805 Rudder Tower
College Station, TX 77843-1244
Accrediting Agency:Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
The Morill Act in 1862 by the United States Congress donated public land to the states for the purpose of funding institutions of higher education, and in 1871, the State of Texas formed the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas. The Morill Act required all students to participate in military training, and admission was limited to white males. Texas A&M was renamed in 1963 under General James Earl Rudder, diversified to admit women and minorities, and participation in the Corps of Cadets was made voluntary. Texas A&M remains one of six military colleges, and the Corps is the largest uniformed body outside of the national service academies. The university has hosted the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum since its opening in 1997. U.S. News & World Report‘s “Best Colleges” 2012 ranks Texas A&M No. 58 in National Universities, No. 19 in Top Public Schools, and No. 18 in Best Value Schools.
Texas A&M University, according to its mission statement, honors the “discovery, development, communication, and application of knowledge,” and “prepares students to assume roles in leadership, responsibility, and service in society.” Texas A&M’s nine colleges, including the Bush School of Government, offer 120 undergraduate degree programs and 240 master’s and doctoral programs. Majors include agribusiness, dairy science, entomology, forensic and investigative sciences, horticulture, poultry science, landscape architecture, kinesiology, and aerospace engineering. Available graduate degree programs at Texas A&M include nutrition, forestry, architecture, accounting, geoscience, anthropology, epidemiology, and international affairs. Texas A&M offers distance education master’s and doctoral degrees through the College of Agriculture and Life Science, the College of Education and Human Development, the College of Engineering, and the College of Science.
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools has accredited Texas A&M University since July 1, 1924. Texas A&M has also been granted specific accreditation from The American Dietetic Association since January 1, 1977; the American Psychological Association in Counseling Psychology, School Psychology, and Clinical Psychology since December 8, 1981, October 29, 1985, and April 8, 1988, respectively; the American Veterinary Medical Association since July 1, 1974; and the Commission on English Language since December 1, 2001.
Application to Texas A&M as an undergraduate requires the submission of an official secondary school transcript, standardized test scores, a resume, an essay, recommendation letters, a $60 application fee, and a bacterial meningitis record. Applicants who attend a recognized public or private Texas high school, rank in the top 10% of their graduating class, and meet the State of Texas Uniform Admission Policy as well as submit the application requirements by the undergraduate deadline are granted automatic admission. Applicants who have ranked in the top quarter of their high school graduating class, who have submitted a composite ACT score of at least 30 or combined SAT Math and Critical Reading Score of at least 1300, and who have met the State of Texas Uniform Admission Policy as well as have submitted the application requirements by the undergraduate deadline are also granted automatic admission. The undergraduate application deadline for the summer or fall term is January 15; the application deadline for the spring term is October 15. Graduate admissions are decided by the individual graduate departments of Texas A&M University.