|McALLEN (Texas A&M Today) – Officials with the Texas A&M University System, the City of McAllen and Hidalgo County signed a letter of intent Tuesday to expand Texas A&M’s presence in the Rio Grande Valley and create a new institution of higher learning.
The teaching facility would be built on approximately 100 acres within the 2,571-acre Tres Lago development.
The city and the county are also offering $10 million toward a teaching facility and $8 million to install utilities and infrastructure. Texas A&M will seek the necessary approvals to provide academic programs like engineering, engineering technology, biomedical sciences and agriculture and life sciences as well as helping to fund construction costs.
Courses will be taught by Texas A&M faculty. Graduates will receive Aggie rings.
The facility will open by 2017 with 100 students and expand to 750 students over five years.