Texas A&M University at Galveston breaks enrollment records
Galveston -- Texas A&M University at Galveston has shattered enrollment records for the fall, 2011 with a total of 2,058 students registered for fall classes, an 8 percent increase over the fall of 2010. There has been a 7.5 percent increase of undergraduates, while graduate student enrollment increased a record 32.5 per cent.
Recognizing this success, Rear Admiral Robert Smith III, TAMUG President and CEO, stated, "This record enrollment attests to the excellence of the educational experience and superb faculty at TAMUG. As we continue to move forward, I would anticipate the enrollment will continue to increase. This is good news for Texas and the Gulf Coast."
Beyond the increased student enrollment, broader geographical representations of students are now choosing TAMUG as their home. This year, Texas A&M University at Galveston students represents 44 states and 32 countries.
Dr. Donna Lang, associate vice president for Enrollment Management and Educational Outreach says the institution's geographical diversity speaks to the reputation of the campus in the marine and maritime industries as well as the expanding job market for the Gulf Coast.
"Our students are poised to meet new opportunities in international transportation and trade, offshore engineering, and coastal planning," she said. "This is the eighteenth year of steady growth for the campus. With less than 475 students in the 1980's, the campus has experienced significant change.
Lang says in addition to student growth, three new buildings are under construction with plans to open by Fall 2012. She adds that these buildings will further complement the $50 million Ocean and Coastal Studies Building, which opened this year.
The branch campus of Texas A&M University is the only maritime academy in the United States affiliated with a major research university and is gaining international reputation in coastal resiliency and interdisciplinary marine research.
Texas A&M University at Galveston is the maritime and marine-based branch campus of Texas A&M University. It is a special purpose institution offering academic programs, research and service in marine and maritime studies. TAMUG is home to the Texas Maritime Academy, the only maritime academy located on the Gulf Coast. TAMUG students are known as "Sea Aggies" and like their College Station counter parts, receive the Aggie Ring and a Texas A&M University.