Facilities

Location
College Station, TX
Undergrads
36,219
Tuition (in-state)
$25,035 ($8,506)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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1 College Sophomore

Facilities: The campus is one color, brown. From the grass to the buildings Texas A&M holds a top spot in being one of the ugliest campuses in the world. You'd think an originally agricultural college could at least do basic landscaping? Think again TAMU is hideous on all sides.

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5 College Freshman

Facilities: Campus has a huge Recreation facility to exercise and multiple libraries to study for tests at.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: My school is one of the top school for academic programs, we have hundreds of different clubs and organizations to get involved in, and everyone is pretty friendly and always willing to help

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Living on campus or just being on campus is great. The Memorial Student Center (MSC) is brand new and is amazing, there is no way to describe it you just have to come see it. There is always students hanging out in or around the MSC or other academic buildings. I have never been in the athletic buildings (other than the rec) because I'm not an athlete but they look like they are really cool and I believe all of them are newly remodeled. There is always something to do when you're on campus whether it be a formal school event/tradition, or just a small group of friends. A lot of students kill time between classes playing pool, watching tv, playing video games, or studying in the MSC.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Some of the academic buildings are pretty old but they are remodeling or building a lot of stuff around campus, overall for in being founded in 1876 the facilities are great but there is a mix of state of the art, and stuck in the 70's. Either way they get the job done and you are still learning from the best.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 7th
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 7th
    Best Student Centers
  • 19th
    Best Library
  • 431st
    Greenest Campuses
  • 825th
    Best Performance Venues

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Isuey Asuzena Iraheta
Hometown
Houston, Texas
Major
Psychology
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Most students are very happy with the facilities at A&M. The libraries are nice, spacious, and have almost any book you could possibly want. They are so big that sometimes you can be standing near a million books and not find one that you need, but the workers are really helpful. All you need to do is ask, and they’ll stick by you until your research is done and you have what you need. The Memorial Student Center, which is the heart of the campus, is currently under renovation—it’s set to open in 2012, bigger and better than it was. The old student center had everything from a game room to food to a post office, so if that was what was there before, imagine what it will have when it’s done!

The student fees included in tuition that go into the athletic facilities almost seem worth it, given the quality of the center. The Rec Center is state-of-the-art, and it has a rock-climbing wall, a nicely stocked weight room, racquetball courts, indoor and outdoor pools, and a hot tub. There are even different types of fitness classes students can take. Overall, the facilities here are great. If a facility is not new already, it’s probably under construction for upgrades. A&M puts a lot of effort into making sure students are happy and satisfied with the facilities.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
900
Campus Size
5,200 acres
Student Centers
Memorial Student Center
Campus Library?
Yes
Main Libraries
  • Cushing Library
  • Digital Library
  • Evans Library and Annex
  • Medical Sciences Library
  • Policy Sciences & Economics Library
  • West Campus Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Poor Yorick's Coffee House
  • Research Park on West Campus
Bar on Campus
None
Bowling on Campus
In the basement of MSC
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • 41st Club
  • Azimuth Café
  • Bernie's Café Expresso
  • Common Grounds
  • Poor Yorick's Coffee House
  • The Daily Grind
  • The Sidewalk Café
  • The West Side Exchange
Movie Theater on Campus
Movies are shown in Rudder Theater or Rudder Auditorium by the Aggie Cinema student organization.
"Green" Initiatives
A&M has implemented many green initiatives in many areas of campus. Some examples include recycling, building LEED-certified buildings, and testing biodiesel fuel blends in the campus shuttles.

There is also a challenge in the dorms to see which residence hall can cut its energy use the most.

