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Texas A&M No. 13 Among Public Schools In Forbes Best Value Ranking

April 12, 2018

Academic Building

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

Texas A&M University is ranked among the national leaders in Forbes’ America’s Best Value Colleges, placing No. 29 overall and ranking No. 13 among public universities.

The Forbes list ranks 300 colleges across the country and the criteria include price, student debt, earnings of graduates and other factors.

Forbes says the goal of the rankings is “to help students and their families evaluate the likely return on investment” of their degrees.

Among research universities – Texas A&M has the largest research budget of any school in Texas at nearly $1 billion per year – the Aggies are ranked No. 23 nationally.

“It is thrilling to see that once again, Texas A&M is being recognized as one of the best college values in America,” says Texas A&M President Michael K. Young. “This is a testament to our commitment to current and future Aggies to provide a top-tier education that inspires innovation and discovery, while maintaining an affordable price.”

Rice University is ranked No. 25 for the top ranking among Texas schools and the University of Texas is ranked No. 44.

Fourteen other Texas colleges are ranked in the Forbes listing.

California schools dominate the Forbes list, with UCLA getting the overall No.1 ranking and California-Berkeley No. 2.  Five of the top 10 schools ranked in the Forbes list are in California.

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 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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