CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi welcomed approximately 11,240 students to campus on Wednesday, Aug. 27, when classes began for the fall 2014 semester. The expected increase resulted in another record-breaking enrollment count.
“The increase in new students is another example of how quickly the message is spreading about the quality of education and research on our island campus,” said Dr. Flavius Killebrew, President/CEO of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. “Not only are we providing a traditional university experience with our new dining hall and additional residence hall space, but we continue to build on the nationally-recognized academic programs that attract so many of the best and brightest to our beautiful campus.”
The more than 11,000 students, who registered at the Island University this fall, make for an unofficial increase of 5.5 percent from last year. The biggest increases come in the Colleges of Business, Nursing and Health Sciences, and Science and Engineering.
“We also know that the growing Coastal Bend and South Texas populations are playing a big role in our continuous growth,” said Killebrew. “We are proud that our student body so closely mirrors that of the state of Texas.”
The Island University is experiencing increased interest from students for fields of study such as biomedical engineering and health informatics. A&M-Corpus Christi has hired at least 17 additional faculty members to support the addition of new students. Professors will teach new courses that build on needed job skills such as the ability to communicate and work in teams, generate new ideas, and analyze complex data.
“It’s been so important for us to get ahead of the curve on programs that suit the needs of 21st century professions,” said Killebrew. “Whether a student is learning about Advanced Health Assessment and Differential Diagnosis, how to create apps for iPhones and iPads, or taking an advanced graphic design course, the curriculum at A&M-Corpus Christi will certainly give students the skills that are needed to make them stand out in today’s workforce.”
Texas A&M – Corpus Christi has been recognized for its affordability, return on investment, and top academic programs. More than 90 percent of University alums have a job within a year of graduation.