Texas A & M University-College Station

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About Texas A & M University

Texas A & M University is located 90 miles northwest of Houston in the small town of College Station. Founded in 1876, it was the first public university in the state of Texas, and it now has the sixth largest enrollment in the country with almost 50,000 students on campus. U.S. News & World Report ranked Texas A & M as the 19th best public university in the United States and 18th best value school in 2012.

Texas A & M's athletic program features 20 varsity sports teams. Athletes from Texas A & M, also known as 'Aggies', won national championships in four different sports categories in 2011. The Texas A & M University R.O.T.C. program, the Corps of Cadets, has over 2,000 members and is one of the largest university military programs in the United States. Over 80% of the faculty at Texas A & M University have doctoral degrees, and several are Nobel laureates. Texas A & M University is also home to the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum.


Texas A & M University offers around 120 undergraduate degree programs and 240 master's and doctoral programs in ten colleges and schools: the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the College of Architecture, Mays Business School, the College of Education and Human Development, the Dwight Look College of Engineering, the College of Geosciences, the Bush School of Government and Public Service, the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Science, and the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

Texas A & M's College of Agriculture and Life Science is the biggest college of its type in the country, awarding 1,200 undergraduate degrees each year. Texas A & M has established three international study centers in Mexico, Cost Rica and Italy, and it has two branch campuses in Galveston, Texas, and Doha, Qatar.


Prospective freshman wishing to apply to Texas A & M University can apply online and must comply with the State of Texas Uniform Admission Policy in terms of high school coursework taken. Students may be automatically admitted to Texas A & M if they graduate in the top 10% of their high school class. Students who graduate in the top quarter of their class will also be automatically granted admission if they score over 1300 on the math and critical reading portions of their SAT, with a score of at least 600 in both areas.

Applicants are urged to be very thorough in the description of their extracurricular activities. In addition to the application, students must submit two personal essays and an optional, but recommended, third essay. The average SAT score for new students was 1215 in 2012. The application fee is $75 and the application deadline is January 15 for summer or fall admission.

Tuition & Financial Aid

In 2012-2013, undergraduate tuition and fees for Texas residents is estimated at $8,419 a year, while out-of-state students can expect to pay $24,919. Room and board costs another $8,400 while books and supplies cost $1,272 per year. Approximately 78% of undergraduates at Texas A & M University received some kind of financial assistance in 2010-11, which came in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, on-campus employment, work-study, and waivers. The Corp of Cadets offers 1,800 scholarships of $1,000-$20,000.

Texas A & M University QUICK FACTS
School Type Public, 4-year university**
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's, doctorate**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Small city**
Student Body 39,867 undergraduates and 10,363 graduates (2011)**
Schools (and/or) Programs 10 schools and colleges; 120 undergraduate degree programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 21:1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Bachelor's: Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies (645)
Master's: Business Administration and Management (139)
Doctorate: Veterinary Medicine (120)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 45% in 4 years
80% in 6 years
81% in 8 years**
Admission Rate 63% in 2011**
Entering Class Size 8,176 in 2010*
First-Year Retention Rates 92% in 2011**
Application Due Date January 15*
Decision Notification Date Late March for summer and fall, early December for spring*
Tuition $8,419 in-state for 2012-13*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2011: Federal grants (25%), Pell grants (23%), other federal grants (24%), state and local grants/scholarships (37%), institutional grants/scholarships (52%), federal loans (34%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 78%**

*Texas A & M University, **IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics

School Contact Information

  • Address: Freshman Admissions Processing, Texas A&M University, P.O. Box 30014, College Station, TX 77842-3014
  • Phone: (979) 845-1060
  • Website: www.tamu.edu

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