Texas A&M University

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Texas A&M UniversityOriginally founded in 1862 after Congress passed the Morrill Act, Texas A&M University is a premier tier-one public research institution with land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant status. Well-known for being America’s fourth largest university, TAMU enrolls more than 49,500 undergraduates and 18,600 post-graduates annually. Texas A&M’s main campus is spread over 5,500 acres in the Brazos Valley town of College Station within 90 miles northwest of Houston. Branch locations are operated in Galveston, Kingsville, Corpus Christi, San Antonio, and even abroad in Qatar. Texas A&M University has $955 million in research expenditures and participates in over 500 research projects across 80 countries.

According to the U.S. News, Texas A&M is currently ranked the 70th best national university, 26th top public school, 21st best value college, and 58th best university for veterans. In fact, TAMU ranks within the top 50 nationwide for 17 of its academic programs. Washington Monthly magazine named Texas A&M University the third best school for social mobility and service. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance lauded TAMU as the 23rd best value public college for low in-state tuition. The Wall Street Journal named Texas A&M as the second college “most likely to help students land a job.” Texas A&M University also was honored as North America’s 61st top university by the Times Higher Education.

Texas A&M University Accreditation Details

As a whole, Texas A&M University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC). Furthermore, TAMU’s academic departments have gone the extra step to receive 27 discipline-specific accreditations. Medical degrees are accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). Public service programs meet the standards of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). Recreation programs are approved by the Council on Accreditation for Parks, Recreation, Tourism, and Related Professions (COAPRT). Texas A&M also has AACSB, ABET, CCNE, and APA accreditations.

Texas A&M University Application Requirements

Only 71 percent of TAMU applicants are accepted, so there’s a selective admissions process students must pass. First-year students must successfully complete a high school diploma or the GED test. Having at least four years of English, four years of math, four years of mathematics, and two years of one foreign language is required. Ranking in the top quarter of their graduating class is required, but incoming freshmen who rank in the top 10 percent can automatically qualify. Admitted students have an average GPA of 3.54. Including the writing sections, applicants must score at least 1300 on the SAT or 30 on the ACT.

Undergraduate transfers without a bachelor’s degree can be accepted from any other regionally accredited college. Texas A&M requires transfers to hold at least 24 transferable credits with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. At the graduate level, applicants must already possess at least a bachelor’s degree from an approved U.S. or foreign university. Most master’s and doctoral programs require students to prove their academic potential with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework. Applicants must take the GRE or GMAT within five years of their application date. Non-U.S. citizens should score at least 7.0 on the IELTS or 100 on the Internet-based TOEFL test.

Before the December 1st deadline, students wishing to enroll at Texas A&M University should put their best foot forward by submitting:

  • Online ApplyTexas application form
  • Non-refundable $75 application fee
  • Official transcripts and academic records
  • College entrance exam scores
  • U.S. birth certificate or permanent resident card
  • One or two letters of recommendation
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Brief statement of purpose or essay

Tuition and Financial Aid

Effective Fall 2014, Texas A&M has created a locked-in tuition plan for undergraduate students to pay the same tuition for 12 consecutive semesters. Full-time undergrads from Texas will be billed $3,074 per semester. Non-residents enrolling full-time will pay $12,370 for undergraduate tuition. Full-time graduate students taking nine hours are charged $2,101 (in-state) or $5,674 (out-of-state) each semester. Online courses range from $40 to $550 per semester credit hour. Keep in mind that TAMU students also pay the $75 cooperative education fee, $72,50 health center fee, $30 laboratory fee, and one-time $100 orientation fee.

Around 78 percent of beginning full-time students at TAMU are awarded financial aid. Students can cautiously borrow money via the Direct Subsidized, Direct Unsubsidized, Direct PLUS, Federal Perkins, or Texas B-On-Time loans. Free gifted aid is available with the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), TEACH Grant, and BIA Higher Education Grant. In-state residents could qualify for the TEXAS Grant or International Texas Public Education Grant (ITPEG). There’s an Aggie Assurance program that covers tuition for students whose families make below $60,000. Thanks to the Hazlewood Exemption, Texas veterans can attend tuition-free. Scholarships like the Corps of Cadets Scholarship, Opportunity Award, Academic Achievement Scholarship, and Foundation Excellence Award are offered too.

Student Experience

Texas A&M University is a large academic powerhouse with top-rated programs scattered across its 16 academic schools. Students can currently select from 130 bachelor’s and 268 graduate degrees. Some unique undergraduate majors include Agribusiness, Animal Science, Construction Science, Entomology, Environmental Design, Forestry, Horticulture, Meteorology, Ocean Engineering, Poultry Science, and Rangeland Ecology. With a student-faculty ratio of 20:1, TAMU has a strong average freshman retention rate of 91 percent. As part of the SEC Academic Consortium, the university offers over 2.5 million square feet of research space.

TAMU’s campus includes the George Bush Presidential Library, which holds 44 million pages of official documents under the Presidential Records Act. In the central “Quad,” students can find the main Duncan Dining Hall and the famous 12 Corps Arches. Only around 24 percent of the university’s students live in the 17 residence halls and three apartment complexes. First-year students can join the Freshmen in Service and Hosting (FISH) program. Each year, the “Big Event” takes place and over 15,000 Aggies complete volunteer service. Study abroad programs can take Texas A&M students to Australia, Barbados, Ireland, India, and anywhere in between.

Students can participate in as many of the over 725 clubs that fit in their schedule. There’s something for everyone, such as the Green Vets, Singing Cadets, GLBT Aggies, Baptist Student Ministry, and Freshman Leaders in Progress. Around 10 percent of undergrads participate in Greek Life with 19 fraternities and 13 sororities on-campus. Athletics has a strong presence with 18 varsity sports competing in the NCAA Division I Southeastern Conference. At Kyle Field, students can cheer on the Texas A&M University Aggies football team, which has won 18 SEC championships.