Graduate Student Increase Part of Record-Breaking Enrollment at the Island University

Published: September 30, 2014

Graduate Student Increase Part of Record-Breaking Enrollment at the Island University

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Record-breaking enrollment at the Island University – over the 11,000 student mark for the first time --- also includes 5.4 percent increase in graduate students for the fall 2014 semester.

 “The Island University is proud to offer a variety of strong advanced degree programs,” said Dr. Flavius Killebrew, President and CEO of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. “As we continue to expand those offerings, each department is reviewing opportunities to both enhance the graduate degrees we already offer, and add new programs that match our faculty expertise and meet the needs of our community and our students.”

The University is on a path to emerging research status, a distinction that requires a focus on research, scholarship and creative endeavors across all fields. Growing the number of graduate researchers and enhancing graduate programs is part of that effort.

The College of Graduate Studies is also reaching out with scholarships and other events to let aspiring graduate students know what awaits them at the Island University. That includes a waiver of application fees for all current students who wish to continue on to graduate school.

Other fall 2014 enrollment highlights:

  • Total enrollment increased by 2.8 percent to 11,256, which includes:
    • 9,074 undergraduate students
    • 320 post-baccalaureate students
    • 1,862 graduate students
    • 5,024 Hispanic students, an increase of nearly 6 percent over 2013 figures.
    • Women continue to outnumber men; 6,755 to 4,501.
      • The biggest enrollment increases come in the Colleges of Business, Nursing and Health Sciences, and Science and Engineering.


The University has strong advanced degree programs in Nursing, Educational Leadership, Marine  Sciences, Business and geographic information systems, to name a few.

The latest enrollment numbers are from the 12th class day, Sept. 12 for A&M-Corpus Christi, which is used by the state to figure official enrollment. The figures are considered preliminary until approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.