Island University Ranked Among Top 25 College Campuses in the Nation with Best Weather

June 27, 2014

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has been ranked among the Top 25 College Campuses with the Best Weather by Best College Reviews.

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, which came in at No. 22, was one of four universities in Texas to be included on the national list. Other states that made the cut were California, Hawaii, Florida, and New Mexico.

“We’re proud to be among a select group of universities that stand out for a beautiful and enjoyable environment,” said Dr. Flavius Killebrew, President and CEO of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. “In addition to the numerous academic programs we offer, students come to this campus for the unique on-campus experience of living on an island.”

According to the article, the Island University has an average of approximately 223 days of sunshine each year. The numbers of sunny days as measured by the National Weather Service, temperature extremes, and recreational activities on or near the campus were all factors which contributed to compiling the list.

The sunny weather also makes for an ideal location for University labs and centers, which conduct a variety of research pertaining to our coastal environment. For example, our world-renowned Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, dedicated to advancing the long-term sustainable use and conservation of the Gulf, continues to study the impact of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. And, the Center for Coastal Studies is increasing knowledge and understanding of the marine ecosystems through research on restoring and creating wetland habitat; algal biofuel production; and how endangered species use coastal habitats.

Located in the heart of the Texas Gulf Coast, Corpus Christi is known for its sandy beaches and nature preserves. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi is the only university in the nation to be located on its own island, Ward Island. Students are greeted by palm tree-lined pathways throughout campus, nearby natural wetlands, a scenic hike-and-bike trail, and a university beach that’s a prime spot for water sports.