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 #16 in the nation based on expenditures of more than $892.7 million in fiscal year 2016.

U.S. News and World Report

Texas A&M University is the only public university in Texas to rank among the top 50 national universities in the “Great Schools, Great Prices” category of the 2017 “Best Colleges” guidebook published by U.S. News & World Report. The University placed 21st among all US universities and second among US public university universities in that category.

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 rankTexas A&M 4th of among top national universities. The rankings take into major consideration factors such as research and service to the nation, as well as academic standing. The 2017 "National Universities Rankings” are based on three pillars: social mobility, research, and service. Texas A&M has consistently ranked among the nation’s leaders since the publication began its annual survey, remains first in Texas, and ranks higher than any other university in the Southeastern Conference (SEC).


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 2015 rankings by Payscale, an online organization that focuses on affordability combined with high quality in higher education. The survey ranks Texas A&M 1st in Texas and 20th in the nation among all public universities.