Island University Ranked No. 1 on ‘The 50 Best Colleges By The Sea’ List

By Nicole Rothenay | Published: September 04, 2019

Island University Ranked No. 1 on ‘The 50 Best Colleges By The Sea’ List

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi has snagged the No. 1 spot on the list The 50 Best Colleges By The Sea. The ranking, by Best College Reviews, assessed 50 seaside U.S. colleges based on their proximity to the ocean, recreational opportunities on the water, and marine-based education, degrees, and research facilities.

Affectionately known as the Island University, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is the only school in the nation located on its own island. The Island University is a rapidly developing research institution with more than 80 of the most popular degree programs in the state. Stunning seascapes and sandy shores give students, faculty, and staff breathtaking water views from which they can study, perform cutting-edge research, or bask in the sun.

 “I’ve always loved living by the water because there’s always something to do,” said Rebecca Garcia, a sophomore from Corpus Christi majoring in biomedical sciences at the Island University. “A&M-Corpus Christi is a really good school, and it just happens to be by the water.”

Kristin Rebeles, a junior also pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science, explained why she chose A&M-Corpus Christi.

“I like all the options it gives me, like CASA and the SI program. A lot of schools I talked to, they had something similar, but it wasn’t as easily accessible, and I really like the feel on this campus,” said Rebeles, a Richmond, Texas, native. “I love all the greenery and how inviting it feels. Sometimes you go on a college campus, and it feels sterile. I really like it here.”

In addition to nature-lined walkways, the Island University boasts 250 plus days of sunshine each year, along with expansive and direct views of the water from several buildings around campus.

“I chose TAMU-CC because I wanted to go into nursing, and they have a really good nursing program here,” said Eric Soriano, a junior from Corpus Christi preparing to apply for the nursing program. “It’s a competitive program, and I want to follow in the footsteps of my relatives. One of them graduated from here last semester.”

Daniera Mendoza, an English major from Floresville, Texas, is one of the approximately 12,000 students enrolled this fall.

“I chose TAMU-CC because I knew it was a smaller campus and also really inclusive. I thought that would be a good atmosphere to be in,” Mendoza said. “For me, I think it’s relaxing. Like right now, you can look at the water and feel relaxed. You feel at home.”