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Texas A & M University-College Station

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Introduction

Students who are searching for an institution that not only offers top quality education but also “something extra” should consider picking Texas A&M University.

Texas A&M University (often referred to as TAMU or A&M) offers students a truly incredible learning and life experiences that they will definitely enjoy. It is believed that students who have had a problem with life at TAMU had issues because they never found their niche and felt quite lost in the crowd.

Texas A&M University is a large university, and those who are used to being in small communities often feel as though they have vanished! But taking part in student activities and classes will sure help one fit in. Going off to college is a really big change and many students get intimidated by the sheer size of A&M and eventually loosen up.

Texas A&M University rose from humble beginnings as the first public institution of higher learning in the state of Texas to a lively 5,000 acre campus with a faculty that is recognized nationwide and over 46,000 enrolled students! TAMU is among the select few institutions with sea-grant, space grant and land-grant designations. TAMU has 2 satellite campuses located in Galveston, Texas and in Qatar, Middle East.

A&M is a research-intensive flagship institution with ten colleges that were rated first in the United States for contributing tangibly to the interest of the public by the Washington Monthly. The U.S. News and World Report rated TAMU among public universities nationwide as the 3rd ”Best Value” institution. Many degree programs offered at TAMU are rated among the nation’s Top Ten!

TAMU’s ability to turn out leaders who are effective and possess great qualities such as integrity, character and an attitude that oozes “I can do,” truly sets TAMU apart from other institutions.

History

The groundwork for the establishment of Texas A&M University was laid in 1862 by the United States Congress with the Morrill Act Adoption. The act went on to auction land grants of public lands in order to start donations for institutions. The donated funds were used by the Texas Legislation in 1871 to launch Texas’ first public institution for higher learning, popularly known as Texas A.M.C – Agricultural & Mechanical College of Texas. 2,416 acres was donated for the institution’s campus by Brazos County and is located close to Bryan, Texas.

In 1876 (4th of October to be precise), classes began at Texas A.M.C with just forty students and six faculty members. Only white male students were accepted into the college and were all obligated to take part in the Corps of Cadets and to also undergo military training. Student enrollment rose to 258, before dropping down to 108 students in the year 1883 – that was the exact year the state of Texas welcomed the opening of the University of Texas. A lot of Texas residents during the late 1880’s saw absolutely no need for 2 institutions of higher learning in the state of Texas and wanted Texas A.M.C closed down.

In 1891 Texas A&M was rescued from possible closure by Sullivan Ross, the institution’s new president, an ex governor of Texas and also a recognized Confederate Brigadier General. A lot of improvements were made to the institution by Ross and this boosted student enrollment – a lot of parents sent their male children to Texas A&M in order to learn to be very much like Sullivan Ross.

During the tenure of Ross, a lot of enduring Aggie Traditions came into existence, this includes the making of the very first Aggie Ring. A statue of Ross was erected after his death in 1898 in order to honor him – the statue was erected in front of the Academic Plaza.

The institution started to allow females to attend classes in 1911 after it yielded to pressure from the legislature. At the same time, the university started to expand its educational pursuits with the institution’s establishment of its School of Veterinary Medicine.

Academics

Programs Offered

Students can choose out of the 120 undergraduate degree courses offered at Texas A&M University. The school’s student body is among the ten largest in the United States and is the largest institution outside a key metropolitan area. TAMU also offers a broad selection of 240 master’s and doctoral degree programs; TAMU offers the state’s ONLY doctor of veterinary degree. Many TAMU’s programs have earned top ratings by U.S. News and World Report and many other organizations. The institution’s educational & social support networks are committed on assisting students succeed.

Popular degree programs include Food Science & Technology, Agribusiness, Plant Sciences, Animal Science, Dairy Science and much more.

Accreditation

Texas A&M University is an institution accredited to award bachelors, masters, doctoral and professional degrees by Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools. All A&M’s curriculums are accredited by recognized accrediting agencies in the country.

