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Texas A&M Recognized By ‘TIME’ As One Of Nation’s Best Colleges For Future Leaders

TIME editors reviewed the resumés of 2,000 top U.S. leaders across multiple sectors to find where they earned their degrees.
By Lesley Henton, Texas A&M University Division of Marketing and Communications December 11, 2023

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Texas A&M University is one of the nation’s best colleges for future leaders, according to a recent ranking from TIME.

Texas A&M ranks at No. 23 on the list compiled by TIME and the data analysis firm Statista. The “Best Colleges for Future Leaders” ranking is based on where the nation’s top leaders earned their degrees.

Editors examined the resumés of 2,000 of the top U.S. leaders across various sectors including politicians, CEOS and union leaders to assemble the list, which is weighted for school size.

TIME says what distinguishes the schools on the list is, “not necessarily that they teach students to be better leaders, but that alums receive more opportunities, and many companies have a vested interest in hiring them.”

Interim President Mark A. Welsh III said the ranking from TIME magazine is a testament to the dynamic learning environment at Texas A&M, as well as its commitment to nurturing leadership qualities and empowering students to make a positive impact on the world.

“For more than 145 years, Texas A&M has been instilling the values and skills that propel former students to become trailblazers in their chosen fields. Time and time again, Aggies are at the leading edge of businesses, ideas and policy,” Welsh said, pointing to the fact that in 2019 the university was recognized for producing more Fortune 100 leaders than any other university in the country by U.S. News and World Report. “At Texas A&M, we don’t just educate minds, we inspire and shape the leaders of tomorrow.”

The TIME ranking follows other notable recognitions for Texas A&M this year, including being named the No. 1 university in Texas by Wall Street Journal and the No. 20 best public university in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.

Texas A&M offers a variety of leadership opportunities for Aggies and lists “leadership” as one of its six Core Values.

Students can lead through membership in one of over 1,300 student organizations, including the oldest and perhaps most visible leadership training program, the Corps of Cadets, as well as Student Government Association, Traditions Council and MSC committees, to name just a few.

Media contact: Lesley Henton,

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