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Guidance counselors say yes to Texas A&M-Kingsville

Listed among top Texas universities in national survey
By Jason Marton Texas A&M-Kingsville

U.S. News and World Report magazine surveyed guidance counselors from the high schools the magazine deemed the nation’s Best High Schools of 2010. The survey asked those guidance counselors to rank American universities from their perspective.

The counselors listed Texas A&M University- Kingsville among the top ten universities in Texas. Further, A&M-Kingsville was the only university south of Houston among the Texas universities.

Nationally, the guidance counselors ranked Texas A&M-Kingsville at 122. It was tied with, among others, Florida State University, University of Arizona and Seton Hall University.

“The listing is gratifying news on a number of levels,” said Dr. Steven Tallant, president of Texas A&M University-Kingsville. “The listing says that we’ve been effective in communicating our many strengths as a university to guidance counselors in Texas and beyond. Guidance counselors play a critical role in the lives of high school students. Their feedback and their support mean a lot.”

Manuel R. Lujan, vice president for enrollment management at A&MKingsville, added, “High school counselors are usually very well informed about the top schools in the state and the nation. They do their homework very well and they know which schools have an excellent history of preparing students for the future.

“This survey reaffirms what this campus is all about -- academic excellence in the classroom and an exceptional residential college experience outside of the classroom.”

Joining Texas A&MKingsville (scored 3.6 on a 5-point scale) in the list of the top ten Texas schools in the survey are Rice University (4.4); University of Texas at Austin (4.2); Texas A&M University (4.0); Baylor University (3.9) (tie); Southern Methodist University (3.9) (tie); University of Texas at Dallas (3.8); Texas Tech University (3.7); Texas A&M University-Commerce (3.6) (tie); Texas Christian University (3.6) (tie); and University of Texas at Arlington (3.6) (tie).

Other Texas universities on the list are Texas Woman’s University (3.3), Sam Houston State University (3.2) (tie); University of Houston (3.2) (tie); University of Texas at El Paso (3.2) (tie); and the University of North Texas (3.1).

The complete list is online at http://colleges.usnews. best-colleges/nationalcounselor-rank.

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