Texas A & M University-College Station

College Station, TX, USA

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Texas A & M University-College Station

3.85 Average Rating

Laura from Rowlett, TX

a current student here
13 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
Big school, but feels like a small town. You know your classmates and teacher, and they know (and care) about you. A&M also has the the best animation graduate program outside of a trade school.
Tips for prospective students
You will walk everywhere, but you'd be surprised how far you can get in 15 minutes.
Apply early, and apply for housing immediately. That application date is yours until you move off campus.
Food is great on campus, but it's better for you to get more Dining Dollars than Meal Trades.
Academic Rigor
You will have to do your work, especially freshman year. They want to weed out those who can't succeed.
Dorm Life
Some dorms are more united than others. My dorm, we all pretty much ignored each other. My friend's dorm had it's own Bonfire crew and hung out off campus.
Food and Dining
Nice variety, plus there are places all over campus. Unfortunately a lot of them are M-F 9-5. http://www.dineoncampus.com/tamu/ is your friend.
Bang for the buck
Have you heard of the Aggie Network? Basically, if you have your ring, other Ags will see it and will like you a bit more.

Also, ever heard this joke?
Hey dude, what do you call an Aggie in 10 years?
I don't know, what?
Boss.
Campus Safety
There are plenty of campus cops, and the school is very good about sending out emails whenever any sort of incident happens on campus with the location, time, and type of incident.
The single greatest thing though, is the Corp Escorts. On the back of your ID there is a phone number. If you call it, a Corp Cadet will come to where you are and escort you to wherever you need to go (on campus). No questions asked, just a tough guy or gal ready to help you feel safe heading back to your dorm at 2am.
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Bhagya from Katy, TX

a current student here
12 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
I feel like I've learned more in my first semester at A&M than I had during my entire high school career.
Am enjoying being here
I looooove the environment here. The people here are so amazing and kind, even when you're a freshman they make you seem like you're part of their family. That's exactly what A&M is, a family.
Bang for the buck
Definitely worth the money.
Tips for prospective students
It's an awesome school. Definitely go here. If you're choosing between UT and A&M, don't even hesitate to pick A&M. I don't regret my decision for a second.
Use my edu.com to pick your professors. The reviews are really accurate and really help in picking the right teachers.
Learn to manage your time efficiently. This is NOT high school.
Great for these types of students
Any type of student. This university is so welcoming and open.
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Bryn from Dallas, TX

a current student here
84 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
I'm a chemical engineering major, which in my opinion is the hardest major at school not only because of the homework but because it challenges you to think in a completely new way. While other schools might emphasize by-the-book engineering, you're tested on your knowledge of concepts rather than the actual material. This encourages you to apply what you learn in real-life situations, preparing you for the corporate world where an engineering mistake could cost lives. I really enjoy this major and am learning a lot about myself as well as about my engineering field!
Am enjoying being here
Don't be afraid to get involved and make friends! When I was visiting A&M, I stayed with a friend and really got to know A&M from a different persective than from school-sponsored tours or college websites. Sometimes if you really want to get to know the face of a school, you have to travel off the beaten path. I don't regret one moment, because I loved the overall camaraderie of the school---they don't call it the friendliest campus in America without reason! And even though the traditions might seem a little strange, it's fun to do them with thousands of other people, whether it's standing at a football game yelling at the other team, or honoring the fallen at an amazing Silver Taps. I strongly encourage you to arrange a visit and stay in the on-campus housing with some students and get them to show you around. It's an experience you won't forget!
Bang for the buck
Be sure to apply early so you can get as much financial aid as possible! Even if your parents are willing to cover for you, it's nice for you to help in any way you can!
A&M also has excellent academic programs with cutting-edge technology. Sure, it's an enormous school, but that means they get more funding to provide students with the best they can find. We have a large Library as well as an adjoining Annex, with computers all over the campus as well as wireless access if you brought your own. Don't let anyone fool you--- we're definitely a school that knows where it's going, full of students who have what it takes to succeed and are bent on learning first.
Tips for prospective students
Get to know the face of the school--- not just what the website says. Go talk to the advisor for your prospective major in person and ask them why they chose their field. Sometimes learning more about what you want to do AFTER college can help you decide which college will help you. And, like I've said, make sure you like the environment. It's just as important to enjoy your college experience as it is to learn a lot from a good program!
Great for these types of students
If you like history and traditions, this college is DEFINITELY the best choice. From our Aggie War Hymns to our fun football yell leaders, participating in our time-honored traditions brings us closer together and creates a sense of family with everyone at school, even a school as large as A&M!
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Jacob from Fairfax Station, VA

a current student here
44 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
I am a Theatre Major at Texas A&M, a program most people are unaware even exists. It is tough being in a small department in a large school, but simply due to the Aggie Network and facilities present for all students, even those of us in small departments are learning as much as we possibly can. I have taken engineering Math and Physics classes as well, though, and can say that they are rigorous and will teach you everything you ever wanted to know and more.
Am enjoying being here
I am also a proud member of the fightin' Texas Aggie Corps of Cadets. Often called the largest fraternity in the world, it is much more than that. It is a leadership training program unlike any other in the world. The people I have met in the Corps, as they say in Aggie land, will probably marry me and bury me.

Even out of the Corps, I find myself enjoying life the most I possibly could. The night life, even for a small town, always has something available (if you're willing to Two-Step). The countless clubs and extensive list of P.E., or Kinesiology, classes can add the right amount of fun to your academic day.
Bang for the buck
Being from out of state, it was worrisome picking a Texas school due to finances. But by joining the Corps of Cadets, I received a moderate scholarship, which ALSO gave me instate tuition. The facilities I have access to as a student and clubs and social groups I am able to join are phenomenal. The classes are challenging and will teach you everything you need to know, and the Corps will provide you with training that you can't get anywhere else.
Tips for prospective students
Apply early. I applied early December and got my acceptance letter in January. This gave me time to think about the decision I was about to make.

Join the Corps. The scholarship, guaranteed on-campus housing, academic support only available to corps members, and leadership training, not to mention the friends you will make, are so very important. Also, Aggie traditions are all based in the Corps, and those not in the Corps don't understand some of the most important aspects of being an Aggie.

Visit the college. I can tell you everything great about it, but you need to visit and make sure it fits you.
Great for these types of students
There is no one that A&M, and the Corps, is not perfect for. The reason I went there ultimately is that it was a huge school, and since I wasn't exactly sure what I wanted to major in, I knew I would find something if I stuck around long enough (and I have).
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Lauren from Amarillo, TX

a current student here
30 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
At Texas A&M it is easy to learn as much as you wish. For those who need to absorb just a small amount at a time, less classes with study sessions put on by the Teacher Assistants (TAs) help. However, for those who are driven and wish to learn as much as possible, the honors program offers classes of small numbers where you can study in depth and have discussions with classmates and professors. Additionally, these classes are excellent to take because the majority of the professors have received a doctorates in their field and conducted research.
Am enjoying being here
College Station itself is an excellent city to live in. It combines a small town feel with all the big city convenience. From a mall to live entertainment, staying busy is not a problem. Also, because College Station is so centered around the University, the residents are willing to help with anything students need; hotels allow students to study in their lobby while providing milk and cookies, Texas A&M banners hang in all the stores and restaurants, and college student apartments and housing is readily available at a reasonable cost.
Bang for the buck
Texas A&M literally tries to get students everything possible for their tuition fees. Students have access to different student services like a writing center that will help with papers and research, to a testing center that will help you to study better and make learning easier, to an on campus health center, and even small things that make huge differences like 300 free prints a semester in the computer center and access to free programs at the recreation center.
Tips for prospective students
Don't be afraid to ask questions. Be it in the classroom or out. In class, asking a question could be the difference between a B and an A. By asking questions on campus you will find that you discover groups and activities to be involved in much faster. The nice thing is, here, no one gives you looks for being curious.
Great for these types of students
Texas A&M is an excellent university for those students who love or don't mind traditions. A&M is full of traditions from the campus grounds itself to football and even the student body corp. Even more so I think A&M is for students who don't feel comfortable attending a big city university and who want to feel like they are part of a family.
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David from Pearland, TX

a current student here
29 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
I can honestly say that in just one year at A&M i have learned so much. I studied more in one semester than i did in all of high school together. But Because you have more freedom here and are able to do things the way you want to and are able to manage your own time, you not only learn about academics but you also learn about other things that prove valuable later in life.
Am enjoying being here
I won't lie, at the beginning i strongly despised A&M. I am a city slicker, politically liberal, and am very go green and A&M wasn't exactly the school that fit my personality best. But i started to get involved. There are so many organizations that you can join basically anything. I ended up joining a freshman leadership organization and have met so many people that are just like me. It proved that there were other people in the same boat that i was in. Now i have made friends that i know will last a lifetime and wouldnt change schools for any reason. It might take time to find where you belong and fit in, but with so many organizations available you are sure to fit in somewhere.
Bang for the buck
A&M is one of the cheapest schools in the country, but the education you recieve is superb. A&M is continually been rated the best school for payback in future slaries for what it costs to attend. A&M also offers many scholarships for its students. I personally think A&M is the best value out there and there are the stats to back up my opinion.
Tips for prospective students
The best tips i can give to prospective students are to go where your heart wants you to go to school. Because if its what you want, then you will succeed at it. Also apply for financial aid in high school. There are so many more available scholarships in High school than when you are in college, so take advantage of it. And Last but not least, once you get into your school, get involved. You will meet so many different people with different backgrounds and people with similar goals and interests. It sounds so cliche, but it truly is very vital to enjoying college.
Great for these types of students
There is no certain type of student that fits A&M. A&M accepts everyone for who they are and actually encourage differences in people. I am a testimony to that because i do not fit into the white, conservative, Country stereotype that A&M has. No Matter what you stand for and what you like to do, you can and will find people just like you to fit in with.
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Johann from Killeen, TX

