Texas A&M today reported a full time fall semester enrollment of 58,809 students, making it the largest university in the state and one of the five largest in the nation, 1200 WOAI news reprots.
53,672 are on the Main Campus in College Station, with the rest at the new Texas A&M School of Law in Ft. Worth, or at A&M satellite campuses in Galveston and in Qatar. The total does not include students at Texas A&M San Antonio, which is considered a separate university in the A&M system.
"Our goal is not to be the largest university, but we are obviously proud that for the past several years more and more young men and women have come to recognize the excellent education and experiences that Texas A&M offers," President R. Bowen Loftin said.
The fall of 1963 marks the 50th anniversary of the momentous decision by General Earl Rudder, who was President of Texas A&M, to admit women to the university. Women today make up just under half of Texas A&M's total enrollment, a little over 27,000 students.
Enrollment at Texas A&M today includes students from 239 of the state's 254 counties, about one quarter are the first person in their immediate family to attend college.
5400 Aggies are from foreign countries, and 10,962 are in the graduate school.
About 17% of A&M's campus is Hispanic, 3.4% are African American.