Rankings

Rankings and Recognition

  • 2nd in nation among public universities in "Great Schools, Great Prices" category (U.S. News and World Report)
  • 2nd in nation among all universities in survey of 500 of the country's largest corporations for graduates their recruiters prefer to hire (Wall Street Journal)
  • 2nd in nation among all universities based on research, service, social mobility and contributions to society (Washington Monthly)
  • 1st in Texas in student retention and 4 through 6-year graduation rates
  • 1st in Texas and 18th among the nation's top 100 public colleges in Kiplinger's 2013 "best values"
  • 23rd in nation among public universities (U.S. News and World Report)
  • 6th largest university in enrollment in the country, with more than 50,000 students — including 10,000 graduate students — on the main campus
  • With more than $820 million in research expenditures generated by faculty-researchers, ranks 24rd among all universities in total research expenditures
  • 4th in nation among public universities for "Employment After Three Months" (Financial Times)
  • 9th in nation among public universities for earnings of graduates ten to twenty years after graduation (Forbes)
  • 3rd in nation in "Ten Best Cities For Raising Families" (Kiplinger's)

Categorical Breakdown

Great Value

  • 1st in the nation in "pay-back ratio" — what graduates earn compared to the cost of their education (Smart Money Magazine)
  • 2nd in nation among publics in "Great Schools, Great Prices" category (U.S. News and World Report, 2011)
  • 2nd in nation among all universities in survey of 500 of the country's largest corporations for graduates their recruiters prefer to hire (Wall Street Journal, 2010)
  • 9th in nation among public universities for earnings of graduates ten to twenty years after graduation (Forbes)
  • Top 10 best value public colleges, based on an evaluation of available financial aid and the cost of attendance (The Princeton Review)
  • 1st among public institutions in Texas in return on investment (ROI) — what a graduate earns compared to typical college costs incurred (PayScale, Inc.)
  • 1st among public institutions in Texas in earnings of graduates at the midpoint of their careers, and in the top 15 publics nationally (PayScale, Inc.)
  • The Mays Business School's Full-Time MBA Program is ranked 1st in "Value for Money" among public universities in the U.S. (Financial Times)
  • 4th in nation among public universities for "Employment After Three Months" (Financial Times, 2010)

Overall U.S. News & World Report Rankings

  • 2nd in nation among public universities in "Great Schools, Great Prices" category (U.S. News and World Report, 2011)
  • 22nd in nation among public universities (U.S. News and World Report, 2011)
  • 1st in nation among public universities — the biological/agricultural program, operated by the Dwight Look College of Engineering and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (U.S. News and World Report, 2010)
  • 9th in nation among public universities — The Dwight Look College of Engineering (U.S. News and World Report, 2009)
  • 9th in nation among public undergraduate schools — with 8 departments in the top 10 — The Dwight Look College of Engineering (U.S. News and World Report, 2010)
  • 6th in nation among public graduate schools — with 7 departments in the top 10 — The Dwight Look College of Engineering (U.S. News and World Report, 2010)
  • 2nd in nation among public universities — Mays Business School's MBA program in "placement after three months" (U.S. News and World Report, 2011)
  • Mays Business College and Graduate School of Business is ranked in the Top 20 among public universities (U.S. News and World Report, 2010)
  • The College of Education is ranked 31st among public universities — a gain of 16 ratings points from the previous year (U.S. News and World Report, 2010)
  • The Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine is efficient and effective in addressing the state’s physician workforce shortage, and was ranked as second most affordable medical school in the nation (U.S. News and World Report, 2012)
  • The Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy is the only professional school located in south Texas; it is ranked 48 among the best schools of pharmacy (U.S. News and World Report)
  • The Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health is consistently ranked in the top 25 schools of public health in the nation (U.S. News and World Report)