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Admissions

In order to apply for admission into Texas A&M University, applicants will need to follow these steps:

  • Applicants should fill out and send their application – an electronic submission of application is highly preferred. Faxed applications are not accepted at TAMU
  • Applicants are required to pay a non refundable application fee
  • Essay Topics A and B are to be completed by applicants. Please Note: Applicants who will be considered in the institution’s holistic review process are highly advised to complete essay Topic C. Prospective transfer students are required to complete Essay Topic A
  • Applicants will also need to send their ACT or SAT scores to TAMU’s admissions office – Applicants are required to take the ACT or SAT with writing components. Scores should be sent straight from the testing agency. Important Note: Applicants should use test scores from test dates within 5 years of when he or she plans to enroll, and applicants should use the score which is the highest from one test date – A&M will not allow combined test scores from various test dates.
  • Financial Aid

    Texas A&M University offers students a lot of financial aid options to assist them to pay college expenses. A&M created a special webpage where students can search for information about how they can apply for financial assistance, find out the costs of getting an TAMU education and about the various financial assistance programs and more.

    Financial assistance aid comes in form of grants, work study, scholarships and loans. Grants and scholarships are simply thought of as free money and students who have been awarded with this type of financial assistance will not have to worry about repaying. But, work study and loans are known as self-help financial aid. Students who are interested in the work-study program will need to take on part time work on or off campus with employers who take part in the program.

    Student Financial Aid Details

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    Students

    Texas A&M University offers on-campus accommodations on both the Northside and Southside of the campus, there are even substance-free floors in several residence halls where students take pledge to never bring cigarettes, alcohol or drugs into the halls.

    Students can join one of the more than 800 student organizations on campus, which include religious, Greek, service and common interests groups. Orientation programs egg on students to take part in campus activities and other character building organizations from day one. One of A&M’s oldest student clubs is the 1893 founded Singing Cadets. This organization is referred to as the “Voice of Aggieland”, it is made up of an all-male choral group which boasts of around sixty members. This group travels all over the country and have also completed numerous international tours. There are so many wonderful traditions at A&M and these traditions are of a great help to new and old students because it helps them to cultivate not only the Aggie Spirit, but it also gives them a sense of belonging, loyalty and the utmost respect for their institution. These traditions actually dictate the many areas of A&M student life, this includes how to act at the school sporting events, how to greet fellow students and others using the school’s official greeting “Howdy."

    Student Enrollment Demographics

    Student Graduation Demographics

    Athletics

    Texas A&M University takes part in the South Division’s Big 12 Conference. Its twenty sports teams are called the Aggies and the institutions colors are white and maroon. Aggies have won Southwest & Big 12 conference tournament and regular season titles and eleven team national championships.

    The University of Texas is Texas A&M University’s archrival, other rivals are Baylor University, Texas Tech and the University of Arkansas.

    At Texas A&M University, students can take part in games such as football, basketball, soccer, volleyball and much more.

    Additional School Information

    Students who think that Texas A&M is party school should think again! Even though Texas A&M University is a secular school, it has a reputation of having a student body that is conservative and religious. This institution has received high ratings for its conservative students and environment – students are known to pray all the time!

    Texas A&M University is among the 6 Senior Military Colleges in the United States. Outside the U.S. service academies, A&M’s Corps of Cadets is the nation’s largest uniformed student body.

    Bibliography

    • Campus Explorer, Inc. ”Texas A&M University School Description”. 2011.
    • College Prowler. ”Texas A&M University”. 2011.
    • Texas A&M University website. ”Future Students”. 2011.
    • Texas A&M University Catalog. ”Texas A&M University Undergraduate Catalog”. Catalog Edition 133. 2010-2011.

