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Texas A&M University

Established 1876
(first public college in Texas)
School type Flagship State University
Endowment $4.3 billion (Systemwide) NACUBO
Grants Land, Sea, Space
President Dr. Robert Gates
Campus College Station, Texas
Enrollment 41,515 total (Spring 2005)
Faculty 2,400
Sports team Texas Aggies
Campus 5,200 acres (21 km²)
(largest in the US)
Website www.tamu.edu

Texas A&M University, often "Texas A&M", "A&M" or "TAMU" for short, is the flagship institution of the Texas A&M University System. Texas A&M's rare triple designation as a Land-, Sea-, and Space-Grant institution reflects a broad range of research, with ongoing projects funded by agencies such as NASA, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the Office of Naval Research.


Texas A&M T-Star Logo

Texas A&M University is consistently ranked as one of the best universities in the nation and is currently ranked 21st among public universities in the United StatesTemplate:Fn. The university's enrollment includes 44,647 studentsTemplate:Fn on its 5,200 acre (21 km²) campus studying for degrees in 10 academic colleges. The fall semester of 2002 set a record of 45,083 students, making Texas A&M the fastest growing university in the nation. Since that time, an enrollment-management plan has been initiated to maintain a high standard of teaching excellence. Recently, Texas A&M was invited to become a member of the highly selective Association of American Universities and now ranks first in Texas and among the top 10 U.S. institutions in enrollment of National Merit Scholars. It also has pushed recruitment initiatives, lead by its president, that would be considered by many americans to be discriminatory. They make an effort to exclusively recruit and retain everyone except white male students.

The Dwight Look College of Engineering is ranked 8th among public universities and is tied for 16th nationally when including private institutions. Four specialty areas in the college are ranked among the top five in the nation. Petroleum engineering and Agricultural engineering rank first in their field nationally, with nuclear engineering placing third in its area and industrial engineering fifth in its category. The industrial distribution program administered by the department of engineering is ranked number one in the United States. In all, 10 of Texas A&M's 12 engineering disciplines are ranked among the top 20 in the nationTemplate:Fn.

The Texas A&M College of Architecture, one of the largest architectural colleges in the United States (2,000 students), is ranked the best in Texas and 10th among public institutions.

The Mays Business School is ranked 18th among public institutions and tied for 29th overall (tied for best in Texas). The Mays MBA program is now ranked 1st in Texas and 21st nationally, up three spots from last year. The department ranks 15th among public institutionsTemplate:Fn.

Other colleges at Texas A&M include: College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College of Education, College of Geosciences, College of Liberal Arts, College of Science, College of Veterinary Medicine, and the George Bush School of Government and Public Service

  • Worldwide
    • Ongoing research projects on all seven continents
    • More than 85 formal research, student and faculty exchange or other partnerships with institutions in more than 35 nations
    • One of only two U.S. university partnerships with CONACYT, Mexico's equivalent of the National Science Foundation
    • Home of "Las Americas Digital Research Network," world's largest online academic architecture network: 26 universities in 12 nations
    • Operates a study center in Santa Chiara, Italy, and a multi-purpose center in Mexico City
    • More than 1,000 students participated in study abroad or exchange programs between September 1999 and August 2000
    • Center for International Business Research and Education one of only 28 in United States supported by U.S. Department of Education
    • Number 1 in nation for number of outgoing Fulbright Scholars


Texas A&M University has the fourth-largest Main Campus by area in the nation (behind the United States Air Force Academy, Ohio State University, and Stanford University) with approximately 200 buildings and a value of over $1 billion. The Texas A&M campus is home to the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

The campus is divided into two parts clearly separated by the railroad tracks that run through its center. The portion of the campus east of the railroad tracks is known as the Main Campus while the portion of the campus west of the railroad tracks is known as West Campus. Also, the area west of White Creek is known as Research Park.

Eastern portion of the Texas A&M University Campus


Texas A&M University's Main Campus is located in College Station, Texas also known as Aggieland. The metropolitan area of Bryan-College Station, Texas is located in Brazos County, Texas, population 152,415 (Census 2000), in East Texas. The city is centrally located, approximately equidistant from three of the 10 largest cities in the United States. It is 95 miles north of Houston, 166 miles northeast of San Antonio and 169 miles south of Dallas. It is 104 miles east of Austin, the state capital of Texas. Seventy five percent of the Texas and Louisiana populations (13.1 million people) live within 3.5 driving hours of College Station.

Notable buildings

Of the over 200 buildings on Texas A&M University Campus some of the most recognized include the Academic Building, the Albritton Bell Tower, the Administration Building, Kyle Field, and the Memorial Student Center (MSC) and recently the George Bush Presidential Library.

