Texas A&M University at Galveston Seeing Record Enrollment

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GALVESTON, Texas For those who are entering the job market, Texas opportunities are offering some big salaries.

More and more people are becoming Sea Aggies than ever before.

Enrollment is at a record high at Texas A&M at Galveston.

One particular major is placing people in the second highest paying positions after graduation.

A life at sea is becoming even more appealing for students at Texas A&M University at Galveston with a new record enrollment of 2,177.

162 more students than last year.

"This let's us, let's everyone on the shore know that we may be in trouble," explained Nicholas Bowling, as he pointed to computers in a classroom.

Bowling is in his final year of his master's degree, and is the Corps Commander for the Texas A&M University Maritime Academy.

"There's a lot of traveling. I've already crossed the Pacific, the Atlantic, gone through the Panama Canal. A bunch of stuff that you don't imagine doing until you know way later on in life," he said.

He's one of a record 517 cadets. More than double the amount five years ago.

"After I graduate I'm hoping to maybe work in the Gulf," said Bowling.

It's a tough job and tough classes but there's big benefits in the long run. After graduating these cadets can expect to make salaries of $70,000 to $90,000 or more a year.

"We had recently a drilling company that hired one of our graduates this May so he started at $115,000," said Rear Admiral Robert Smith III, U.S. Navy (Retired).

Smith is the President of Texas A&M University at Galveston.

"The main thing about this Clay not only our cadets, not only our Corps of Cadets but our students too, outcomes are good. 90 percent of our graduates have jobs within 60 days," Smith said.

Colonel Richard Mallahan is Commandant of the Texas A&M Maritime Academy.

"I think it has a lot to do with the oil and gas industry that's exploding here in the Gulf area... The thought of going out to sea excites a lot of folks and so that's what we offer is a very challenging and rewarding career path," said Colonel Mallahan, U.S. Air Force (Retired).

"We are trying to foster a way to find more people to come to our academy, more people to share in it," said Bowling.

Sharing a passion for the waters one student at a time.

The cost for tuition and fees at Texas A&M at Galveston is about $8,261.92 a year for a Texas resident.

The Maritime Academy costs an additional $400 a year.