Texas A&M University- Commerce

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Texas A&M University- Commerce was first founded in 1889 by William Leonidas Mayo as the one-building East Texas Normal College. After three subsequent name changes, East Texas State University officially joined the 11-campus Texas A&M University system in 1996. Today, Texas A&M Commerce stands as the system's second largest public state research institution. Sprawling over 140 rural acres, Texas A&M University- Commerce is located in the Texas Blackland Prairies on the eastern edge of the DFW Metroplex just 60 miles from Dallas. Other extension centers are operated in Midlothian, Dallas, Rockwall, Mesquite, McKinney, and Corsicana. TAMUC enrolls around 7,800 undergraduates and 4,400 post-graduates yearly.

According to Forbes magazine, Texas A&M University- Commerce is ranked the 253rd best research university in America and 186th best college in the South. High school counselors in the U.S. News and World Report survey named TAMUC the country's 104th best national university. Texas A&M Commerce was included in the Princeton Review's list for "Best in the West" schools. Washington Monthly crowned TAMUC the 22nd "Best Bang for the Buck" in the Southeastern United States. The university received the 2015 Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education (TACHE) Distinguished Award. Texas A&M Commerce was also a finalist for the 14th Annual "Tech Titans Awards."

Texas A&M University- Commerce Accreditation Details

At the institutional level, Texas A&M University- Commerce is fully accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). In addition, TAMUC departments have earned 10 discipline-specific accreditations. The College of Business & Entrepreneurship is approved by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Artistic programs meet the standards of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). Mental health degrees align with the Masters Psychology Accreditation Council (MPAC) and Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Engineering programs are accredited via the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

Texas A&M University- Commerce Application Requirements

Getting into Texas A&M University- Commerce isn't simple with the selective acceptance rate of 47 percent. First-year freshmen must start their academic journey with a high school diploma or GED equivalent. TAMUC recommends completing a distinguished curriculum with four credits of English/language arts, four credits of mathematics, four credits of science, four credits of social studies, and two credits of foreign language. On average, admitted students achieve a GPA of 3.25. For automatic admission, candidates must rank in the top 30 percent of their graduating class. Priority is also given to students scoring at least 21 on the ACT or 980 on the SAT (Math and Critical Reading only).

Undergraduate transfer students from other regionally accredited colleges can be accepted with 21 or more credit hours. If less, applicants must fulfill the above freshman criteria. Incoming transfers must carry a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 and have good standing. Non-U.S. citizens from international nations must score at least 500 (PBT) or 79 (IBT) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language. Graduate students must have a four-year bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited university. Most master's and PhD programs mandate a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of coursework. Official GRE or GMAT scores from the past five years are required.

Before the final deadlines on August 1st and December 1st, students applying to Texas A&M University- Commerce should submit:

• Completed online application form
• Official transcripts of all academic work
• College assessment exam scores
• THEA or COMPASS scores (if applicable)
• Proof of English language proficiency
• Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
• Three 500-word essay responses

Tuition and Financial Aid

Since 2014, Texas A&M Commerce has had a "lock-in" tuition program that guarantees four years of undergraduate study. Full-time Texas residents will pay $3,716 per undergraduate semester. Non-residents enrolled as full-time undergraduates must afford $9,566 per semester. Students from bordering states can add $30 per credit to the in-state rate. All undergraduates pay the $250 student service fee. Room and board is estimated at $2,550 and $1,850 respectively each year. Graduate students from Texas are billed $3,547 per full-time semester. Non-resident graduates will pay $8,227 for each full-time semester.

The NCES reports that 93 percent of beginning full-time TAMUC students earn some form of financial aid. Qualifying students can borrow money through Federal Direct Subsidized, Federal Direct Unsubsidized, Federal Perkins, or Grad PLUS loans. Some students may be eligible for the Pell Grant, FSEOG Grant, TEACH Grant, or Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant on their FAFSA form. In-state residents should apply for the TEXAS Grant, Texas Educational Opportunity Grant (TEOG), or Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG). Military benefits are available via the G.I. Bill and Hazelwood Exemptions for Texas Veterans. Federal Work-Study (FWS) is offered for on- or off-campus employment. Many scholarships are awarded, including the Texas Top 10% Scholarship, Pride Scholarship, and Mane Achievement Scholarship.

Degrees Available at Texas A&M Commerce

Texas A&M University- Commerce is split into five academic divisions: College of Education and Human Services, College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Science, College of Science and Engineering, and College of Agriculture. Students can select from over 100 bachelor's, master's, specialist, and doctoral degrees. With a student-faculty ratio of 17:1, the average class size is 26 for individualized attention. Flexible online courses are also delivered through the myLeo portal. Two example programs granted are:

Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)

As TAMUC's most popular program, the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program gives undergraduates the solid, broad-based foundation in key business disciplines to successfully enter today's global economy. The 120-credit curriculum includes a core of courses in business computer systems, mathematics, microeconomics, communication, operations management, and organization behavior. From there, BBA students select a specialization in Accounting, Business Analytics, Finance, General Business, Management, or Marketing. Students can also benefit from the China Exchange Program or Business Research Experience Program (BREP).

Master of Science in Global eLearning

The Master of Science in Global eLearning is a lesser-known graduate program designed by Texas A&M Commerce to prepare teachers and corporate trainers with the essential skills for utilizing instructional technology for distance education. Available fully online, this 30-credit program can be completed in one year through seven-week modules. Courses will cover topics in metacognition, digital fluency, transformational leadership, intercultural education, adult learning, curriculum design, educational technology, and active engagement. All students are given free tools to make an ePortfolio for tracking their achievements.

Other unique degrees available at Texas A&M University- Commerce include the M.S. Applied Linguistics, B.S. Wildlife & Conservation Science, M.S. Computational Science, M.Ed. Art of Teaching, B.S. Construction Engineering, and B.S. Equine Studies.