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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 62 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 $922. million in fiscal year 2018, ranking Texas A&M in the top 20 of the National Science Foundation’s most recent Higher Education Research and Development survey (2018)

2018 Research Expenditures

Dollars in Millions

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Wall Street Journal / Times Higher Education

 Texas A&M University has risen to No. 18 among public universities and No. 78 overall among more than 950 colleges in the 2020 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.


U.S. News and World Report

Texas A&M University is ranked 24th overall among  public universities in “U.S. News & World Report Best College Rankings” category of the 2018. The University ranked 66 among all public and private universities.

U.S. News & World Report placed three colleges within Texas A&M University among the Best Graduate Schools for 2017. The College of Education and Human Development ranked 39th among education graduate schools; the College of
 Engineering came in 11th overall and 7th among public institutions, and; The Bush School of Government and Public Service rose to 31st overall, joining the top 20 public affairs programs among public institutions at 19th. The Texas A&M School of Law, which the University acquired two years ago, moved up 38 places to 111th overall and now ranks among the top 60 law schools at public institutions. 


Washington Monthly

Washington Monthly ranks Texas A&M tenth—the only institution in Texas among the top 60 and first among schools in the Southeastern Conference—in its 2019 ranking of US universities that contribute most to the public good in social mobility, research, and the promotion of public service. The 2019 National University Rankings lists Texas A&M No. 2 in service, No. 27 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. 4 in its Best Bang for the Buck: South ranking, noting high median earnings of $57,067, and No. 12 in its 2019 Most Affordable Elite ranking, the best of any school in Texas.


Fiske Guide

Texas A&M University is again the only public university in Texas to make the “Best Buys” list in the 2020 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 the top university in Texas and 18th nationally in MONEY magazine’s new best value ranking, a list which ranks 744 schools around the country based on quality of education, affordability and graduates’ earnings as they pursue their careers.