Posted: 11/17/23

TAMIU Sees Healthy Enrollment Rebound, Welcomes Largest Freshman Class in History


Dr. Pablo Arenaz
Dr. Pablo Arenaz, TAMIU President  

This Fall semester signals a healthy rebound in student enrollment at Texas A&M International University (TAMIU), which also welcomed the largest freshman class in its history.

In official Fall 2023 enrollment figures shared with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, TAMIU reported 8,507 students, a 1% increase in enrollment over last Fall.  The total enrollment included 6,975 undergraduates and 1,532 graduate students.  Graduate student growth is up almost 2%, and likely reflects aggressive marketing of online graduate degrees. Semester credit hours, upon which the University’s funding is calculated, were up over 95,000.  

A substantial chunk of that growth comes from the University securing its historically largest Freshman class (1,382) students, a 6% increase over Fall 2022.  TAMIU also saw an 8% increase in transfers to the University, with the largest percentage, 69%, coming from local higher education partner Laredo College.  TAMIU’s success was also part of a nearly 4% enrollment increase throughout the A&M System, landing the University a place in the State’s Top 10 campuses with the highest percentage increases in enrollment from Fall 2022 to Fall 2023.

TAMIU president Dr. Pablo Arenaz said the University believes that the recovery post-Pandemic is healthy.

“In speaking with students, they are eager to move beyond the Pandemic years and focus on brighter futures.  They are a resilient population and are responding well to the challenges of higher education.  To help ease their transition, we’ve augmented support services with Intrusive Advising, Enhanced Tutoring, Early Intervention, Supplemental Instruction for Gateway Courses, Mental Health Programs, Food Insecurity and Emergency Expense Programs, and our Closer than Ever Degree Completion Program…and our Path to Academic and Student Success (PASS) Initiative. 

“These are all designed to help our students to persist and graduate. We’re also tremendously proud of our University recruiters who have worked diligently to meet with potential students and explore the opportunities that TAMIU presents for them.   We’re also developing a campus-wide Strategic Enrollment Plan to identify enrollment targets aligned with our mission and vision,” Dr. Arenaz explained. 

“Timely graduation of students helps power the economic growth engine of our community, region, and State. These University graduates will be employed, start businesses, help educate others, contribute artistic and creative values, and identify innovative solutions that will drive us all forward.  It’s very gratifying to see students enroll and begin or continue their higher education journey here,” Arenaz observed.

Of the historic freshman class, some 86% are from local high schools, but 14% are from out-of-town high schools with 107 high schools represented in the freshman class.  Some 52% of TAMIU freshmen have earned college credit before enrollment at TAMIU and 99% are full-time students.  About 23% of the class graduated in the Top 10% of their high school class while 31% graduated in the Top 11 - 25% of their class. Most TAMIU freshmen also have a targeted major in mind, with only 38 freshmen citing an undeclared major.

Additional student demographics show that 62% of all enrolled Fall 2023 students (5,266) are women while 38% (3,241) are men and 93% identify as a minority. Over 97% are from Texas with 78% from Webb County. 

Of undergraduates, 77% attend full-time.  Of graduate students, 75% attend full-time. The average undergraduate age is 21 and the average graduate student is 34.  Doctoral students are on average 39 years of age.  The University’s youngest student is 13, and its oldest is 78.

The College with the highest enrollment is the College of Arts and Sciences with a combined undergraduate and graduate enrollment of 3,726 students.  The A. R. Sanchez, Jr. School of Business follows with 1,723 students.  The College of Nursing and Health Sciences has 1,448 and the College of Education 891 students. University College (undergraduate enrollment only) is 719. The College of Nursing and Health Sciences is showing the largest student increase at almost 2.5%.

The top five undergraduate majors are Business Administration, Nursing, Criminal Justice, Biology, and Psychology. 

The top five graduate majors are Business Administration, Curriculum and Instructions, Criminal Justice, School Counseling, and Family Nurse Practitioner.

 TAMIU is one of the nation’s top degree producers for Hispanic-Serving Institutions and the highest-ranked regional university in The Texas A&M University System among Regional Universities West by U.S. News and World Report.  Its 2022 graduates have the State’s highest employment rate after graduation at 81.3%. This past semester, TAMIU disbursed over $50 million in financial aid for students and also launched its Proyecto Amigos initiative, which targets enhanced student engagement and elevates the sense of campus community.

TAMIU’s Spring 2024 Registration is now underway.  

To learn more about TAMIU’s Registration processes, visit the dedicated Registration Hub at https://go.tamiu.edu/registration

Additional registration services for students include:

Late Registration begins Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2024, and ends Monday, Jan. 22, 2024.  Spring Semester 2024 classes begin Jan. 16, 2024.

For more information, contact the Office of the University Registrar at 956.326.2250, email registrar@tamiu.edu, or visit offices in the University Success Center, suite 121.

University news and information is also available online at tamiu.edu, and on its social channels: Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube.