Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi opened in 1947 as the University of Corpus Christi. Founded by the Baptist Church, it retained an affiliation with that religious institution until becoming a state school. After the state took over its operations in 1973, it served as Texas A&I University at Corpus Christi and Corpus Christi State University. It adopted its current name after becoming part of the Texas A&M University School System. Also known as TAMUCC and A&M-Corpus Christi, its campus sits on Ward Island in Corpus Christi.
Despite being one of the smaller campuses in that system, the university offers more than 30 degree programs for undergrads and more than 20 programs for graduate and doctoral students. Those programs are available through one of its five colleges: the College of Business, College of Nursing, College of Education and Human Development, College of Liberal Arts and College of Science and Engineering. It ranks on multiple lists as one of the best colleges for students interested in research programs and ranks among the top colleges in Texas. Nearly 12,000 students take classes at TAMUCC every year, and the majority of those students live on or near the campus.
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Accreditation Details
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) is the main group responsible for accrediting Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. SACS accreditation applies to its general program and all the degree programs the university offers at the undergrad, graduate and doctoral levels. It not only gives the university the right to award its graduates their degrees, but it also helps students transfer credits between campuses. This branch of Texas A&M also has specialty accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Music for its music programs. Some of the other specialty accreditation that Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has comes from:
- Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
- Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
- Applied Science Accreditation Commission
- National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
- Technology Accreditation Commission
- Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
- Computing Accreditation Commission
- Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Application Requirements
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi allows incoming freshmen to apply and start classes in the summer, fall or spring semester. The deadline for those hoping to start in the fall is at the beginning of June. There is a version of the application that students can download, print, complete and mail back to the university, but those hoping to save time can complete the entire application online via the ApplyTexas website. Though you can skip the essay portion of the application, you must complete the two other sections. There is also a $40 application fee, but the university has fee waivers available for those who qualify. Before the university will process your application, you must also submit an ACT or SAT score and a high school transcript. The university also requires transcripts from any colleges you attended. You can also submit a personal essay/statement, resume and one or more letters of recommendation.
TAMUCC uses ApplyTexas for graduate students too. Though there is a $50 fee, there are fee waivers available for grad students too. You will need to submit an official college transcript and an official standardized test score. Certain departments and programs may ask for letters of recommendation and/or a resume, and certain programs ask for a copy of your professional license. The requirements for those applying to a PhD program are similar.
Tuition and Financial Aid
Tuition rates for full-time students start at around $7,600 a year. This rate is what the university charges for students who take 12 credits during the two traditional semesters and live in Texas. Nonresidents are those who lived outside of Texas before enrolling. Those students pay more than $18,000 a year to take 12 credits each semester. All undergrads must also pay for personal expenses and school supplies. Those living on-campus can expect to pay nearly $10,000 a year for room and board. The university has different housing options and meal plans available that may cost more or less. Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi also charges separate rates for resident and nonresident graduate students. Resident students face tuition charges of more than $8,000 a year, but nonresidents pay more than $12,000 for their annual tuition.
Most TAMUCC students qualify for at least one form of financial aid. The university requires that all students who want financial aid fill out the FAFSA online and list TAMUCC as their college of choice. Undergrads generally receive more help because they can qualify for student loans, government grants and scholarships. The university also takes part in the federal work-study program. Grad students and doctoral students may qualify for a research or teaching assistant job as well as certain grants and loans. Those students may also qualify for alternative student loans.
Psychology and Counseling Degree Programs
As a student with an interest in either counseling or psychology, you have a few options. Its undergrad program in psychology requires that you take 10 hours of introductory courses on experimental psychology, general psychology and the history of psychology. You’ll also take 12 credits on certain aspects of psychology like personality, human development, social psychology or cognitive psychology before taking five electives from within the department. The university’s graduate program comes in a general psychology option or a clinical psychology track. The clinical psychology track requires that you do clinical training and fieldwork, but the general psychology program lets you do a thesis in lieu of fieldwork. Its clinical psychology program is best for those who want to enter a doctoral program later.
The university also offers an MS counseling program that has four tracks available: addiction counseling, clinical mental health counseling, school counseling and marriage, couple and family counseling. Many of these programs will help you obtain your counseling license in Texas. You’ll take a practicum and do two internships as well as take 12 core classes on topics like group therapy, counseling theories and developmental issues. You must also take at least three courses within your track. There is also a counselor education PhD program that requires students do fieldwork, take classes and write a dissertation. Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has scholarships and assistant programs available for doctoral students.