    Information Summary

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    Campus Crime Statistics

    Ranks 0th in Texas and 371st overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
      Incidents per 100 Students
    Aggravated assault N/A N/A
    Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
    Rape 5 0.01
    Robbery 1 0.00
    Arson 1 0.00
    Burglary 32 0.06
    Larceny N/A N/A
    Vehicle theft 4 0.01
    Arrest 54 0.11

    Local Crime Statistics

      Incidents per 100 People
    Aggravated assault 224 0.23
    Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 1 0.00
    Forcible Rape 31 0.03
    Robbery 32 0.03
    Arson N/A N/A
    Burglary 651 0.68
    Larceny 2,289 2.39
    Vehicle theft 53 0.06

    Carnegie Foundation Classification

    Research Universities (very high research activity)
    UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, high graduate coexistence
    GraduateComprehensive doctoral with medical/veterinary
    Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, more selective, lower transfer-in
    EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
    Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily nonresidential

    General Characteristics

    Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
    Highest offeringDoctoral degree
    Calendar SystemSemester
    Years of college work requiredN/A
    Variable Tuition
    Religious AffiliationN/A
    Congressional District4817

    Special Learning Opportunities

    Distance LearningN/A
    ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
    Study Abroad
    Weekend College
    Teacher Certification

    Student Tuition Costs and Fees


    Ranks 768th for total cost of attendance
      In District In State Out of State
    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    FT Undergraduate Tuition $5,297 $5,297 $21,917
    FT Undergraduate Required Fees $3,209 $3,209 $3,209
    PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $177 $177 $731
    FT Graduate Tuition $5,437 $5,437 $13,933
    FT Graduate Required Fees $2,813 $2,813 $2,813
    PT Graduate per Credit Hour $227 $227 $581
    Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $21,051 $21,051 $37,671
    Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $21,051 $21,051 $37,671
    Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $12,601 $12,601 $29,221

    Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

      In State Out of State
    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    Veterinary Medicine Degree — Tuition $17,059 $27,859
    Veterinary Medicine Degree — Required Fees $3,289 $3,289
    Law Degree — Tuition $32,194 $32,194
    Law Degree — Required Fees $898 $898

    Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

    Prior year cost comparison
      In District In State Out of State
    Published Tuition & Fees $8,419(N/C) $8,419(N/C) $23,809 $24,948
      Cost (regardless of residency)
    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    Books & Supplies $1,340 $1,272
    On-Campus – Room & Board $8,200 $8,400
    On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,823 $2,795
    Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,200 $8,400
    Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,823 $2,795
    Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,823 $2,795

    Admission Details

    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    Application Fee RequiredN/A
    Undergraduate Application Fee$60
    Graduate Application Fee$50
    First Professional Application FeeN/A
    Applicants 31,387 (15,933 male / 15,454 female)
    Admitted 21,803 (10,667 male / 11,136 female)
    Admission rate 69%
    First-time Enrollment 10,241 (5,066 male / 5,175 female)
    FT Enrollment 9,018 (4,438 male / 4,580 female)
    PT Enrollment 1,223 (628 male / 595 female)
    Total Enrollment55,697

    Admission Criteria

     = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
    Open Admissions
    Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
    College Prep. Completion
    RecommendationsN/A
    Formal competency demoN/A
    Admission test scores
    TOEFL
    Other testsN/A

    Admission Credits Accepted

    Dual Credit
    Life Experience
    Advanced Placement (AP)

    Athletics - Association Memberships

    Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
    NCAA Football Conference Southeastern Conference
    NCAA Basketball Conference Southeastern Conference
    NCAA Baseball Conference Southeastern Conference
    NCAA Track & Field Conference Southeastern Conference

    ACT Test Admission

    170th for 75pctl scores
    Applicants submitting ACT results 55%
    Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 22 / 29
    Math scores (25/75 %ile) 24 / 29
    Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 23 / 29

    SAT Test Admission

    214th for 75pctl scores
    Applicants submitting SAT results 86%
    Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 520 / 630
    Math scores (25/75 %ile) 550 / 660
    Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1070 / 1290

    Student Services

    Remedial Services
    Academic / Career Counseling
    PT Cost-defraying Employment
    Career Placement
    On-Campus Day Care
    Library Facility

