Texas A&M University Purpose Statement

To develop leaders of character dedicated to serving the greater good

Core Values

Our purpose statement carries with it the responsibility, the traditions and the forward-thinking of Texas A&M exemplified by all who are associated with the university — our faculty and staff, and our current and former students. This purpose can be defined by our six core values.

Aggie Ring


Excellence stems from a great sense of pride in who we are and what we believe in. - Former Texas A&M President Dr. Robert Gates

There's an optimism, a faith in the future and an attitude that propels Aggies to take on the impossible — look at Red/White/Blue-Out. - Texas A&M leadership

We could do just about anything if we tried hard enough. - Former student

Corps of Cadets members raising an American flag


The Aggie Code of Honor which Aggies recite by heart: 'Aggies do not lie, cheat or steal nor tolerate those that do' shows what goes to the heart of being an Aggie. - Texas A&M leadership

Integrity was the core value that A&M gave me more of than any other. It helped me succeed in my career because my fellow professionals, clients and friends knew that they could rely on me and my word. - Former student

Leadership patches on Corps of Cadets shoulders


If you don't want to be a leader of character, don't come here. - Former Corps Commandant LTG John Van Alstyne

The spirit of leadership is instilled in every student — whether they go on to lead in the boardroom or in the backyard — they have the values, the confidence and the experience to lead change in their world. - Texas A&M leadership

sun behind E. King Gill 12th Man statue


Through unity, strength. - Texas A&M University Corps of Cadets Motto

I'm proud to be a part of a family that will always be there for me that's 48,000 members strong ... and that's not counting all those that came before or will come after. - Current Texas A&M student

Loyalty and respect for tradition is about a sense of belonging to something greater than yourself. You're a part of a history of traditions ... of a larger community. - Former Executive Vice President and Provost Dr. David Prior

lighting candles at Muster ceremony


A&M students aren't just joining a university, they're joining a lifelong family that understands the value of loyalty, camaraderie, and unconditional support. - Texas A&M leadership

A&M students embody a refreshing spirit: born of the values of friendliness, caring, support, confidence and a can-do attitude. - Former student

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If I had to tell you about Aggie values in one sentence I would simply ask the question: How can I be of service? - Current Texas A&M student

A&M encourages volunteerism, encourages being one of a thousand points of light, helping others ... and it comes naturally to Aggies. - Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush