Texas A&M University at Galveston has been ranked in the top five satellite campuses in the nation by an independent evaluation company.

The maritime and marine-based branch of Texas A&M University garnered number five honors in the top 10 satellite campuses listed by www.thebestcolleges.org.

“This ranking will introduce us to new audiences — to new generations surfing the web for a special place to study,” said Cathy Cashio-Bertrand, director of TAMUG communications and media relations. “We are certainly honored to be recognized.”

Universities are ranked based on their economic value, academic quality and student satisfaction. TAMUG has in previous years been grouped in with Texas A&M in such college rankings; this time it was placed in a top-10 listing based on its own merits.

“TAMUG certainly has its own (salty) flavor not found in College Station,” the website stated in its online evaluation. “If you live in Texas and you want to have a career in marine biology, you wouldn’t think of going to school anywhere else.”

Factors in TAMUG’s favor included:

• 21 research programs operated out of the campus — from studying sea turtles to marine mammals and invertebrates.

• 10 ocean-oriented undergraduate degrees, three master’s degrees and one doctoral degree in science, engineering, business, transportation and liberal arts. The university provides more than 17 different degree centers and laboratories. 

• Business graduates on average earn starting salaries of $47,000; Navy and Merchant Marine officers typically start at $65,000, and engineering graduates on average start at $70,000.

• The Texas Maritime Academy, the only state maritime academy on the Gulf of Mexico, prepares students for license options as merchant mariners or U.S. Naval officers.

The advantages of a satellite campus like Texas A&M University at Galveston include unparalleled opportunities for students, a magnet for excellent faculty and a close-knit campus community dedicated to its students’ success,” said Cashio-Bertrand. “The ocean is our classroom, where students conduct research 50 feet from a building or observe nearby activities of top energy-related companies, oil and gas exploration and production firms and Houston’s top-rated port of foreign waterborne tonnage.”

At a glance

The Top 10 satellite campuses ranked

 1. Carnegie Mellon University, Silicon Valley

 2. Penn State Erie, the Behrend College

 3. University of Michigan-Flint

 4. The University of Texas Medical School

at Houston

 5. Texas A&M University at Galveston

 6. Tufts European Center in Talloires, France

 7. Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

 8. University of Pittsburgh at Bradford

 9. Idaho State University-Meridian

 10. Colorado State University-Global Campus, an online university

At a glance

WHAT: Sea Aggie Preview

WHEN: Feb. 22

WHERE: Texas A&M University at Galveston

DETAILS: Features campus tours, meetings with faculty and question-and-answer sessions.



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