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Frequently Asked Questions and Answers


When was TAMIU founded?

The University was founded in 1970 as what was then called Texas A&I University at Laredo. It became Laredo State University in 1977. TAMIU adopted its current name in 1993. Learn more about the University’s history.

The University celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2020.  Check out a dedicated website that shares that year-long Celebration and our ongoing legacy.


What is TAMIU’s mission?

TAMIU prepares students for leadership roles in an increasingly complex, culturally diverse state, national, and global society. The University provides a learning environment built on a solid academic foundation in the arts and sciences. The University offers a range of baccalaureate and master’s programs and doctoral degrees  in International Business Administration and Criminal Justice. In addition, the University pursues a progressive agenda for global study and understanding across all disciplines. Through instruction, faculty and student research, and public service, TAMIU improves the quality of lives for citizens of the border region, the State of Texas, and national and international communities.


How are TAMIU and The Texas A&M University System related?

TAMIU is a proud Member of The Texas A&M University System, a statewide network of 11 universities and eight state agencies. A&M System members educate more than 153,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. Find out more about The Texas A&M University System.


How many degree programs does TAMIU offer?

TAMIU, a military-friendly campus, provides excellent, low-cost onsite and online programs in the arts and sciences, business, nursing and education. Offering over 95 undergraduate, graduate or doctoral degree programs, TAMIU is focused on delivering undergraduate and graduate programs with a progressive agenda for global study, leadership training and comprehensive across all disciplines.

Find out more about TAMIU’s various degree programs.


How is TAMIU international?

It's in our name...and in our DNA.  Our international perspective is infused throughout our teaching, learning, outreach, research and service. TAMIU is home to international students who come to the University from some 30 countries and we're proud to be part of their journey to higher education attainment and success.  Learn more about TAMIU’s Study Abroad and Reading the Globe Programs.


Where can I find TAMIU’s current or archived news stories?

TAMIU’s most recent stories and archives, along with a variety of resources,  can be found within our News Hub .


Does TAMIU Offer Pre-Professional Programs?

Yes. TAMIU offers Pre-Med, Pre-Dental, Pre-Engineering and Pre-Law programs.


Where can I learn about TAMIU Athletics?

TAMIU Athletics is an NCAA Division II member and part of the Lone Star Conference. It offers participation opportunities in 11 sports for men and women. More information about TAMIU Athletics is available at


Does TAMIU have student clubs and organizations?

TAMIU students participate in over 120 clubs and organizations, most of which are led completely by students. Over 1,200 student-organized evetns are held annually. Find out more about clubs and organizations.


Does TAMIU offer Study Abroad programs?

TAMIU offers Study Abroad opportunities to more than 50 countries in the world. In addition, the University’s Common Reading Program unites students in an international and global reading experience reflective of TAMIU’s mission.


Does TAMIU have arts and cultural offerings?

TAMIU’s Center for the Fine and Performing Arts serves as a nexus for the arts and culture in Laredo and South Texas, where people of all ages can enjoy world-class classical music concerts, operas, musicals, dance recitals, plays and art exhibitions.

For more information, about TAMIU’s Center for the Fine and Performing Arts, visit its dedicated Events Calendar.


 TAMIU Accolades

U.S. News and World Report’s 2020 Edition of its popular Best Colleges guide ranks TAMIU as the second highest-ranked Texas public university in its Best Regional Universities West category and the highest-ranked regional campus of the Texas A&M University System. It also ranked TAMIU among Top Performers on Social Mobility among Regional Universities West. 

TAMIU  ranks 5th in the nation among the 100 Most Affordable Public Schools with the Highest Return on Investment (ROI), according to ranking authority Great Value Colleges. 

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. 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. 

Researchers with Georgetown University’s  Center on Education and the Workforce (CEW) McCourt School of Public Policy have ranked TAMIU’s Return on Investment (ROI) among the highest in the nation -- with graduates projected to earn $1,006,000 more 40 years after graduation. 

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. 

TAMIU ranks in the Top Ten  among 2020’s Top Public Universities in Texas, according to online source, The ranking is based on rigorous analysis of academic, admissions, financial, and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education of over 500 public colleges and state universities

TAMIU has been  ranked second in the nation for having the lowest student debt, (on average $3,477 in loans),  and first lowest in Texas. The rankings are in a LendEDU study, the annual Student Loan Debt by School by State Report, which surveyed 475 colleges and universities.

TAMIU earned a top tier ranking for its COVID-19 Pandemic response. The 2020 Educate to Career College ranking reviewed 1200 colleges, placing TAMIU in Tier I for a response that benefits and protects students, especially in terms of available online learning resources.

The American Council on Education’s report, “Minority Serving Institutions as Engines of Upward Mobility,” placed TAMIU among the nation’s top universities generating especially high extended income mobility rates for students.

TAMIU students graduate with one of the lowest average student loan debt figures in the entire United States, according to a study by online source, LendEDU.

TAMIU’s A. R. Sanchez, Jr. School of Business Master of Business Administration (MBA) Online Program is ranked #3 among the 20 Best Texas Online MBA Degree Programs by online source MBA Central.

TAMIU offers one of the most affordable online master’s degrees in Criminal Justice in the nation, according to a ranking by online source, Grad School Hub. TAMIU ranked #7 among the Top 10 universities that provide the lowest-cost online master’s degree in Criminal Justice.


Fun Stats Tracking TAMIU’s Impact

From Founding… to Fall 2020


Number of Degrees Awarded to Date: 

Then: 127                                            Now: 29,394 (and counting) 


Budget Growth (Budget at founding to Budget today)

Then: $991,447 (FY 1974)                   Now: $129,205,008 (FY 2020)


Enrollment Growth (Enrollment as A&I University-Laredo to current enrollment)

Then: 285 (Fall 1970)                          Now: 8,525 (Fall 2020)


No. of Nurses Educated here:

Total: 1,039 (since 1998)


No. of Teachers Educated here:

Total: 1,585 (since 2004)


Employee/Faculty Growth:

Then: 52 (FY 1974)                              Now: 737 (FY 2020)


Study Abroad: Miles Traveled; countries/continents visited since programs initiated here in 1997:

52 countries visited; 1,734 students have studied abroad; 9,588,967 Miles travelled


No. of Alumni-owned businesses around the world:

Currently, 309 TAMIU alumni identify as business owners.


First-generation students then/now:

Then: 19%                   Now: 56%


No. of print books, bound periodicals, eBooks, audiovisual materials, databases, electronic periodicals and Federal and Texas State Government Documents:

Then: 36,247 titles                             Now: 1,094,514+ titles


How can I  access TAMIU resource experts?

Contact the Office of Public Relations, Marketing and Information Services at 956.326.2180 or email