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Texas A&M University--College Station is a public institution that was founded in 1876. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 39,867, its setting is city, and the campus size is 5,200 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Texas A&M University--College Station's ranking in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 65. Its in-state tuition and fees are $8,505 (2012-13); out-of-state tuition and fees are $25,035 (2012-13).
Ready to be an Aggie? All students assume the nickname at Texas A&M, an academic and athletic powerhouse in central Texas. Once an all-men’s school called the Agricultural and Mechanical College—now shortened to A&M—the university today is coed and has offers a wide variety of majors and activities. Students can choose from more than 800 clubs and organizations, including nearly 60 fraternities and sororities. About 12 percent of students go Greek. More students, about 25 percent, play in Texas A&M intramural sports leagues, one of the largest programs in the country. The school’s varsity sports compete in the NCAA Division I Big 12 Conference, cheered on by mascot Reveille VIII, a collie. Miss Rev, as the collie is known, is also the highest-ranking member in the school’s Cadet Corps, the largest ROTC program in the nation (not including programs at service academies). First-year students interested in community service can get involved right away through the Freshmen in Service and Hosting program (FISH). All students can give back during The Big Event, the largest single-day, student-run volunteer effort in the country in which about 12,500 Aggies work to improve the nearby cities of College Station and Bryan. For many students, these communities are also home; freshmen are not required to live on campus and many choose to live in College Station or Bryan.
The university has highly ranked graduate offerings through its Dwight Look College of Engineering, Mays Business School, and College of Education and Human Development. The school, which is known as a research institution, offers unique programs including the only veterinary medicine school in Texas. The school also has a campus in Qatar, where about 300 students enroll. Notable alumni of Texas A&M include dozens of politicians such as U.S. Representatives Joe Barton and Louie Gohmert, and a handful of beauty pageant winners, including Miss USAs Kandace Krueger and Melissa McConnell.
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As the first public institution of higher education established in the State of Texas, Texas A&M University (TAMU) continues to blend its rich traditions and Aggie Spirit with intellectual innovation to develop leaders of character dedicated to serving the greater good. The university's world-class faculty is focused on providing exceptional educational opportunities for all students. TAMU offers more than 120 undergraduate degree programs and 240 master's and Ph.D. programs, as well as a doctorate in veterinary medicine. Many programs are ranked among the very best in their respective disciplines. All students are not only expected to master the depth of knowledge required of their field, but must also incorporate overall learning outcomes determined to be critically important to a university's graduates. Faculty engage students in high-impact learning experiences so that Aggie students can demonstrate problem solving and critical thinking, effective communication skills, personal and social responsibility, social, cultural and global competence and the ability to work collaboratively. Simply put, Aggies commit to lifelong learning. TAMU is a Tier 1 research university, ranking in the nation's top 20 for total research expenditures ($689 million plus in FY 2010). Groundbreaking research to solve global problems is expected. However, research brings faculty and students together because at TAMU, teaching and research go hand-in-hand. And, research experiences are not restricted to graduate students. More than 3,000 TAMU undergraduate students enroll in research courses each year, and many more participate in research projects. Participating in a research project is not only high-impact learning, but also provides students with the opportunity to develop a close working relationship with acclaimed faculty that often leads to scholarships, internships, jobs and admission to top graduate and professional schools. Another opportunity available to TAMU students is to study abroad. Whether it's a research or service project, an internship or the chance to study in a foreign country, students who do study abroad report that it builds character and self-confidence, allows them to experience another culture, develop a global perspective and solve problems they will encounter in the real world after college. This focus on educating students for the future has resulted in TAMU's graduates being among the most heavily recruited students in the country. The Wall Street Journal named TAMU second in the nation among all universities, public and private, in a survey based on graduates recruiters prefer to hire. "It's a great time to be in Aggieland" is a statement heard on campus often these days. Following an unprecedented capital improvement program, TAMU continues to grow and evolve. Among the numerous new state-of-the-art facilities are the Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building, the Mitchell Institute for Physics and Astronomy, the National Center for Therapeutics Manufacturing, a new AgriLife Center, a new Performing Arts and Humanities building and many more. A renovated and expanded Memorial Student Center re-opened in April 2012, and is considered one of the finest student unions in the country. Our outstanding intercollegiate athletics program includes 650 NCAA Divison-1 student-athletes who have distinguished themselves as champions on and off the field, earning several national championships in 2011. As TAMU prepares to join the Southeastern Conference in July 2012, they will be playing baseball in the beautifully renovated Olsen Field at Bluebell Park and major renovations are anticipated for our renowned football stadium, Kyle Field, the Home of the 12th Man. TAMU is committed to excellence and to providing opportunities for leadership in and out of the classroom. Its history, traditions and Aggie Spirit, along with its world-class academics are what make TAMU unique.
|School type||public, coed college|
When applying to Texas A&M University--College Station, it's important to note the application deadline is January 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due February 1. The application fee at Texas A&M University--College Station is $60. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 63.5 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2011 acceptance rate||63.5%|
|Application deadline||January 15|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||February 1|
The student-faculty ratio at Texas A&M University--College Station is 21:1, and the school has 19.0 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Texas A&M University--College Station include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Engineering; Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences; Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies; and Biological and Biomedical Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 91.8 percent.
Texas A&M University--College Station has a total undergraduate enrollment of 39,867, with a gender distribution of 52.5 percent male students and 47.5 percent female students. At this school, 13.0 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 87.0 percent of students live off campus. Texas A&M University--College Station is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA I|
Campus Info & Services
Texas A&M University--College Station offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Texas A&M University--College Station also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Texas A&M University--College Station, 85 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Texas A&M University--College Station.
|Students who have cars on campus||85%|
|Health insurance offered||Yes|
|Students required to own/lease a computer||No|
Paying for School
At Texas A&M University--College Station, 40.8 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $8,632.
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|In-state tuition and fees||$8,505 (2012-13)|
|Out-of-state tuition and fees||$25,035 (2012-13)|
|Room and board||$8,400 (2012-13)|
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* Overview details based on 2011 data