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 66 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 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

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

Texas A&M is tied for 26th overall among public universities in “US News & World Report Best College Rankings” for 2022.Texas A&M tied at No.15 for best undergraduate engineering program and tied at No. 23 for best undergraduate business programs.

US News & World Report 2022 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 Engineering ranked 11th nationwide and first in Texas. Its petroleum engineering program ranked 2nd nationally, and a joint program with the College of Engineering and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, biological/agricultural engineering, ranked 3rd nationally. The college’s nuclear engineering program ranked 4th, and under the category of aerospace/aeronautical/astronautical engineering, the school is ranked 9th nationally.

The Bush School of Government & Public Service ranked 18th for its non-profit management program.

The School of Law ranked 7th for its intellectual property program and 8th for its dispute resolution program.

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.

Fiske Guide

Texas A&M 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 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)