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Fearless Milestones

Texas A&M University’s 140 years have been defined by moments of fearlessness that made a lasting impact on the school, the state, the nation and the world. Below are the 12 milestones that made Texas A&M what it is today and what it will continue to drive success in the future.
October 5, 2016

The Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas opens as the state’s first public institution of higher education.


The first Aggie Ring was designed and to this day is the most well-known symbol of the Aggie Network.


The legend of the 12th Man is born as E.King Gill stands ready to assist the Aggies on the gridiron.


The Memorial Student Center opens in honor of Aggies who gave the ultimate sacrifice during military service to their country.


A year of great change and progress: our name changes to Texas A&M University, and African Americans and women are admitted.


Nobel Peace Prize winner Norman Borlaug, the “Father of the Green Revolution,” begins teaching and conducting research at Texas A&M.


Texas A&M is recognized as one of the first land-, sea-, and space-grant universities in the nation and to this day shares that distinction with only 16 other institutions.


The George Bush Presidential Library & Museum opens on the campus of Texas A&M in honor of the Nation’s 41st president.


Texas A&M achieves membership into the prestigious Association of American Universities, one of only 62 institutions with this distinction.


Military Walk, originally a dirt road in the early 1880s, undergoes significant renovation to honor the tradition-laden walkway.



The Academic Building celebrates its 100th anniversary.


Today, we advance as a research-intensive flagship university dedicated to preparing Aggie leaders for the challenges of tomorrow. We are determined to secure a healthier, more sustainable and more livable world. And we stand together on the front lines of society’s greatest obstacles to do this.


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