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Texas A&M University Core Values: Shaping Aggie Character

Welcome to Texas A&M University, where tradition meets excellence and character is forged through a set of enduring core values. As Aggies, we embrace these values as the foundation of our identity, guiding us in our pursuit of knowledge, leadership, and service. These values, rooted in the past, define our present, and shape the future of Aggie students. Let's explore the Aggie Core Values that make Texas A&M University a unique and thriving community.

Excellence: An Unwavering Desire and Commitment to Greatness

At Texas A&M, we embody the spirit of excellence in everything we do. Whether it's academic achievement, athletic prowess, or community engagement, Aggies strive for greatness. Excellence is not just a goal; it's a way of life that permeates our classrooms, labs, and fields. This commitment to being the best version of ourselves fuels our pursuit of knowledge and innovation, ensuring that Aggies leave a lasting impact on the world.


We are what we think, therefore think excellence.

                                 Artie McFerrin, Class of '65

Integrity: Doing the Right Things Regardless of the Circumstances or Personal Consequences

Integrity is the bedrock of the Aggie character. We uphold the highest moral and ethical standards, doing what is right even when faced with challenges. Our commitment to integrity extends beyond academic endeavors; it shapes our interactions, relationships, and decision-making. Aggies understand that true success is built on a foundation of honesty, trustworthiness, and a steadfast adherence to moral principles.

A person with character has the judgement to know what is right and the courage to act on that knowledge.

Sara and John H. Lindsey, Class of '44

* original quote by Lt. General Dave Palmer (USA RET)

Leadership: Inspiring Others to Follow Through the Strength of One's Character

Leadership at Texas A&M goes beyond titles and positions; it's about inspiring positive change through the strength of character. Aggies lead by example, fostering an environment where individuals are empowered to make a difference. Whether in the classroom, on the field, or in the community, our commitment to leadership prepares Aggies to excel in their chosen fields and positively influence the world around them.


Freedom, liberty, brotherhood, and justice are enabled by ethical leadership. May God grant that such  leadership always remain at the core of the Aggie experience.

Erle Nye, Class of '59

Loyalty: Dedication to Our Nation, Our State, Our University, Our Families, and Those Institutions and Values Which We Individually Hold Dearest

Loyalty is a cornerstone of the Aggie experience. As proud members of the Aggie family, we remain dedicated to our nation, our state, and our university. This loyalty extends to our families and the values that define us as individuals. The Aggie bond transcends time and distance, creating a network of support that lasts a lifetime. Aggies are united in their commitment to making a positive impact on the world around them.


Loyalty is the genesis of all Aggie traditions.

                   Roderick D. Stepp, Class of '59

Respect: Earned Through the Consistency of Character

Respect is an integral part of the Aggie community, intertwining with its essence. We acknowledge the intrinsic worth of every person and approach others with dignity and kindness. Aggies foster a welcoming environment that embraces a variety of perspectives. Through the steadfastness of character, we garner the regard of our peers, faculty, and the broader community, nurturing a culture characterized by mutual understanding and collaborative efforts. Selfless Service: Giving of One's Self for the Greater Good, Without Regard to Personal Gain or Recognition.


Aggies treat others with dignity and respect because every person is significant.

Richard Kardys, Class of '67

Selfless service is a guiding principle that sets Aggies apart. Rooted in a commitment to the greater good, Aggies actively seek opportunities to make a positive impact on the world. Whether through community service, humanitarian efforts, or acts of kindness, Aggies exemplify the spirit of selfless service, embodying the Aggie motto, "Service before Self."

As Aggies, these core values define our journey at Texas A&M University. They shape our character, inspire our actions, and prepare us to lead lives of purpose and significance. Together, we embrace excellence, integrity, leadership, loyalty, respect, and selfless service, creating a legacy that resonates through the past, present, and future of Aggie students. Gig 'em!

When Aggies see a need, their energy and their selflessness draw others into the cause, and good things happen.

                                                                                                                                            Joe B. Foster, Class of '56

Selfless Service: Giving of One's Self for the Greater Good, Without Regard to Personal Gain or Recognition

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