Texas A&M University is located in College Station, which together with the adjacent town of Bryan has about 170,000 residents, it is located within 200 miles of 23 million of the state’s 26 million citizens. Its 5,200-acre campus, one of the nation’s largest, is valued at more than $1 billion. It is home to the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum. The university also operates centers in Italy and Mexico and branch campuses in Galveston and Qatar.
From humble beginnings in 1876 as Texas' first public institution of higher learning, Texas A&M has grown to 10 colleges that offer more than 120 undergraduate degrees, more than 240 master’s and doctoral degrees, and one professional degree, the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.
With an enrollment of nearly 49,000, the student body is among the nation’s largest. Average SAT scores are considerably higher than the national average, and the university consistently ranks among the nation’s leaders in enrolling National Merit Scholars. The university also ranks high in graduation and retention rates, both overall and for minority students.
A multi-million-dollar program to add nearly 450 new faculty over a five-year period – thought to be unprecedented in all of American higher education – has been completed, and more than $800 million in campus construction is either under way or in the planning stages.
Texas A&M holds land-, sea- and space-grant status and has annual research expenditures of about $582 million (including College Station-based agencies). The university’s endowment is approximately $4.5 billion.
The university also operates centers in Italy and Mexico, and has a maritime branch campus in Galveston, Texas, and an engineering branch campus in the Middle Eastern country of Qatar.
Texas A&M Athletics is committed to "Building Champions" through academic achievement, athletic excellence and national recognition of student-athletes, teams and programs. Texas A&M's almost 650 student-athletes compete at the NCAA Division 1-A level in 20 varsity sports. Since the beginning of the Big 12 Conference in 1996, Texas A&M has won more than 20 Big 12 titles in various men’s and women’s sports and are the NCAA Men’s Golf, Men’s Track and Women’s Track champions. The University's recreational sports program includes 30 student sport clubs and one of the largest intramural programs in the nation.
Enrollment: 48,701 undergraduate and graduate students
Tuition and fees per year: $6,900 (typical student, Texas resident)
School mascot: a collie named Reveille; students are called Aggies
School colors: maroon and white
Student-to-faculty ratio: 19.7:1
Full-time faculty: 2,800+
Student groups: 800+
Honors programs: University, college & departmental