University Review – Texas A & M University, College Station

Located in the heart of College Station, Texas, Texas A&M University has rapidly become a force to reckon with. Known for its large student body, cutting-edge infrastructure, pioneering research and development work, and the faculty consisting of some of the most distinguished names in academics, it is no surprise that TAMU has become the university of choice for so many students.

If you are considering pursuing your graduate studies at TAMU, this article will help you get an overview of the admissions requirements, deadlines, documents required, and what the life of a student at TAMU is like.

 

Section 1: Admission Eligibility for TAMU

Section 1: Admission Eligibility for TAMU

Texas A & M University, College Station, is ranked #11 by USNEWS among the top 100 US Universities for Engineering. Nicknamed the Aggies, the students at TAMU reflect their core values of excellence, leadership, and integrity.

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  • Admission Eligibility Requirements:
    • GRE Score: 316 (Quant – 163 ; Verbal – 153)
    • TOEFL (or) IELTS Score: 80 (or) 6.0
    • CGPA: 3.30 out of 4

 

 

GREedge Admission Tip: Bear in mind that these scores are not an absolute cutoff for admissions. Getting an admit is definitely subjective and depends on various factors such as your project/work experience, your SOP, the admission season you are applying for, etc.

 

Section 2: Programs, Rankings, Fall ‘18 Deadlines

 

Section 2: Programs, Rankings, Fall ‘18 Deadlines

With over 250 graduate programs, TAMU offers a diverse set of programs to cater to a variety of fields. What’s more is that, most of these programs are ranked among the top 25 programs in the US making it quite prestigious to be part of this institution.

Here’s a look at the top 10 program rankings for TAMU:

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Section 3: Applying at TAMU - Document Checklist

 

Section 3: Applying at TAMU – Document Checklist

Before you send your applications for Graduate Studies at TAMU, you must make sure that you have all the required documents before the deadlines.

For the upcoming Fall ‘18 admission season, the deadlines vary by major. For some of the most popular programs, the Fall ‘18 deadlines are as stated above.

Online application: Start your application by applying online at www.applytexas.org, which is a common application portal for all public universities in the state of Texas. However, if you are applying to the MBA program at Mays Business School, you must use the specific application portal for that.

Application fee: In order to successfully complete you application, you must pay a non-refundable fee of $90, through cheque, money order, or online banking. Application fee waivers are not available to international applicants.

Official transcripts: This includes the official mark-sheets issued by the college or university where you pursued your undergraduate studies from. If your transcripts are not in English, you are required to submit an authorized translation as well. You are not required to submit the entire original documentation initially. You can upload the scanned version through the Applicant Information System (AIS); however, you must submit the original documentation within a specified date if you receive an admit.

Test scores:You are required to submit either your GRE or GMAT scores taken within the last five years, along with a valid English test score, like the TOEFL or the IELTS. The score requirements are as stated above.

GREedge Admission Tip: You must submit all your test scores directly from the testing center to be considered valid for admissions. For GRE & TOEFL, the university code is 6003. There is no official code for IELTS, so you must use the address of the Office of Admissions.

Department-specific Documentation:

Letters of Recommendation: You will be required to submit three Letters of Recommendation, written by your professors or employers.

Statement of Purpose: You must write a brief Statement of Purpose of about 500 words or so, subject to the requirements of the specific department you are applying to. Your SOP must outline your past academic and professional experiences, your aspirations, and how TAMU can help you achieve them.

CV or Resume: Several departments, including Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering, require you to submit a CV as a part of your application.

GREedge Admission Tip:  Normally, students applying for a Masters degree at TAMU are not required to have any prior work experience. However, if you are applying to the MS in Analytics, you must have a minimum of three years’ of full-time work experience in the relevant field to be eligible for application.

Bacterial Meningitis Immunization (IF ADMITTED): If you are 22 years old or under, you will be required to submit a proof of immunization against Bacterial Meningitis Immunization. The immunization must have been given within the last five years.

You can send your documents either by uploading visa at the AIS or by mailing the documents. Please note that if you are mailing the documents, you must attach a document ID sheet.

 

Section 4: Life at TAMU - Residence, Transport, Campus Life, Jobs, & Volunteering

 

Section 4: Life at TAMU – Residence, Transport, Campus Life, Jobs, & Volunteering

Boasting of a large, 55,000+ strong student community with a substantial international presence, TAMU is home to thousands of student clubs and organizations, a thriving Greek life, the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets, and several sports teams. According to the university website, nearly 32% of the graduate student body is made up of international students.

Residence

TAMU’s residence halls and dorms are large and student-friendly, providing a home away from home to thousands of students each year. You can choose to live in individual study rooms or double occupancy rooms. The rooms are well-equipped, providing you with all the basic amenities like electricity, water, internet access, pest control, and laundry services, all at a nominal rate. All the dorms and residence halls have easy access to the dining halls and the main academic buildings.

Transport

Shuttle services ply at regular intervals to and from the residence halls to the main campus. If you choose to not use the shuttle, you can always bicycle or walk your way to your destination.

College Station is a bustling city and is well-connected to bigger cities like Houston, Austin, and Dallas through buses and aeroplanes.

Dining

Other than the central dining halls, small cafés and restaurants are scattered through the university campus for the ease of students. A wide range of food and beverages are available across several cuisines, including many vegetarian options. Each day, the complete menu for the day is uploaded on the website for your convenience.

