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Distinguishing Hallmarks of Texas A&M University
Texas A&M University is a unique institution in the higher education landscape, recognized in many different ways for its combination of excellence, affordability, and ability to develop leaders of character who have an impact on the state, nation, and world. It combines the principles of practical education and outreach that are legacies of its land, sea, and space grant designations with the advanced research mission characteristic of membership in the Association of American Universities (AAU). Some of those distinguishing hallmarks include:
- First public university in Texas and one of only two flagship universities in Texas
- One of only a few universities in the country to be designated a land grant, sea grant, and space grant university
- A member of the Association of American Universities since 2001
- Among nation’s five largest universities with an enrollment of 64,376 students in Fall 2015
1st in Texas
On Return-On-Investment (ROI) among public universities.
12th in the Nation
In the same category among public (in-state) institutions.
College ROI Report, 2015
2nd in the Nation
In the "Best Value Schools" category among public universities.
21st in the Nation
In the same category among private and public universities overall.
- U.S. News & World Report, 2016
3rd in the Nation
In "Contribution to the Public Good" poll among public and private universities.
1st in Texas
In the same category among public and private universities.
- Washington Monthly, 2015
- 26th among public universities, 70th among national universities – U.S. News & World Report, 2016
- 2nd in the nation in the Best Colleges for Veterans category – USA Today's 2016 College Guide (powered by College Factual)
- 7th among public graduate schools and 12th overall – College of Engineering – U.S. News & World Report, Best Grad Schools 2016
- 9th among public graduate schools and 27th overall – Mays Business School – U.S. News & World Report, Best Grad Schools 2016
- 7th in the nation among graduate schools for Veterinary Medicine – College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences – U.S. News & World Report, Best Grad Schools 2016
- 2nd in the nation among graduate schools for Biological/Agricultural Engineering operated by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Engineering – U.S. News & World Report, Best Grad Schools 2016
- 3rd in the nation among graduate schools for Nuclear Engineering – College of Engineering – U.S. News & World Report, Best Grad Schools 2016
- 12th in the nation in the number of doctoral degrees granted according to the Survey of Earned Doctorates. In broad fields, TAMU ranked 7th in Engineering, 10th in Education, 11th in Physical Sciences, 13th in Life Sciences and 19th in other non-S&E fields. – NSF.gov, 2014 Survey of Earned Doctorates, Top 50 Institutions; Top 20 by broad field of study
- 13th in the nation and 11th among public institutions in number of doctorates awarded in 2012 – The Center for Measuring University Performance, The Top American Research Universities 2013 Annual Report, 2013 Annual Report.
- 1st in Texas in student 4, 5, 6-year graduation rates -- both overall and for minorities – Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
- 2nd in the nation among public universities in attracting new National Merit Scholars in 2014-15 – National Merit Scholarship Corporation
- Federal and state financial aid programs are leveraged to provide $734 million to 72% of our students
- Every state tax dollar invested in Texas A&M returns $18 to the Texas economy
- Thirty-five faculty with membership in the prestigious National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the National Institute of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Law Institute, or the American Academy of Nursing (2015)