    Student Living

    First-time Room / Board Required
    Dorm Capacity11,308
    Meals per WeekN/A
    Room FeeN/A
    Board FeeN/A

    Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

     
    Total 837 321 1,621 510 45 8,188 34 11,785
    Accounting 11 19 32 24 338 427
    Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching 16 1 8 1 16 43
    Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering 7 12 1 85 1 108
    Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations 2 12 36 2 3 274 1 332
    Agricultural Animal Breeding
    Agricultural Business and Management, General 9 1 6 36 54
    Agricultural Communication/Journalism 1 3 4 1 1 87 102
    Agricultural Economics 7 1 21 2 1 127 162
    Agricultural Engineering 8 2 3 5 1 29 48
    Agricultural Teacher Education 2 2 22 26
    Agricultural and Food Products Processing 3 5 1 12 23
    Agricultural and Horticultural Plant Breeding 1 5 6
    Agricultural/Farm Supplies Retailing and Wholesaling 1 1
    Agriculture, General 1 7 39 47
    Agronomy and Crop Science 1 4 1 31 39
    American/United States Studies/Civilization
    Animal Sciences, General 2 2 11 3 70 92
    Animal/Livestock Husbandry and Production 1 16 1 2 103 1 126
    Anthropology 3 1 12 1 43 61
    Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General 1 8 2 50 61
    Applied Mathematics, General 1 3 7 28 1 41
    Architecture 9 2 25 6 79 123
    Athletic Training/Trainer 1 1 5 7
    Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General 1 4 24 31
    Bilingual and Multilingual Education 1 3 1 1 6
    Biochemistry 3 2 5 12 1 24 48
    Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 5 6 15 52 83
    Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 4 51 38 140 245
    Biomedical Sciences, General 3 4 47 30 2 213 303
    Biotechnology 12 2 3 1 18
    Business Administration and Management, General 39 16 28 31 1 237 6 359
    Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology 1 1 6 3 10 22
    Chemical Engineering 16 6 9 14 99 145
    Chemistry, General 7 1 13 5 37 64
    City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning 9 1 10 24 45
    Civil Engineering, General 43 7 40 10 179 1 286
    Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 1 8 9
    Communication, General 1 8 25 4 1 188 238
    Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling 5 7 24 37
    Comparative and Laboratory Animal Medicine 1 1
    Computer Engineering, General 45 6 5 5 1 43 107
    Computer Graphics 5 1 6 1 48 62
    Computer Science 40 2 14 10 53 1 123
    Construction Engineering Technology/Technician 1 1 26 2 2 144 179
    Curriculum and Instruction 20 6 10 2 1 80 121
    Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia 1 1 2 2 32 39
    Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 3 11 15
    Economics, General 53 5 21 17 1 141 2 244
    Educational Leadership and Administration, General 1 4 7 3 22 37
    Educational Psychology 5 3 4 14 29
    Educational/Instructional Technology 1 2 5 8
    Electrical and Electronics Engineering 67 6 32 25 73 207
    Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 1 3 5 4 15 28
    English Language and Literature, General 3 8 38 4 3 171 231
    Entomology 1 9 20 31
    Environmental Biology 1 3 4
    Environmental Science 3 4 29 8 1 77 125
    Environmental Studies 1 8 1 25 35
    Farm/Farm and Ranch Management 7 8
    Finance, General 5 4 38 10 1 281 341
    Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management 1 2 7 12
    Food Science 3 1 1 8 13
    Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General 2 4 21 13 89 132
    Forensic Science and Technology 4 2 13 19
    Forestry, General 1 1 5 7
    French Language and Literature 2 7 9
    Geographic Information Science and Cartography 3 1 20 24
    Geography 1 1 24 27
    Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other 1 2 3
    Geology/Earth Science, General 10 1 11 2 32 57
