About Texas A&M
Opened in 1876 as the state's first public institution of higher
learning and has awarded more than 335,000 degrees.
10 colleges offer over 120 undergraduate degrees, 240 master's and
doctoral degrees, and the DVM.
Has centers in Italy, Costa Rica, and Mexico City.
The Corps of Cadets, with nearly 1,900 members, is the nation's
largest outside those at the service academies.
Enrolls more than 4,500 international students from about 120 countries
and sends more than 1,200 students on Study Abroad programs each year.
Annual student financial aid awarded is about $448 million. 79% of
students receive financial aid.
One of every four freshmen is a first-generation college student.
Frequently Asked Questions
- 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
- 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
- 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.