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 a great fit.
Already a nationally prominent athletic force prior to joining the SEC, Texas A&M competed immediately in its new conference home. Finishing 5th in the annual Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings – a reflection of the outstanding success of the overall intercollegiate athletic program – Aggie Athletics recorded its highest-ever Directors’ Cup final ranking in 2013.
Texas A&M’s success in its inaugural SEC season adds to a rich tradition that included – within 17 years of membership within the Big 12 – 60 conference championships. 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.
The success of the 2012-2013 Texas A&M football team was unprecedented, with the team finishing fifth in the nation with an 11-2 record and the second Heisman Trophy® in school history. And off the gridiron, Aggie athletics teams made themselves known in the “League of Champions,” as the women’s basketball, women’s tennis and women’s outdoor track and field brought the Lone Star State its first ever SEC championship titles. In addition, the men’s track team brought home the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championship.