Student Societies and organizations

TAMU prides itself on its many student societies and guarantees that no matter what your interest, you will be able to find one that caters to it. Be it sports, literature, politics, or pop culture, you can always find a society to nurture your passions. If you are interested in being a part of the student administration and welfare you also have the option of joining the TAMU Student Government and have your voice heard.

Sports

 

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Like any other American university, TAMU takes sports and athletics very seriously. Other than their award-winning football and basketball teams, TAMU also offers 34 recreational sports teams for interested students. Whether you wish to train with a professional or simply want to relax after a hectic day in class, TAMU’s recreational sports center has it all.

Campus life

TAMU’s student resident campuses are both high on comfort and safety. The University Police are on duty 24 hours of the day to keep you safe and to hear your grievances. Additionally, health services are available round the clock to take care of your well being, with a panel of qualified doctors and nurses on hand. The campus is extremely accessible to disabled students; plus, TAMU offers a host of disability services to make your stay at the university pleasant and memorable. A Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Cell has been set up on campus, making it easy for students to lodge a complaint.

Job and volunteer opportunities

The Career Centre at TAMU offers many part-time jobs to students to help them finance their studies. These jobs not only pay over and above the minimum wage but also often don’t require any prior experience. Whether you want to earn or learn, these jobs give you the opportunity to meet like-minded people and try your hand at something new. Best of all, you have the option to choose how many hours a week you want to work, and on what days.

If you don’t want to work, but are interested in community service, you can choose from a range of volunteering opportunities and give back to the society.

 

If you are considering pursuing your graduate studies in the US, then TAMU is a wonderful option, combining the very best of academics and extra-curricular activities.  

We wish you all the best!

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18 Responses

  1. Dhruv Raj says:

    Hi Shruti Ganesh,

    Thanks for the detailed review of TAMU. I’m planning to apply to CMU, NYU, ASU & Georgia Tech for CS. Is there a place where I can find your review of theses Universities?

    Awaiting your reply.

  2. Sravya says:

    Can I get review on Lamar university for Cs abd deadline for fall 2017?

  3. jainee shah says:

    Thanku for sharing information to me.Cn i get information for NYU,RIT, SANTA CLARA, San José n Arizona state university

    • Hi Jainee,

      Thanks for your feedback!
      We will be posting soon about ASU and CMU next week. Stay tuned to our blog. 😀

      Meanwhile, if you have any specific questions, you can ask our experts on our official Facebook group for GRE & admissions – MS dreams.

      See you there! 😀

  4. Swapnil says:

    This was really helpfull. It will be great help if you can give the same for University of Texas Austin

    • Hi Swapnil,

      I’m glad you found this article useful. If you have any friends applying to TAMU, share it with them too! 😀

      We will be covering more universities shortly and I will add UT Austin to the list. Do keep checking back for more information! 🙂

      Good Luck!

  5. lagan kapoor says:

    I want to know Master in robotics . can any one help me to give me some advice on Best institutions ???

  6. Swaroop says:

    Hi i have cgpa of 8.8, vit university, internship in ISRO for 3 months, job exp of 2 yrs, 1 paper publication , gre – 315, extra curricular – BAJA racing and Toastmasters International etc. How are my chances to get into TAMU ?

    • Hi Swaroop,

      You have quite a strong profile, I must say!
      Internship at ISRO coupled with job experience and a paper publication will surely pack quite a punch.

      What about your GRE score? Have you taken it yet?
      Also, which admission season are you targeting?

  7. Shivani Sharma says:

    This is amazing! Can you please review University of Pennsylvania, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign & University of Maryland, College Park for Computer Science?

    I’m planning to apply for Fall`17 with a GRE score of 321

    • Hi Shivani,

      Thanks for your comments! Appreciate it! 😀

      I will surely add UIUC & University of Maryland, College Park to my list! Stay tuned to our blog. 🙂

      Congratulations on your GRE score and all the best with your applications!

  8. Dhanush Achar says:

    Hello, this was quite an informative post, Kudos. I wanted to know will a student with an average profile be able to apply for Masters at TAMU given a good GRE score?

    • Hi Dhanush,

      Thank you for your comments! I’m glad you found this informative.

      Now, acceptance at TAMU or any university for that matter is quite subjective and it varies from individual to individual. To give you an accurate answer, I would have to know the exact details of the profile. For example, if a student has lower GPA but extensive research experience, then a convincing SOP can ideally do the trick.

      A good GRE score can definitely help you target TAMU, depending on other aspects of your profile. 🙂

      If you want any further assistance, please drop a mail to info@greedge.com and we’d be happy to help!

      Good Luck, Dhanush!

  9. Vishala says:

    Can you just send me the best universities for aerospace engineering
    Awaitingyour reply

  10. Suganya says:

    Hi, I have a GRE score of 312 (V -153 , Q – 159) , and my CGPA is 9.6. I also have work experience of 4 years in Bosch and Continental. Will I be able to get an admission in TAMU (for Electrical and Computer Engineering) ? I am afraid that I would not be able to get in as I have screwed my GRE as well as I am planning for spring admissions which is another disadvantage. Kindly provide your opinion.

  11. Ayooluwa says:

    Hello, thanks for this review, I would like to know when fall 2019 applications for TAMU will open. I can’t seem to find specific information about this on the school’s website. Thanks again.

  12. Harendra says:

    Is the GPA here is throughout the course or for last 2 sems or something like that?

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