Texas A&M University is a public research university that was established in 1876. However, the school was named The Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas until 1963. The main campus is located in College Station – a mid-sized city in the east central part of Texas. Its 62,000 total enrollees make it one of the largest universities in the United States. Their official school colors are maroon and white.
As a whole, Texas A&M University is generally ranked among the top 75 universities in the United States and top 150 in the entire world. The Wall Street Journal also named Texas A&M the second best school when it comes to helping students land a job in key careers and professions. Considering the number of students enrolled in the school, these rankings are quite impressive. The school’s oldest major is the College of Agriculture (1905) and its newest is the School of Law (2013).
The Texas A&M Aggies have 20 varsity sports teams that all compete in the NCAA Southeastern Conference (SEC). The name “Aggie” comes from the School of Agriculture, or “Ag”. While the school is typically successful in track and field, the Aggies are not typically known for being dominant in one particular sport. However, the football program has taken big steps forward in recent years after switching conferences. The conference switch temporarily paused A&M’s historic rivalries with fellow Texas schools like the Texas Longhorns. However, the two schools are working on ways to play each year in every sport.
Fun Fact: Texas A&M has the original “12th Man” football fan base. Texas A&M trademarked the phrase “12th Man” for their football fans and they hold the legal rights to that name. NFL teams like the Seattle Seahawks pay A&M a fee each year to use that name for their fan base.
- Rick Perry – Governor of the state of Texas from 2000-2015
- Johnny Manziel – former Heisman Trophy winning Quarterback and current Cleveland Browns
- Ruben Studdard – singer and reality TV star
- Rip Torn – Emmy award winning actor/comedian
- Lyle Lovett – country singer/songwriter