Posted: 9/01/22

TAMIU Repeats, Expands Top National Ranking by Washington Monthly


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Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) has once again been recognized as one of the nation's Top Ten-ranked Southern Colleges in Washington Monthly Magazine's 2022 College Guide "Best Bang for the Buck" ranking. TAMIU was ranked #4.  The University was also ranked #4 for the 2021 edition.

Other institutions in the Top 10 ranking included the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley (5), Vanderbilt University (6) and Texas A&M University (7). Some 227 institutions were reviewed, but TAMIU was the highest-ranked Texas university, and the highest-ranked among A&M System campuses.

TAMIU also expanded its graduate school ranking by soaring to rank 32nd among 603 Master’s granting graduate schools surveyed.  For the 2021 Master’s University Rankings, TAMIU ranked 73rd. 

TAMIU was also named to the Best Colleges for Student Voting Honor Roll. The authors note this “is especially relevant because young voters could be a deciding factor in the upcoming midterm elections.”

The ranking’s authors maintain their College Guide offers an alternative to other rankings. 

They believe their measures are “more useful and relevant to students, the majority of whom are neither wealthy nor applying to highly selective schools, as well as to policy makers at the federal and state levels who must make funding decisions for colleges and universities based on the broader public interest…the Monthly ranks schools based on upward mobility, public service, and research,” they note.

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Washington Monthly 2022 College Rankings: Best Bang for the Buck Colleges

Kevin Carey, who directs the education policy program at New America, affirmed the importance of alternate rankings.

“America needs a different definition of higher education excellence, one that empowers public institutions at the expense of elites, instead of the other way around. One that measures what colleges do for their country, instead of for themselves. That’s the philosophy behind the Washington Monthly’s annual college rankings. Instead of rating colleges by wealth, fame, and exclusivity, we prize social mobility, public service, and research,” Carey writes.

TAMIU president Dr. Pablo Arenaz said he is impressed by the rankings and what they have to say about the University.

“On behalf of our students, faculty, staff and alumni, I am truly pleased with these rankings which I believe affirm elements of the TAMIU experience that distinguish our University and advantage our students.  I also think that it’s refreshing that some of those experiences, especially those focused on public service and research, are also valued by the reviewers. 

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Washington Monthly 2022 College Rankings: Best Master's Universities

“These are fundamental distinctions here at TAMIU. Just last week, our students partnered with nine community service organizations for mutually beneficial service opportunities through our Partnership TAMIU: An Alliance for Good program. We’re also quite proud that our social mobility, another key strength, has figured prominently in this ranking.  TAMIU works aggressively to be accessible, affordable and exceptional.  Rankings such as these by Washington Monthly’s 2022 College Guide truly recognize and strengthen that commitment,” Dr. Arenaz concluded.

The Washington Monthly 2022 College Guide is available online at https://washingtonmonthly.com/2022-college-guide/

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

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