Higher Education Overview
The Research Valley is home to Texas A&M University and Blinn College. Together, they fill employers’ skill needs from technicians to PhDs, and continuously renew the region’s supply of talent.
Headquatered in the Research Valley, the Texas A&M University System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a statewide network of 11 universities, seven state agencies and a comprehensive health science center. The Texas A&M System educates more than 140,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. System-wide, research and development expenditures exceeded $946 million and is a major driver of the state’s economy.
One of The Research Valleys greatest assets is its world-class learning institution, Texas A&M University. The University not only ranks among the top ten research institutions in the nation, but also maintains one of the largest student bodies. Texas A&M University was the state’s first public institution for higher education, and it hasn’t settled for second best since. Its 58,000 students are enrolled in more than 150 courses of study.
Blinn’s Bryan campus also provides a unique joint collaborative effort with Texas A&M University. The TEAM program allows students to take courses at both campuses and then transition into full-time students at A&M. The college offers certificates and associate degrees, but success is also measured by the number of students who transfer to a four-year institution, which most do before earning their associates degree. Workforce & Technical Education Programs are available, offering degrees and certificates in a wide range of areas including nursing, physical therapist assistant, business, information management, dental hygiene, and fire science – just to name a few.