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Texas A&M University pursues teaching, research, and service at the exceptionally high levels expected of America’s great universities. Having achieved international recognition as a leading research and teaching institution and as one of only 62 invited members of the Association of American Universi­ties (AAU), Texas A&M is a top tier public research university.

In the realm of research, Texas A&M is well on its way to achieving its goals. Here are some recent rankings and assessments from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Washington Monthly Magazine, the Center for Measuring University Performance, and studies that illustrate the university's growing stature among institutions of higher education nationwide.

National Science Foundation

Texas A&M ranked #17 in the nation (FY14). 

U.S. News and World Report

Among the nation’s public universities, Texas A&M ranks 2nd in the “Great Schools, Great Prices” category for 2014, according to U.S. News & World Report. Texas A&M is also the only public university in Texas to rank in the top 50 among all U.S. universities, public or private.

U.S. News & World Report also ranked three colleges within Texas A&M University among the Best
 Graduate Schools for 2016. Among all graduate education programs, the Dwight Look College of
 Engineering came in 12th overall and 7th among public institutions; the Mays Business School tied for 27th among all business programs and placed 9th among public universities; the Texas A&M Health Science Center’s School of Public Health came in 25th. And also recognized the school’s Master of Health Administration program, ranked 33rd among best graduate health care management programs. 

Washington Monthly

Texas A&M ranks #3 in Washington Monthly's 2015 "National Universities Rankings,” which is based on three broad categories: social mobility, research, and service. Texas A&M has consistently ranked among the nation’s leaders since the publication began its annual survey and remains #1 among Texas and Southeastern Conference (SEC) schools.

Texas A&M ranks #2 among southern U.S. colleges in Washington Monthly’s ”Best Bang for the Buck” category, which links affordability with quality of education offered by the nation’s colleges and universities. The “Best Bang for the Buck” category focuses on “schools net price, how quickly the school was able to graduate students, and how capable students are of paying off /student loans.” 

Institute of International Education

The 2014 “Open Doors” report ranked Texas A&M at No. 24 nationally in the number of international students enrolled. From 2012 to 2014, the University increased its total of international students from 4,750 to 5,770, an increase of 1,020 students, or 21.5 percent. The report also ranked Texas A&M eighth nationally for the total number of students sent abroad in credit-bearing programs, and seventh for the number of students pursuing short-term, credit-bearing opportunities for study abroad.

Affordable Online Colleges

Texas A&M is one the nation’s four “most affordable colleges with high return on investment,” according to 2013 rankings by (ACO), an online organization that focuses on affordability combined with high quality in higher education. The return on investment reflects salaries received by college graduates in relation to the cost of their college education.

Best Value Schools

Texas A&M has been ranked first in the nation by in the 2014 “Best Colleges for Veterans, Ranked by Return on Investment.” The schools are ranked according to their average 30-year net return on investment as calculated by The editors say “Texas A&M is one of the most supportive colleges for veterans in the United States.” 

Fiske Guide to Colleges

Texas A&M was listed as a “best buy” in the 2014 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges, a publication created by former New York Times higher education editor Edward B. Fiske.

Texas A&M has a long record of figuring prominently in rankings focusing on high quality of education coupled with costs.  Most recently Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine, in announcing its “top 100 best values” in public schools, ranked Texas A&M 17th nationally and first in Texas.


Sierra magazine, which is published by the environmentally oriented Sierra Club, listed Texas A&M as a “cool school,” based on its achievements in energy and water conservation and for engaging students in sustainability initiatives.


Texas A&M University is one of the nation’s four most affordable comprehensive public universities with high return on investment (ROI) — what its graduates are projected to earn during the first 20 years of careers – according to new 2014 rankings by Payscale, an online organization that focuses on affordability combined with high quality in higher education. The survey places Texas A&M tops in Texas among public colleges and universities.

The Princeton Review

Princeton Review has named Texas A&M University as one of the nation’s “Green Colleges” in its 2014 college guide. The Princeton Review's Guide to 332 Green Colleges profiles 330 institutions of higher education in the United States and two in Canada that demonstrate a strong commitment to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities, and career preparation.

Money Magazine

Texas A&M ranks 1st in Money Magazine’s 2015 best value listings of “Great Schools You Can Actually Get Into,” while placing  20th in “Best Colleges” overall rankings and 6th among land-grant collegesColleges were ranked on 21 factors in three equally weighted categories: educational quality, affordability, and alumni earnings.

Texas A&M is ranked as a top-five best value institution for in-state tuition and seventh on tuition cost for out-of-state students tuition in’s Encyclopedia for Higher Ed “2014 Best Colleges and Universities A-List,” based on academic quality, accessibility, acceptance rate, enrollment size, and affordability (in-state tuition). The publication also ranked Texas A&M at second on its “Top Colleges in Social Media” list and first in its “Most Engaged College Communities” category.