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What does "A&M" stand for?
In 1876, Texas A&M opened as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas. The "A&M" representation was incorporated into the official name when the institution gained university status in 1963, but the individual letters no longer explicitly stand for anything.
What is an Aggie?
The term Aggie has been used to describe a student at Texas A&M since the 1920s. It took root as the official student body nickname in 1949 when the yearbook changed its name to Aggieland.
What is the 12th Man?
The 12th man is the entire student body — past and present. The tradition sprung from the selfless gesture of E. King Gill at a 1922 football game. Students still show that 12th Man spirit at each athletic event by standing for the entire game, ready to go in if needed.
What is the mascot?
A full-blooded collie named Reveille VIII — or "Miss Rev", as addressed by cadets — is part of a rich tradition and serves as the highest-ranking member of the Corps of Cadets.
What are the official colors?
Maroon and white. In 2007, worldwide color authority, Pantone Inc., created a custom "Aggie Maroon" color.
Where is Texas A&M located?
Texas A&M University is located in the twin cities of Bryan and College Station, Texas — only a short drive from Austin, Dallas, and Houston.
What is the weather like?
Typical lows during the winter are in the low 40s and typical highs during the summer range in the 90s. The humidity for this region can make winter days seem cooler and summer days warmer.
What is the Corps of Cadets?
Texas A&M was established in 1876 as a military institution, and the Corps of Cadets has played an important part in its history and development. Membership is voluntary, but the Corps form the largest uniformed body of students outside the U.S. military academies.
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