Aggie Ring and Traditions

Aggie Ring:

One of Texas A&M University’s most time honored and a sacred tradition is the Aggie Ring. As the most recognizable symbol of the Aggie Network, the Aggie Ring is something earned not given. The Association of Former Students awards the Aggie Ring based on eligibility. To receive your Aggie Ring for the MID program, you must have completed 15 hours. During your second Residency Week, you will be taken to customize and size your Aggie Ring. You will then order your ring during the beginning of the Spring semester of your second year. The Aggie Ring ceremony will be held in April, during which you can pick-up your ring. For more information, please visit: www.aggienetwork.com/ring

Traditions:

Texas A&M University is enveloped in traditions, which go as far back as the universities founding in 1876. One of Texas A&M’s most identifiable traditions is the Corps of Cadets. For over 137 years, the “Keepers of the Spirit,” have upheld the leadership of Texas A&M.

Two of our most honored traditions are Silver Taps and Aggie Muster. Silver Taps occurs on Texas A&M campus and honors those students, faculty, and staff who have passed away within the previous month. Aggie Muster occurs every April 21st, in which Aggies around the world come together to celebrate and honor all Aggies who have passed away the previous year.

Miss Reveille is the first lady of Aggieland and serves as Texas A&M’s mascot. She is an honorary 5 star Cadet General. When you come to Aggieland do not forget to say “Howdy,” and join in on Midnight Yell practice with the Texas A&M  Yell Leaders. For more information on Texas A&M Traditions, please visit http://traditions.tamu.edu/

TAMU Facts:

Opened: 1876
Colors: Maroon & White
Nickname: Aggies
Mascot: Reveille
Total Enrollment: 58,809
College Station Campus: 53,000
Undergraduates: 44,839
Graduate and Professional: 13,000
Rank: Among nation’s five largest universities
Purpose: To develop leaders of character dedicated to serving the greater good
Core Values: Integrity, Loyalty, Respect, Leadership, Excellence, and Selfless Service.

Close to 80% of Texas A&M’s 4,259 faculty members hold doctoral degrees; close to 400 hold endowed chairs or professorships. Includes 3 Nobel Prize recipients, 13 members of the National Academy of Engineering, 6 members of the National Academy of Science and 3 members of the Institute of Medicine. Research expenditures for 2013 reached $820 million, often translating into patents and licenses with significant, far-reaching economic benefits.

Texas A&M is the flagship of the Texas A&M University System – one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, educating 131,000 students through a statewide network of 11 universities, seven agencies and two service units.

TAMU Rankings & Recognition:

  • The Wall Street Journal named Texas A&M University 2nd among all universities in the nation in a survey of top U.S. corporations, nonprofit and government agencies, based on graduates recruiters prefer to hire.
  • Ranks 2nd in the nation among public universities in the “great schools, great prices” category – and 25th overall among publics by 2014 U.S. News & World Report
  • Ranks 8th among U.S. public universities and 1st in Texas — in a New York Times survey of business leaders worldwide based on the top institutions from which they recruit
  • Ranks 1st in the nation by Smart Money magazine in “payback ratio” — what graduates earn compared to the cost of their college educations
  • Ranks 2nd nationally among public and private universities in 2014 Washington Monthly based on research, service, social mobility and contributions to society
  • Ranks 4th in nation in 2014 for most affordable comprehensive public universities with high return on investment what its graduates earn during the first 20 years of career — Payscale
  • Ranks 1st in Texas in student retention and graduation rates —overall and for minorities
  • Ranks 4th among U.S. public universities and 10th overall with an endowment of more than $5 billion
  • Ranks 1st in Texas and 18th among the nation’s top 100 public colleges in Kiplinger’s 2013 “best values”

TAMU History:

Texas A&M is the state’s first public institution of higher education. With a current student body of more than 50,000 and a physical campus of more than 5,200 acres, Texas A&M is also among the nation’s largest universities. Its origins, however, were much humbler. Texas A&M owes its origin to the Morrill Act, approved by the United States Congress on July 2, 1862. This act provided for donation of public land to the states for the purpose of funding higher education, whose “leading object shall be, without excluding other scientific and classical studies, and including military tactics, to teach such branches of learning as are related to agriculture and mechanic arts.”

TAMU Admin Building

Texas A&M underwent many changes in the 1960s under the presidency of Gen. James Earl Rudder. Under his tenure the college diversified, opening its doors to African-Americans and formally admitting women. Participation in the Corps of Cadets was also made voluntary. In 1963 the Texas state legislature officially renamed the school to Texas A&M University, with the “A” and “M” being a symbolic link to the school’s past but no longer officially standing for “Agricultural and Mechanical”.

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