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Satellite campus for Texas A&M near McAllenSatellite campus for Texas A&M near McAllenhttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=105732015-09-18T05:00:00Z2015-09-21T12:00:00Z

​​McALLEN - Texas A&M University announced plans to open a satellite campus near McAllen that will offer students the chance to earn degrees from A&M's main campus in College Station without leaving the Rio Grande Valley.

The campus, which will be built on land donated by the McAllen city government, is scheduled to open in 2017 with around 100 students.

The school plans to grow enrollment to more than 750 over the next five years. Degrees will be offered in engineering, technology and agricultural fields, among others.

The plan is the first of its kind in South Texas. Both the University of Texas and Texas A&M systems have schools near the border, but those are their own standalone universities.

The satellite campus will operate more like A&M's two branch campuses in Galveston and Qatar, which are overseen by the A&M president and where students are considered part of the A&M flagship's student body.

"It's the same degree, same ring, same admissions standards, same everything," said A&M System Chancellor John Sharp.

McAllen and Hidalgo County will contribute about $18 million worth of land and infrastructure to the campus.

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