Texas A&M University-Kingsville had its origin as a public institution in the teacher college movement that swept Texas in the early 1900s. Shortly after the institution's inception as South Texas State Teachers College in 1925, its role was expanded to embrace a wider array of programs typically authorized for comprehensive universities, including the graduate program that began in 1935. The historical expansion of the university's role was reflected in the change of its name to Texas College of Arts and Industries in 1929 and to Texas A&I University in 1967.
The university offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs and various disciplines such as Engineering, Music, Agriculture, Social Work and etc. Although the focus of the university is intellectual, it also fosters the broad mental, physical and spiritual well-being of the campus community. To this end, a variety of non-academic programs are offered to enhance student learning and personal development.
The Department of Student Activities serves as the resource hub for all student organizations. It provides many cultural, educational, recreational and social programs for the campus community. Some examples are Homecoming, Family Fiesta, Fall Carnival, Spring Fling, Windows on the World and the Miss Texas A&M University-Kingsville Scholarship Pageant. In addition to serving over 125 student organizations, Student Activities also provides a variety of specialized leadership programs such as Leadership Month, Student Retreats and Conferences and an annual Student Leadership Conference.
The Fitness Center is housed in the Student Recreation Center (SRC). The area has a wide range of the latest cardio fitness exercise equipment treadmills, elliptical trainers, stationary bikes, weight machines and a full selection of free weights. A full cardio theater and individual monitors on machines are also available to make workout routines more enjoyable. The Cardio Fitness and Free Weight Room also provides programs in wellness, fitness, personal training, aerobics and nutrition.
A wide variety of individual, dual and team sports are offered each semester. Individuals are provided the opportunity to socialize, learn leadership skills and exercise. Championship T-shirts are awarded in every sport. In a select number of sports, opportunities are available to compete at regional and national extramural sport tournaments. All outdoor intramural team sports are scheduled on the department’s lighted turf fields located in the northwest campus.
The University is located in historic Kingsville, a friendly, safe city of 25,000 that is the home of the legendary King Ranch. Corpus Christi and its beaches are just 40 miles to the northeast, and the border with Mexico is 120 miles to the south at Brownsville or 119 miles to the west at Laredo. The main campus consists of approximately 250 acres and more than 80 buildings. The University Farm consists of 545 acres of land located near the campus.
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