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Rank: 17

Texas A & M University-College Station

College Station, TXwww.tamu.edu
With over 48,000 undergraduates, Texas A&M is one of the largest schools in MONEY's top 50. It's also one of the most affordable for in-state students. Almost a quarter of students come from low-income families. Best known for its business, agriculture and engineering programs, A&M also has one of the country's largest programs in recreation, park and tourism management. Aggies tend to thrive economically after leaving school: According to PayScale, they report earning an average of $57,200 within three years of commencement -- about 9% 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 and one of the biggest uniformed student groups in the U.S. But athletics may be the most vibrant element of campus culture: Some 12,000 Aggies play either team or club sports. 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.
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$29,200
% of students who get any grants
54%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$16,600
Average price for low-income students
$8,000
admissions
Acceptance rate
67%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1190/27
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
53,515
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
82%
% of need met
72%
% of students who get merit* grants
12%
Average merit grant
$4,134
student success
Graduation rate
80%
Average time to a degree
4.4 years
Average student debt
$18,800
Average salary within 3 years
$57,200
% 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, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

* 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, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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