It appears as if some interest has been taken in the Academy from main campus, hints the name change from Texas Maritime Academy to Texas A&M Maritime Academy.
As the campus is crowded to capacity with both cadets and non regimented students, it is in desperate need of expansion. Parking is very hard to find, basic classes like seamanship are crowded with tons of students, and dorms are filled out to capacity. Basic services like the cafeteria are maxed out, even with its recent expansion and update only one year ago. Study rooms are hard to find, and often the library is very crowded. Forget about getting in the gym during peak hours. Even the auditorium can not hold all the cadets at one time. The License cadet program and NROTC has grown tremendously in resent years, and is more then double what it was 5 years ago. I believe the number sits around 500 now, with a total student body of over 2000, but I could be wrong. The school has attempted to keep pace with updates and construction, all which have been good, but more needs to be done. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not terribly crowded, but there is no question it has reached it’s limit.
I believe plans in the works include a new dorm “Corp” building, which will house all the cadets. This will be a welcomed addition, as currently the non-regimented students get the brand new, very nice dorms, and the cadets get the broken down, moldy, leaky 50 year old dorms, complete with respiratory infections. This new building is going to be built across the road, and come complete with another Cafeteria, along with many other things. I believe it suppose to come up soon, like over the summer, but we will see.
All I can say is it is about time the maritime academy cadets start getting some funds and attention. After all, they are the reason the school was started in the first place by General Rudder and TAMU. Its hard to see these marine biologist get a multi-million dollar building to rehabilitate a few turtles while the academy struggles.
This refocus and attention from main campus can be nothing but good, and equals more funds in the long run for the program.