Location: College Station, Texas
Percent Women: 47.9%
Tuition (one year): In-state - $21,051; Out-of-state - $37,671
Most Popular Majors:
- Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
- Multi/ Interdisciplinary studies
Greek Life: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 67.1%
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit Texas A&M’s website at admissions.tamu.edu.
Why Choose A&M?
The question should really be, why SHOULDN'T you?! Not only is A&M one of the best state schools in the country, but this fabulous institution offers a plethora of opportunities you would not find elsewhere. A&M's crazy school spirit is unparalleled and you'll come to find any and every Aggie has a heart as big as the Texas sky. We are comprised of BEASTS at sports (especially Football), a bunch of smarty pants, and the friendliest folks. A&M is the best place for an up and coming collegiette. Gig'em!
Texas A&M, with its ups and downs, is nevertheless still the best university in the great state of Texas. The good? TAMU has been continually making nation-wide splashes in the NFL, academically, and progressively. The great? Texas A&M has repeatedly been named in the list of top ten schools in the state. The phenomenal? A&M has one of the most renowned alumni networks that work together to help Aggies succeed. A&M is not only triumphant in these areas, but it also emulates an amazing and communal spirit that “can ne’er be told.” President George Bush endorses this spirit himself. In essence, you must experience it for yourself.
So what’s the bad? The only thing that we can attest to being a negative quality about A&M is the construction. A&M IS ALWAYS UNDER CONSTRUCTION. Construction sucks, and it is such a bother but all the construction is to make the university as great as it needs to be.
New Collegiette on Campus
Soon, it’ll be that time of year again! Throughout the summer, newly admitted freshman are required to sign up for a New Student Conference slot. This conference lasts for one weekend and it takes students through the process of registration for the first time and allows time to explore the campus and attend guest lectures about the life of those pursuing higher education. Your NSC will be a great, memorable learning experience. You’ll get to experience living in a dorm for the first time and you may even make some of your first friends at A&M during this period. Take full advantage of your NSC because it will get you prepared for the fall semester that follows. Not only will you know your way around campus, but you get to adjust to the environment of a large university.
Freshmen also have the opportunity to sign up for Fish Camp. Fish Camp is a little over a weekend-long camping trip to Palestine, Texas. It’s all about group building exercises and meeting some new people who you may find to be lifelong friends. You are assigned to different groups and you room with a few other freshmen in your designated cabin. There are games, shows, and parties you won’t want to miss out on, so sign up for Fish Camp or you may regret it!
"Fish Camp is a lot more than just four days of meeting other Aggies; Fish Camp is a freshman's first tradition and serves as a foundation for the rest of your life as an Aggie. Fish Camp is a place where from the outside looking in you don't understand it and from the inside looking out you can't explain it," says sophomore Fish Camp counselour, Azereth Alanis.
"People think Fish Camp is crazy hair and crazy colors, but this is a place to learn about A&M, its history, its traditions, and its culture. It's a place where you can express who you are as an Aggie and the person you want to become because you know that there are hundreds of Aggies next to you supporting you," says Alanis.
"Fish Camp is a helping hand to guide you in your transition from high school to college. The four days at Lakeview are an open door to the Aggie Network, but the memories don't end there. Fish Camp focuses on many values one of them being continuity," Alanis says. "Fish Camp ensures that everyone feels at home once in Aggieland. The first year in college can be an emotional rollercoaster, but after Fish Camp you know that you will always have shoulders to lean on from the relationships made because we are Aggies and an Aggie is never left behind."
All About Academics
Without a doubt, we know you are coming here to learn. So we've got you covered. In order to maximize your educational experience here at A&M, you have to know where to study. Evans library is the most common place to crack open a textbook and get to work. With quiet study rooms, helpful librarians, and a coffee shop on the first floor, you can't go wrong spending your time here.
If libraries are too quiet for you, try Academic Plaza. When the weather is nice, you can cozy up in a hammock in one of the many trees or lay out a blanket and lie down under the sun with your required political science reading. Academic Plaza is also home to the statue of Lawrence Sullivan Ross, one of A&M's earliest presidents. Legend has it, that if you put a penny on the shoe of the statue, you are guaranteed to do well on your test!
