Galveston.com  Galveston, Texas Higher Education

HIGHER EDUCATION

In the fall of 2017, Galveston College entered its 50th year of offering affordable higher education and career training to the Galveston region.  Rated the top Community College in Texas in 2017 by Schools.com, the dynamic community college has two locations that serve 2,200 enrolled students as of the fall 2017 semester.

Galveston College offers full two-year associate degrees, on-year degrees, certificates and sessions of classes or training, with plans to offer bachelor's degree programs for the first time in 2019.  Current programs include courses in academic transfer, workforce training, continuing education, and professional development.  In 2019, the college plans two programs for a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Healthcare Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.

Galveston College has 58 full-time faculty, 42 adjunct faculty, 15 administrative staff, 37 professional / technical staff, 48 classified staff, and 59 part-time staff.

Galveston College's main campus, 4015 Avenue Q, encompasses a full city block and a half between 39th and 41st streets.  The Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center, 7626 Broadway, offers vocatioanl programs of Cosmetology, Welding, Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning, Electronics and Electrical Technology, Medical office Administration, and Pipefitting.

Galveston College offers some of the most affordable tuition rates in the state.  A full-time student who resides in the college district and takes 12 credit hours will pay tuition and fees of just $839 per semester.

The Galveston College Foundation's Universal Access program gives tuition asdsistance to every high school, home schooled, and GED graduate who lives in Galveston, and awards more than $80,000 in scholarships annually to students.

Texas A&M University at Galveston is the ocean campus of Texas A&M University at College Station.  Students come from around the world with various backgrounds, cultures, and interests, but all share a desire to work, study, learn, research, and play amid an ocean environment.

The school saw record comprehensive enrollment for fall 2017 of 2,507.  The student body consists of 65% male and 35% female students from 43 states and 21 countries.

Texas A&M University at Galveston is home to the Texas A&M Maritime Academy and the academy's training ship the General Rudder.  The academy is one of only six maritime academies in the United States.  It prepares graduates to receive their license as Third Mates, but in addition, midshipmen also receive a bachelor's degree, as well as commissioning those who want to serve as officers in the United States Merchant Marine, Navy, and Coast Guard.

At Texas A&M University at Galveston, it is said that the ocean is their classroom.  Courses from English and history to engineering and business, from political science to foreign language are all taught from a maritime and marine perspective.  The academic niche offered in this ocean-related curiculum increases the ability to find jobs in the marine and maritime professions.

From the time UTMB was established as the state's first medical school in 1892, the university has trained more health care professionals than any other Texas academic health center. UTMB Health is now in an era of unprecedented growth, with continually expanding enrollment in its schools of Medicine, Nursing, Health Professions, and Graduate Biomedical Sciences.

To accommodate that growth and help address critical health care workforce shortages in Texas and beyond, UTMB Health is building a new Health Education Center, expected to open on the Galveston campus in 2019. The $90.4 million facility will support interprofessioanl education to ensure UTMB Health graduates are well prepared to work as part of a health care team, and it will feature advanced simulation technology to help students hone their skills in a low-risk, high-realism environment.

Through innovative curricula, hands-on learning and an emphasis on working together as an interprofessional team, UTMB Health is training the health care leaders of tomorrow, and advancing the institution's mission - to improve health for the people of Texas and around the world - over the next 125 years and beyond. 

UTMB Health education highlights

  • 3,345 students in four schools, taught by 972 faculty
  • 600 residents in UTMB Health's Graduate Medical Education programs
  • First in number of Hispanic medical school graduates
  • Fourth in number of African-American graduates
  • Second in number of underrepresented minority graduates (excluding medical schools at Historically Black Universities and Puerto Rico).