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Unlike many cities its size, Galveston has the distinct advantage of serving as home to three higher level educational institutions:

  • Galveston College
  • Texas A&M University at Galveston (TAMUG)
  • The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB)

With over 8,000 students Galveston is indeed a college town.  These institutions work collaboratively to translate their unique world-renown programs, faculty and students into the fabric of Galveston and beyond.  Focusing on the education and training of our future workforce, benefits of these resources extend well beyond the borders of Galveston and Galveston County.

Galveston College

Galveston College Nursing Lab

Galveston College provides the citizens of Galveston Island and surrounding region with academic, workforce development, continuing education, and community 

In fall 2017 Galveston College entered its 51ST year of service to the Galveston region providing affordable higher education and career training since opening its doors in September of 1967. From its beginnings, in the former Saint Mary’s Orphanage at 4015 Avenue Q on Galveston Island, Galveston College has blossomed to a dynamic community college covering two locations.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.

Galveston College offers full two year associate degrees, one year degrees, certificates and sessions of classes or training. Programs include courses in academic transfer, workforce training, continuing education and professional development.

The Galveston College Board of Regents is the legally constituted body representing the citizenry of the Galveston Community College District. The Board of Regents formulates and adopts policies that will effectively guide the organization and operation of the College District. The Board consists of nine members elected by position at large from the College District at regular elections. Members serve six year terms.

Galveston College has two locations. The Main campus at 4015 Avenue Q encompasses a full city block and a half between 39th and 41st streets in Galveston with additional parking, apartments and dormitory housing for athletes in surrounding areas. The Main Campus features six major buildings including Moody Hall, Regents Hall, Mary Moody Northen Center, Fine Arts Building and Gymnasium, Cheney Student Center and the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing. Future plans call for student housing in a nearby location.

The second location is the Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center located at 7626 Broadway Boulevard in Galveston. That campus consists of four buildings.

The Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center opened in September of 2013 with vocational programs of Cosmetology, Welding, Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning, Electronics and Electrical Technology, Pipefitting, and Medical Administration. Other vocational programs will be housed at the Center as they are developed for the Galveston workforce.

Galveston College attempts to provide access to higher education and training to every student that wants it. A full time student who resides in the college district and takes 12 credit hours will pay tuition and fees of $839 per semester making Galveston College one of the most affordable higher education opportunities in Texas.

A special program of the Galveston College Foundation called Universal Access gives tuition assistance to every high school, home schooled and GED graduate that lives in Galveston. The Universal Access program has received national and state wide recognition. The Galveston College Foundation also awards over $90,000 in other scholarships annually to students.

Galveston College ended its 50th anniversary celebration with a record setting commencement graduating 533 students with Associate Degrees and Certificates, a third consecutive year of being named the number one communitycollege in Texas by, and firm plans to move forward with building student housing and the pursuit of other needed facilities.

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Texas A&M University at Galveston (TAMUG)

new Academic Bldg at TAMUG

Located on Galveston Bay, at the Port of Galveston, close to the confluence of the Galveston and Houston ship channels, with immediate access to the nearby ocean, bays, 

The campus on Pelican Island is changing physically through an ambitious building program with an investment of $228 million since 2010 and another $215 million on the drawing board.  The physical transformation is symbolic of innovative academic program additions that are marine and coastal focused.  Programs concentrating on maritime law, environmental policy, maritime policy and communications, tourism and coastal community development have joined the acclaimed maritime administration, marine sciences, and marine biology.   The learning experiences are focused on best practices to achieve student success. The degrees from this Tier One institution lead to challenging and gratifying careers.  Enrollment at Texas A&M Galveston has increased to more than 2,500 while attracting students from 43 states and 21 countries.  All have a desire to learn from these diverse programs, experience studies-related work, and live in an ocean environment.inlets, wetlands and beaches, Texas A&M University at Galveston is perfectly situated for its unique marine and maritime  academic programs and leading edge research.  This ocean-related campus of Texas A&M University offers each student a high impact, transformational educational experience.

Through its world class researchers the university leads the way in coastal sustainability and disaster mitigation and recovery.  It is the home of the Ike Dike project, a coastal barrier project that would protect the Houston-Galveston region, including Galveston Bay, from hurricane storm surge that would save lives, billions of dollars in property damage and thousands of jobs. Texas A&M Galveston is home to the Texas A&M Maritime Academy, its 600 cadets and the academy’s training ship the General Rudder.  The academy is one of only six state maritime academies in the nation and the only one on the Gulf Coast.  With bachelor’s degrees in either marine transportation or marine engineering technology, graduates receive their US Coast Guard license as Third Mates or Third Engineers.  The academy also commissions those who want to serve as officers in the United States Merchant Marine, Navy and Coast Guard. 

The campus’s researchers and scientists have been recognized with an unprecedented increase in research grant in marine science, seafood safety, oceanography, environment, sea life and the study and protection of our Texas shorelines, bays and waterways. 

With its growth, Texas A&M Galveston has added several new structures to the skyline of Galveston.  Just opened in the fall of 2017 is phase one of a new academic complex with phase two under construction now. Overlooking the waterfront is a newly opened campus pavilion with an attached amphitheater..  

