Research Rankings


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.

U.S. News and World Report

Texas A&M is the only public university in Texas to rank among the top 50 national universities in the “Great Schools, Great Prices” category of the 2014 ratings by U.S. News & World Report – and it maintained its second-place ranking overall in that key assessment of national public institutions. The Dwight Look College of Engineering ranks 15th among undergraduate engineering programs and Mays Business School ranks 16th among undergraduate business programs.

Washington Monthly

Texas A&M ranks #2 in the magazine’s 2014 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.

Coyne/Summers/Williams Study

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.

Podsakoff/Mackenzie/Podsakoff/Bachrach Study

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 (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 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.