Academics

  • Membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), an organization of North America's best 63 research institutions
  • One of only sixteen schools nationwide to receive the grade of "A" for core course requirements by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni based on "education, not reputation"
  • Top 10 nationally for number of National Merit Scholars
  • Consistently ranks among the Top 10 universities in the number of science and engineering doctorates produced
  • Ranks in the Top 20 in the number of doctoral degrees awarded to minorities
  • Home to one of the nation's largest chapters of Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most respected undergraduate honor society in the U.S.
  • The Dwight Look College of Engineering is the largest college on the Texas A&M campus with more than 10,500 engineering students enrolled in 12 departments. The undergraduate program is ranked 9th overall among public universities in the country and the graduate school is ranked 6th (U.S. News and World Report, 2010)
  • Mays Business School is ranked 16th among public universities in the country (U.S. News and World Report, 2010); the MBA program is ranked 1st in "Best Value for Money" (Financial Times, 2010) and 2nd in "Placement After Three Months" among public universities (U.S. News and World Report, 2011)
  • The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences awards about 1,200 bachelor's degrees and 200 graduate degrees annually, making it the largest of its kind in the country
  • Texas A&M Health Science Center is transforming health through innovative teaching and research in dentistry, medicine, nursing, biomedical sciences, pharmacy and public health
  • The College of Nursing ranked first in the Texas jurisdiction, first against comparable programs and first among nursing graduates nationwide based on percentage of graduates passing the NCLEX-RN in 2012
  • The College of Education and Human Development is the largest producer in the state of teachers in the high-need fields of bilingual education, math and science
  • One out of every ten veterinarians in the United States graduated from the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
  • International study centers in Italy, Mexico and Costa Rica
  • Branch campuses in Galveston, Texas, and Doha, Qatar

Research

  • Texas A&M and its affiliated agencies conduct research valued at more than $630 million annually, placing it among the top 20 universities in the country for the second consecutive year and third among universities without medical schools, after University of California at Berkeley and M.I.T. — only Texas university included in top 20
  • As one of a few academic institutions in the nation to hold triple federal designations as a land-grant, sea-grant and space-grant university, Texas A&M receives research funding from such diverse agencies as NASA, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, The Department of Energy and the Office of Naval Research
  • Member of the Consortium of Ocean Leadership. Texas A&M and the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University have been selected by the NSF to be the IODP (Integrated Ocean Drilling Program) United States Implementing Organization (USIO). USIO Services, TAMU, is responsible for providing a full array of science services, ranging from vessel and drilling operations to ship- and shore-based science laboratories, core repositories and publication
  • 400-acre Research Park includes 10 diversified facilities and more than 500,000 square feet of space for innovative companies and organizations focused on transferring new technologies into the marketplace

Engagement

  • Top 25 nationally in "what colleges do for the country" (Washington Monthly)
  • Largest student-run one-day service project in nation: The Big Event — 13,000 participants in 1,450 projects in Bryan/College Station in 2010
  • Consistently commissions more officers annually from the Corps of Cadets than any school outside of the military academies
  • Top 25 nationally in number of graduates in the Peace Corps
  • Ranks as the 7th most "veteran-friendly" college in the country (Military Times EDGE)
  • More than 800 student-led clubs and organizations
  • Among the most Facebook fans of any university in the country
  • 1st public university in nation — and by far the largest — to introduce iPhone apps mobile suite with up-to-date information for Texas A&M students, faculty and staff. Broad and extensive use of social media includes Facebook, Twitter, iTunesU, Tamu Mobile Apps for iPhone and Blackberry, etc.

Students

  • 49,000 plus-total enrollment, including 9,400 plus graduate students
  • Average SAT for freshmen is 1210 — well above national average
  • 25% of freshman class are first generation college students
  • First in Texas in student retention and 4 through 6-year graduation rates
  • 79% of students receive some form of financial aid
  • 16th in nation for "students pack the stadiums" (The Princeton Review, 2010)
  • More than 14,000 Aggies have part-time jobs, serving in a variety of positions
  • Approximately 2,000 men and women participate in the Corps of Cadets, among the nation's largest uniformed student bodies except for the service academies
  • More than 4,600 international students from more than 130 countries
  • The Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry leads the nation with the most diverse student body of any dental school

Faculty

  • Faculty includes winners of the Nobel Prize, National Medal of Science and Wolf Prize
  • Twenty-four faculty hold membership in the prestigious National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering or National Institute of Medicine
  • Record number of National Science Foundation CAREER award winners
  • More than 80 percent of faculty members hold doctoral degrees; more than 300 hold endowed professorships or chairs
  • More than 1,100 serve as principal investigators on nearly 4,000 sponsored research projects annually
  • In recent years, more than 50 Texas A&M faculty members have served as chief executive officers of international, national, or regional organizations
  • Nearly 500 faculty members hold the title of fellow, or one of equal significance, in their respective professional and academic societies
  • Texas A&M faculty members have earned more than 700 honors and awards from professional and academic societies
  • More than 70 Texas A&M faculty members and administrators have participated in the Fulbright Program, and the University hosts foreign Fulbright Scholars each year

