TAMUG ranked in top 10 best satellite campuses
Recently, “thebestcolleges.org" ranked Texas A&M University at Galveston in the top 10 best satellite campuses in the nation. TAMUG is an integral branch of the internationally-acclaimed Texas A&M University. It proves its worth as a premier university for ocean and coastal studies, and its impact upon coastal communities, business, industries and marine enterprises is far reaching. And, thebestcolleges.org has acknowledged TAMUG as number 5 satellite campus in the nation. The organization described the ranking in the following:
“Mention anything remotely Aggie-related around a student or grad from here and you’re sure to hear a “Whoop!,” but TAMUG certainly has its own (salty) flavor not found in College Station. 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. Perched right on the edge of the Gulf of Mexico, TAMUG is home to the only maritime academy on the third coast. With 21 research programs operated out of the campus — from studying sea turtles to marine mammals and invertebrates — the sea is as integral a part of TAMUG as the Dixie Chicken is at the main campus.”
Of and by the sea
For those who don’t know about the “Dixie Chicken” in College Station, it’s a local Aggie gathering place that’s been a tradition since 1974. For TAMUG students, the gathering place is the sea. The TAMUG campus community, which is of and by the sea, shares the Aggie Spirit, which binds generations of Texas A&M students in a long “maroon line”.
Located near the Houston, Texas ship channel, the TAMUG campus community has gathered to teach and learn about the sea. As the campus expands to accommodate a growing student population, more than $100 million in new construction projects have occurred in the past five years.
TAMUG offers 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.
Home to the Texas Maritime Academy—one of six state maritime academies in the United States—TAMUG also offers academic degree programs to prepare Corps of Cadet members with professional deck and engineering licensing for the U.S. Merchant Marine as well as officer training for the U.S. Navy.
The TAMUG student body, like their counterparts in College Station, stands ready as the “12th Man on the team”. The Twelfth Man Tradition was born in 1922, when the Aggie football team had limited reserves against the nation’s top ranked team. A student who was a former football player was called out of the audience, suited up and showed up in the event that the 11 men on the gridiron needed assistance. That spirit of readiness for service, desire to support, and enthusiasm helped kindle a flame of devotion among the entire student body; a spirit that has grown vigorously throughout the years.
Today, Sea Aggies populate research laboratories and expeditions, marine and military vessels, boardrooms and classrooms of the world. The 12th Man-by-the-Sea stands waiting to be called upon if they are needed by fellow Aggies and to serve society, when duty calls.