Texas A&M University System

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

The Texas A&M University System
TypeState university system
Endowment$12.7 billion (Systemwide)[2]
ChancellorJohn Sharp
Location, ,
United States

The Texas A&M University System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the United States, with a budget of $4.7 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities and seven state agencies, 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.

Component institutions

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. Its flagship institution is Texas A&M University. The institution now named The University of Texas at Arlington was a member from 1917 to 1965.[6]

University Location
Statistical Area
Founded Carnegie Classification Enrollment President Joined
Nickname Athletic

Texas A&M University
College Station, Texas
College Station–Bryan metropolitan area
1876 Doctoral/Research University 58,515 Michael K. Young 1876 Aggies SEC

Prairie View A&M University
Prairie View, Texas
Greater Houston
1876 Doctoral/Research University 9,400 Ruth Simmons 1876 Panthers SWAC

Tarleton State University
Stephenville, Texas
Stephenville micropolitian area
1899 Master's University 13,176 James Hurley 1917 Texans (men's)
TexAnns (women's)

Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi
Corpus Christi, Texas
Corpus Christi metropolitan area
1947 Doctoral/Research University 12,174 Kelly Quintanilla 1989 Islanders Southland
NCAA D-I (non-football)

Texas A&M University–San Antonio
San Antonio, Texas
Greater San Antonio
2009 Master's University 4,564 Cynthia Teniente-Matson 2009 Jaguars
(no athletics)

Texas A&M University–Kingsville
Kingsville, Texas
Kingsville micropolitan area
1925 Doctoral/Research University 9,207 Mark Hussey 1989 Javelinas Lone Star

Texas A&M International University
Laredo, Texas
Laredo metropolitan area
Laredo-Nuevo Laredo Metropolitan Area
1969 Doctoral/Research university 7,192 Pablo Arenas 1989 Dustdevils Heartland
NCAA D-II (non-football)

West Texas A&M University
Canyon, Texas
Amarillo metropolitan area
1910 Master's University 9,901 Walter Wendler 1990 Buffaloes Lone Star

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

Texas A&M University–Texarkana
Texarkana, Texas
Texarkana metropolitan area
1971 Master's University 2,066 Emily Cutrer 1996 Eagles NAIA (non-football)

Texas A&M University–Commerce
Commerce, Texas
Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex
1889 Doctoral/Research University 12,302 Mark J. Rudin 1996 Lions Lone Star


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

Health Science Center

Established in 1999, the HSC is a part of Texas A&M University and reaches across all parts of Texas through its six components: 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 Institute of Biosciences and Technology at Houston; the School of Public Health at College Station and McAllen; and the latest addition, the Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy at 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.

The HSC 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.

Academic units

Regional centers

Governance and administration

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,[8] 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."[9]


  1. "Frequently Asked Questions". The Texas A&M University System.
  2. As of February 14, 2014. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2013 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2012 to FY 2013" (PDF). 2013 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 13, 2014. Retrieved April 1, 2014.
  3. "Texas A&M University Enrollment Profile: Fall 2014" (PDF). Texas A&M University. pp. i. Retrieved October 25, 2014.
  4. Total Enrollment TAMUS
  5. "About". www.tamus.edu. Retrieved 2017-03-14.
  6. http://www.uta.edu/uta/about/traditions/history
  7. "TDEM Coming Soon Page". tdem.texas.gov. Retrieved 2019-08-30.
  8. "Our Members". Alliance for Biosecurity. Retrieved 2017-03-07.
  9. "Our Mission". Alliance for Biosecurity. Retrieved 2017-03-07.
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