|Type||State university system|
|Endowment||$12.7 billion (Systemwide)|
The Texas A&M University System is a state university system in Texas and is one of the state's six independent university systems.
A state university system in the United States is a group of public universities supported by an individual state or a similar entity such as the District of Columbia. These systems constitute the majority of public-funded universities in the country. Each state supports at least one such system.
Texas is the second largest state in the United States by both area and population. Geographically located in the South Central region of the country, Texas shares borders with the U.S. states of Louisiana to the east, Arkansas to the northeast, Oklahoma to the north, New Mexico to the west, and the Mexican states of Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León, and Tamaulipas to the southwest, while the Gulf of Mexico is to the southeast.
The Texas A&M University System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a budget of $4.7 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities and seven state agencies, the Texas A&M System educates more than 153,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. System-wide, research and development expenditures exceeded $996 million in FY 2017 and helped drive the state’s economy.
The System's flagship institution is Texas A&M University in College Station.
Texas A&M University is a public research university in College Station, Texas, United States. It is a state flagship university and since 1948 is the founding member of the Texas A&M University System. The Texas A&M system endowment is among the 10 largest endowments in the nation. As of 2017, Texas A&M's student body is the largest in Texas and the second largest in the United States. Texas A&M's designation as a land, sea, and space grant institution–the only university in Texas to hold all three designations–reflects a range of research with ongoing projects funded by organizations such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Office of Naval Research. In 2001, Texas A&M was inducted as a member of the Association of American Universities. The school's students, alumni—over 450,000 strong—and sports teams are known as Aggies. The Texas A&M Aggies athletes compete in 18 varsity sports as a member of the Southeastern Conference.
College Station is a city in Brazos County, Texas, situated in East-Central Texas in the heart of the Brazos Valley, in the center of the region known as Texas Triangle. It is 90 miles northwest of Houston and 87 miles (140 km) northeast of Austin. As of the 2010 census, College Station had a population of 93,857, which had increased to an estimated population of 119,304 as of August 2018. College Station and Bryan together make up the Bryan-College Station metropolitan area, the 14th-largest metropolitan area in Texas with 255,589 people as of 2015.
The founding member of the A&M System is Texas A&M University, established in 1876. Prairie View A&M, also established in 1876, is an HBCU. Many of the member universities and agencies joined the A&M System decades after being established. Its flagship institution is Texas A&M University. The institution now named The University of Texas at Arlington was a member from 1917 to 1965.
The University of Texas at Arlington is a public research university located in Arlington, Texas, midway between Dallas and Fort Worth. The spring 2017 campus enrollment consisted of 41,933 students making it the largest university in North Texas and fourth largest in Texas. UT Arlington is the third largest producer of college graduates in Texas and offers over 180 baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degree programs.
|Statistical Area |
Texas A&M University
| College Station, Texas |
| College Station–Bryan metropolitan area |
|1876||Doctoral/Research University||58,515||Michael K. Young||1876||Aggies|| SEC |
NCAA D-I FBS
Prairie View A&M University
| Prairie View, Texas |
| Greater Houston |
|1876||Doctoral/Research University||9,400||Ruth Simmons||1876||Panthers|| SWAC |
NCAA D-I FCS
Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi
| Corpus Christi, Texas |
| Corpus Christi metropolitan area |
|1947||Doctoral/Research University||12,174||Kelly Quintanilla||1989||Islanders|| Southland |
NCAA D-I (non-football)
Texas A&M University–San Antonio
| San Antonio, Texas |
| Greater San Antonio |
|2009||Master's University||4,564||Cynthia Teniente-Matson||2009||Jaguars|
Texas A&M University–Kingsville
| Kingsville, Texas |
| Kingsville micropolitan area |
|1925||Doctoral/Research University||9,207||Mark Hussey||1989||Javelinas|| Lone Star |
Tarleton State University
| Stephenville, Texas |
| Stephenville micropolitian area |
|1899||Master's University||12,333||Dominic Dottavio||1917|| Texans (men's)|
| Lone Star |
Texas A&M International University
| Laredo, Texas |
| Laredo metropolitan area |
Laredo-Nuevo Laredo Metropolitan Area
|1969||Doctoral/Research university||7,192||Pablo Arenas||1989||Dustdevils|| Heartland |
NCAA D-II (non-football)
West Texas A&M University
| Canyon, Texas |
| Amarillo metropolitan area |
|1910||Master's University||9,901||Walter Wendler||1990||Buffaloes|| Lone Star |
Texas A&M University–Central Texas
| Killeen, Texas |
| Killeen – Temple – Fort Hood metropolitan area |
|1999||Master's University||2,466||Marc Nigliazzo||2000||Warriors|
Texas A&M University–Texarkana
| Texarkana, Texas |
| Texarkana metropolitan area |
|1971||Master's University||2,066||Emily Cutrer||1996||Eagles||NAIA (non-football)|
Texas A&M University–Commerce
| Commerce, Texas |
| Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex |
|1889||Doctoral/Research University||12,302||Mark J. Rudin||1996||Lions|| Lone Star |
With a direct presence in all 254 Texas counties, A&M System agencies offer research and service to the state's citizens. The agencies focused on addressing and improving the social, economic, educational, health and environmental conditions of Texans.
