|Texas A&M University|
Howdy! That is the official greeting of the 6th largest student body in the nation, Texas A&M. Originally founded in 1871 as the first public institution of higher education in Texas, it is located in College Station, Texas, ninety miles northwest of Houston. When on campus, there are four things easily associated with Texas A&M, TAMU or A&M: Engineering, Corp of Cadets (ROTC), Aggie Spirit and friendliness.
|Memorial Student Center (MSC)|
Stepping on the campus of A&M, one will not miss the Corp of Cadets. More than 2,300 students belong to the ROTC program, making it one of nations’ largest uniformed student body. Texas A&M commissions more officers than any other institution outside of the nation’s service academies. The Corp of Cadets reside in special dormitories in the Quadrangle. The Memorial Student Center (MSC) recently completed a 4 year renovation and serves as a memorial to all Aggies who have served.
|E. King Gill, the original 12th Man|
Tradition was the first word I was told by an Aggie alum in reference to TAMU. That tradition goes along with another Texas passion, football. During the fall on Saturday, Kyle Field will dra between 30,000-40,000 students; almost half of its capacity. The 12th Man, as they are officially known, stand the entire game, while waving their official white towels, to support their fellow Aggies. Besides the football games, the tradition of the Aggie Ring, earned by students after 90 hours of credit, is recognizable to graduates of Texas A&M since 1894. Other traditions on campus include placing a penny at the foot of the statue of former president Lawrence Sullivan Ross (or as his namesake in Monsters, Inc. is called, Sully), for help during exam week. Near the statue of ‘Sully’, one will find an odd shaped Century Tree, the oldest tree on campus. This is where many traditions of good luck and marriage proposals occur. This section is not complete without mentioning the highest ranking member of the Corp of Cadets, Reveille VIII. The official A&M mascot, a purebred Collie, has a Corp member assigned to her at all times and has the power to dismiss class if she barks. If you cannot keep Reveille interested, you cannot keep the students engaged.