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 reported $705,720 million in the National Science Foundation Survey of Science and Engineering Research and Development Expenditures for 2011 and was ranked #23 nationally in the recently released . Texas A&M is included in NSF's Top 30 Performers of U.S. institutions for R&D spending. By field of science, engineering led with $263,765 million in expenditures; life sciences and environmental sciences followed with $187,666 million and $131,467 million, respectively.
U.S. News and World Report
In the “Great Schools, Great Prices” category of its 2014 Best College Guidebook, U.S. News and World Report ranks Texas A&M 18th among all U.S. public universities. Texas A&M University is the only public university in Texas to rank among the top 50 national universities in that category. Among the nation’s public universities, the Dwight Look College of Engineering ranks 15th among undergraduate engineering programs and Mays Business School ranks 16th among undergraduate business programs.
Texas A&M ranks #3 in the magazine’s 2013 rankings which puts special emphasis on service to the nation. The Washington D.C.-based magazine's 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 ever 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.
The Center for Measuring University Performance
Texas A&M is ranked in the top 20 nationally (#17 overall) in the Center's The Top American Research Universities 2010 report, with three performance measures in the top 25 nationally and four measures in the top 26-50 nationally. For example, Texas A&M is ranked #12 in National Merit & Achievement Scholars, #16 in endowment assets, and #18 in advanced training in the report.
The Center collects data from over 600 institutions and determines the Top American Research Universities by their rank on nine different measures: Total Research, Federal Research, Endowment Assets, Annual Giving, National Academy Members, Faculty Awards, Doctorates Granted, Postdoctoral Appointees and SAT/ACT range.
The Mays Business School's Department of Accounting Faculty was ranked #2 (taxation), tied for #1 (archival, tied with University of Chicago) and #1 (average ranking across all topical areas), in terms of publications and "intellectual capital created" by current faculty over the most recent six years, in a recent study (Coyne, J.G., S.L. Summers, and B. Williams, “Accounting Program Research Rankings by Topical Area and Methodology”). (Rankings are #1 among all public institutions and among Vision 2020 schools).
Department of Management faculty are ranked tied for #6 (tied with University of Southern California; behind Harvard University, Stanford University, University of Washington, University of Michigan, University of Washington, and University of California-Berkeley). (This is analogous to the Academies in Science and Engineering.)
Department of Management faculty are ranked #3 (behind Columbia and Stanford) in research citations and #2 (behind Harvard) in publications in top journals.
The Mays Business School Department of Management ranked #6 world-wide (behind Harvard, Wharton, Stanford, Michigan, and Illinois), in terms of impact to the literature over a 25-year period, in a recent study (Podsakoff, P.M., S.B. MacKenzie, N.P. Podsakoff, and D.G. Bachrach, “Scholarly Influence in the Field of Management: A Bibliometric Analysis of the Determinants of University and Author Impact in the Management Literature in the Past Quarter Century,” Journal of Management (Volume 34, Issue 4, 2008), pp. 641-720)).
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 18th 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.