Texas A&M Plans Sharp Increase in Engineering Enrollment

Texas A&M University officials announced a plan on Wednesday to increase enrollment in engineering to 25,000 students by 2025. That’s more than double the enrollment of the college of engineering in College Station, which has roughly 11,000 students in the discipline.

“I think that a lot of universities don’t want to get out of that 10,000 to 11,000-student comfort zone,” A&M System Chancellor John Sharp told the Tribune, “because they think smaller is more elite. And that’s almost never the case.”

Sharp also said that they did not intend to ask the Legislature for tuition revenue bonds for new buildings included in the plan. He estimated the cost would be roughly $131 million, a significant portion of which would come from private donors.

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