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Texas A&M International University, often referred to as TAMIU, is a public, co-educational, state-supported university located in Laredo, Texasmarker. It is a Member institution of The Texas A&M University System.


  • 1969: Established as a branch of Texas A&I University at Kingsvillemarker, and named Texas A&I University at Laredo, functioning as an upper-level University for juniors, seniors, and graduate students. Senate bill was introduced by Wayne Connally, brother of Governor of Texas John B. Connally, Jr.
  • 1977: University's name changes to Laredo State University.
  • 1989: University joins The Texas A&M University System.
  • 1993: Name changes to Texas A&M International University.
  • 1995: An unsuccessful attempt is made to transfer TAMIU to the University of Texas System. TAMIU becomes a four-year University, welcomes its first freshman class and opens its new campus, the first new University campus constructed in Texas in over 25 years.
  • 2001: Ray Keck III succeeds J. Charles Jennett as university president.
  • 2004: Doctoral program in International Business Administration is launched.
  • 2006: Early College High School joins TAMIU (in collaboration with Laredo Independent School District).


Texas A&M International University offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees through five colleges. They include:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • A. R. Sanchez Jr. School of Business
  • College of Education
  • College of Nursing and Health Sciences


Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) is a Member of The Texas A&M University System and boasts a $160 million cutting-edge campus on a 300-acre site in Laredo, Texas. The newest University in the State of Texas, TAMIU offers 63 undergraduate and graduate degrees in the arts and sciences, business administration, and nursing. The A.R. Sánchez, Jr. School of Business was recently named one of the “Best 296 Business Schools” by the Princeton Review and ranked in the Top Ten for offering the greatest opportunity for minority students. The School of Business offers a doctoral degree in international business.

Taught by gifted faculty from throughout the world, programs focus on developing strong undergraduate and graduate offerings with a progressive agenda for global study and understanding across all disciplines. Through international instruction, faculty and student research, and public service, TAMIU is a strategic point of delivery for well-defined programs and services that improve the quality of life for the citizens of the border region, the State of Texas, and national and international communities. Fall 2008 enrollment was 5,857 (combined undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students). Full-time faculty number 189. The Teacher/Student ratio is 1:20. Over 90 percent of students are minority and 5.8 percent are International students. Some 11.5 percent of students live on campus. The University has aggressive financial aid and Study Abroad programs and recently implemented a campus-read program.


Texas A&M International University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097; Telephone number (404) 679-4501) to award bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.The undergraduate and graduate pros in the College of Business Administration are accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.The College of Nursing and Health Sciences' Dr. F.M. Canseco School of Nursing is accredited by the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners and the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.The Social Work program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of The Council on Social Work Education.Texas A&M International University is also accredited by the Texas Education Agency.Texas A&M International University is a member of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the American Council on Education and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.


TAMIU's A. R. Sanchez Jr. School of Business ranks as the second best in the country for providing the "Greatest Opportunity for Minority Students."

The School of Business was named a “Best Business School” by The Princeton Review in its 2006 edition of “Best 237 Business Schools.” The 2008 edition of "The Best 296 Business Schools" by The Princeton Review also lists the School and ranks it in the Top Ten for Business Schools offering the greatest opportunity for minority students.TAMIU also has an Early College High School with Laredo Independent School District. It has been accorded "Exemplary" Status.


TAMIU is home to various research centers, including the Center for the Study of Western Hemispheric Trade, The Western Hemispheric Trade Information Center, the Texas Center for Border Economics and Enterprise Development, the Small Business Development Center and the Center for Earth and Environmental Studies.

One of the institution's largest private benefactors was Radcliffe Killam (1910-2007), a Laredo oilman who donated $2 million to establish The Center for Western Hemispheric Trade, in addition to the University's 300-acre campus land. Killam and his wife, the former Sue Spivey, were honored by TAMIU with honorary doctorates and the naming of the Radcliffe and Sue Killam Library.


TAMIU's sports teams are known as the Dustdevils and compete in the Heartland Conference. They became active members of NCAA Division II on September 1, 2008. As an active member, TAMIU is eligible for conference championships and NCAA tournament berths.TAMIU participates in the following sports:
  • Baseball
  • Men's Basketball
  • Women's Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Men's Golf
  • Women's Golf
  • Men's Soccer (2003 Red River Athletic Conference Champions)
  • Women's Soccer
  • Women's Volleyball (2002 West Division Athletics Conference Champions)
  • Softball was added to the TAMIU sports lineup during the 2007-2008 school year.

Notable alumni

Notable faculty

Though sports are not quite so popular in TAMIU, Soccer is the only sport that keep the school's environment alive.


Image:TAMIU Water Fountain.jpg|TAMIU water fountainImage:TA&MIU.jpg|Texas A&M International University's Sue and Radcliffe Killam LibraryImage:LaredoPlanetarium.jpg|The Lamar Bruni Vergara Science Center and Planetarium is located at TAMIU.Image:TAMIU Entrance.jpg|TAMIU entrance sign.Image:TAMIU Physical - Science Centers.jpg|Lamar Bruni Vergara Science CenterImage:TAMIU Garden.jpg|TAMIU Lamar Bruni Vergara Memorial GardenImage:LBSC Building.jpg|Lamar Bruni Vergara Science Center

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