For more information on green initiative at A&M, visit sustainability.tamu.edu.
School Slang
  • "Get off the field": What you'll yell if someone, other than the football players and the band, walks on Kyle field
  • "Get off the grass": What you'll hear if you walk on the MSC grass
  • "Get off the wood": What you'll hear when you sing the fight song. It means get off the benches that you're standing on during football games.
  • The Batt: The Battalion, the student newspaper
  • Boot Chaser: A girl who has the hots for a Corps guy
  • Howdy: Hello
  • Mugging: What you do when the lights go out on Kyle Field, otherwise known as kissing
  • Non-Reg: Someone not in the Corps
  • Reg: Someone in the Corps of Cadets
  • Rev: Reveille, the mascot Border Collie
  • Scho-Pro: Scholastic Probation
  • Sweet E's: Sweet Eugene's, a popular coffee hangout
  • TU: A&M's rival school, the University of Texas
  • Two Percenter: Students who don't participate in A&M traditions
  • Uncover: Take off your hat
Traditions
  • 12th Man: Students stand at every football game in honor of E. King Gill, who was called out of the stands to play for the Aggies in 1922. Since most of the team was injured, Gill suited up and stood ready to play for the rest of the game if his team needed him. Although he never played, students now stand for the entire game to show that the 11 men on the gridiron can call on them any time for help.
  • Aggie Ring: When you have completed 96 credit hours, you get to order your ring, which is the same for every graduate, except for the class year. Since everyone gets the same ring design year after year, this creates a historical bond between Aggies. In the end, this makes A&M graduates unmistakably recognizable to one another.
  • Boot Dance: The college version of junior prom
  • Every time the Aggies score, you score: At a football game, if the team scores a point, you kiss your date.
  • Midnight Yell : At midnight before every home football game, Aggies gather at Kyle Field for yell practice. Bring a date, because when the lights go out, you kiss.
  • Muster: Every April 21st, Muster brings Aggies together worldwide to honor the passing of Aggies that year and to celebrate their memory. Candles are lit in their honor, and a roll-call is spoken with their comrade answering "here" in their place.
  • Ring Dance: The college version of senior prom
  • Silver Taps: If an A&M student dies, a tribute is held in the Academic Plaza on the first Tuesday of the month. A ceremonial march-in by the Ross Volunteers is followed by a 21-gun salute and the playing of taps three times from the dome of the Academic Building, facing to the north, the south, and the west. It is not played to the east, because the sun will never rise on that Aggie again.
Urban Legends
A&M's live mascot (an American Collie) attends class with the Corps guy who keeps her, and it's been said that if Reveille barks during class, then class is dismissed.
Favorite Things To Do
Besides classes, you can work out at the Recreation Center or take a long walk around campus under all the beautiful trees. Or, if you just feel like sitting around, you can always grab a cup of coffee and chat with friends at any of the coffee houses on campus.
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
A&M offers more than 700 student organizations in various categories.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organizations
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
ROTC
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: Yes
Army ROTC: Yes
Did You Know?
  • The Memorial Student Center is a memorial for Aggies who have died during war, so to show respect no one is allowed to walk on the grass around the MSC or wear a hat inside.
  • The University has an underground walkway tunnel for students to cross over to West Campus without being stalled by the train.

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 162 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 13 responses

  • 22% Go to the Gym
  • 20% Party with friends
  • 15% Hang out in dorm
  • 12% Go to Harry's
  • 8% Movies
  • 8% Do volunteer work
  • 5% Hang out in common areas
  • 5% Eat at Sbisa
  • 5% Play intramural soccer

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 14 responses

  • 22% Aggie Ring
  • 20% 12th Man
  • 20% Midnight Yell
  • 18% Every time the Aggies score, you score
  • 10% Silver Taps
  • 4% Ring Dance
  • 4% Muster
  • 2% Boot Dance

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 13 responses

  • 20% Evan's Library
  • 20% Dorm
  • 16% West Campus Library
  • 16% Academic Plaza
  • 12% Poor Yorick's Coffee House
  • 8% Commons
  • 4% Mugwalls
  • 4% Research Park on West Campus

What are the best on-campus student jobs?    Based on 9 responses

  • 29% Rec Center
  • 25% Library
  • 14% Departments
  • 14% Research assistant
  • 11% Computer lab assistant
  • 7% Call Center

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 181 responses

  • 6% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 13% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 28% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 53% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 176 responses

  • 2% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 1% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 27% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 70% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

What is the most interesting urban legend about campus?    Based on 12 responses

  • 33% Large tunnels underneath the campus
  • 33% Walk under the century tree alone, alone forever
  • 17% You don't graduate if you step on the school seal
  • 17% Putting pennies on Sully for good luck on tests

What are the worst on-campus student jobs?    Based on 7 responses

  • 100% Dining Services

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