollment is comprised of 7,248 undergraduate, 1,194 graduate and 13 Ph.D. students.  Headcount enrollment has grown 6% (480 students) over last Fall’s 7,975.   Semester credit hours, upon which the University’s funding is calculated, is also up 6%  (96,706) over last Fall.  

Graduate School enrollment has seen a double digit increase of 24%  attributed to the University’s aggressive embrace of online programs and targeted outreach initiatives.  For example, enrollment in the University’s online Master of Science in Nursing Administration grew  a whopping 1300%. SCH for the Graduate School has increased 34%. Of the University’s  Fall 2019 graduate students, 60% hold undergraduate degrees from TAMIU.

The University’s freshman class is also the largest in its history at 1,377 students. Dual enrolled high school students only comprise 7.3% of the freshman enrollment.  TAMIU freshmen students also rank in the top of their high school classes, with 34% ranking in the Top 23% of class and 21% ranking in the top 10%.  Freshmen come to TAMIU from some 130 different high schools and 55% identify as First-Generation students.

TAMIU student demographics show that 61% of students (5,186) are women and 39% (3,269) are men.  Some 31 countries are represented in the combined undergraduate-graduate population with the largest number coming from México, Nepal and Germany.  International students traveling the farthest to the University come from Australia, approximately 9,155 miles away. Some 46% of undergraduate students take online/hybrid courses while 85% of graduate students do so.

While 97% of students are from Texas and 82% from Webb County, international students comprise 2% of enrollment and out of state enrollment is 1%.  The average undergraduate age is 21 and the average graduate student age is 31.  Doctoral students are on average 38 years of age.  The University’s youngest student is 13, its oldest 77.

The College with the highest enrollment is the College of Arts and Sciences with combined undergraduate and graduate enrollment of 4,153 students.  The A. R. Sanchez , Jr. School of Business follows with 1,521 students.  The College of Nursing and Health Sciences has 1,095 and the College of Education 1,016. University College (undergraduate enrollment only) is 670.

Top undergraduate majors are Business Administration, Criminal Justice and Biology, followed by Psychology and Nursing.  Top graduate majors are Masters in Business Administration, Curriculum and Instruction and Criminal Justice with Public Administration and School Counseling rounding out the top five.

A new initiative, the Closer Than Ever Program, aimed at helping stop-out students complete their degrees, has successfully re-enrolled  284 students since its launch last year.  Of last year’s original cohort, 55% have already graduated.

Registration for Wintermester and Spring 2020 begins Monday, October 28 at 12:01 a.m. Late registration begins at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, January 21 and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 27. Classes begin Jan. 21. 

Throughout 2019-2020, TAMIU is celebrating its 50th Anniversary and its 25th   Anniversary at its north Laredo campus.  A dedicated website shares the University’s transformation from a hybrid upper-level university to a full doctoral degree-granting University. It traces the University’s history, shares its impact in personal stories, and includes a calendar of Anniversary events and more at tamiu.edu/50.

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

Celebrating milestone
Celebrating TAMIU's milestone 8000+ enrollment this Fall, students enjoyed special commemorative cupcakes.  Left to right, Dr. Minita Ramirez, vice president for Student Success; Student Government Association president Adrian Salcedo; provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, Dr. Tom Mitchell; 8000th Student Kevin Zamora; president Dr. Pablo Arenaz, and Mr. and Ms. TAMIU, Robert Novido and Michelle Ochoa.