When in doubt about a grade or a class, you can go talk to an advisor about your options or just for some friendly advice. They're here to help. Your advisor for your designated college can help you decide if you want to change your major (totally common, by the way), if you need to drop a class, or to help you get on the track to graduate your senior year (WHOOP!)
Learn From the Best
Professors at TAMU vary, just like at any other university. You've got the good, the bad, and the ugly. But it's a good thing we live in a generation where class evaluations and reviews are made public knowledge. Not sure about taking a certain class? Make sure you check out ratings for professors at A&M on websites like ratemyprofessor, koofers, or myedu. One good thing in every class however, are the people you'll meet and the hands-on help from professors and TA's. Everyone has office hours, so you can always meet with your professor one on one if needed. But you should ALWAYS remember, no matter what class you're taking, an Aggie does not lie, cheat, or steal. Take our word on that, because professors take this VERY seriously. The consequences are not worth it. Aside from that piece of advice, don't be afraid to speak up in class and make yourself known. In a school with our population size, the large lecture halls may seem daunting at first, but your prof will definitely remember you if you are engaged. Besides, you'll never know when you need a letter of recommendation.
Interests and Involvements
Get involved! Not only do extracurricular activities look fantastic on a resume, but it’ll also add to your time spent here at A&M. Getting involved on campus with the countless of organizations may lead to you learning a lot about your school and yourself. It’s also the BEST way to make friends. Whether you want to rush a sorority, join a freshman leadership organization, or write for the Newspaper or Her Campus (um…duh,) the opportunities are endless. If you’re not sure where to start, definitely make it a plan to stop by the MSC open house that is usually at the beginning of the semester. Hundreds of clubs gather to sell you their spirit and get you to get involved, so check it out!
Not only is Texas A&M a great school academically but, our athletic programs have been very successful since joining the SEC in 2012. With our football program taking the SEC by storm with Johnny Manziel and our women’s basketball team reaching the elite eight this year, A&M is definitely a place you want to support your athletic teams. Gamedays in Aggieland are probably the best days for Aggies You won’t find another place where there is so much school pride but with a group of people who show class and respect to opposing teams. We’re loud and proud and the yell leaders make sure of it. The place rocks when we sing our war hymn and when we win the whole town celebrates together. We stand together as the 12th Man and we bleed maroon.
Who run the world?! That's right, Aggie girls. To be a girl on campus is a wonderful thing. You have the freedom to wear oversized t-shirts paired with your multi-colored Nike shorts and flip flops/ Chacos/ Sperry's without being judged (too harshly.) Gone are the days where you would have to plan your outfit the night before school the next morning! You're in college, girl! In addition to your freedom in fashion choices, one wonderful thing A&M has to offer is the view. And I'm not talking about those beautiful Texas bluebonnets. I'm talking about the guys! TAMU is known for those Adonis-like creatures that hail from the engineering buildings on campus. And the best part is, half of these men have no idea how hot they are! Not to mention the boy to girl ratio here is definitely in the favor of us ladies. So flash your most beautiful and brightest smile and say 'Howdy' to these handsome Ags. Who knows? Maybe you'll end up walking under the century tree with one of them someday. ;)
In addition to the fantastic pool of guys on campus, A&M offers countless of organizations for women to not only get involved with but to also make a difference. So raise your voice, girl!
Food & Drink
Whether you're craving real Chick-Fil-A, Subway, Domino's, Taco Bell, Chipotle, or a hole-in-the-wall restaurant, we have got you covered! College Station has just about anything you want if you're tired of Sbisa dining hall, Commons dorm food, or Panda Express in the MSC basement for the zillionth time.
“I love Chick-Fil-A. You can’t beat it,” says sophomore Tyllen Bicakcic, Industrial Distribution major. “I loved it in high school and I love it in college. And nothing tops their sauce!”
