Texas A&M University

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Texas A&M University
founding 1876
Sponsorship state
place College Station , Texas , United States
president Michael K. Young
Students 69,465 (2019)
Employee 3,500 academic staff
University sports NCAA Division I - SEC
Networks Association of American Universities
Website www.tamu.edu
The TAMU campus
The TAMU Academic Building
The main administration building
The Albritton bell tower

The Texas A & M University ( TAMU ) is a research-intensive, public university in College Station , about 150 kilometers north of Houston located in the US state of Texas . The name A&M stands for Agricultural & Mechanical and goes back to the foundation in the 19th century. With 58,515 students (2015), Texas A&M is one of the largest universities in the USA and the flagship location of the Texas A&M University System . In addition to its main campus in College Station Texas A & M University Locations maintains Galveston and Doha ( Qatar ). It is a member of the Association of American Universities , an association of leading research-intensive North American universities that has existed since 1900.


The university was founded in 1876 as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas . Until 1963, only men could study at the university. In 1964 the first African-American student enrolled. In 1997, the George Bush Presidential Library , the presidential library of George HW Bush , the 41st President of the United States , was inaugurated on the site. In 2001 Texas A&M became a member of the Association of American Universities , an association of the most important American research universities.

Organizational structure

The university consists of the following units (colleges and schools):

  • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • College of Architecture
  • Bush School of Government & Public Service
  • Mays Business School
  • College of Dentistry
  • College of Education & Human Development
  • Dwight Look College of Engineering
  • College of Geosciences
  • School of Innovation
  • School of Law
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • College of Medicine
  • College of Nursery
  • Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy
  • School of Public Health
  • College of Science
  • College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences

Cadet Corps

Texas Governor Honor Guard

Students who want to pursue a military career can, in addition to their studies, receive training to become officers in the cadet corps . As a land-grant university , military training and membership in the Cadet Corps was compulsory for students at Texas A&M University until 1965.

Today, membership in the Texas A&M University's Corps of Cadets and participation in the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) is no longer necessary. However, membership is a prerequisite in order to receive an officer's certificate (commission) upon graduation from the university . The cadets are not soldiers , do not belong to the US armed forces and are therefore not subject to military jurisdiction . However, they are required to wear uniform, live together in shelters and are subject to military drill and the rules of military discipline . Training in the ROTC is only compulsory for the first two years so that students can remain in the cadet corps without receiving a patent and the associated obligation to serve in the military . More than 60% of the cadets take up this option.

The cadet corps is organized in units that are assigned to the corresponding ROTC programs of the US Army , US Air Force and US Navy , in which the leadership positions are occupied by cadets of the senior years. As a special feature there is a separate military music corps , a mounted unit and the cadet corps provides the honor guard for the governor of Texas with the Ross Volunteer Company . With more than 2,000 cadets, it is the largest cadet corps in the Reserve Officer Training Corps. As members of a senior military college , graduates of the Texas A&M University Cadet Corps receive an officer license and have the right to serve as active officers in the US armed forces.


A Texas A&M Aggies softball player
The university sports center

The Texas A&M sports team are the Aggies . The university has been a member of the Southeastern Conference since 2012 (previously the Big 12 Conference ). The football team plays their home games at Kyle Field . The stadium has a capacity of 106,511.




  • Robert Gates , President 2002-2006, United States Secretary of Defense (2006-2011)


Arts and entertainment

Government and politics


science and technology


The university's students and graduates are commonly referred to as aggies . It is part of US American folklore that clichéd jokes are told about the aggies that are very similar to the German East Frisian jokes , in that the protagonists are depicted as very limited and unimaginative.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Office of the President: President Michael K. Young. Retrieved September 8, 2019 .
  2. ^ The Texas A&M University System - History
  3. Largest Universities In The United States By Enrollment. Retrieved January 22, 2019 .
  4. ^ TAMU: Colleges. Retrieved March 24, 2020 .
  5. ^ A b History of the University. Texas A&M University, accessed September 30, 2019 .
  6. ^ Developing Leaders For 140 Years. Texas A&M University Corps of Cadets, accessed September 30, 2019 .
  7. ^ Corps Special Units. Texas A&M University Corps of Cadets, accessed September 30, 2019 .
  8. Bruce Bugbee: Toward an optimal spectral quality for plant growth and development: the importance of radiation capture , DOI: 10.17660 / ActaHortic.2016.1134.1 ; Script (PDF file) and presentation images (PDF file)
  9. Aggie Jokes (accessed March 6, 2014)

Coordinates: 30 ° 36 '37.3 "  N , 96 ° 20' 38.6"  W.