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Washington Monthly Ranks Texas A&M No. 4 Among Nation’s Best

August 29, 2017

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By Keith Randall, Texas A&M University Marketing and Communications

Texas A&M University is ranked No. 4 – the only institution in Texas among the Top 20 – in Washington Monthly’s rankings of the best universities in the country.

Texas A&M ranked the highest of any public university in the nation. In addition to being tops in Texas, Texas A&M leads the Southeastern Conference (SEC), with Florida ranked No. 18.

Heading the list is Stanford, followed by Harvard, and MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).

“We are so proud to be recognized once again by Washington Monthly for being a national leader in these areas in which we strive to lead: research contributions, providing an affordable, quality education for all, and service to the state, nation and world,” said Texas A&M University President Michael K. Young. “We applaud Washington Monthly for recognizing that these tenets of a university education are worthy of celebration.”

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According to Washington Monthly editors, “Since 2005, Washington Monthly has released an annual College Guide and rankings, where we rate schools based on what they are doing for the country. It’s our answer to U.S News & World Report, which relies on crude and easily manipulated measures of wealth, exclusivity, and prestige to evaluate schools.

“We rate schools based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: Social Mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), Research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs), and Service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).”

With more than 60,000 students, Texas A&M is one the nation’s five largest universities, and approximately 25 percent of its entering freshman class is traditionally made up of students who are the first in their families to attend college. Also, it is the top university producer of officers for the military—headed only by the service academies.

Research conducted at Texas A&M represented annual expenditures of more than $892.7 million (FY 2016). Texas A&M ranked in the top 20 of the National Science Foundation’s Higher Education Research and Development survey (2015), based on expenditures of more than $866.6 million in fiscal year 2015. To learn more, visit

Texas A&M has consistently ranked among the leaders ever since Washington Monthly began its ratings in 2005.

View Washington Monthly’s complete rankings.


Keith Randall, Texas A&M University College Station, 979-845-4644,

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