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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 66,425 students in Fall 2016
1st in the Nation
In Money's magazine "The 50 Best Colleges You Can Actually Get Into" report.
13th in the Nation
In the "Best Colleges for Your Money" report among private and public universities overall.
- Money's Best Colleges Report, 2016
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, 2017
2nd in the Nation
Among public universities.
6th in Nation
Among public and private universities.
- Washington Monthly, 2016
- 1st in the nation in ranking of the "50 Best Value Bachelor’s in Engineering" – College of Engineering – Best College Values, 2017
- 2nd in the nation in ranking of the "50 Best Value Master’s in Engineering" – College of Engineering – Best College Values, 2017
- 1st in the nation among graduate schools – Bush School - Master of Public Service and Administration (MPSA) program – Value Colleges, Top 50 Best Value MPA Programs of 2016
- 1st in the nation as "Most Affordable Public Medical Schools for In-State Students" – U.S. News & World Report, "10 Most Affordable Public Medical Schools for In-State Students", 2016
- 7th in the nation among public graduate schools and 11th overall in "Best Engineering Schools" category – College of Engineering – U.S. News & World Report, Best Grad Schools 2017
- 2nd in the nation among graduate schools for Petroleum Engineering – College of Engineering – U.S. News & World Report, Best Grad Schools 2017
- 3rd 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 2017
- 3rd in the nation among graduate schools for Nuclear Engineering – College of Engineering – U.S. News & World Report, Best Grad Schools 2017
- 7th in the nation among graduate schools for Veterinary Medicine – College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences – U.S. News & World Report, Best Grad Schools 2017
- 27th among public universities, 74th among national universities – U.S. News & World Report, 2017
- 2nd in the nation in the Best Colleges for Veterans categoryUSA Today's 2016 College Guide (powered by College Factual)
- 7th 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, 7th in Education, 11th in Physical Sciences, 13th in Life Sciences and 11th in other non-Science & Engineering fields. – NSF.gov, 2015 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 2014 – The Center for Measuring University Performance, The Top American Research Universities 2015 Annual Report, 2015 Annual Report.
- 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 $783 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)