** The people at Texas A&M University have made it the world class institution it is today.  We take immense pride in being Aggies, holding Aggieland and our beloved traditions very dear.  The famous Aggie "Howdy!" greeting is a constant reminder of the friendliness for which Aggies are known--you can't take more than ten steps on a walk across campus without hearing the familiar word!  Guests are always welcome on our campus--and helping visitors or just shootin' the breeze with 'em is not just good ol' Texan hospitality--it's Aggie tradition.  Speaking of tradition, Texas A&M is second-to-none in paying homage to the past while making it an integral part of the present.  Our tradition-rich values are unique and time-honored.  They're what Texas A&M is all about.  Welcome to Aggieland--it's like no other place in the world!

Established under the Morrill Act of July 2, 1862, Texas A&M University was the first public institution of higher education in Texas.  Registration for the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas began on September 17, 1876, and the school officially opened its doors on October 4, 1876 as an all-male military college.  In an effort to demonstrate A&M's increasing role as a leader in other areas of study, the institution changed it's name to Texas A&M University in 1963.  The initials "A" and "M" serve as a link to the university's deep history and tradition; however, they no longer officially represent any specific words, as the university's curriculum now encompasses architecture, business, education, geosciences, liberal arts, medicine, science, and veterinary medicine--not just agriculture and engineering.

A&M boasts a total enrollment of approximately 43,000 students, making it the third largest university in the nation.  Women comprise more than 40 percent of A&M's enrollment, and all 50 states, plus more than 115 foreign countries, are represented on campus.  

 A&M has earned distinction as a land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant institution--the first U.S. university to ever achieve this status.  Texas A&M is committed to a tradition of excellence in academics and research, offering 151 fields of undergraduate study, 148 master's fields, 105 doctoral fields, and two professional degrees.  Included among its 2,500 faculty members are two Nobel laureates, a Pulitzer Prize winner, a National Medal of Science winner and National Academy of Engineering members.  A&M also has an extensive Study Abroad program.

Bryan/College Station is home to Texas A&M University.  The twin-cities are centrally located in the heart of Texas, equidistant from 3 of the largest cities in the United States (Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio).  B/CS is also near the state capital in Austin.

As the popular Aggie saying goes, "once an Aggie, always an Aggie."  There are NO "ex-Aggies," only former students.  Being a part of this large family immediately bonds you to something bigger than yourself.  The extensive network of Aggies across the world is awesome and mind-boggling.  We Ags take care of each other, watch each other's backs,  and never forget from where we came--one of the most unique, tradition-rich and special places in the world--Texas A&M.


View of Red, White, Blue out at the Oklahoma St. vs. Texas A&M, September 22, 2001.

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