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Washington Monthly Rates Texas A&M No. 1 In State

The publication ranked Texas A&M No. 11 among public universities and No. 21 overall in its national listing of U.S. colleges.
By Keith Randall, Texas A&M University Division of Marketing & Communications August 30, 2021

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Texas A&M University is ranked No. 21 overall and No. 11 among public universities in Washington Monthly magazine’s annual ranking of the top U.S. colleges.

Texas A&M is the state’s only school to be ranked among the top 30 national universities and is also ranked No. 2 in the publication’s listing of the “Best Bang for the Buck” schools in the South.

Among Southeastern Conference schools, only the University of Florida (No. 19) and Texas A&M are ranked in the top 25 in Washington Monthly’s best national universities list.

Overall, the publication ranked 1,466 colleges which includes public, private, nonprofit and for-profit colleges.

Rankings were based on a variety of factors, including graduation rates, net price to attend, percentage of Pell Grants awarded to students and other criteria. According to the publication’s data, Texas A&M graduated more Pell Grant recipients than Stanford, Harvard, Yale and Princeton combined. In addition, Washington Monthly rates how well schools graduate low-income students, produce groundbreaking scholarship and encourage students to serve their country.

Texas A&M is one of the nation’s  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. It is also the top university producer of officers for the military – only the service academies produce more.

Research conducted at Texas A&M generated annual expenditures of more than $1.131 billion in fiscal year 2020.

Media contact: Keith Randall, 979-845-4644,

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