Texas A&M University-San Antonio is the first upper-division institution of higher education located in the historically underserved South San Antonio. On May 27, 2009, Gov. Rick Perry signed Senate Bill 629 that created Texas A&M-San Antonio as a stand-alone university. The university, then known as Texas A&M University-Kingsville System Center-San Antonio, was approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in January 2000.

Today, Texas A&M-San Antonio provides affordable higher education opportunities to students from over 30 counties in the surrounding South Texas region, and has graduated over 5,000 students who are career-ready in a variety of in-demand fields such as education, business, information technology and cyber security, criminology and biology. The student body is 66% female and 67% Hispanic, and approximately 74% of students are the first in their family to attend college. Texas A&M-San Antonio prepares and empowers students to be innovative and contributing members of a global society.

History and Milestones:


      • Texas Senator Frank Madla requests proposals to establish an institution of higher education on the South Side of San Antonio from the Texas Tech University System, the University of Texas System and the Texas A&M University System. The Texas A&M University System responds with a proposal.


      • The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approves The Texas A&M System plan to create a System Center on the Palo Alto Community College campus in response to a request for proposals from Texas State Senator Frank Madla. Classes commences that fall with 126 students in seven academic programs.


      • The Verano Land Group donates 694 acres of land on the city's South Side for the construction of a new campus and provides $1 million for scholarships.


      • Dr. Maria Hernandez Ferrier is appointed Executive Director of the System Center.
      • The Texas A&M San Antonio Foundation is established to raise scholarship funds for students.
      • Texas A&M-San Antonio partners with the Alamo Colleges to create TEAMSA, a program designed to streamline the transfer of credit hours between the institutions.
      • Model for Success, a new model for the preparation of teachers, is initiated. 


      • Student enrollment increases by 62% from Fall 2008 to Fall 2009, requiring the acquisition of additional facilities to manage the rapid growth.
      • SB 629 is passed by the legislature and is signed by Gov. Rick Perry on May 27, establishing Texas A&M University-San Antonio as a stand-alone institution.


      • Dr. Maria Hernandez Ferrier is named the inaugural president of Texas A&M-San Antonio.
      • University opens first satellite campus in January 2010
      • The number of student organizations increases from two organizations to 25 in just two years.
      • An innovative new e-book program launches with a cost-savings benefit for students.
      • “Ready From Day One,” the new pilot for the Model for Success program, places students in five area school districts and is a partnership charting new paths of collaboration towards the goal of “Closing the Gap” in education for students across the state. 


      • The new Main Campus building opens in August 2011 to an enrollment of over 3,500 students.
      • The University leases a building at Brooks City-Base to house the College of Business and the Department of Counseling & Leadership, and began offering classes at the Alamo University Center to better serve students in northeast San Antonio.