Texas A&M University: Narrative Description

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College Station, TX 77843
Tel: (979)845-3211
Admissions: (979)845-3741
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.tamu.edu/


State-supported, university, coed. Part of Texas A&M University System. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees. Founded 1876. Setting: 5,200-acre suburban campus with easy access to Houston. System endowment: $4.4 billion. Research spending 2003-04: $394.5 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $8462 per student. Total enrollment: 44,435. Faculty: 2,232 (1,898 full-time, 334 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 20:1. 17,324 applied, 72% were admitted. 49% from top 10% of their high school class, 78% from top quarter, 92% from top half. 137 National Merit Scholars, 216 valedictorians. Full-time: 32,374 students, 50% women, 50% men. Part-time: 3,358 students, 45% women, 55% men. Students come from 52 states and territories, 128 other countries, 3% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 10% Hispanic, 2% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 4% 25 or older, 25% live on campus, 4% transferred in. Retention: 89% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; engineering/engineering technologies; agriculture. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Texas A&M University at Galveston. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Naval, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 2/1. Notification: continuous. Preference given to students graduating in the top 10% of Texas high schools.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. State resident tuition: $3675 full-time, $122.50 per semester hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $11,415 full-time, $380.50 per semester hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $2280 full-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load, location, and program. College room and board: $6887. College room only: $3704. Room and board charges vary according to board plan, housing facility, and location.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 700 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 4% of eligible men and 7% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Memorial Student Center, Corps of Cadets, Fish Camp, student government. Major annual events: Big Event, Parents' Weekend, Aggie Muster. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, student escorts. 10,000 college housing spaces available; 9,091 were occupied in 2003-04. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Sterling C. Evans Library plus 4 others with 3 million books, 5.4 million microform titles, 45,710 serials, 323,023 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $25.8 million. 1,300 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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