While the university continues to build on these advances in programs, research and physical plant, the institution is rooted on its firm foundation of the core values, dedication to service and spirit of Texas A&M.  The university’s rich heritage of traditions develop character, leadership, loyalty and public service.   Texas A&M University at Galveston is committed to its leadership in ocean-related education, research and service and imbuing students with the Aggie spirit and values.

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University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB)

new UTMB Jennie Sealy hospital

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.

For more than 125 years, the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health) has been improving health and improving lives by educating generations of health care professionals, making world-changing discoveries through ground- breaking research, and providing compassionate, state-of-the-art, lifesaving health care to a rapidly growing patient population.

Since its founding in 1891, UTMB has looked to the future. Today, UTMB is one of the largest and fastest-growing academic health centers in the nation, expanding enrollment in its schools of Medicine, Nursing, Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences. UTMB’s world-renowned researchers are making life-saving discoveries, and its comprehensive clinical enterprise has expanded to three campuses throughout the Southeast Texas region, increasing patient access to quality health care and providing students with innovative, hands-on training opportunities.

UTMB is improving health and health care delivery for the future of Texas, the nation and the world—the very heart of UTMB’s mission.

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Galveston Independent School District

GISD studenst at ED Summit

Galveston ISD educates over 7,000 students on Galveston Island and Bolivar Peninsula. During the 2017-18 school year, GISD will operate two high school programs, five middle school programs and six elementary schools. The boundary of these schools stretches from Oppe Elementary located in the West End of Galveston Island to Crenshaw Elementary and Middle School in Crystal Beach on Bolivar Peninsula, a short ferry ride away. In her second year as the Superintendent of GISD, Dr. Kelli Moulton is leading GISD forward with a new Strategic Plan.  Dr. Moulton is utilizing her distinguished background as an accomplished communicator, team builder, advocate and innovator.

Galveston public schools offer a tremendous amount of instructional opportunities at its campuses with magnet programs dotting the district and numerous certification programs that allow students to secure living wage jobs before or after graduation. Middle schools offer a variety of Pre-Advanced Placement credits, and Ball High has access to free or discounted dual credit hours from Galveston College or a multitude of Advanced Placement courses. In addition, GISD offers a full slate of fine arts, athletic teams and programs.

Approximately 375 students travel daily from out-of-district to avail themselves of the many opportunities at all GISD campuses. Galveston public schools have implemented a “Schools of Choice” model. Families may apply to programs throughout the district where space is available. There are magnet programs along with traditional neighborhood type schools.

Galveston ISD continues to expand its offerings by excelling in academics, athletics, fine arts and extracurricular activities. Through one of the district’s magnet and small learning community programs, students can pursue their interests in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields from elementary through high school. Another program focusing on Media Arts and Digital Technology is available for grades five through high school. In addition to its dual credit offerings, Ball High School has implemented other successful courses, which lead to numerous certifications and real time work experiences. Most recently, Ball implemented the “IncubaTOR” class, which focuses on developing and supporting entrepreneurs. Ball was the first school to launch the “IncubaTOR” class in the state of Texas.

Founded in 1884, Ball High School has a history of fostering our next generation of leaders. Graduates cast an impressive array of institutions to continue moving forward: Yale, Stanford, University of California at Berkeley, Cornell, Syracuse, The University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M, Rice, Texas Tech, Baylor and more.

Ball High School consists of four small learning communities:

  • Biomedical Engineering and Medical Professions
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
  • Media Arts and Digital Technology
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship

GISD is also home to a proactive Career and Technical Education (CTE) department.  In collaboration with Galveston College, students earn professional certifications which prepare them for jobs immediately out of High School. 

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Private Schools

Galveston Island also serves about 1,500 students through its private and charter schools.


Focus is on oral as well as written language development. Beyond the basic courses, all students have meaningful access to technology in the computer laboratory and in the classroom.

For more info, go to Ambassador's Prep Academy


Open enrollment public charter school that serves students in prekindergarten through eighth grade. Curriculum promotes an inquiry-based, student-centered, hands-on instructional model.

For more info, go to Odyssey Academy.


Holy Family Catholic School serves approximately 100 prekindergarten through eighth grade students.

For more info, go to Holy Family Catholic School


Accredited by the Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools and the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest, Trinity’s 220 students range from 2 years to eighth grade.

For more info, go to Trinity Episcopal School


The school serves 30-35 children prekindergarten through sixth grade in small, multi-age classes.

For more info, go to Satori Elementary School.


An exciting addition to the Galveston educational landscape is the Moody Early Childhood Center which opened in 2016.  The Center is a non-profit organization operating in partnership with GISD, with the Moody Foundation providing major funding.  This generous support allows the Center to offer tuition on a sliding scale and make enrollment available to all Galveston families no matter their  income. The school has an enrollment of about 275 children, ages 3 months through eighth grade.


Catholic High School offers grades 9 – 12. O’Connell provides individualized attention, challenging advanced curriculum and strong moral guidance creating a learning environment that empowers students to realize their goals and ambitions.

For more info, go to O'Connell College Preparatory School.

Galveston Homeschool Performing Arts Co-op