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School Spotlight: Texas A&M University

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Elyse Krantz

Written by Elyse Krantzon January 29th, 2019

I became interested in the college admissions process after serving as a student tour guide in the admissions office of my alma mater. After graduating, I accepted an admissions counseling position at Bennington College in Vermont where I evaluated applications and reviewed art portfolios from students across the country. Three years later, after pursuing my master's degree in New York City, I joined the admissions staff at Barnard College where I served as a senior admissions officer. At Barnard, I directed Long Island and Boston recruitment in addition to managing the College's alumnae interview program, coordinating admissions statistics, and editing various college publications. Having also served as an alumni interviewer for Dartmouth College and visited over 75 colleges, I feel especially well-equipped to help students prepare for admission interviews and campus tours.
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There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges. As such, we are highlighting a new college each week in our School Spotlight series. Check out the college below, along with the other posts in our series, and you may just stumble upon your dream school! School Spotlight: Texas A&M University College Station, TX “Howdy!” Step onto Texas A&M University’s campus and you’re likely to hear more than a few people welcoming you the traditional Aggie way. As the state’s first public university, Texas A&M provides its 54,000 undergraduates a wide range of academic options, with particular strengths in engineering, business, and agriculture & life sciences. The College of Engineering alone offers 18 different majors including rare programs in aerospace engineering, industrial distribution, and nuclear engineering. Not surprisingly, research plays a major role on campus. Undergraduates are encouraged to get involved, especially during the summer months through programs sponsored jointly by the University and the National Science Foundation. Most summer research opportunities last 10 weeks and provide students with a hefty $4,000 stipend! Aggies compete in 20 DI sports (congrats to the men’s tennis team for clinching the 2018 conference championships!), and a whopping 12,000 students participate in the University’s intramural program. While the majority of TAMU students hail from Texas, the campus is diverse. Twenty-five percent of students are the first in their families to attend college, while 40 percent of undergrads identify as either international or students of color. Good to know: National Merit Finalists who choose Texas A&M are guaranteed to receive a $40,000 scholarship! Photo credit: Top, Courtesy of Texas A&M University College-Visit-CTA


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