Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) is an international university, serving as the cultural and intellectual hub of a vibrant multilingual and multicultural community.
A member of The Texas A&M University System, TAMIU provides more than 7,800 students with a learning environment anchored by the highest quality programs built on a solid academic foundation in the arts and sciences. To fulfill our mission, we offer a range of programs with a progressive international agenda for global study and understanding across all disciplines.
In August 1970, students were accepted at what was then called Texas A&I University at Laredo. While initially a "center" under then-Texas A&I University, this was the start of a legacy of higher education for South Texas. The focus was to address a demand in teacher education and business disciplines. Texas A&I University at Laredo was organized under the upper-level concept of higher education, offering only junior- and senior-level coursework. This approach provided a bachelor's degree opportunity for area residents. The upper-level university was later expanded to include graduate degree programs.
In September 1977, the University became Laredo State University, and its "center" status was officially removed in 1987. As the University grew, its scope widened and an expanded faculty was recruited to deliver new programs. The University became a member of The Texas A&M University System on September 1, 1989, and was named Texas A&M International University in 1993.
The 74th Texas Legislature approved an expansion to four-year status in 1995, further authorizing the University to develop joint degree programs with Mexican and Canadian institutions of higher education. Additional authorization since then has permitted the development of doctoral level programs.
1995 was a watershed year for the University as it welcomed its first freshmen and sophomore students, inaugurated a 300-acre campus in northeast Laredo, and marked its 25th anniversary. In 2020, the campus will celebrate its 25th Anniversary of the move to the campus and the 50th anniversary of the University's founding.
Texas A&M International University prepares students for leadership roles in an increasingly complex and culturally diverse state, national and global society. TAMIU provides a learning environment built on a solid academic foundation in the arts and sciences. The University offers a range of baccalaureate and master's programs. In addition, the University pursues a progressive agenda for global study and understanding across all disciplines.
Through instruction, faculty and student research, and public service, TAMIU improves the quality of lives for citizens of the border region, the state of Texas, and national and international communities.