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Texas A&M Is State’s Only Public College To Make 2019 Fiske Rankings

July 10, 2018

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

Once again, Texas A&M University is the only public college in Texas to make the “Best Buys” list in the 2019 Fiske Guide to Colleges, a listing which cites the best colleges that offer a superior education for the most affordable cost.

The Fiske Guide grades schools based on academic programs and quality in relation to total cost. In short, the colleges listed are the best bargains for the money. Its rankings are among the most select of any organization: only 20 schools make up the “Best Buys” list in the Fiske Guide.

Texas A&M is the only public university in Texas to make the list, and Rice University is the only private school in the state in the Fiske Guide. Only one other public Southeastern Conference school – the University of Florida – made the Fiske Guide this year.

Texas A&M President Michael K. Young said rankings such as Fiske’s, which highlight quality education in relation to cost, are especially meaningful for Texas A&M.

“As a land-grant institution, it has been part of our mission from the very beginning to bring higher education and upward mobility to those who seek it. The fact we are consistently ranked for providing students a top-notch education at an affordable price reflects our strong commitment to achieving this goal.”

Of special note about Texas A&M, the Fiske Guide says, “In-state students at this tradition-rich university can lock in their tuition rate for four years.”

“Parents and students are becoming increasingly cost-conscious,” according to Edward Fiske, author of the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2019.

“At the same time, parents know that if they’re going to pour lots of money into higher education, they want the best education possible for their child, within their financial limits,” adds Fiske, a former education editor for The New York Times who created the guide 35 years ago.


Contact: Keith Randall, News & Information Services, at (979) 845-4644 or

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