Founded in 1876, Texas A&M University is rich in history and tradition. There are many traditions on campus, which often help the student body bond and become more like a family. In fact, there is a phrase that says “Once an Aggie, always an Aggie.” So once you are part of our “Aggie family,” you have friends and colleagues for life.
To learn about some of the Texas A&M traditions, as symbols of Aggie Spirit and camaraderie, please visit: http://traditions.tamu.edu
Resources for Living
Please visit websites for Student Life, Adult, Graduate & Off Campus Student Services, Transportation Services, or Student Activities for detailed information about services, resources, student activities and events on campus.
You will find several outdoor and indoor activities to enjoy during your studies here. You can spend your free time in the nationally known state-of-the-art recreational sports complex, 924 acres of local parks, area lakes, golf courses, sport facilities or visiting nearby metropolitan cities. College Station also brings you several cultural and entertainment activities to enjoy.
The Opera and Performing Arts Society (OPAS) has a unique partnership with the University and community that brings several types of entertainment from Broadway musicals and modern jazz to operas and ballet.
The Wiley Lectures Series, the Jordan Institute and other campus initiatives regularly sponsor appearances by nationally recognized speakers from many fields that you can enjoy and learn from. The Memorial Student Center (MSC) Visual Arts Committee, J. Wayne Stark University Center Galleries and the MSC Forsyth Center Galleries present various art exhibitions throughout the year.
MSC Town Hall brings bands, comedians and other live entertainment to campus. Aggie Cinema hosts on campus screenings of recent released films, as well as occasional free advance movie previews. You can find out about larger entertainment events on campus from the MSC Box Office at http://boxoffice.tamu.edu/ or (979) 845-1234.
The Student Rec Center is a state-of-the-art facility with 373,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor recreation space. The Rec Center has a variety of cardiovascular equipment, free weights, group fitness classes, and personal training options. The Rec Center has eight full-length basketball courts, volleyball courts, two indoor soccer courts, racquetball/handball courts, five dance/activity studios, a three-dimensional rock-climbing wall, a five-lane indoor track, outdoor sand volleyball courts, an outdoor swimming pool, and a world-class indoor natatorium. If you wish, you may also get involved with an intramural sports team through the Rec Sports Program.
Reed Arena, completed in 1998, offers a first-class facility for entertainment, education, and business needs of Texas A&M University as well as the community with concert and basketball games seating possible for expected audiences of 2,500 to 12,500.
Kyle Field, consistently ranked by Sporting News as one of the top ten football stadiums in the country, seats approximately 86,000. Football games at Kyle can be exciting and a fun way to learn traditions and connect with your fellow Aggies.
To learn more about sports and recreation facilities on campus, please visit Aggie Athletics.