Texas A&M University–San Antonio

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Texas A&M University-San Antonio
Texas A&M University San Antonio seal.svg
Former names
Texas A&M University–Kingsville System Center (2000–2009)
TypePublic university
PresidentDr. Cynthia Teniente-Matson
Location, ,
United States
ColorsBlack, Silver and "Madla" Maroon
Texas A&M University San Antonio logo.svg

Texas A&M University–San Antonio is a public university in San Antonio, Texas. It is part of the Texas A&M University System. The university was established on May 23, 2009, and held its first classes as a stand-alone university on August 20, 2009. It currently enrolls approximately 6,546 students and offers undergraduate and graduate-level classes, as well as a graduate alternative teacher certification program. Texas A&M-San Antonio has 161 full and part-time faculty. Texas A&M-San Antonio is the first Texas A&M University System institution to be established in a major urban center.


Kingsville System Center[edit]

Texas A&M University–San Antonio opened under the name Texas A&M University–Kingsville System Center after SB 629, authored by Senator Frank Madla, was passed in 2006. The Texas Legislature authorized $40 million in tuition revenue bonds for this new campus in 2006 under HB 153, contingent on full-time enrollment reaching 1,500 by January 1, 2010.[1] Krista Torralva of the San Antonio Express News described TAMU alumnus Greg Garcia (died October 4, 2019 at age 79), a friend of Madla, as the spiritus movens of the concept of TAMU San Antonio.[2]

Texas A&M University–San Antonio was created to address an educational need in the South Side of San Antonio. The Texas Legislature asked the Texas A&M University System to establish a center that would offer junior- and senior-level courses in South San Antonio, an area that has been historically underserved in terms of higher education. Such a center was approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in January 2000.[3] Texas A&M University–Kingsville was named the lead institution to create and operate the System Center, which first operated on nearby Palo Alto College, a community college in the Alamo Colleges system. The Center used surveys and research to determine the types of programs most in demand in the area.[4]

Texas A&M University-San Antonio[edit]

Construction on the university's permanent campus began after the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents approved final design plans in March 2010, and a groundbreaking ceremony was scheduled for May 7, 2010. The first building, Senator Frank L. Madla Building, finished construction in Summer 2011 and faculty and staff from the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Education moved in time for the Fall 2011 enrollment.[5][6] Now an independent institution, Texas A&M-San Antonio offers 26 undergraduate degrees and 13 graduate degrees.[7][8]

As the Texas A&M University System's second newest institution (after Texas A&M University–Central Texas) and San Antonio's second public university, Texas A&M University–San Antonio complements the crosstown University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) in bringing public education to the San Antonio metropolitan area.

Texas A&M University–San Antonio as of 2016 is a 4-year institution, with freshmen being admitted for the Fall semester. Texas A&M University–San Antonio plans to reach an enrollment of 25,000 students by 2025. The campus is being built in part due to a plan by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to enroll 630,000 students in college by 2015.[9] Texas A&M San Antonio opened their doors to college freshman in 2016 with 557 freshman that fall semester.


Central Academic Building

The campus is off of Interstate 410 ("Loop 410"), 12 miles (19 km) from Downtown San Antonio.[10]

The university houses the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business and the College of Education and Human Development at One University Way, San Antonio, TX 78224. The Brooks City-Base campus was consolidated into Main Campus and held the final classes in December 2016. Texas A&M-San Antonio classes at The Alamo Colleges' Alamo University Center were consolidated into Main Campus and held the final classes in May 2017.

A&M-San Antonio Aerial Photo - Fall 2017

The university's main campus was constructed on a 580 acres (2 km2) site on the south side of San Antonio, near Loop 410 and Zarzamora. The developer of the land is Verano Land Group LP, who donated the 694-acre (2.81 km2) lot and one million dollars for scholarships.[11] The architectural firm responsible for the campus plans are Kell Munoz and the Construction Manager at Risk is Bartlett Cocke.[12] A&M-SA is opening the Science & Technology Building [13] in Fall 2018 with the Grand Opening held on September 25, 2018.

The university established its first residence hall, Esperanza Hall, with a capacity of 382, in fall 2017. At that point students with credit hours below 30 and those in their first years must live in the building, As of 2019 it had 365 students and is not equipped with a kitchen.[10]

As of 2019 there are three university dining halls. All close after 8 P.M. so the school has no dining options after-hours.[10]

Torralva describes the surroundings as "rural" due to the features and the lack of development, as well as the lack of proximity to businesses.[10] According to Torralva, travel time to and from the nearest fast food restaurant would take at least thirty minutes roundtrip.[10]


As of 2019 it had 6,671 students.[10]


As of 2019 the school charged in tuition for 15 credit hours for people counted as Texas residents. That year Torralva stated that the price was "relatively low" and therefore "A large draw".[10]

Student organizations[edit]

Texas A&M-San Antonio offers many opportunities for students to join a student organization or create their own organization that fits their needs. Campus Activities Board (CAB), Student Government Association (SGA), the Mesquite, the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) are University sponsored organizations, meaning they receive funds originating from student fees.[14] All other student clubs and organizations must meet set minimum requirements for recognition.[15] Greek life at Texas A&M-San Antonio is slowly growing. There is one sorority and one fraternity that maintain active status within the University. The campus Criminology Department also established a Pre-Law Society that started in the Fall of 2012. There are also various honor societies on campus that are specific to their major of study.[16] Texas A&M San Antonio also has intramural sports[17] such as, basketball, flag football, sand volleyball, 8 ball pool, and many others.[18]

Center for Information Technology and Cyber Security[edit]

Texas A&M University–San Antonio’s Center for Information Technology and Cyber Security offers students educational programs that will prepare them for careers in information technology and cyber security. Their educational programs consist of Computer Science and Computer Information Systems with available concentrations in Information Assurance, Enterprise Resource Planning Systems, and Project Management.[19] A Cyber Defense Program Certificate is available as long as students complete the required coursework. A Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree is offered to students that have completed technical or vocational credits outside of the university and wish to transfer them towards obtaining this degree with concentrations in Business Information Technology, Information Assurance and Security, Project Management, and Enterprise Resource Planning.[20]

Texas A&M University is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense by the National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS).[21] Texas A&M University is the only university in Texas to partner with Facebook in instituting a cyber security program for addressing shortages in the career field.[22]


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