Texas A&M University System

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The Texas A&M University System
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Type State university system
Established1948 [1]
Endowment $12.7 billion (Systemwide) [2]
Chancellor John Sharp
Students153,000 [3] [4]
Website tamus.edu
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The Texas A&M University System is a state university system in Texas and is one of the state's six independent university systems.

State university system group of public universities supported by an individual state in the United States

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 State of the United States of America

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. [5]

The System's flagship institution is Texas A&M University in College Station.

Texas A&M University public research university in College Station, Texas, United States

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, Texas City in Texas, United States

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.

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Map of Texas A&M University System

Component institutions

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. [6]

University of Texas at Arlington public research university located in Arlington, Texas

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
Founded Carnegie Classification EnrollmentPresidentJoined
Texas A&M University
(flagship) [3]
College Station, Texas
College Station–Bryan metropolitan area
1876 Doctoral/Research University 58,515 Michael K. Young 1876 Aggies SEC
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Prairie View A&M University
Prairie View, Texas
Greater Houston
1876 Doctoral/Research University 9,400 Ruth Simmons 1876 Panthers SWAC
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Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi
Corpus Christi, Texas
Corpus Christi metropolitan area
1947 Doctoral/Research University 12,174Kelly Quintanilla1989 Islanders Southland
NCAA D-I (non-football)
Texas A&M University–San Antonio
San Antonio, Texas
Greater San Antonio
2009 Master's University 4,564Cynthia Teniente-Matson2009Jaguars
(no athletics)
Pharmacy and Business buildings, Texas A&M University-Kingsville - 20060129.jpg
Texas A&M University–Kingsville
Kingsville, Texas
Kingsville micropolitan area
1925 Doctoral/Research University 9,207Mark Hussey1989 Javelinas Lone Star
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Tarleton State University
Stephenville, Texas
Stephenville micropolitian area
1899 Master's University 12,333Dominic Dottavio1917 Texans (men's)
TexAnns (women's)
Lone Star
TAMIU Entrance.jpg
Texas A&M International University
Laredo, Texas
Laredo metropolitan area
Laredo-Nuevo Laredo Metropolitan Area
1969 Doctoral/Research university 7,192Pablo Arenas1989 Dustdevils Heartland
NCAA D-II (non-football)
Canyon Texas - WTAMU - Old Main Building.jpg
West Texas A&M University
Canyon, Texas
Amarillo metropolitan area
1910 Master's University 9,901Walter Wendler1990 Buffaloes Lone Star
TAMUCT Founder's Hall.jpg
Texas A&M University–Central Texas
Killeen, Texas
Killeen – Temple – Fort Hood metropolitan area
1999 Master's University 2,466Marc Nigliazzo2000Warriors
(no athletics)
Texas A&M University–Texarkana
Texarkana, Texas
Texarkana metropolitan area
1971 Master's University 2,066 Emily Cutrer 1996Eagles NAIA (non-football)
Texas A&M University–Commerce
Commerce, Texas
Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex
1889 Doctoral/Research University 12,302Mark J. Rudin1996 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

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.

Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station

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

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.

Health Science Center

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Texas A&M Health Science Center Irma Rangel College of Pharmacy

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.

Academic units

Regional centers

Governance and administration

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 [7]

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 [13]

Additionally, the Texas A&M University System is a member of the Alliance for Biosecurity, [24] 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." [25]

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