  • Academic Building
    • One of the most recognized images of Texas A&M University, the Academic Building stands at the heart of the campus. Completed in 1914, it stands on the site of Old Main, the first campus building that burned in 1912. The Academic Plaza is the site of a wide range of campus events including Silver Taps.
  • Albritton Bell Tower
    • Donated to Texas A&M University and dedicated on October 6, 1984 by Martha and Ford D. Albritton, the Albritton Tower is 138 feet tall and contains Westminster chimes which ring every quarter hour. There are 49 carillon bells, the largest of which weighs more than six thousand pounds, that can be programmed to play music such as the "Spirit of Aggieland". The bells also play hymns during Silver Taps, a memorial service for Aggies who have died during the past month.
  • Administration Building
    • For many years home to all of Texas A&M's administrative offices, the Jack K. Williams Administration Building opened its doors in 1932 and continues to house several Texas A&M University and Texas A&M University System offices and agencies. Designed by Professor C.S.P. Vosper and built by Campus Architect F.E. Giesecke, the monumental classical structure's features include intricate Ionic columns, polished brass handrails along its marble staircases and stained-glass windows.
  • Airport
  • Kyle Field
    • Since 1929 the home to the Fightin' Texas Aggies, Kyle Field is considered by many to rank among the nation's premiere football facilities.
  • Memorial Student Center (MSC)
    • For more than 50 years the Memorial Student Center has been a living memorial, a living room, and a living tradition at Texas A&M University.
  • George Bush Presidential Library
    • Operated by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum is the tenth Presidential Library in the United States. Former President George Bush remains actively involved with both the Bush Library and the nearby George Bush School of Government and Public Service, frequently visiting the campus and participating in special events.
  • Texas A&M Libraries
    • Texas A&M University is ranked in the top 10 for its library collections in Engineering & Technology, Military and Naval Science, Nautical Archaeology, Oceanography and Transportation. Libraries on campus include the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, the Cushing Memorial Library, the Medical Sciences Library, the Policy Sciences & Economics Library, Sterling C. Evans Library, West Campus Library and the Biological Collections Library.
  • Laboratories
    • Laboratories on the Texas A&M University campus include the Energy Systems Laboratory, Fiber Optic Lab, Hypermedia Research Lab, Materials and Structures Testing Lab, Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Lab, Turbomachinery Laboratory and the Wave Propagation and Damping Laboratory. Texas A&M was involved in a bid to operate the Los Alamos National Laboratory for the US Department of Energy but dropped its bid in December 2004. Texas A&M is the only academic institution to clone five different species: cattle, goats, pigs, a cat, and a white-tailed deer.


Texas A&M University System endowment totals approximately $4.3 billion; 10th in the nation and third among public university systems. The University receives income from an endowment known as the Permanent University Fund. The PUF principal in the fall 2000 was approximately $10 billion, second only to Harvard's endowment. The PUF serves 15 Texas universities in the Texas A&M University System and the University of Texas System. Other Texas public universities outside these two systems, notably University of Houston and Texas Tech University, are prohibited by law from sharing in the income from this endowment. At one time, the PUF was the chief source of income for Texas A&M, today its revenues account for less than 10 percent of the university's annual budget. This has challenged the university to increase sponsored research and private donations.


As the oldest public college in the state, Texas A&M University has many time-honored traditions, many of which are discussed in full detail at traditions of Texas A&M University.


The logo of the Texas A&M athletic teams

A charter member of the Southwest Conference until its dissolution in 1996, Texas A&M now competes in the Big 12 Conference (South Division) of the NCAA's Division I-A. The sports teams are known as the Aggies and the colors are maroon and white.

The University's major rival is the University of Texas, known to Aggies as "texas university" or simply "t.u.". In 2004, sporting events between Texas A&M and the University of Texas became known as the "Lonestar Showdown". The most-watched part of this rivalry is the annual football game held on the day after Thanksgiving.

The football team is currently coached by Dennis Franchione.


Some of the titles won by Aggie athletic teams include:

  • National titles
    • Football
      • 1939
    • Softball
      • 1982 (AIAW), 1983 (NCAA), 1987 (NCAA)
  • Conference titles
    • Big 12 Conference
      • Football
        • 1998
      • Baseball
        • 1993 (College World Series), 1998, 1999 (College World Series)
      • Men's Outdoor Track & Field
        • 2001
      • Women's Soccer
        • 2004, 2005
    • Southwest Conference
      • Football
        • 1917, 1919, 1921, 1925, 1927, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1956, 1967, 1975, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1991, 1992, 1993
      • Men's Basketball
        • 1919, 1920, 1921, 1922, 1950, 1963, 1968, 1974, 1975, 1979, 1985
      • Baseball
        • 1931, 1934, 1937, 1942, 1943, 1951, 1955, 1959, 1964, 1966, 1977, 1978, 1986, 1989, 1993

Notable facilities

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Notable people

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