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West Texas A & M University

West Texas A & M University Rating: 4.0/5 (25 votes)

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Introduction

Established in 1910, West Texas A&M University is located on a 176-acre residential campus in Canyon, TX and offers bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees and a doctorate. The school has several unique programs designed to enrich the lives of the students that participate in them and the school believes that through learning and research, the world can be changed for the better. Its goal is to encourage students toward that end.

The campus promotes an active social life via numerous student clubs and organizations. The university’s athletics organization offers several different intercollegiate sports activities and is extremely successful. The campus has an an active Greek presence and offers many intramural and club sports, fitness programs and special events throughout the year to make living at WTAMU fun and enriching.

Academics

West Texas A&M University believes that learning and inquiry can change the world. It is with this in mind that the school offers over 60 undergraduate programs, nearly 50 master’s programs and a doctorate. These programs are available via five different colleges and a graduate school. There are several different programs available that improve the quality of the education that many students receive at WTAMU.

Attebury Honors Program

Founded in 2001, the Attebury Honors Program offers an enriched learning environment for academically advanced students seeking an opportunity to participate in innovative research and hands-on learning, earn internships and be a part of a challenging academic environment. There are several benefits that accompany participation in the program including mentoring, workshops, lectures, social events and access to scholarships, internships and study-abroad programs that aren’t available to the general student body. Honors program students also get priority registration privileges and are eligible, though not required, to live in Conner Hall, the honors residence hall. Students also graduate with honors designation.

Study Abroad

West Texas A&M University offers several study-abroad options for interested students. Some programs require native language competency but many are taught in English so students wishing to participate in this program shouldn’t let language be a barrier. Students may choose to participate in a short term, semester, year or summer term program. There are a wide array of places that students may go including Italy, Spain, Australia, France, Hungary, Egypt and Polland. The list really is limitless and students that are interested in studying abroad may be eligible for financial aid including scholarships to do so.

Continuing Education

West Texas A&M University understands that many students wish to earn a degree but cannot attend traditional daytime courses. Because of this need, the university developed the Office of Continuing Education which administers and monitors credit and non-credit programs for non-traditional students. The program offers workshops, seminars, institutes, short courses, correspondence study and other means of non-traditional study. Some of the events that the program has hosted include courses for writers, pharmacy tech certification and cultural courses designed to teach students about far-way places.

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Admissions

Undergraduate Admissions

Students seeking admission to West Texas A&M as freshmen need to complete the application for admission using the Apply Texas Web Application with the exception of pages 5 and 6. Other documents required include official high school transcripts, any college transcripts from other institutions, TAKS scores (for Texas public school students) and ACT/SAT scores.

Students must also have completed or be projected to complete the Texas high school curriculum recommended for college bound students, or a similar curriculum for students who did not attend high school in Texas. Exceptions to this rule may be made for students who have satisfied the College Readiness Benchmarks on the ACT/SAT scores, students who did not attend a Texas high school or were home schooled, or students whose high schools did not offer the recommended curriculum. These students need to fill out exemption forms.

In order to be guaranteed acceptance to WTAMU, students must meet minimum cumulative GPA, class rank and SAT/ACT score requirements. Students with exceptionally high class rank do not need to meet SAT/ACT requirements, and students with extremely high SAT/ACT scores do not need to meet class rank requirements. The writing section of the SAT is not used for admissions purposes.

Students that do not meet the requirements listed above will be considered for admission on a competitive, individual basis and weighted consideration will be given to test scores and class rank.

Students also need to complete the online application for campus housing, preferably by May 1.

Graduate Admissions

Graduate School candidates need to work closely with the program to which they are applying because each school may have different admissions requirements and deadlines. There are, however, several requirements that all the graduate schools have in common. All students need to complete the online Texas Common Application Grad U.S. application and fee. Students may also apply using a traditional paper application but the form is longer. Students that have previously enrolled at WTAMU may complete a Short Graduate Application Form in lieu of the standard Common Application.

All applicants must also submit official transcripts from all schools attended as well as GMAT/GRE scores as applicable. In addition to these requirements, many graduate programs have undergraduate GPA requirements. There are several scholarships available for graduate students and candidates that would like to apply for these should do so by February 1.

Financial Aid

West Texas A&M University offers several different forms of financial aid including scholarships, grants, federally-subsidized loans and work-study programs. Need-based scholarships are readily available and for merit-based students, scholarships are available in such areas as academics, art, athletics, leadership, music/drama and state/district residency. Students wishing to apply for financial aid need to begin the process by completing the Free Application for Financial Aid (FAFSA) available online starting in January.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4686th for the average student loan amount.
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Athletics

The West Texas A&M Buffaloes, or simply the Buffs, is an NCAA Division II athletics organization that participates in the Lone Star Conference. They offer several different intercollegiate sports teams including men’s and women’s basketball, golf, cross country, soccer and track & field. Men may also choose to play baseball and football while women have the additional options of an equestrian team, softball and volleyball. The organization is extremely successful and regularly brings home championships across the board, especially the football and equestrian teams.

