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About the Texas A&M University

Texas A&M University (Texas A&M, TAMU  or A&M) is a coeducational public research university located in College Station, Texas, United States. It is the flagship institution of the Texas A&M University System, the fourth-largest university in the United States and the largest university in Texas. Texas A&M's designation as a land, sea, and space grant institution reflects a range of research with ongoing projects funded by agencies such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Office of Naval Research. The school ranks in the top 20 American research institutes in funding and has made contributions to such fields as animal cloning and petroleum engineering.

Texas A&M University is dedicated to the discovery, development, communication, and application of knowledge in a wide range of academic and professional fields. Its mission of providing the highest quality undergraduate and graduate programs is inseparable from its mission of developing new understandings through research and creativity. It prepares students to assume roles in leadership, responsibility and service to society. Texas A&M assumes as its historic trust the maintenance of freedom of inquiry and an intellectual environment nurturing the human mind and spirit. It welcomes and seeks to serve persons of all racial, ethnic and geographic groups as it addresses the needs of an increasingly diverse population and a global economy. In the 21st century, Texas A&M University seeks to assume a place of preeminence among public universities while respecting its history and traditions.

 

  • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Link

    Welcome to one of the United States’ largest colleges of agriculture and life sciences. Regarded as leaders in dozens of disciplines, the members of the academic family work to feed our world, protect our environment, improve public health, grow the economy and enrich our youth. From soil and crop sciences to biochemistry and biophysics, from forensic science to agricultural leadership, our 100+ undergraduate and graduate programs are designed to help you change the world.

  • College of Architecture Link

    One of the premier design research institutions in the world, the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University offers an energetic environment for academic and professional success through a comprehensive catalog of prominently ranked graduate and undergraduate programs in architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, construction science, land development and visualization.

    The college is a haven for experimentation, discovering one’s strengths and unleashing the hidden capabilities of the human mind. Here students embark on a journey of self-discovery. They learn how to unlock their creative potential, become lifelong learners, intellectual leaders and knowledge creators.

  • Mays Business School Link

    Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School educates more than 6,000 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students in accounting, finance, management of information systems, management, marketing and supply chain management. The school consistently ranks among the top public business schools.Mays partners with national and regional business executives to deliver relevant education shaped by industry expectations and insights. Mays’ home in the Wehner Building offers a dynamic learning environment for faculty and students, featuring interactive teaching tools, wireless Internet throughout the building and multiple computer labs.Mays is accredited by AACSB-International, the premier accrediting agency and service organization for business schools. Our mission is creating knowledge and developing ethical leaders for a global society.

  • Baylor College of Dentistry Link

    As a distinguished resource for dental education in Texas for more than 100 years, Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas is dedicated to combining higher education and research with community service. The college opened its doors in 1905, was affiliated with Baylor University from 1918 to 1971 and spent the next 25 years as an independent, private institution.In 1996, TAMBCD entered an entirely new era as a member of The Texas A&M University System. In 1999, the college became a founding component of the Texas A&M Health Science Center, and in 2012 merged with Texas A&M University.

  • College of Education & Human Development Link

    The College of Education and Human Development has proudly been transforming lives since it began. Faculty, staff and students remain firmly committed to enhancing education and health outcomes for all. Through teaching, research and outreach activities, the college strives to provide innovative professional training to its students so they can prepare our future leaders, solve many of our social issues and contribute to the knowledge base of our professional field. The faculty and students reflect the diversity and complexity of Texas to better serve the needs of our ever-changing local, state, national and global community.

  • Dwight Look College of Engineering Link

    Engineering has been a part of Texas A&M University since its inception in 1876 as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas. Today, the Dwight Look College of Engineering is the largest college on the Texas A&M campus with more than 350 faculty members and more than 15,000 engineering students in our 14 departments.

  • College of Geosciences Link

    Geosciences, the defining scientific discipline in the 21st century, responds to society's grand challenges – global climate change, air and water quality, and adequate energy and food supplies.

  • Bush School of Government & Public Service Link

    Founded in 1997, the Bush School of Government and Public Service has become one of the leading public and international affairs graduate schools in the nation. One of ten schools and colleges at Texas A&M University, a tier-one research university, the School offers master’s level education for students aspiring to careers in public service.The School is ranked in the top 12 percent of graduate public affairs schools in the nation, according to rankings published in U.S. News & World Report. The School now ranks thirty-third among both public and private public affairs graduate programs and twenty-first among public universities.

  • School of Law Link

    An ideal location, flexible scheduling, and an innovative academic program make Texas A&M University School of Law an excellent place for your legal studies.

  • College of Liberal Arts Link

    The Collage of Liberal Arts is committed to teaching timeless academic skills emphasizing clear communication, problem- solving abilities, critical and analytical thinking, creativity,an ability to synthesize different perspectives, and understanding of the global dimensions of modern society.

  • College of Medicine Link

    The Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine offers students an excellent medical education experience and research opportunities through collaborative affiliations, combined resources and expertise from private, state and federal health care organizations.The Texas A&M College of Medicine's unique structure means students have the flexibility for an individualized approach to the medical education experience, all while becoming part of the Aggie Family.

  • The College of Nursing Link

    The College of Nursing is committed to addressing the critical nursing shortage across Texas by producing the most prepared nurses and the most advanced nursing research. We are devoted to creating and implementing the most effective educational experience with cutting-edge classroom technologies and simulated experiences that include standardized patients and virtual clinical learning activities.

  • Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy Link

    The Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy opened its doors to students in 2006 to meet a critical need in the South Texas community, the college has now established an exceptional pharmacy program, obtained full professional accreditation with flying colors, and has graduated six cohorts of students. Today, 42 percent of the college’s graduates have returned to South Texas to help underserved populations. The college’s leadership strives to entrench a culture of excellence, education, research, practice and patient care to each professional student enrolled.

  • School of Public Health Link

    The Texas A&M School of Public Health is committed to transforming health through interdisciplinary inquiry, innovative solutions, and development of leaders through the Aggie tradition of service to engage diverse communities worldwide. At the school, our professors care about impacting the community with their research as well as their students. Professors have research projects ranging from emergency preparedness to community health development. Yet, each of them share a passion for learning. Students use faculty as advisors, and each student participates in a practicum during their stay. Students have conducted epidemiologic studies, assisted in programs/centers of faculty, and many others have served as interns in Texas and abroad.

  • College of Science Link

    As the scientific core of Texas A&M University, the College of Science takes pride in providing the highest quality science education to all Texas A&M majors while delivering scholarly research and technical expertise to the world and preparing our students to become the next generation of scientific leaders.

  • College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences Link

    The Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences has a century of educating leaders in veterinary medicine. Beginning with that first class in 1916, our graduates have been dedicated to having a positive impact on the veterinary medical profession in the State of Texas and beyond. From leading edge discovery in the laboratory to dynamic classroom experiences and the compassionate care provided in our Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, our faculty are committed to emphasizing the important role that veterinary medicine plays in improving animal, human, and environmental health - better preparing our undergraduate, graduate, and professional students to meet the changing health needs of our world.

  • Texas A&M University at Galveston Link

    Texas A&M University at Galveston is a special-purpose institution of higher education for undergraduate and graduate instruction in marine and maritime studies in science, engineering and business and for research and public service related to the general field of marine resources. The institution is under the management and control of the Board of Regents of The Texas A&M University System, with degrees offered under the name and authority of Texas A&M University at College Station.

  • Texas A&M University at Qatar Link

    Texas A&M University at Qatar will be the premier provider of engineering education in the region, a valuable contributor to knowledge internationally, and a valued resource to the State of Qatar.

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History of the Texas A&M University

Texas A&M is the state's first public institution of higher education. With a student body of more than 59,000 and more than 5,200 acres on the College Station campus, Texas A&M is also among the nation's largest universities. Our origins, however, are much humbler: we owe our existence to the Morrill Act, approved by the United States Congress on July 2, 1862. This act provided for donation of public land to the states for the purpose of funding higher education whose "leading object shall be, without excluding other scientific and classical studies, and including military tactics, to teach such branches of learning as are related to agriculture and mechanic arts."

The State of Texas agreed to create a college under the terms of the Morrill Act in November 1866, but actual formation didn't come until the establishment of the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas by the Texas state legislature on April 17, 1871. A commission created to locate the institution accepted the offer of 2,416 acres of land from the citizens of Brazos County in 1871, and instruction began in 1876. Admission was limited to white males, and, as required by the Morrill Act, all students were required to participate in military training.

Texas A&M underwent many changes in the 1960s under the presidency of Gen. James Earl Rudder. Under his tenure the college diversified, opening its doors to African-Americans and formally admitting women. Participation in the Corps of Cadets was also made voluntary. In 1963, the Texas state legislature officially renamed the school to Texas A&M University, with the "A" and "M" being a symbolic link to the school's past but no longer officially standing for "Agricultural and Mechanical."

Since that time, Texas A&M has flourished to become one of the nation's premier research universities. Along with the University of Texas and Rice, Texas A&M is one of only three Tier 1 universities in the state. In 1971 and 1989, respectively, Texas A&M was designated as a sea-grant and a space-grant institution, making it among the first four universities to hold the triple distinction of land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant designations.

While membership in the Corps of Cadets became voluntary in 1965, the Corps has nonetheless continued to play a key role in the university. The Corps is often referred to as the "Keepers of the Spirit" and "Guardians of Tradition." Texas A&M remains one of only six senior military colleges, and the Corps of Cadets is the largest uniformed body outside the national service academies. As such, it has historically produced more officers than any other institution in the nation other than the academies.

The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum opened in 1997 on west campus, making Texas A&M one of only a few universities to host a presidential library on their campus. President Bush maintains an active role in the university, hosting and participating in special events organized through the library.



Texas A&M University accreditation

Texas A&M University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral degrees.

Texas A&M University rankings

#159 - QS World University Rankings

#14- QS WU Rankings by Subject (Veterinary Science)

#75 - QS WU Rankings by Faculty ( National Science)

  • 26th among public universities, 70th among national universities – U.S. News & World Report, 2016
  • 2nd in the nation in the Best Colleges for Veterans category – USA Today's 2016 College Guide (powered by College Factual)
  • 7th among public graduate schools and 12th overall – Dwight Look College of Engineering – U.S. News & World Report, Best Grad Schools 2016
  • 9th among public graduate schools and 27th overall – Mays Business School – U.S. News & World Report, Best Grad Schools 2016
  • 7th in the nation among graduate schools for Veterinary Medicine – College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences – U.S. News & World Report, Best Grad Schools 2016
  • 2nd in the nation among graduate schools for Biological/Agricultural Engineering operated by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Dwight Look College of Engineering – U.S. News & World Report, Best Grad Schools 2016
  • 3rd in the nation among graduate schools for Nuclear Engineering – Dwight Look College of Engineering – U.S. News & World Report, Best Grad Schools 2016

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