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Higher Education

The Brazos Valley is home to Texas A&M University, the Texas A&M System, Blinn College District campuses and the RELLIS campus. Together, they fill employers' skill needs from technicians to PhDs, and continuously renew the region's supply of talent.

Texas A&M University

One of the Brazos Valley's greatest assets is its world-class learning institution, Texas A&M University in Bryan-College Station. The flagship of the Texas A&M System not only ranks among the top ten research institutions in the nation, but also maintains one of the largest student bodies. A&M was the state's first public institution for higher education. Its 71,000 students -- 65,000 of which are on the main campus in College Station -- take part in more than 130 undergraduate degree programs, 170 Master's degree programs and nearly 100 doctoral degree programs. The university's Health Science Center is located in Bryan alongside the region's Biocorridor. Texas A&M's Division of Research reported the university had become the first in the state to surpass the $1 billion mark in annual research expenditures by generating $1.131 billion in Fiscal Year 2020, an increase of $179 million from FY2019.


Texas A&M University System

Headquartered in the Brazos Valley, the Texas A&M University System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation. The statewide network features 11 universities, including the flagship in Bryan-College Station. The System is also comprised of seven state agencies, all of which are headquartered in the Brazos Valley. More than 151,000 students are educated through the network, which also makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. System-wide, research and development expenditures exceeded $1 billion according to the latest numbers. It's a major driver of the state's economy.

Blinn College District

The Blinn College District's largest campus and another one on the RELLIS site (see below) are in Bryan. Blinn provides a unique joint collaborative effort with Texas A&M University: the TEAM program. It allows students to take courses with both institutions 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. Programs are designed in partnership with industry leaders to put new workers into the workforce.



The RELLIS Campus in Bryan is an initiative of the Texas A&M System, serving as an ecosystem for research, technology development, higher education and workforce training. Two of the System's agencies, the Texas A&M Transportation Institute and the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station, join private partners to conduct research in laboratories and various testing sites. Blinn College also has its second campus in Bryan on the RELLIS site, and academic courses are offered for other A&M System universities, meaning students can make easier transitions from the community college to a university program in order to earn a degree. RELLIS is also home to multiple programs with U.S. Army Futures Command. The George H.W. Bush Combat Development Complex will be built to test and evaluate next generation technologies. RELLIS is an acronym for the core values of Texas A&M: Respect, Excellence, Leadership, Loyalty, Integrity and Selfless Service.