Athletics

  • 5th in the nation and and 2nd in the Southeastern Conference in the 2013 NACDA Directors Cup — best finish in school history and a reflection of the success of the overall intercollegiate athletic program
  • First year in the SEC, Texas A&M brought home two regular season SEC titles in women's tennis and women's outdoor track and field, while the women's basketball team won the SEC Tournament Championship. Four other teams — women's soccer, women's volleyball, women's tennis and men's tennis — won SEC Western Division titles.
  • 46 conference titles since 1996 in various men's and women's sports
  • The Men's Outdoor Track and Field Team won the NCAA national championship in 2013, the seventh national title for the men's and women's track and field teams.
  • In 2012, the Aggie football team finished 5th in the country, the highest finish since 1956, and Texas A&M defeated the national champion Alabama Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa.
  • Home to a spectacular 400,000 SF Recreational Sports Center — including rock wall and world-class natatorium — with more than 12,000 students participating in more than 34 student-led sports clubs and intramurals
  • 5th in country for best athletic facilities (The Princeton Review)

General

  • One of a select group of universities to hold federal land-grant, sea-grant and space-grant designations
  • One of very few universities to host a presidential library: The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum
  • International study centers in Italy, Mexico and Costa Rica
  • Branch campuses in Galveston, Texas and Doha, Qatar
  • In 2008-2010, hosted such notable speakers as President Barack Obama; world-renowned physicist Stephen Hawking; Secretary of Defense (and former president of Texas A&M) Robert Gates; Secretary of Education Arne Duncan; General David Petraeus; (then sitting) President George W. Bush and former president George H.W. Bush
  • Home of the prestigious Texas A&M University Press, a scholarly publishing house founded in 1974 that publishes around seventy new titles annually

Community

  • Listed among the nation's top 12 "college towns" (The American Institute for Economic Research, 2010-2011)
  • 3rd in nation in Ten Best Cities For Raising Families (Kiplinger's, 2010)
  • 4th in nation in Best Places for Military RetirementUSAA and Military.com, 2010
  • Bryan/College Station community consistently ranks as one of the least expensive cities in the United States in which to live
  • As a university town, College Station has a high proportion of professionals and enjoys many of the advantages of a cosmopolitan center, including theater, dance, music and the arts. The community also has excellent school systems, shopping centers, hospitals, parks and restaurants
  • Ideally located between four major metropolitan areas within easy driving distance, Bryan/College Station is within 200 miles of 19 million of the state's 24 million citizens
  • Bryan/College Station's consistently low rate of unemployment provides outstanding opportunities for family members to easily find work if desired

Economic Impact

  • Texas A&M and other locally headquartered members of The Texas A&M University System had at least a direct $1.4 billion impact on College Station, Bryan and the surrounding area during 2009 — an increase of almost $100 million compared to the previous year
  • With the addition of the multiplier effect — reflecting the number of times a dollar is spent and re-spent as it passes through the local economy — the total impact reaches an estimated $3.5 billion annually
  • The local economic impact of Texas A&M students in 2009 was estimated at approximately $425.8 million

Global Impact

  • Formal agreements for collaborative research and faculty/student exchanges with more than 130 institutions in 52 countries
  • Ongoing research projects on all seven continents
  • One of only two U.S. university partnerships with CONACYT, Mexico's equivalent of the National Science Foundation
  • Member of the Consortium of Ocean Leadership. Texas A&M and the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University have been selected by the NSF to be the IODP (Integrated Ocean Drilling Program) United States Implementing Organization (USIO). USIO Services, TAMU, is responsible for providing a full array of science services, ranging from vessel and drilling operations to ship- and shore-based science laboratories, core repositories and publication
  • International Study Centers in Mexico, Costa Rica and Italy
  • Branch campus in Doha, Qatar
  • More than 1,200 students participate in study abroad or exchange programs each year
  • National leader in number of outgoing Fulbright Scholars
  • 17th most international students hosted (Institute of International Education, 2010)
  • 15th largest participation in short-term study abroad program (Institute of International Education, 2010)