Research Rankings

Texas A&M 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

Research conducted at Texas A&M generated annual expenditures of more than $1.153 billion in fiscal year 2022. Texas A&M ranked 16th in the most recent National Science Foundation’s Higher Education Research and Development Survey based on annual expenditures of more than $1.148 billion in fiscal year 2021.


Wall Street Journal / Times Higher Education

Texas A&M is No. 19 among public universities and No. 79 overall among nearly 800 colleges in the 2022 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 & World Report

US News & World Report

Texas A&M is tied for No. 26 overall among public universities in “US News & World Report Best College Rankings” for 2023. Texas A&M tied at No.13 for best undergraduate engineering program and tied at 23rd for best undergraduate business programs.

The College of Engineering ranked No. 13 nationally. Its petroleum engineering program ranked No. 2 nationally, and a joint program with the College of Engineering and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, biological/agricultural engineering, ranked No. 4 nationally. The college’s nuclear engineering program ranked No. 3, and under the category of aerospace/aeronautical/astronautical engineering, the school is ranked No. 10 nationally. The cybersecurity program ranked No. 20 nationally and No. 2 in Texas.

Mays Business School ranked No. 23 nationally, and No. 2 in Texas. Its management program ranked No. 8 nationally. The marketing program ranked No. 13 nationally and accounting ranks at No. 15 nationally.

The Education Abroad program ranked No. 19 nationally and No. 1 in Texas.

US News & World Report 2023 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 2023 US News and World Report Best Online Programs rankings place Texas A&M No. 4 nationally and No. 1 in Texas for its online bachelor’s programs. The university’s online graduate programs rank among the nation’s Top 10 across several specialties. Rankings were based on student engagement, faculty credentials, and services and technologies.

The College of Engineering’s online master’s degree programs ranked No. 12 overall and No. 1 in Texas. Its degrees in electrical engineering, industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, and engineering management all ranked No. 1 in Texas.

Mays Business School’s online master’s degree program ranked No. 6 in the nation overall and No. 1 in Texas.

The School of Education & Human Development’s online master’s degree program came in at No. 10 in the nation overall and No. 1 in Texas. The program’s degrees for curriculum and instruction, educational administration, and educational/instructional media design all placed No. 1 in Texas.

Washington Monthly

Washington Monthly ranks Texas A&M No. 21—eleventh among US public universities and the only institution in Texas among the top 30—in its 2021 ranking of US universities that contribute most to the public good in social mobility, research, and the promotion of public service. The 2021 National University Rankings lists Texas A&M No. 8 in social mobility, and No. 32 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.

MONEY magazine

Texas A&M 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 is the only public Texas college ranked among the top 25.


Forbes ranked Texas A&M No.17 among best public universities and No.10 among best schools in the South. Texas A&M is listed among the top 40 leading research universities.

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)

Sustainable Campus Index 2021 recognized Texas A&M as a top performer in the area of research. A publication from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), the Sustainable Campus Index recognizes top-performing sustainable colleges and universities overall and in seventeen impact areas as measured by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS)