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Rank: 18

Texas A & M University-College Station

College Station, TXhttps://www.tamu.edu
With more than 53,000 undergraduates, Texas A&M is one of the largest schools in MONEY's top 50. It's also just plain big, covering 5,200 acres in College Station. Best known for its business, agriculture, and engineering programs, A&M has one of the country's largest programs in recreation, park and tourism management. The school boasts an 82% graduation rate. Aggies tend to thrive economically after leaving school: According to PayScale, they report earning an average of $59,000 within three years of commencement -- about 6% more than the average for schools with a similar composition of students. The school has a rich military tradition; the Corps of Cadets is the oldest student organization on campus (but military service isn't mandatory). Athletics, however, may be the most vibrant element of campus culture. Some 12,000 Aggies play either team or club sports, taking part in crew, fencing, ice hockey, paintball, gymnastics, and more. In fact, the school refers to all students and alumni as "the 12th Man" to symbolize their readiness to jump onto the football field if needed. It's a tradition that dates back to 1922. Another tradition is the presence of Reveille -- a collie with the title "First Lady of Aggieland" -- on campus.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$29,700
% of students who get any grants
54%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$20,900
Average price for low-income students
$12,200
admissions
Acceptance rate
71%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1250/28
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
52,568
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
82%
% of need met
72%
% of students who get merit* grants
10%
Average merit grant
$3,987
student success
Graduation rate
82%
Average time to a degree
4.4 years
Average student debt
$18,520
Average salary within 3 years
$59,000
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
45%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
Dec 1

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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