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Texas A&M University is a public research university located in College Station, Texas. In 2021, the Fiske Guide to Colleges named Texas A&M as the best national public university for providing a “superior education at an affordable cost.” This guide will give you information about the university’s admission requirements, the Texas A&M acceptance rate, tuition, financial aid, popular majors, and more.
Total Cost of Attendance
In 2021-2022, Texas A&M tuition and other expenses were as follows:
• In-state tuition: $13,239, a 3.6% increase over the previous year ($12,783)
• Out-of-state tuition: $40,134, a 2.0% increase over the previous year ($39,340)
• Books and supplies: $1,000, a 18.2% decrease over the previous year ($1,222)
• On-campus room and board: $11,400, the same as the previous year
• On-campus fees: $6,064, the same as the previous year
• Off-campus room and board: $11,400, the same as the previous year
• Off-campus fees: $6,064, the same as the previous year
Total costs, then, are as follows:
• In-state, on-campus total: $31,703, a 0.7% increase over the previous year ($31,467)
• In-state, off-campus total: $31,703, a 0.7% increase over the previous year ($31,467)
• Out-of-state, on-campus total: $59,598, a 1.0% increase over the previous year ($58,024)
• Out-of-state, off-campus total: $59,598, a 1.0% increase over the previous year ($58,024)
The university covers tuition for students with family incomes of $60,000 or less through scholarships and grants. Texas A&M also provides tuition support grants for first-time freshmen and first-time transfer students with family incomes of up to $130,000.
In 2020-2021, 78% of first-time, full-time undergraduates received some kind of financial aid, including student loans. More specifically:
• Grants or scholarship: 64% of students received this type of aid with an average award of $10,877
• Federal grants: 43% of students received this type of aid with an average award of $4,239
• Pell grants: 20% of students received this type of aid with an average award of $5,219
• Other federal grants: 42% of students received this type of aid with an average award of $1,802
• State/local: 18% of students received this type of aid with an average award of $5,937
• Institutional: 55% of students received this type of aid with an average award of $7,398
• Student financial aid: 28% of students received this type of aid with an average amount of $8,421
• Federal student loans: 27% of students received this type of aid with an average amount of $5,082
• Other student loans: 6% of students received this type of aid with an average amount of $17,615
Generally, financial aid is monetary assistance awarded to students based on personal need and merit. Students that qualify for financial aid can use it to pay for college costs like tuition, books, and living expenses.
The federal government is the largest provider of student financial aid. However, aid can also be given by state governments, colleges and universities, private companies, and nonprofits. The different types include:
• Scholarships: These can be awarded by schools and other organizations based on students’ academic excellence, athletic achievement, community involvement, job experience, field of study, and financial need.
• Grants: Generally based on financial need, these can come from federal, state, private, and non-profit organizations.
• Work-study: This federal program provides qualifying students with part-time employment to earn money for expenses while in school.
• Federal student loans: This is money borrowed directly from the U.S. Department of Education. It comes with fixed interest rates that are typically lower than private loans.
Colleges, universities, and state agencies use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine financial aid eligibility. The FAFSA can be completed online, but note that state and federal and school deadlines may differ.
You can find other financial aid opportunities on databases such as:
In 2020-2021, 6% of students at Texas A&M received private student loans with an average amount of $17,615.
Private loans are funded by private organizations such as banks, online lenders, credit unions, some schools, and state-based or state-affiliated organizations. While Federal student loans have interest rates that are regulated by Congress, private lenders follow a different set of regulations so their qualifications and interest rates can vary widely.
What’s more, private loans have variable or fixed interest rates that may be higher than federal loan interest rates, which are always fixed. Private lenders may (but don’t always) require you to make payments on your loans while you are still in school, compared to federal student loans which you don’t have to start paying back until after you graduate, leave school, or change your enrollment status to less than half-time.
Private loans don’t have a specific application window and can be applied for on an as-needed basis. However, if you think you may need to take out a private loan, it’s a good idea to submit your FAFSA first to see what federal aid you may qualify for as it generally may have better rates and terms.
If you’ve missed the FAFSA deadline or you’re struggling to pay for school throughout the year, private loans can potentially help you make your payments. Just keep in mind that you will need enough lead time for your loan to process and for your lender to send money to your school.
In comparison, in 2020-2021, average total costs in the U.S. for in-state public university students was $25,700 and out-of-state costs were $26,000.
