University Metrics - Student Demographics

Student Demographics

Student Demographics report provides student enrollment for the most recent five fall terms. The report is presented by university, college, and department as well as by student level which based on degree objective. All enrollment numbers include students reported to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) as well as out-of-state distance education students.

To access this report, select the Campus, College, Department, Student Level, Ethnic Origin and/or Sex to view detailed data. Click one category from the bar chart of crosstab table to view detailed data of that category.

Student Race/Ethnicity

Ethnicity/Race categories indicate the ethnic origin of the student. The student reports use the THECB categories. Students are classified as “International” if they are not citizens of the United States but are in the United States on a temporary basis and do not have the right to remain indefinitely.  Non-citizen students, who are lawfully admitted for permanent residence, or Resident Aliens, are reported in the appropriate racial/ethnic category along with United States Citizens. The unknown classification is reserved for US citizens that have not selected a racial/ethnic designation.
Starting in the Fall 2010 semester, in order to comply with the Federal mandate, THECB ethnicity/race reporting methodology changed in accommodate the new two part format. Part one is an indicator of Hispanic or Latino ethnic identity and the second part allows the student to indicate one or more races. In order to facilitate reporting and trend analysis, we mapped the old race categories into the most relevant new category.

The new categories are:

  • White Only
  • Black only +2 or more/1 Black (Any student selecting Black as a race.)
  • Hispanic or Latino of any Race
  • Asian Only
  • Native Hawaiian Only
  • American Indian Only
  • 2 or more/excluding Black (Excludes students selecting Black as one of their races.)
  • International
  • Unknown or Not Reported

These changes should be taken into account when analyzing for trends.

In Fall 2002, 76.6% of students reported their race as “White” with “Hispanic” as the next largest race with 8.2%. In Fall 2012, 69.3% of students reported as “White” while the “Hispanic” category increased to 18.0%.

Student Gender

The breakdown by student gender for Texas A&M has remained consistent over the past 10 years. In Fall 2002, 52.4% of students were male, and 47.6% were female. In Fall 2012, the breakdown was 53.2% male and 46.8% female.

Student Enrollment

Texas A&M University experienced rapid growth over the last four decades, becoming one of the largest institutions in the country. While its capacity is not unlimited and increases have been more measured, it has maintained steady growth since the start of the 21st century. Comparing Fall 2002 with Fall 2012 for the College Station campus, the university has increased in overall enrollment to 50,627 (up 5,544 or 12.3%), increased to 9,473 (or 23.6% of undergraduates) African American and Hispanic undergraduates (up from 4,762 or 10.6% of undergraduates) shifted the percentage of graduate/professional students (up from 18.4% to 20.8%), increased the number of faculty by 11.8%, and lowered the student/faculty ratio to 19.5:1 (down from 21:1).

Between Fall 2002 and Fall 2012, university enrollment increased 12.3%. All levels experienced increases over that period. Undergraduate enrollment increased 9.1%, Masters increased 26.5%, Doctoral increased 30.1% and the Professional/DVM increased 6.9%.