COLLEGE STATION, August 17, 2007 — Texas A&M University ranks third nationally among public universities in the “Great Schools, Great Prices” category in the 2008 edition of “America’s Best Colleges” published Friday (Aug. 17) by U.S. News & World Report—two places higher than for the previous year.
The magazine also lists Texas A&M among the top colleges and universities in the “First-Year Experience” category that is part of a section titled “Programs to Look For.” The magazine’s editors describe the “Programs to Look For” section as lists of schools “with outstanding examples of academic programs that are commonly linked to student success.”
In explaining the “First-Year Experience” listing, the editors note that “orientation can only go so far in making freshmen feel connected,” adding that many schools build into the curriculum first-year seminars and other academic programs that bring small groups of students together with faculty and staff on a regular basis.
Texas A&M is the only Texas school to be included in the “First-Year Experience” list.
Interim Texas A&M President Eddie J. Davis said it is gratifying for the university to be recognized once again for its efforts to “provide high-quality education at costs that are as reasonable as possible—and to be cited for our efforts to facilitate the best possible transition to college life for our freshmen.”
“We pride ourselves on continuing to make Texas A&M affordable while maintaining—and actually enhancing—the quality of education for our students,” Davis said.
While holding down costs in most areas, Texas A&M is in the final stage of a five-year program to expand its faculty by about 450 to enhance the learning experience for its students—an endeavor that is producing a more favorable teacher/student ratio.
Other notable publications, including Kiplinger’s, Barron’s and The Princeton Review, also have cited Texas A&M in their annual “best values” listings.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ranked first in the “Great Schools, Great Prices” category, followed by the University of Virginia.
In overall rankings, Texas A&M placed 23rd nationally among pubic universities in the U.S. News & World Report rankings of undergraduate programs.
The newly released publication also included rankings for undergraduate programs in engineering and business. Texas A&M tied for ninth among public institutions in engineering and 21st in business.