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.
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.
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.
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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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 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.
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.
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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.
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