a current student here
21 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
The professors at Texas A&M are well prepared and does a good job at covering all of the material at a timely pace. Some post the powerpoint slides the day before so that you can have them in class and take notes on stuff he talks about. They have their office hours readily available and even have SI sessions which is basically private tutoring for free.
Am enjoying being here
Honestly I didn't think going to school would be this good. The environment is perfect for students to learn and everyone respects one another and is treated like an adult. Everyone is really nice and help is always available. If you go to any games whether they win or lose it's an enjoyable experience being together with your fellow Aggies and supporting your school.
Bang for the buck
Texas A&M offers aid for those in need and even if you're not poor, if you apply early you can still get some kind of aid from the school. The catch here is to fill out the FAFSA as soon as your parents do their tax form and get it in before the due date. If it's an emergency you can give the financial aid office a call and they'll most likely find some way to help you. They are very helpful people and will make sure to tell you everything you need to know in great detail.
Tips for prospective students
I strongly advise that you do the basic courses in community colleges and not at the University. It's alot more work and studying you have to do and just added stress you have to go through when you're trying to study for the more difficult courses such as Calculus or Physics. If you're one of those kids that are lazy and don't like to study, you're in for a big wake up call your first year of college. You'll realize that you have to change your study habits if you want to pass as the workload in college is overwhelming sometimes. My biggest advice would be to not fall behind and always study everyday. Even if it's only for 30 minutes or else you're going to be cramming it all the night before and I guarantee that you won't be able to cover everything. Oh, and don't study in your dorm or your apartment. Go to the library where it's quiet and in an environment where everyone else is working. If you're at home, there are so many things to distract you so doing it in the library will help prevent alot of the distractions. Hope this helped!
Great for these types of students
Texas A&M is ranked pretty high up in the nation for engineering majors and have a good program for that so if you're interested in the engineering field this is definitely a school you need to attend. Also, if you're really into school spirit and love football then this school is a must because it's everywhere during football season.
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Sean from Rio Rancho, NM

a current student here
20 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
I am going into my sophomore year here in a couple weeks. The first year was really a reality check compared to high school. Some of the classes are huge and some are a size that I was used to. But the resources available to any student are amazing! No matter what you need help with, it's there for the taking.
Am enjoying being here
My home is about a 12 hour drive from school so it was pretty different. But you will meet so many different people that you would never had imagined if you don't step out of the box a little!
Bang for the buck
I know I am getting a top notch education. I am here on a scholarship and am taking every bit advantage of my opportunity to be here at this school. I had heard so much about A&M before I got here and realize it's all true! The tradition, pride and history that this school holds is awesome and I am proud to be an Aggie.
Tips for prospective students
Take advantage of everything that comes your way here. The type of people I've met here and the experiences I've had already in only 1 year so far are the chance and opportunities of a lifetime.
Great for these types of students
Anyone can attend here and feel comfortable and fit in. There is anything and everything available for any type of interest for any type of student.
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Rebecca from Friendswood, TX

a current student here
19 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
A&M has so many resources that are readily available, it is amazing. How much you learn is really up to you! Take advantage of the great professors and teaching assistants, and the computers have every program imaginable. If you really dive into the material, almost every class is eye-opening and applicable to your major and your life!
Am enjoying being here
Key advice: Get involved! My first semester, I was only involved in intramurals. They were fun, but it wasn't until I was busy with my fraternity that I really made friends and study buddies! The A&M campus is alive with tradition - Don't be shy, become the spirit!
Bang for the buck
Of course, A&M is a big Texas school and they can basically charge what they want and still have students lining up. However, regardless of the almost $20,000 per semester, the knowledge and experience I have gained is an investment that I know will pay off!
Tips for prospective students
Apply early, and take advantage of AP testing - getting classes out of the way for free is invaluable! It has allowed me to focus on classes closer to my interests and my major. Also, put your heart and soul into that essay! It really counts!
Great for these types of students
If you love tradition, a little bit of country, and meeting new people, you will love A&M!
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Amanda from houston , TX

a current student here
18 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
The professors are willing to help out if you have problems with the material covered in classes.
Am enjoying being here
College Station offers the most for any prospective student; the whole nine yards. It has a peaceful setting which makes it easier to stay in touch with schoolwork without getting distracted.
Bang for the buck
With the Aggie Spirit and the Aggie Ring, you will be able to achieve goals never thought possible.
Tips for prospective students
First and foremost, go to class. No class, no learning. Be prepared for the challenging workload and most importantly get out there and meet people. Just say howdy to next person you pass by.
Great for these types of students
Students who enjoy challenging, but fun classes, students willing to commit time to their studies, and students who love the close family feeling of Texas A&M University.
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