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Texas A&M University pursues teaching, research, and service at the exceptionally high levels expected of America’s great universities. Texas A&M is a top tier research university with international recognition. It is one of only 65 invited members of the Association of American Universities (AAU).

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 Rankings

Texas A&M University had research expenditures of $952 million in fiscal year 2019, ranking Texas A&M in the top 25 of the National Science Foundation’s most recent Higher Education Research and Development survey (2019).

2020 Research Expenditures

Dollars in Millions

2020 NSF Expenditures

Wall Street Journal / Times Higher Education

 Texas A&M University is No. 20 among public universities and No. 83 overall among nearly 800 colleges in the 2021 Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings.

The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education rankings use multiple grading criteria based on four broad categories: resources, engagement, outcomes and environment. Included in those categories are numerous other metrics, including reputation; costs; graduation rates; student loans and default rates; earning power after graduation; amount of faculty research; number of accredited programs; student and faculty/staff diversity; number of international students and student-faculty ratio.


US News and World Report

Texas A&M University is ranked 26th overall among public universities in “US News & World Report Best College Rankings” for 2021. The University ranked 66th among all public and private universities.

 US News & World Report 2021 edition of the Best Graduate Schools rankings assesses multiple types of graduate programs, including the six disciplines with some of the largest enrollments: business, law, medicine, nursing, engineering and education. US News routinely adds new specialties within these disciplines to make these rankings more complete.

The College of Education & Human Development ranked 34th among the nation’s education graduate schools. The college’s student counseling and personnel services program ranked 13th, its special education program, its curriculum and instruction program each ranked 19th, and its educational psychology program ranked 16th.

The College of Engineering ranked 13th overall and its petroleum engineering program ranked 2nd nationally. The college’s nuclear engineering ranked 6th, and under the category of aerospace/aeronautical/astronautical engineering, the school is ranked 8th nationally. Industrial/manufacturing/systems engineering ranked 12th, civil engineering 14th, and mechanical engineering ranked 17th. A joint program with the College of Engineering and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, biological/agricultural engineering, ranked 4th.

The Bush School of Government & Public Service ranked 18th for its non-profit management program and 21st for its public management and leadership program.

The College of Medicine ranked 18th for its family medicine program.

Washington Monthly

Washington Monthly ranks Texas A&M No. 12—fourth among US public universities, the only institution in Texas among the top 70, and first among schools in the Southeastern Conference—in its 2020 ranking of US universities that contribute most to the public good in social mobility, research, and the promotion of public service. The 2020 National University Rankings lists Texas A&M No. 12 in service, No. 20 in social mobility, and No. 33 in research. Texas A&M has consistently ranked among the nation’s leaders since the publication began its annual survey in 2005. In addition, the magazine ranks Texas A&M No. 2 in its Best Bang for the Buck: South ranking, noting high median earnings of $56,961 ten years after entering college.


Fiske Guide

Texas A&M University remains the only public university in Texas to make the “Best Buys” list in the 2021 Fiske Guide to Collegesa listing which cites the best colleges that offer a superior education for the most affordable cost.


Money Magazine

Texas A&M University is ranked No. 11 in MONEY magazine’s new best value ranking, a list that ranks more than 700 four-year colleges around the country based on quality of education, affordability, and graduates’ earnings as they pursue their careers. Texas A&M University is the only Texas college ranked among the top 25.