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MONEY Magazine Ranks Texas A&M Best in Texas

The magazine’s annual rankings place Texas A&M No. 11 overall and No. 5 among best public colleges in the country.
By Keith Randall, Texas A&M University Division of Marketing & Communications September 10, 2020

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MONEY magazine ranked Texas A&M University fifth in its list of best public schools in the country.

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Texas A&M University is ranked the top university in Texas in MONEY magazine’s new best value rankings.

Texas A&M is ranked No. 11 in the publication’s overall rankings, No. 5 in its best public schools list, which tops all Texas schools.

In addition, Texas A&M is ranked No. 8 in the categories of best colleges for business majors and best colleges for engineering majors.

The MONEY list ranks the top 50 schools in the country based on quality of education, affordability and graduates’ earnings as they pursue their careers.

MONEY’s snapshot of Texas A&M notes that although the school “is best known for its business, agriculture, and engineering programs, A&M has one of the country’s largest programs in recreation, park and tourism management. The school boasts an 82% graduation rate. Aggies tend to thrive economically after leaving school: According to PayScale, they report earning an average of $59,200 within five years of commencement — about 12% more than expected based on the composition of students.”

In other recent rankings, Texas A&M is ranked No. 12 overall and No. 4 among public universities in the United States by Washington Monthly magazine in its annual college rankings. Texas A&M is the only school in Texas ranked among the top 70 in the publication’s national rankings and is the highest ranked Southeastern Conference school. The University of Florida is listed at No. 15 overall.

Also, Texas A&M is ranked No. 2 among Southern schools in Washington Monthly’s “Best Bang For The Buck” category of how well a college helps non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices.

Texas A&M remains the only public college in Texas to make the “Best Buys” list in the 2021 Fiske Guide to Colleges, a listing which cites the best colleges that offer a superior education for the most affordable cost.

Texas A&M is the only public university in Texas to make the list, while Rice University is the sole private school in the state in the Fiske Guide. The University of Florida is the only other Southeastern Conference public school to make the list.

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