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Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi is a medium-sized, public university that was founded in 1947 as part of the extended Texas A&M University family of Texas campuses. The university is primarily undergraduate students with over 9,700 each year. Just over 2,000 graduate students attend the Corpus Christi campus annually for a total of nearly 12,000 students. The Corpus Christi campus is referred to as the Island Campus as it is the only university nationwide to be located on an island of its own.

Overview of Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi

Because the university is surrounded by pristine nature, many degree offerings are associated with science to some extent including unmanned aircraft systems, nursing and health sciences, and sustainability and conservation. These are only a few of the 85 degree programs available in a variety of subjects at the seven colleges throughout the university. The academic majors and degree programs are just as diverse as the student body with almost half of the student population being Hispanic, and over 40% are first-generation students.

The university places a significant emphasis on research to help solve problems within the local community and the local region. In fact, $28 million was dedicated to research projects last year alone. Community involvement and environmental protection are also considered key components to the success of students who graduate from the Island Campus.

General Information

School Type Public
Campus Setting City: Large
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 19:1
Graduation Rate 37%
Year Founded 1947

Student Enrollment

Total Students11,929


Undergraduate Student

Male 4,008
Female 5,768

Graduate Student

Male 883
Female 1,270

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Male 3,621
Female 6,218


Male 2,969
Female 4,912

Acceptance Rate80%

Male 82%
Female 79%

Enrollment 1,889

Male 491
Female 434
Application Fee $40
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Required
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Considered But Not Required
Recommendations Recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Recommended
SAT/ACT Required
Other Test (Wonderlic,WISC-III,etc) Recommended
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline July 1
Common Application Accepted No

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

The annual tuition costs and net price on average are comparable to other coastal state schools. Out-of-state students can expect to pay more at $20,101 for tuition alone; whereas, in-state students are only responsible for $9,272 each year. An average of $12,916 for the net price (what students pay after financial aid is considered) exists for everyone. It’s important to understand that tuition fees do not include living expenses and additional costs for classroom experiences. The university estimates that room and board, supplies, books, classroom fees, etc. will cost an extra $15,000 minimum.

For students who wish to participate in study abroad programs, explore the activities and excitement of the region, or take trips home a few times a year, they will require an even larger budget. And don’t forget about going out at night, dining at restaurants, and other entertainment expenses.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $12,916
Average Total Aid $8,448
Students Receiving Financial Aid 71%
Room & Board $11,024

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $9,272
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $20,101
  • Books and Supplies - $1,080
  • Room & Board - $11,024
  • Other - $3,093


Students have nearly endless opportunities within the seven colleges including Business, Liberal Arts, Education and Human Development, Science and Engineering, Nursing and Health Sciences, University College, and Graduate Studies. The faculty-to-student ratio at the Island Campus is 1 to 19, which is higher than private schools yet not unreasonable for a mid-sized university. It is possible to pursue degrees at all levels, from bachelor’s degrees to doctoral degrees.

As a way to provide greater experiential learning opportunities, the university features a number of institutes and research centers, including the Harte Research Institute, the Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center, and the Conrad Blucher Institute. The Harte Research Institute is a leader at the forefront of conservation and sustainability in the Gulf of Mexico. An honors program is also available for individuals who excel in their respective fields, which often provides a boost in securing employment more quickly at the time of graduation.

At the Island Campus, students have a reasonable retention rate of 58%; however, the graduation rates are particularly low with a four-year rate of 19% and a six-year rate of 37%. Part of the reason for the low graduation rates could be due to the fact many students are first-generation students and others work full-time while they attempt to complete their degree programs. Other reasons could be that the university has a higher transfer student rate than other similar colleges.

Student Population Total

Student Population 11,929

Evening Classes : No
Distance Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

Health Professions and Related Programs 355 Total Graduates / 20%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 273 Graduates
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General 70 Graduates
Athletic Training/Trainer 12 Graduates
All Business Majors 277 Total Graduates / 16%
Business Administration and Management, General 74 Graduates
Accounting 62 Graduates
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 51 Graduates
Business/Commerce, General 37 Graduates
All Biological & Biomedical Majors 174 Total Graduates / 10%
Biomedical Sciences, General 112 Graduates
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 62 Graduates
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 153 Total Graduates / 9%
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 153 Graduates
All Psychology Majors 125 Total Graduates / 7%
Psychology, General 125 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 395

Outcome & Salary

Texas A&M at Corpus Christi has a dedicated Career Center to assist with skill development and employment throughout the entire college experience. Students can work with the center to find the right internships, on-campus jobs, part-time work, and even full-time work during their time at the university. It's also possible for students to participate in volunteer opportunities as a way to engage with and give back to the community. And employers are active on campus through career fairs and additional employment activities. Students will also have access to HireAnIslander to find a job more easily before graduation.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $50,800
College Grads Average Salary $65,733
College Grads Mid Career Salary $89,100
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $657,330
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,548,330
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $51,664
10 Year Projected ROI $605,666
20 Year Projected ROI $1,496,666
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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