The Island University Ranked at Number One among the 50 Best Colleges by the Sea

Published: October 02, 2015

The Island University Ranked at Number One among the 50 Best Colleges by the Sea

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Island University has earned the top spot in Best College Reviews’ “50 Best Colleges by the Sea” list.       

“We are honored to be at the top of this list,” said Dr. Flavius Killebrew, President and CEO of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. “It’s not only our beautiful island location here on the Texas coast, but our renowned marine research that propelled us to the top.”

Best College Reviews,, looked at the following criteria:

  • Proximity to the beach
  • Specific marine education centers, degrees, or research facilities
  • Recreational opportunities on the sea.

“When a student is considering where to pursue high education, the environment is a huge factor,” the Reviews’ web site states. “College is much more than classes and degrees. It is where some of the most important years of life are spent, and the location is vital.”

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is the only school located on its own island. It is the only Texas school on this list.

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi is home to the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, which is dedicated to advancing the long-term sustainable use and conservation of the Gulf. The University has strong programs in marine biology, environmental science and coastal and marine system science. Faculty and students research shark movements and genomic diversity, develop apps for anglers to track fish populations, and experiment with improving the rebuilding of oyster reef with electricity.

About Texas A&M  University-Corpus Christi: Offering more than 80 of the most popular degree programs in the state, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi has proudly provided a solid academic reputation, renowned faculty, and highly rated degree programs since 1947. The Island University has earned its spot as the premier, urban doctoral-granting institution in South Texas, supporting a UAS test site, two institutes and more than 20 research centers and labs. Discover your island at