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service was formally established in 1915 after the 1914 passing of the Smith-Lever Act and in conjunction with Texas A&M University. Originally named Texas Agricultural Extension Service, then later Texas Cooperative Extension, the name Texas AgriLife Extension Service was adopted on January 1, 2008. A&M was added to the agency name on September 1, 2012 as a result of a Texas A&M University System change to strengthen the association with Texas A&M. The primary mission of AgriLife Extension is to provide educational outreach programs and services to the citizens of Texas. In conjunction with Texas AgriLife Research, the Extension faculty members conduct research and bring practical applications of those research findings to the people of Texas.
The Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station is an engineering research agency within The Texas A&M University System and is governed by the Board of Regents.
Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service is a state extension agency that offers training programs and technical assistance to public safety workers, both in Texas and around the world. Established in 1940 as the Industrial Extension Service, the agency took on its current name when it joined The Texas A&M University System in 1948. The agency sponsors the state's primary urban search and rescue force, Urban Search and Rescue Texas Task Force 1, and operates the Brayton Fire Training Field. Brayton is the largest firefighting training facility in the United States that also contains a mock city for conducting training operations for emergency responders.
Established in 1999, the HSC is a part of Texas A&M University and reaches across all parts of Texas through its six components: Texas A&M University College of Dentistry at Dallas; the College of Medicine at College Station, Temple, Dallas, Round Rock, and Houston; the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Dallas, College Station and Houston; the Institute of Biosciences and Technology at Houston; the School of Public Health at College Station and McAllen; and the latest addition, the Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy at Kingsville. Southern regions of the state also are further served by the Coastal Bend Health Education Center, which covers the 19-county region surrounding Corpus Christi and Kingsville, and the South Texas Center at McAllen.
The HSC received full accreditation in December 2002 from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate, master’s, doctoral and professional degrees. Its components are accredited by accrediting organizations specific to their areas.
The Health Science Center in 2013 was merged into Texas A&M University proper and is no longer an independent institution.
The System is governed by a nine-member Board of Regents. Each member is appointed by the Governor of Texas for a six-year term and the terms overlap (all terms end on February 1 in odd-numbered years and in those years 1/3 of the regents' terms expire, though a regent can be nominated for another subsequent term).
In addition, a tenth "student regent" (non-voting member) is appointed by the Governor for a one-year term.
The responsibilities of the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents are to:
Current Members on the Board of Regents
In addition to the Board of Regents, System governance is also assisted by the System Executive Committee. The Texas A&M University System Executive Committee provides the chancellor with assessment, advice and recommendations on issues within the A&M System and the System Offices. The 14-member committee may also aid the Board of Regents in implementing and overseeing strategic plans and policies as they relate to the system.
Current Members on the Executive Committee
Additionally, the Texas A&M University System is a member of the Alliance for Biosecurity,a public-private coalition that "advocates for public policies and funding to support the rapid development, production, stockpiling, and distribution of critically needed medical countermeasures."
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Texas A&M University-San Antonio is a state university located in San Antonio, Texas, United States, that was established on May 23, 2009, and held its first classes as a stand-alone university on August 20, 2009. It currently enrolls approximately 6,546 students and offers undergraduate and graduate-level classes, as well as a graduate alternative teacher certification program. Texas A&M-San Antonio has 161 full and part-time faculty. Forty two were recently recognized with Teaching Excellence Awards based on student evaluations. In the past academic year, the faculty published 116 articles in professional journals and books; presented at 89 professional conferences; and were involved in 46 significant professional service activities. Texas A&M-San Antonio is the first Texas A&M University System institution to be established in a major urban center.
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Texas A&M University–Central Texas (TAMU-CT) is a public university in Killeen, Texas. It is one of the newest members of The Texas A&M University System. Founded in 1999 as a branch of Tarleton State University, it became an independent member of the Texas A&M University System in September 2009. TAMUCT is an upper division college, meaning its students must complete their freshman and sophomore-level coursework at a two-year college or other institution of higher education. TAMU-CT primarily serves non-traditional students: The average age of the student body is 34, 40% of students are affiliated with the US military, and most students attend part-time. TAMUCT's students are known as the Warriors, and the school colors are navy blue, maroon, and silver. The university has a main campus, an extension building in north Killeen, and a site location on the United States Army post at Fort Hood.
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