    Geophysics and Seismology 3 3 3 7 16
    German Language and Literature 2 2
    Health Teacher Education 1 5 1 8 15
    Health and Wellness, General 2 24 7 165 201
    History, General 2 2 33 1 1 178 1 223
    Human Resources Development 7 17 2 82 110
    Hydrology and Water Resources Science 1 1 6 8
    Industrial Engineering 69 7 42 17 1 116 2 257
    Information Science/Studies 64 2 4 5 46 121
    Intermedia/Multimedia 1 1 1 3
    International Relations and Affairs 6 2 5 4 53 72
    International/Global Studies 2 5 46 2 1 99 162
    Kinesiology and Exercise Science 4 4 42 6 1 196 1 255
    Landscape Architecture 10 6 1 21 40
    Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management 3 15 1 19
    Management Science 3 5 37 16 157 222
    Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician 1 14 1 44 63
    Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography 3 3 9 1 64 1 85
    Marine Science/Merchant Marine Officer 2 3 34 1 41
    Marine Sciences 1 8 9
    Maritime Studies 1 2 14 17
    Marketing/Marketing Management, General 5 4 14 4 154 187
    Materials Engineering 4 2 1 7
    Mathematics, General 8 1 8 2 56 84
    Mechanical Engineering 15 4 35 11 1 208 277
    Microbiology, General 1 4 1 11 19
    Molecular Genetics 3 2 3 3 17 29
    Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 1 18 74 7 1 551 663
    Music, General 1 2 1 6 10
    Natural Resources Management and Policy
    Natural Resources/Conservation, General 3 7 1 2 37 50
    Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering 1 2 2 14 20
    Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management 4 4
    Nuclear Engineering 11 1 7 3 46 1 69
    Nuclear/Nuclear Power Technology/Technician 5 5
    Nutrition Sciences 1 1 3 5 10
    Ocean Engineering 18 6 2 48 74
    Oceanography, Chemical and Physical 1 1 4 1 7
    Operations Management and Supervision 11 2 5 19
    Ornamental Horticulture
    Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General 13 13
    Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies 6 7 1 66 81
    Petroleum Engineering 51 6 22 9 114 205
    Philosophy 1 2 1 1 18 2 25
    Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 1 1
    Physics, General 8 4 17 32
    Plant Pathology/Phytopathology 2 2 1 5
    Political Science and Government, General 2 5 29 10 2 131 2 184
    Poultry Science 3 2 12 41 58
    Psychology, General 1 14 100 27 1 311 2 460
    Public Administration 10 1 7 2 38 60
    Range Science and Management 1 3 12 16
    Real Estate 3 1 6 1 40 51
    Russian Language and Literature 1 3 5
    Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General 2 4 28 2 148 186
    Sociology 1 13 44 9 90 1 162
    Soil Science and Agronomy, General 2 2
    Spanish Language and Literature 20 20 40
    Special Education and Teaching, General 1 1 4 6
    Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 2 13 19 1 107 146
    Statistics, General 2 2 4 19 2 31
    System, Networking, and LAN/WAN Management/Manager 1 15 5 23 45
    Technical and Scientific Communication 2 1 3
    Tourism and Travel Services Management 9 2 55 68
    Transportation/Mobility Management 2 13 1 1 71 91
    Turf and Turfgrass Management 1 15 16
    Veterinary Preventive Medicine, Epidemiology, and Public Health
    Visual and Performing Arts, General 1 3 4
    Water, Wetlands, and Marine Resources Management 1 3 21 27
    Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management 2 20 1 75 1 100
    Women's Studies 2 6 1 9
    Zoology/Animal Biology 1 5 26 32

    Faculty Compensation / Salaries

    Ranks 142nd for the average full-time faculty salary.
    Effective as of 2014-09-20
    Tenure system N/A
    Average FT Salary $107,190 ($118,356 male / $72,276 female)
    Number of FT Faculty 2,434 (1,634 male / 800 female)
    Number of PT Faculty 2,783
    FT Faculty Ratio 0.9 : 1
    Total Benefits $74,277,270

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