Texas A & M Kingsville is located in historic Kingsville, a friendly, safe city of 25,000 that is the home of the legendary King Ranch. It is a rural, medium-sized, 4-year, public university that was chartered in 1917 but not opened until 1925 because of America’s entry into World War I. The University is the oldest continuously operating public institution of higher learning in South Texas. The main campus consists of approximately 250 acres and more than 80 buildings. The University Farm consists of 545 acres of land located near the campus.
Most of Texas A&M-Kingsville’s approximately 6,357 students come from South Texas, but the campus is very diverse with students from 40 states and 35 countries. The student body is split almost equally between men and women and about 80 percent of student population are undergraduates. Ethnically, the campus reflects the demographics of the area, with 69 percent of the students Hispanic, 15 percent white, and 4 percent African American. About 7 percent of the students arrived from destinations outside the United States and the student/faculty ratio is 16 to 1. The university athletics programs compete on the Division II level and are members of the Lone Star Conference.
Texas A&M University-Kingsville is not considered selective concerning admissions with an acceptance rate of 97%. Students that get into Texas A&M University-Kingsville have an SAT score between 890–1100 or an ACT score of 16–21. Applications are accepted until August 1. The university offers merit scholarships in amounts ranging from 1000 to $12,000. The application for admission also serves as the scholarship application. There are departmental scholarships offered in multiple departments and the Javelina Promise scholarship is available to freshmen as well as transfer students.
Well-known and popular degree programs include engineering, animal and wildlife sciences, kinesiology, social sciences, and music, along with new bachelor’s degree programs in veterinary technology and criminal justice, the Global Engagement program and a new master’s degree program in criminology. Some points of distinction include A&M-Kingsville offering the world’s only master’s degree in ranch management through the King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management; the university’s Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Center and Citrus Center garner international recognition; and the National Natural Toxins Research Center is the only federally funded viper research center in the U.S. and is one of the leading research centers in the world for discovering toxins for use in biomedical research. A reputation as a top-tier institution of higher learning is recognized far beyond South Texas.
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