Texas A&M University, often referred to as A&M or TAMU, is a coeducational public research university located in College Station, Texas.
It is the flagship institution of the Texas A&M University System
. The seventh-largest university in the United States, A&M enrolls over 48,000 students in ten academic colleges.
Texas A&M's designation as a land, sea, and space grant institution reflects a broad range of research with ongoing projects funded by agencies such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Office of Naval Research.
The school ranks in the top 20 American research institutes in terms of funding and has made notable contributions to such fields as animal cloning.
The first public institution of higher education in Texas, the school opened on October 4, 1876, as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas. Its original mission was to educate white males in farming and military techniques. To reflect the institution's expanded roles and academic offerings, the Texas Legislature renamed the school to Texas A&M University in 1963.
The school's students, alumni, and sports teams are known as "Aggies"
The university offers degrees in over 150 courses of study through ten colleges and houses 18 research institutes. Texas A&M has awarded over 320,000 degrees, including 70,000 graduate and professional degrees.