Graduate Tuition and Fees
In 2020-2021, graduate tuition and fees at Texas A&M were:
• In-state tuition: $6,885
• In-state fees: $3,848
• In-state total: $10,733
• Out-of-state tuition: $19,592
• Out-of-state fees: $4,514
• Out-of-state total: $24,106
In 2019-2020, the average graduate tuition and fees at public universities in the U.S. were $12,410. This makes Texas A&M in-state tuition 15.6% lower than average. For out-of-state tuition, Texas is 94.2% higher. Graduate loans can help with this cost.
Cost per Credit Hour
Costs per credit hours at Texas A&M are.
• In-state undergraduate: $50
• In-state graduate: $77
• Out-of-state undergraduate: $459
• Out-of-state graduate: $486
Campus Housing Expenses
In 2021-2022, room and board for on- and off-campus students cost $11,400. There are numerous residence halls students can live in.
Park West is an independently-owned apartment complex on the campus property with numerous apartment buildings owned and operated by the university. A sampling of apartment rent prices as of mid-2022:
• One bed/one bath: $1,048-$1,150/month
• Two bed/one bath: $1,307-$1,406
• Two bed/two bath: $1,447-$1,548
Texas A&M University Acceptance Rate
In fall 2021, 43,763 prospective students applied, and the Texas A&M University acceptance rate was 64%.
Students interested in Texas A&M can apply here. Along with the application, students need to include an essay and complete a Self-Reported Academic Record using their official high school transcript, listing courses and associated grades. Recommended high school courses include four years of English, mathematics, and science , and two years of the same foreign language.
Fall 2023 admission dates are from August 1, 2022 to December 1, 2002.
SAT and ACT Scores
Students must submit SAT or ACT scores. SAT scores must be 480 or higher for Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and 530 for math. ACT scores must be at least 18 in English, 22 in reading, 22 in mathematics, and 23 in science.
In fall 2021, 72% of applicants to Texas A&M submitted SAT scores and 28% submitted ACT scores. The 25th and 75th scores are:
SAT Evidence-Based Reading/Writing
Popular Majors at Texas A&M University
In 2021, 13,147 undergraduates received a degree from Texas A&M. Here are some of the most popular majors.
1. Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
This program provides students with flexibility. They can include courses from a broad range of academic disciplines for multiple professional pursuits. In 2021, 5.6% of graduating undergraduates earned this degree.
Students take courses in applied psychology, clinical work, theory, and research, with classes focusing on different disciplines: abnormal psych, cognitive psych, developmental psych, and social psychology. In 2021, 4.3% of graduating undergraduates earned a psychology degree.
3. Biomedical Sciences
This degree is a speciality of applied biology with a focus on health and disease. The goal is to prepare students to contribute to the discipline in today’s changing world. In 2021, 3.9% of graduating undergraduates earned this degree.
4. Biomedical Engineering
The curriculum helps to prepare students to find meaningful careers in biomedical science/medical device industries: from governmental agencies to hospitals, manufacturers, research organizations, and more. In 2021, 3% of graduating undergraduates earned this degree.
Undergraduates learn about modern theories and practices in communication. The coursework focuses on helping students to develop outstanding analytical skills. In 2021, 2.9% of graduating undergraduates earned this degree.
Texas A&M is the largest producer of teachers in the state in bilingual/ESL education, science, and math. The university offers 22 degree programs to fill diverse educational needs. In 2021, 2.9% of graduating undergraduates earned an education degree.
7. Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations
Students take coursework to prepare them for the global economy: digital marketing, customer experience management, marketing analytics, creativity and brand management, and more. In 2021, 2.7% of graduating undergraduates earned this bachelor of business administration degree.
8. Health and Wellness
The department of kinesiology and sports management is one of the largest at the university and includes physical education activities. In 2021, 2.5% of graduating undergraduates earned a health and wellness degree.
This degree prepares students for careers in accounting. Most graduates work for public accounting firms, financial institutions, business firms, and the like. In 2021, 2.4% of graduating undergraduates earned this degree.
10. Political Science
This strong liberal arts curriculum focuses on strengthening student understanding of domestic and foreign policies, research methods, critical thinking skills, and communication abilities. In 2021, 2.2% of graduating undergraduates earned this degree.
Graduate rates at Texas A&M are:
• 4 years: 59%
• 6 years: 83%
Post-Graduation Median Earnings
This information is not available for Texas A&M. However, the national average earnings for four-year college graduates in the U.S. is $47,891.
Texas A&M provides students with a quality education at an affordable price. The university gives financial aid, and it assists students with lower to middle class family incomes. In addition, the Texas A&M acceptance rate is high, which helps qualified students get in.
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