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Texas A&M University

Texas A&M University, or just Texas A&M, is the flagship organization of Texas A&M University system and is located in College Station, Texas, about 75 miles northeast of Austin. It is a land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant research institution, the ongoing projects being funded by agencies such as NASA, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Office of Naval Research. The university enrollment stands at 44,000, in its 10 academic colleges. Many of its academic colleges are in fact ranked among the top-15 in the nation. Texas A&M's history dates back to 1876, when it was founded as the state’s first public institution of higher education under the name Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas, as a consequence of the Morrill Act of 1872, which established the nation’s land-grant college system. It embraced the present name in 1963, so as to reflect its larger role as a leader in teaching, research, and public service for the state, nation, and the world. The “A&M” part of today's moniker is a reminder of the past and doesn’t hold any specific reference with respect to its modern-day curriculum. It now encompasses disciplines ranging from architecture and business, to medicine and geosciences. Texas A&M is one of the largest universities, by area, in the nation. It spans 5,400 acres, while the campus houses approximately 200 buildings, with a net worth of over $1 billion. The campus is divided in to two parts – the Main Campus and the West Campus – by a set of railroad tracks that run through the center. Among the 200 buildings on campus, the most recognizable ones include the Academic Building, the Albritton Bell Tower, the Administration Building, Kyle Field (football), the Memorial Student Center (MSC, and the George Bush Presidential Library. The campus also has an airport – Easterwood Airport – on the west side of the campus. Seven state-of-the-art libraries on campus cater to the academic needs of students. The International program in the curriculum, facilitates international experience for students, which it thinks is vital in the globalized economics of the day. The research facilities are among the best available in United States. But campus life is not restricted to academics alone; outside books and labs, there are ample opportunities for students to nurture their physical talents and pursue their creative spirits. Students can work with various student organizations or try their hand with the online newspaper, work with the student radio and TV stations, or be creative within a culture and arts venue. The Student Life program enhances student participation in various aspects of university life, while inculcating in them the values of responsibility and the awareness of self and the community as a whole.