Texas A&M is home to over 50,000 students, ranking as the third largest university in the country. Located in College Station, Texas, this university is the state’s first public institution of higher learning and has a rich history. A&M opened in 1876 and traces its genesis to the Morrill Act, which provided donation of public land to the states in order to fund higher education. Admission was originally limited to white males, and, under the Morrill Act, all students were required to participate in military training. Many changes occurred during the 1960s under the presidency of General James Earl Rudder. Under his leadership, the university diversified and started admitting women and minorities. Corps of Cadets participation was also voluntary; however, it still continues to play a key role in the university as the largest uniformed student body outside of the national service academies. The Corps of Cadets also produces more officers than any other institution in the nation other than the academies.
An “Aggie” is a student at Texas A&M University whose surrounding area is referred to as “Aggieland”. This unique name originated from the early 1920s, when A&M students used to be referred to as farmers. The “A” and “M” within the name is a symbolic link to the school’s history and rich traditions, but no longer officially stands for “Agricultural and Mechanical.” A few traditions at this university include a 12th Man tradition of standing during football games along with a Midnight Yell, which attracts over 30,000 Aggies to Kyle Field for a yell practice before a home football game. School colors are maroon and white and the official mascot is Reveille, a collie who is known as the first lady of Aggieland. As a research-intensive university, Texas A&M opened the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in 1997 on West Campus. This makes it one of very few universities to host a presidential library on campus. President Bush continues to play an active role in the university while hosting and participating in various events organized through the library.
Texas A&M is regionally accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, which awards degrees at bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate and professional levels. This institution is devoted to the discovery, advancement, and communication of knowledge in a wide range of academic and professional fields. Its mission of “providing the highest quality undergraduate and graduate programs” is inseparable from its mission to develop “new understandings through research and creativity.” As it addresses the needs of an increasingly diverse population and global economy, this university welcomes and seeks to serve women and men of all racial, ethnic, and geographic groups.
Distance learning at Texas A&M is available for students who would like to pursue a graduate-level degree through a non-traditional educational experience. Through an offering of various graduate-level degree and certification programs, A&M delivers several graduate degrees online via videoconferencing and remote classrooms. Degrees offered relate to subjects such as agriculture and life sciences, education and human development, engineering, mathematics, and science. Certificates in international affairs, homeland security, nonprofit management, and statistics are available as well. A&M also offers a few undergraduate agricultural courses through its distance learning programs. Distance Aggies can engage in group topics, class discussions, and other interactions such as networking with classmates and A&M alumni.
The cost of attending Texas A&M can vary. Factors such as a student’s classification, personal needs, residency status, and spending habits influence the costs. A student registering for distance education courses will be assessed Distance Education Differential Tuition per hour, which is an extra fee on top of regular tuition. This fee is based on the courses taken. An administrative fee of $30 per hour and a distance learning education fee of $539.55 per hour is assessed for non-resident students taking distance education courses outside of Texas. Resident students pay $176.55 per semester credit hour (SCH) while graduates pay an additional $50 per semester hour. A flat tuition of $2648.25 is charged for undergraduate students with 12 hours or more. Nonresidential and international students pay $727.55 per SCH while those taking graduate courses are charged an extra $50 per SCH. Flat tuition of $10,913.25 is charged to all undergraduate students within this demographic.
To help students pay for educational expenses, Texas A&M offers financial aid assistance through state, federal, institutional, or private agencies. Scholarships are also awarded on the basis of academic achievement, volunteer services, extracurricular activities, employment, and in some cases, financial need. Veterans at Texas A&M may be eligible to receive various federal benefits relating to the following programs: Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment, Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty, Post 9/11 GI Bill, Selected Reserve, Reserve Educational Assistance Program, and Dependents’ Educational Assistance.
Sector Of Institution:Public, 4-year or above
Highest Level Of Offering:Doctorate degree
Adult Age Enrollments:11,727
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