Posted: 10/07/20

TAMIU Ranked Fifth Nationally for Having ‘The Total Package’


Dr. Pablo Arenaz
Dr. Pablo Arenaz, president  

Texas A&M International University (TAMIU)  can add another accolade to 2020:  online job search platform Zippia says TAMIU has got “the total package.”

Zippia ranked TAMIU fifth in its recent national Top 10 Total Package Colleges ranking…the only Texas university  so ranked.

TAMIU president Dr. Pablo Arenaz said the accolade affirms the University’s commitment to providing access to an excellent and affordable higher education. 

“This recognition serves to affirm that excellence and affordability in higher education can co-exist. This has been our guiding mission since the University was founded 50 years ago, and remains something students, faculty, staff and alumni can be most proud of.  Coupled with our record Fall 2020 enrollment, this accolade means more potential students and their families here in Texas and beyond can consider TAMIU their higher education destination,” Dr. Arenaz said.

Zippia used  the most recent College Scorecard Data released by the Department of Education, to rank colleges in each state from best to worst using determining factors of Cost, Debt, Job Prospects and Earnings. 

Reviewers noted, “With an average debt of $14,830 and the annual cost only $13,914, it’s definitely an affordable school.”  Median earnings for TAMIU were calculated at $46,700. 

Zippia defined debt as the median, federal loan debt accumulated by all students who graduate with a degree.  Average annual cost of attendance was calculated to include tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses.  Job prospects and earnings examined median earnings and employment 10 years after enrollment to provide students time to finish their degree or graduate school and establish themselves in the workforce. 

Zippia’s Top Ten, in order, includes: University of Florida, City University of New York, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, University of Connecticut-Avery Point, Logan University, TAMIU, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Purdue University, Augusta University, James Madison University and University of Washington-Tacoma.

The ranking can be found online at https://www.zippia.com/advice/total-package-college-state/

In its annual  Student Loan Debt by School by State Report, LendEDU ranked TAMIU  second in the nation first in Texas for having the lowest student debt.  The 2020 Texas Higher Education Almanac, looking at debt levels of 2019 bachelor’s graduates, also ranked TAMIU second lowest in the state for average debt.  Great Value Colleges ranked TAMIU 5th in the nation among the 100 Most Affordable Public Schools with the Highest Return on Investment.

The 2020 Educate to Career College ranking placed TAMIU in Tier I for colleges and universities responding  to the pandemic in ways that benefit and protect students, especially in terms of available online learning resources. Some 1200 colleges across the nation were reviewed.

TAMIU is open and providing all services. Facial coverings are required inside and outside all campus buildings.  Social distancing and gathering standards are observed. 

TAMIU’s Fall semester 2020 classes end Wednesday, November 25  with final exams delivered online Dec. 1 - 8.  Spring 2021 classes begin Monday, Jan. 25, 2021.