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"After 50 years of effort, with many successes, 2013 is a time for us to reflect more deeply about our continued responsibilities to serve all of society." - Karan L. Watson, Ph.D., P.E. Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Regents Professor of Electrical Engineering

As the state’s first public institution of higher learning, Texas A&M opened in 1876 as an all-male military school. In fulfilment of its land-grant mission – that education should be for all – the university began admitting African-Americans and women in 1963, prior to the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

Over the past 50 years, the university has reaped the rewards of inclusion, benefiting from the remarkable contributions of its increasingly diverse student body and faculty.

Texas A&M Diversity Timeline (PDF)


Leroy Sterling
Among first three African-Americans to attend Texas A&M in 1963


Leroy Sterling

Dr. Sallie V. Sheppard '65
Among first women formally admitted to Texas A&M


Dr. Sallie V. Sheppard

Dr. Albert S. Broussard
1st African-American history faculty member


Al Broussard

Dr. Karan L. Watson
1st woman provost at Texas A&M University


Dr. Karin Watson

Brigadier General Joe E. Ramirez, JR. '79
1st Hispanic Commandant of Corps of Cadets


Brigadier General Joe E. Ramirez, Jr.

Brooke Leslie Rollins '94
1st woman elected Student Body President


Brooke Leslie Rollins