CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Angelique Flores-Cano had the experience of a lifetime today when she was personally welcomed to Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi by the University president and also offered a $1,000 scholarship for being the 12,000th student to enroll for the fall semester. Reaching an enrollment of 12,000 students is a new milestone for the Island University.
“This growth shows the momentum of the campus and the wonderful things going on here at the Island University,” said Dr. Flavius Killebrew, President and CEO of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. “To support our increased number of students, we continue to grow our programs and options for students in all degree fields. We also continue to hire great faculty and expand our buildings to meet our needs.”
Flores-Cano, who intends to earn a Master of Science in Educational Administration, received her undergraduate education in 2004 from A&M-Corpus Christi, and is entering her 13th year as a teacher. She is a current kindergarten teacher at Galvan Elementary in the Corpus Christi Independent School District.
“I am beyond excited to be the 12,000th student to register,” said Flores-Cano. “It was an amazing feeling to meet Dr. Killebrew today. The Island University is my home, and where I need to be right now.”
Flores-Cano says she was completely surprised by the $1,000 scholarship.
“When Dr. Killebrew told me about the scholarship, I teared up,” said Flores-Cano. “My husband and I work full-time and we have two children, and this scholarship is a blessing for us.”
The increase of enrollment aligns with the University’s Momentum 20/20 plan to become an Emerging Research University by the year 2020. The plan was created in collaboration with faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members to boost the Island University to an Emerging Research University. Once achieved, this new status will give the University access to incentive funding from the Texas Legislature.
“Our next enrollment goal is 15,000 students by the year 2020,” said Margaret Dechant, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management. “Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is a fast growing institution, but we have never lost sight that students still come first.”
Official enrollment numbers for fall 2015 were 11,661.