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Diversity in the Biomedical Sciences Undergraduate Program

Undergradute URM enrollment graphThe Biomedical Sciences (BIMS) undergraduate program focuses on preparation for professional schools, research, and the health sciences industry. There is one comparable, but smaller (about 1/3 the size) undergraduate program housed at the veterinary college at PEER 1. The M/F ratio at this peer institution is 33:67 with 14.8% underrepresented minority (URM) students. The BIMS undergraduate program has been consistently successful in recruiting and retaining female students with a current male to female ratio (%) of 29:71, while the TAMU M/F ratio, excluding BIMS, is 53:47. The overall population of URM in the BIMS program is 33.6%, excluding Asian students as URMs. BIMS is home to 829 FTIC (first time in college) UG students. Of these FTIC, 72.5% are women and 37.8% are URM, if Asians are excluded, and almost 50% (49.7%) are URM with Asians included. Of those completing BS degrees, 69% were female and 26% were URM, compared with 18.9% URM graduates last year. Of those completing BS degrees at PEER 1, 69% were female and 9.4% were URM.

* Compared to our peer, the data show that BIMS has been successful in recruiting, mentoring, and retaining URM students to feed the applicant pipeline to professional healthcare programs (MD, DVM, DDS, PA, etc.).

Data Engagement: BIMS undergraduate program advisors are charged with specific responsibilities focused on their diversity-related activities including the Veterinary Enrichment Camp, transfer students, student recruitment and retention, study abroad, and the Spanish certificate program. The BIMS undergraduate program has 14 active 2+2 articulation agreements with community colleges that were chosen based upon geographic, socioeconomic, and racial diversity. A new 2+2 partnership was developed this year with Western Texas College which has an early college HS feeder program from Roscoe ISD.

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