Texas A&M University System

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The Texas A&M University System
TypeState university system
Endowment$13.59 billion (2020)[2]
ChancellorJohn Sharp
Location, ,
United States

The Texas A&M University System is a state university system in Texas and is one of the state's seven independent university systems.

The Texas A&M University System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the United States, with a budget of $6.3 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities and eight state agencies, and the RELLIS Campus, the Texas A&M System educates more than 153,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. System-wide, research and development expenditures exceeded $996 million in FY 2017 and helped drive the state's economy.[5]

The system's flagship institution is Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. The letters "A&M" (originally A.M.C. for "agricultural and mechanical college") are retained to honor the university's former designation.[citation needed]

Map of Texas A&M University System

Component institutions[edit]

The founding member of the A&M System is Texas A&M University, established in 1876. Prairie View A&M, also established in 1876, is an HBCU. Many of the member universities and agencies joined the A&M System decades after being established. The institution now named The University of Texas at Arlington was a member from 1917 to 1965.[6]

University Location[a]
Founded Carnegie Classification Enrollment President Joined
Nickname Athletic

Texas A&M University
College Station
College Station–Bryan[b]
1876 Doctoral/Research (R1) 74,869[7] Mark Welsh 1876 Aggies SEC

Prairie View A&M University
Prairie View
Greater Houston[b]
1876 Doctoral/Research (R2) 9,500 Tomikia P. LeGrande 1876 Panthers SWAC

Tarleton State University
1899 Master's 13,176 James Hurley 1917 Texans[d] WAC

Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi
Corpus Christi
Corpus Christi[b]
1947 Doctoral/Research (R2) 12,174 Kelly M. Miller 1989 Islanders Southland
(NCAA D-I)[e]

Texas A&M University–San Antonio
San Antonio
Greater San Antonio[b]
2009 Master's 6,759 Cynthia Teniente-Matson 2009 Jaguars RRAC

Texas A&M University–Kingsville
1925 Doctoral/Research (R2) 9,207 Robert Vela 1989 Javelinas Lone Star

Texas A&M International University
Laredo–Nuevo Laredo[b]
1969 Doctoral/Professional 7,192 Pablo Arenas 1989 Dustdevils Lone Star
(NCAA D-II)[e]

West Texas A&M University
1910 Master's 10,051 Walter Wendler 1990 Buffaloes Lone Star

Texas A&M University–Central Texas
Killeen – Temple – Fort Hood[b]
1999 Master's 2,466 Marc Nigliazzo 2000 Warriors
(no athletics)

Texas A&M University–Texarkana
1971 Master's 2,066 Emily Cutrer 1996 Eagles RRAC

Texas A&M University–Commerce
Dallas–Fort Worth[b]
1889 Doctoral/Professional 12,302 Mark J. Rudin 1996 Lions Southland
  1. ^ All locations are within the State of Texas.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Metropolitan area.
  3. ^ a b Micropolitan area.
  4. ^ Tarleton State's women's athletic sports programs were the "TexAnns" until after the 2018–19 school year.
  5. ^ a b c d Non-football school.


With a direct presence in all 254 Texas counties, A&M System agencies offer research and service to the state's citizens. The agencies focus on addressing and improving the social, economic, educational, health and environmental conditions of Texans.

TDEM is the only state agency under the Texas A&M System not to bear the "Texas A&M" name as it is the most recent to be added to the system,[8] transferred from the Texas Department of Public Safety to TAMUS in 2019.[9]

Texas A&M Health[edit]

Texas A&M University Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy in Kingsville

Established in 1999, as the Texas A&M Health Science Center, Texas A&M Health is the medical education component of Texas A&M University and reaches across all parts of Texas through its institutions: Texas A&M University College of Dentistry at Dallas; the College of Medicine at College Station, Temple, Dallas, Round Rock, and Houston; the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Dallas, College Station and Houston; the School of Engineering Medicine and Institute of Biosciences and Technology in Houston; the School of Public Health at College Station and McAllen; and the Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy in College Station and Kingsville. Southern regions of the state also are further served by the Coastal Bend Health Education Center, which covers the 19-county region surrounding Corpus Christi and Kingsville, and the South Texas Center at McAllen.

Texas A&M Health received full accreditation in December 2002 from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate, master's, doctoral and professional degrees. Its components are accredited by accrediting organizations specific to their areas.

The Health Science Center in 2013 was merged into Texas A&M University proper and is no longer an independent institution. It was renamed Texas A&M Health.

Academic units[edit]

Regional centers[edit]

  • Texas A&M Health Science Center Coastal Bend Over Health Education Center
  • Texas A&M Health Science Center South Texas Center

Governance and administration[edit]

Gov. John Connally signing the bill that separated Arlington State College from the Texas A&M University System in 1965

The System is governed by a nine-member Board of Regents. Each member is appointed by the Governor of Texas for a six-year term and the terms overlap (all terms end on February 1 in odd-numbered years and in those years 1/3 of the regents' terms expire, though a regent can be nominated for another subsequent term).

In addition, a tenth "student regent" (non-voting member) is appointed by the Governor for a one-year term.

The responsibilities of the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents are to:

  • Oversee the administration and set policy direction for the System's 11 universities, seven state agencies and health science center;
  • Ensure a quality undergraduate and graduate education experience for all students;
  • Promote academic research and technology to benefit the state of Texas and the nation;
  • Disseminate programs of the A&M System across the state through outreach and public service efforts; and
  • Support the state legislative and higher education leadership to position Texas at the forefront of higher education nationally.

Additionally, the Texas A&M University System is a member of the Alliance for Biosecurity,[10] a public-private coalition that "advocates for public policies and funding to support the rapid development, production, stockpiling, and distribution of critically needed medical countermeasures".[11]


  1. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions Archived December 20, 2016, at the Wayback Machine". The Texas A&M University System.
  2. ^ As of June 30, 2020. U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2020 Endowment Market Value and Change in Endowment Market Value from FY19 to FY20 (Report). National Association of College and University Business Officers and TIAA. February 19, 2021. Retrieved February 19, 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Texas A&M University Enrollment Profile: Fall 2014" (PDF). Texas A&M University. pp. i. Retrieved October 25, 2014.
  4. ^ "Total Enrollment TAMUS". Archived from the original on November 8, 2017. Retrieved November 7, 2017.
  5. ^ "About". The Texas A&M University System. Retrieved March 14, 2017.
  6. ^ College of Science (May 3, 2010). "Howard Payne educator helped shape UTA's destiny". uta.edu. Retrieved April 22, 2015.
  7. ^ "At a glance". 20 October 2022.
  8. ^ "Texas Division of Emergency Management". tdem.texas.gov. Retrieved 2019-08-30.
  9. ^ "Thanks To Legislators, Texas A&M System Has Record Session: $157M in new money plus addition of another state agency approved". May 30, 2019.
  10. ^ "Our Members". Alliance for Biosecurity. Retrieved March 7, 2017.
  11. ^ "Our Mission". Alliance for Biosecurity. Retrieved March 7, 2017.

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