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Texas A&M Reports First Day Enrollment Totals

The freshman class on the main campus represents 44 states.
By Jasmine Johnson, Texas A&M University Division of Enrollment & Academic Services August 31, 2021

Enrollment for fall 2021 at Texas A&M University on the first day of classes totaled 72,982, including an entering freshman class of 12,459 of which 11,464 are part of the main campus.

Registration remains open, so the official enrollment figures and breakdown will be reported after the 20th class day by Data & Research Services. These enrollment numbers include students at the main campus in College Station, the Higher Education Center at McAllen, remote Engineering Academy sites, the branch campuses in Galveston and Doha, Qatar, the Law School in Fort Worth and all locations of the Health Science Center.

The freshman class on the main campus represents 44 states — including Texas and 192 Texas counties — as well as 1,281 United States high schools. This cohort also accumulated an average number of 196 service hours per applicant. The incoming freshmen include over 3,300 underrepresented students and more than 2,400 first-generation students. The class also includes 249 National Merit Finalists who represent an increase of nearly 30 percent from the previous year.

Mark Weichold, interim provost and executive vice president, said, “It is exciting to once again be able to meet our students in the traditional instructional settings and even more exciting to welcome the university’s largest freshman class. Texas A&M University has a long history of attracting the very best students and this class continues that tradition. Welcome!”

First class day numbers for the fall enrollment increased by 2.6 percent from the official numbers last year. The increase in enrollment included planned growth of freshmen in the College of Engineering and the Mays Business School, while the Colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Education & Human Development, and Liberal Arts all saw growth.

The university also expanded the number of degree programs previously only available in College Station to new locations. The baccalaureate degrees in agricultural economics, university studies and construction science are now available at the Higher Education Center at McAllen. The baccalaureate degree in computer science is now available in Galveston and the Doctor of Philosophy in biomedical sciences is available at West Texas A&M University in Canyon.

The university also noted that this fall includes enrollments in master’s programs at its new Washington, D.C. location for the Bush School of Government and Public Service.

Joseph Pettibon, vice president for enrollment and academic services, said, “The demand for a Texas A&M degree continues to increase as does our ability to meet that demand for more students in more places.”

Media contact: Jasmine Johnson,

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