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 #24 in the nation (FY12). Texas A&M is included in NSF's Top 30 Performers of U.S. institutions for R&D spending.
Texas A&M AgriLife No. 1 Nationally in Agricultural Research Expenditures
Texas A&M AgriLife Research was ranked # 1 in agricultural sciences expenditures for fiscal year 2012, the latest year for which figures are available, according to the National Science Foundation.
The agency, part of the Texas A&M University System, accounted for more than $176.4 million of the nearly $3.3 billion spent on agricultural research by more than 30 U.S. universities, surpassing the University of Florida, University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, University of California-Davis and Purdue University in the top five positions.
U.S. News and World Report
Among the nation’s public universities, Texas A&M ranks second 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 five colleges within Texas A&M University among the Best Graduate Schools for 2015. Among all graduate education programs, the Dwight Look College of Engineering came in 11th. The Bush School of Government and Public Service ranked 33rd among public affairs programs; the Mays Business School 37th among business programs; the College of Education and Human Development 55th among education programs; and the Texas A&M Health Science Center 75th among medical programs.
Texas A&M ranks #3 among national universities in Washington Monthly's 2013 rankings based on three broad categories: social mobility, research, and service. The Washington D.C.-based magazine ranks Texas A&M #1 in Texas and among Southeastern Conference (SEC) schools in its overall ratings. Texas A&M has consistently ranked among the leaders since the publication began its annual survey.
Texas A&M fares well in the publication’s new ”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 that do the best job helping non-rich students earn marketable degrees at affordable prices.” Texas A&M ranks #11 on that list and is the only Texas school included among the top 25.
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 AffordableCollegesOnline.org (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.
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.