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.
Institute of International EducationThe 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 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.
Best Value Schools
Texas A&M has been ranked first in the nation by BestValueSchools.com 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 payscale.com. 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.
Texas A&M ranks #6 in Money Magazine's 2014 “best college value” among the nation's public universities, and ranks #24 overall. Colleges were ranked on 17 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 CollegeAtlas.org’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.