Facts About Athletics
Texas A&M Athletics is committed to "Building Champions" through academic achievement, athletic excellence and national recognition of student-athletes, teams and programs. Texas A&M's almost 650 student-athletes compete at the NCAA Division 1-A level in 20 varsity sports.
The university officially became a member of the storied Southeastern Conference on July 1, 2012. The decision to join the SEC was one that was made to increase Texas A&M’s national visibility, provide greater financial opportunity and maintain conference stability — and culturally, the conference is also a great fit.
In its 17 years as a member of the Big 12 Conference, Texas A&M won 60 Big 12 titles in various men's and women's sports, including six in 2012. In 2010-2011, the university earned a record nine trophies, the most in the Big 12. In 2010-2011, the Texas A&M Women's Basketball Team won the NCAA Division 1-A National Championship for the first time in school history; Outdoor Track and Field Teams swept unprecedented back-to-back-to-back National Championships and the Men's Tennis Team brought home a National Championship in doubles competition.
In 2012, Texas A&M Athletics finished 9th in the nation in the Learfield Sports Directors Cup standings — a reflection of the outstanding success of the overall intercollegiate athletic program. The Directors' Cup is presented annually by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.