A common trait of all TAMUG students is a desire to work and study in an ocean environment. Enrollment at TAMUG increased from 551 in 1987 to over 1,650 students in 2007. Students are from 49 different states and the District of Columbia. Science and engineering majors number 75 percent of the student body; 43 percent are women; about 50 percent reported themselves to have been in the top 20 percent of their high school class. Fifty-seven percent plan to pursue a master's or Ph.D. degree and about 65 percent receive some type of financial aid.
Texas A&M University at Galveston houses the Texas Maritime Academy, which is one of six maritime academies in the U.S. preparing graduates for licensing as officers in the American Merchant Marine.
The Island Campus
The island location of the campus on Galveston Bay and near the open ocean is in symmetry with the ocean-oriented academic programs offered at TAMUG. The Mitchell Campus, situated on the Galveston harbor and close to the confluence of the Galveston and Houston ship channels, has immediate access to the ocean and to estuarine areas including Galveston Bay. The Port of Galveston and Port of Houston are nearby, as are many Gulf Coast industries.
Campus life is enhanced by the cultural and social activities in Galveston. Galveston Island was once the financial center of the South. Today, the city has become a major tourist center with a strong representation of marine and maritime interests. College dances have been held in the Ashton Villa Ballroom (a restored 1859 mansion), in the Garten Verein (a restored octagonal dancing pavilion in Kempner Park) and aboard the Elissa and the Colonel. The Grand 1894 Opera House and other local theaters allow TAMUG students involvement in theater events. The new Moody Gardens Conference Center boasts the Southwest's finest 3-D MAX theater and a unique tropical garden pyramid biome. The city has several historical districts, museums and musical groups including the Galveston Symphony Orchestra and the Galveston Beach Band.
TAMUG offers ocean-oriented, four-year courses with excellence in business, oceanographic/physical sciences, biological sciences, engineering/transportation and liberal arts. Degrees are awarded from Texas A&M University. Computer science and technical writing courses are taught across curricula, regardless of a student's major field. In every course each semester, formally administered questionnaires invite students to appraise the effectiveness of teaching. Several unique courses have been developed in response to the University's marine orientation. For instance, "Literature of the Sea" looks at the sea through the works of great authors. "Introduction to Marine Sciences" introduces students to a number of disciplines through lectures, seminars and industrial contacts. The cruise geography course emphasizes the port areas being visited.
The Texas Maritime Academy provides an opportunity for students to learn how to operate and maintain an ocean-going vessel. In addition to classroom and field training during the regular school year, students sail aboard the Training Ship TEXAS CLIPPER during three summer cruises to gain practical experience in seamanship, navigation, and operations. Cruises are varied to include Northern Europe, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean and the United States. At the conclusion of the program, Cadets are tested to become licensed as officers in the U.S. Merchant Marine and may seek employment in the exciting field of marine transportation as a licensed Third Mate or Third Assistant Engineer.
Each summer, the TEXAS CLIPPER II (with its complement of about 240 Cadets, faculty and staff) sails to exotic ports of call. Cruises are varied to include Northern Europe, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean and the United States. At the conclusion of the program, Cadets are tested to become licensed as officers in the U.S. Merchant Marine and may seek employment in the exciting field of marine transportation as a licensed Third Mate or Third Assistant Engineer.
The NROTC Program offers men and women an opportunity to qualify for a commission in the Navy while attending TAMUG. Any student may join the NROTC Program either as a National Scholarship winner or as a non-subsidized college program student.
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