The Ivy Scholars guide to Texas A&M University’s culture, admissions, and other essential information for prospective students and their families.
Location: College, Station Texas
Mascot: Reveille the Dog
Type: Public Research Institution
Population: 70,000 (54,500 undergrads)
Texas A&M’s 5,200 acre campus located in College Station, Texas is the largest campus in the United States. The school’s students, athletes, and alumni are known as “Aggies” – a name which references the university’s former name – “The Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas.” Texas A&M is the only institution in Texas to hold the title of land grant, sea grant, and space grant.
Year Founded: 1876
4 Year Graduation Rate: 51.0%
Gender Distribution: 53% male, 47% female
Acceptance Rate: 71%
Residency: 85% in state, 6% out of state, 9% international
Location Type: College Town
Schedule System: Semesters
Student/Faculty Ratio: 6:1
Average Class Size: 14
Demographics: 62% Caucasian, 7% Asian, 3% Black, 23% Hispanic, 5% Other
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Average Applicant Pool: 37,000
Average Number of Applicants Accepted: 26,000
Average Number Enrolled: 11,500
Application Systems: Coalition App, Apply Texas
Average GPA: 3.68 weighted
SAT Scores: 25th percentile – 1180, 75th percentile -1390
ACT Scores: 25th percentile – 26, 75th percentile – 31
*Test mandatory. Writing sections optional.
Subject Test Requirements: No Subject Tests are required, but high scores in some subject tests may be substituted for credit.
Demonstrated Interest: Texas A&M does consider demonstrated interest.
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Recommendation Letter Policies: You may submit up to two letters of recommendation, more than this are not reviewed. Letters of recommendation are not required, and are not strongly considered.
Texas A&M University Essay Prompts for 2020: Tell us your story. What unique opportunities or challenges have you experienced throughout your high school career that have shaped who you are today? (650 words maximum)
You may qualify for automatic admission in one of three ways:
1. Graduate in the top 10% of your class at a public high school in Texas
2. Graduate in the top quarter of your graduating class and score a total of 1360 on your SAT (minimum 630 Math, 660 English) or a composite of 30 on your ACT (minimum 27 English, 27 Math)
3. You may also qualify under the State of Texas Uniform Admission Policy.
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School Motto: Through Unity, Strength
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Around 10% of the student body at Texas A&M participates in Greek Life. There are 58 organizations on campus, including social, academic, and service oriented groups.
Yearly Cost of Attending Texas A&M University in 2020:
Scholarships and Financial Aid:
All admitted students must complete applications to be considered for both scholarships and financial aid. There are plenty of work-study opportunities on campus, and students can also apply for State and Federal funds by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).