The football team is often accompanied by the team’s mascot Thunder, a live Buffalo that is accompanied and cared for by his Herdsmen. The football team’s biggest rival is Eastern New Mexico University, whom they play every year for the highly coveted Wagon Wheel trophy. The university also has a pep squad and cheer squad along with marching and pep bands.

Bibliography

  • West Texas A&M University. West Texas A&M University. Web. 10 August 2011.
  • WT: Official Site of West Texas A&M Athletics. West Texas A&M University. 2011. Web. 10 August 2011.
  • Studyabroad.com. Education Dynamics, LLC. 2011. Web. 10 August 2011.

Information Summary

Ranks 44th in Texas and 1201st overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Texas and 199th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.01
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.01
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 14 0.18
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 1 0.01
Arrest 39 0.49

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 11 0.08
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 3 0.02
Robbery 1 0.01
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 24 0.18
Larceny 83 0.61
Vehicle theft 3 0.02

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, high graduate coexistence
GraduateSingle doctoral (other field)
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily residential

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 District4813

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 1890th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $4,370 $4,370 $5,090
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $2,130 $2,130 $2,130
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $271 $271 $301
FT Graduate Tuition $4,108 $4,108 $4,648
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,688 $1,688 $1,688
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $322 $322 $352
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $19,154 $19,154 $19,874
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $20,760 $20,760 $21,480
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $12,264 $12,264 $12,984

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $6,008 $6,308 $6,008 $6,308 $13,448 $7,028
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,000(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $6,566 $6,736
On-Campus – Other Expenses $4,000 $4,370
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $7,850 $8,330
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,500 $4,670
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,500 $4,670

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$40
Graduate Application Fee$40
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 4,632 (2,093 male / 2,539 female)
Admitted 3,429 (1,544 male / 1,885 female)
Admission rate 74%
First-time Enrollment 1,308 (583 male / 725 female)
FT Enrollment 1,284 (574 male / 710 female)
PT Enrollment 24 (9 male / 15 female)
Total Enrollment8,377

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 Lone Star Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Lone Star Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Lone Star Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Lone Star Conference

ACT Test Admission

909th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 74%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 16 / 23
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 24
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 24

SAT Test Admission

938th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 47%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 420 / 540
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 440 / 540
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 860 / 1080

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 Capacity2,437
Meals per Week21
Room Fee$3,810
Board Fee$3,566

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 46 292 24 16 1,213 78 1,683
Accounting 18 1 36 3 59
Advertising 1 2 21 1 25
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations 1 1 10 2 14
Agricultural Business and Management, General 9 9
Agricultural Communication/Journalism 1 6 7
Agriculture, General 2 1 25 28
Agronomy and Crop Science 9 3 13
Animal Sciences, General 1 27 28
Art/Art Studies, General 1 4 5
Athletic Training/Trainer 2 3 5
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 12 2 1 38 6 60
Biotechnology 2 2 4
Broadcast Journalism 6 19 25
Business Administration and Management, General 2 17 3 62 10 95
Business/Commerce, General 2 7 1 1 36 1 48
Business/Managerial Economics 3 3
Chemistry, General 4 17 21
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General 3 8 1 38 52
Communication, General 9 2 11
Computer Science 3 1 4
Counseling Psychology 1 2 3
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 2 2
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 4 14 18
Curriculum and Instruction 1 9 10
Dance, General 2 1 1 4
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 1 8 9
Education, General 5 8 13
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 1 30 2 33
Educational/Instructional Technology 4 3 3 12 23
Engineering Technology, General 1 1 7 1 10
English Language and Literature, General 1 3 11 1 16
Environmental Science 1 11 2 14
Equestrian/Equine Studies 20 20
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing 3 1 14 18
Finance, General 5 1 22 15 45
Fine/Studio Arts, General 9 9
General Studies 13 27 108 4 152
Geography
Geology/Earth Science, General 1 6 7
Graphic Design 2 7 9
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General 1 6 1 7 1 16
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 1 2 3
History, General 3 12 15
Journalism 1 4 5
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 5 16 1 66 4 92
Management Information Systems, General 1 7 1 14 3 26
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 5 2 17 1 26
Mathematics, General 1 12 13
Mechanical Engineering 2 20 23
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 6 45 1 2 144 3 202
Music Performance, General 1 5 6
Music Theory and Composition 1 1
Music Therapy/Therapist 1 1
Music, General 5 1 20 1 27
Musical Theatre 1 1 3 5
Physics, General 1 1
Political Science and Government, General 1 3 5 9
Pre-Law Studies 2 2
Psychology, General 13 29 1 43
Public Administration 14 1 16
Reading Teacher Education 1 1
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 3 13 8 2 59 4 89
School Psychology 1 3 4
Social Sciences, General 7 7
Social Work 20 52 1 74
Sociology 2 2 4
Spanish Language and Literature 6 1 7
Special Education and Teaching, General 6 2 8
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 14 14
Wildlife Biology 1 11 12

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1407th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $69,065 ($73,155 male / $57,410 female)
Number of FT Faculty 283 (160 male / 123 female)
Number of PT Faculty 382
FT Faculty Ratio 0.7 : 1
Total Benefits $6,143,377

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