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Texas A&M University-Commerce (2009)

Brief Description:

For the past 120 years, Texas A&M University-Commerce has been in the business of transforming lives. As the fifth-oldest state university, A&M-Commerce provides the prestige of a tier-one school in a small-town atmosphere complete with personal mentoring from world-class professors, small classes and hands-on experiences from day one.

Texas A&M University-Commerce is home to more than 9,000 students, three academic colleges, a thriving graduate school, and more than 100 degree programs. As the region’s focal point of higher education, A&M-Commerce offers students facilities ranging from a world-class science building and new student center, to a fully equipped recreational facility and the soon-to-be completed music hall.


Mission Statement:

Texas A&M University-Commerce provides a personal educational experience for a diverse community of life-long learners. Our purpose is to discover and disseminate knowledge for leadership and service in an interconnected and dynamic world. Our challenge is to nurture partnerships for the intellectual, cultural, social, and economic vitality of Texas and beyond.

President's Quote:

“Professor William Leonidas Mayo brought to Northeast Texas a vision: to transform the face of a region through education. That was the year that East Texas Normal College was founded.

Today, 120 years later, more than 105,000 graduates of ‘Old ET’- now, Texas A&M University-Commerce – have done just that. Truth be told, they have done far more: they have changed the course of history, one individual, one family, one community at a time.

At A&M-Commerce, we don’t select winners we create them. We seek students with bid ideas and bigger dreams. Our job is to give them the knowledge skills, and aspirations they will need to fashion a future brimming with promise and pride.”


Major Accomplishments:

A&M-Commerce currently fields 11 athletic teams that include football, women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, and men and women’s basketball, golf, track and field, and cross country. Recently, the football team claimed the Lone Star Conference North Division championship, the women’s soccer and volleyball team each advanced to the LSC Tournament and Britney Jordan of the women’s basketball team was drafted into the WNBA by the Los Angeles Sparks. Overall, A&M-Commerce has claimed five national championships, 58 Lone Star Conference titles and 292 student-athletes have earned All-American honors.

Fun Facts:

  • Established in 1889, Texas A&M University-Commerce is the fifth oldest state university.
  • Through state-of-the-art telecommunications and internet-based instruction, the university meets the undergraduate, graduate and professional needs of the citizens of Northeast Texas and beyond. The online MBA program has been met with enthusiastic response.

  • The university offers more than 100 major areas of study at undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels.

  • A small town college feel where serious study is encouraged. It’s a place where students enjoy mentoring relationships with professors, becoming leaders their first year on campus, and becoming actively involved in campus life with a choice of over 100 clubs and organizations.

  • Pi of Texas is one of the most active Phi Theta Kappa alumni chapters in the nation.

  • The Honors College provides a tuition free college experience for the best and brightest. Fifty qualifying students are chosen each year to receive Honors College scholarships.


Notable Alumni:

  • Mike Conaway – member of U.S. House of Representatives
  • Sheryl Leach – founder and creator of children’s television show “Barney”
  • Harvey Martin – former NFL defensive end and Super Bowl co-MVP
  • James Ragland – columnist for Dallas Morning News
  • Sam Rayburn – former Speaker of the House

  • Wade Wilson – former NFL quarterback and current Cowboys quarterback coach




  • Josh, Class of 2008
    “A&M-Commerce has an unmatched reputation for challenging, teaching and training future school leaders. My success as a high school principal is proof of that.”

  • Vernon (U.S. Army, retired), Class of 2008
    “The M.B.A. program is second to none. Everyone at A&M-Commerce should be proud of this program, and the opportunities it offers students. I know I am.”

  • Asantewa, Class of 2007
    “As a young single mom, completing my degree in social work felt impossible. Thankfully, I had encouraging peers and professors at A&M-Commerce who kept me going.”

  • Sara, Class of 2010
    “As a stay-at-home mom of two little girls, I needed a school that was accepting of second-time students. I found that at A&M-Commerce.”

  • Michelle, Class of 2011, SGA President
    “Being involved in so many organizations on campus has been amazing. I am getting the full experience I need to be ready for the field when I graduate.”


  • Kellee Edmonds
    Vice President of Communications and Public Relations
    (202) 478-4662