Laynes- CHICKEN. GO HERE FOR CHICKEN. Seriously, don't question it, just go. This College Station staple may only have two things on the menu (the chicken finger box or the chicken finger sandwich), but don't let the dull facade phase you. Everything from the seasonings in the chicken and awesome fries to the infamous Layne's sauce will make you an addict faster than you can say 'Howdy.'
“I like Layne’s because they have the best chicken in my opinion,” says Julia Mcdonald, sophomore Psychology major. “It’s the go-to place for chicken in college station.”
Another restaurant-must is Fuego. Ever craved a soft taco with real, juicy steak and tasty fresh Tex-Mex garnishes at 2:30am? Well then you must try Fuego located at the intersection of University Drive and Texas Avenue. This 24 hour taco heaven is a God-sent. Be brave and try the 'Doctor Pepper Cowboy.' Your taste buds will thank you.
And if you're on the run, be sure to make it a priority to stop by one of A&M's many fine food trucks. Grab a burger from Mickey's sliders, gourmet fusion food from Chef Tai, or an amazing waffle creation from Wafology. Now THAT'S eating like an Aggie. Gig'em!
Okay, so you're finally out of the nest! Now let's get serious... serious about socializing! Aggies are probably the friendliest people you will ever encounter in your life. And that is still true during the peak party hours of the night. You can truly go out any night of the week in CSTAT (except Sunday) and meet some awesome people. Just bear in mind you're here to study, not just to party. But everything in moderation, right?! So spend you're nights off at party central; Northgate. Northgate district is a small strip of clubs, bars, and restaurants just across the north side of campus. This is THE place to be if you really want to experience those college nights out you've seen in the movies. The great thing about Northgate is that you don't have to be 21 in most places to get in. Although bars like O'Bannon's only allow for an older crowd, clubs are open to 18 and up with a small cover charge. And ladies are usually cheaper! (Sorry, boys). Some of the best clubs for a sweaty, blaring -music filled experience are Foundation and Social (a favorite of the famous footballer, Johnny Manziel.)
"My favorite thing to do on NG is to probably go to Hookah Station with a large group of friends," says sophomore civil engineering major, Clayton Brasher. "We think they haave some of the best music and a great atmosphere to have a good time in!"
And if the crowded Northgate nights that usually involve lines out the door to get in on a busy night aren't your scene, you can always hit up Hurricane Harry's! Harry's is just on the other side of Northgate (still totally walking distance,) and it is the best place to go to meet your future husband. Now you may have lived in Texas your whole life, but in order to become a true Aggie, you have to learn how to two-step and Harry's is just the place to learn! You, my fine and fresh-faced collegiette, are BOUND to get asked to danced by one of the charming men in plaid shirts and boots at this fine establishment. So don't be afraid to take that gentleman by the hand and step on his toes! He surely wouldn't mind. In fact, these guys LOVE teaching us girls how to two-step to Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, or even Justin Timberlake! (Yes, Harry's plays more than just country music.) Thursday is the best night to go if you're under 21 since the cover charge is just $5 that night, so add Harry's to your Aggieland bucket list!
And on a final note about the social scene of CSTAT, be careful ladies! You may have never felt safer than in this town but remember to only drink what you can and want to and to also remember boys are still boys (no matter how charming they may seem.) So keep the boys close, but keep your girlfriends closer! Always take caution when spending a night out. No one wants to be the designated driver? Feel free to use A&M's free carpool service run by selfless Aggies who aim to get their fellow Ags home on the nights they partied too hard.
Living on campus for the first year is not required unlike many other universities. With so many affordable off-campus housing options, you may not want to live in a dorm. But if you feel the experience is necessary or you have to live right in the middle of the action, here are some tips:
Exploring College Station
College Station is home to Post Oak Shopping Mall which has your basics like Victoria Secret, Forever 21, and most major department stores in addition to Aggieland Outfitters (your go-to store for a game day dress). You also cannot beat the price of a movie ticket here in CSTAT. The Aggieland Cinemark only charges students $4 for a movie ticket at any given time. Can you say score?!
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