TAMUG is recognized nationally for academic excellence. The ocean-oriented academic programs are accredited regionally and professionally. Time Magazine's Princeton Review lists TAMUG among the top 650 colleges in the U.S. Only 8 other public colleges in Texas are included. WIth more than 2,000 students the island univesity continues to see increased enrollment.
UTMB has the most experienced allied health sciences school in the Southwest. For over a century, the University of Texas Medical Branch has dedicated its efforts toward improving the health of Texans. Since 1968, the School of Health Professions have helped carry on this tradition with over 6,000 professionals for the nation's healthcare workforce coming from UTMB.
Galveston College provides the citizens of Galveston Island and surrounding region with academic, workforce development, continuing education, and community service programs. The College serves an ethnically diverse population in continuing education and workforce development programs. Galveston College has proven to be a progressive, dynamic institution of higher education known for its partnerships with businesses and organizations and its commitment to provide a quality learning environment that is student-focused. Its programs have consistently gained local, state, and national acclaim in areas that include health occupations programs, workforce development initiatives, NJCAA athletics, innovative fundraising, culinary arts, and special student services.
GISD currently serves approximately 6,700 students on the Island and Bolivar Peninsula with three high school programs, six middle school programs, and six elementary schools. The district offers a variety of programs for students including dual credit courses with Galveston College, a nationally recognized Advanced Placement program, bilingual and English as a Second Language curriculum, special education programs, an Accelerated Instruction Model (AIM) program, preschool program for children with disabilities, student assistance program, and tech prep initiatives with Galveston College.
GISD offers Texas Education Agency "Recognized" campuses, Advanced Placement (AP) exams for college credit, Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) programs to prepare freshman students for college, sound production classes, and a Newcomer Program for students new to the U.S.
GISD's student body is ethnically and culturally diverse. Approximately 45 percent is Hispanic, 24 percent is African American, and 31 percent is white or of other races. Ball High School students have been accepted to Harvard, Princeton, Georgetown, MIT, U.S. Naval Academy, West Point, Rice, Stanford, UCLA, U.S. Air Force Academy, William and Mary, Wharton School of Business, Tulane, Trinity, Northwestern, Washington and Lee, Baylor, SMU, Texas A&M University, University of Texas, University of Houston and many other state and national universities and colleges.
The district employs over 1,300 staff members, making it the second highest employer in Galveston. The annual operating budget for the 2012 school year topped $66 million.