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Wall St. Journal Ranks Texas A&M Among Top 20 Public Colleges

September 27, 2017

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

Texas A&M University broke into the top 20 public universities list for the first time in the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings of 2018 at No. 19, and jumped to No. 3 among all universities, public or private, in student engagement.

The rankings also place Texas A&M in the top 10 percent in the overall ranking among 1,054 colleges and universities surveyed.

Texas A&M tied for No. 3 overall in the category of engagement, which is based on student recommendations; interaction with teachers and students; the number of accredited programs; and willingness to recommend their school to others.

“These rankings show once again that Texas A&M is a great place to learn and that our students are highly satisfied with their educational experience,” says President Michael K. Young.

“We want every student to have a minimum of three high impact learning experiences during their time at Texas A&M, such as study or work abroad, undergraduate research, or help starting a business. We appreciate our faculty who engage students and our students who are great at seizing opportunities to learn in new and different ways.”

The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education rankings use multiple grading criteria and are based on four broad categories: resources, engagement, outcomes and environment.

Included in those categories are numerous other metrics, including reputation; costs; graduation rates; student loans and default rates; earning power after graduation; amount of faculty research; number of accredited programs; student and faculty/staff diversity; number of international students; student-faculty ratio; and other criteria.

Texas A&M has consistently fared well in recent similar college rankings.

Texas A&M has been ranked No. 4 – the only institution in Texas among the Top 20 – in Washington Monthly’s rankings of the best universities in the country. It ranked the highest of any public university in the nation in the magazine’s rankings.

Also, Texas A&M is now ranked No. 25 overall among public universities according to U.S. News and World Report, improving from No. 27 last year.

In addition, Texas A&M ranks No. 8 nationally in a Money magazine study titled Best Colleges For Big Paychecks, showing Texas A&M graduates are among the nation’s earning leaders soon after they enter the job market.



Media contact: Keith Randall, News & Information, at (979) 845-4644 or

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