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Enrollment Equality

The next decade or so brought change in enrollment. Because Texas A&M was no longer an all-male military school, the university was able to welcome students of both genders. And the women of Texas responded – in large numbers. Enrollment in the College of Agriculture grew as the university’s did. In the early years of the 1970s, the numbers of students in the almost doubled by 1976; women’s enrollment alone rose from 223 to 1,311. The number of women students continued to rise through the next two decades,… Read More →

Under Construction

Today, many students are accustomed to the seemingly endless cycle of construction. While the Depression of the 1930s dominated politics and the economy, new buildings being constructed on campus offered jobs and a renewed hope for the future. In 1933, the School of Agriculture moved into its new, state-of-the-art facilities. Some of which are still in use today: Scoates Hall, the new home for agricultural engineering Animal Industries Building for animal husbandry, which included an area for meat processing Administration Building Former associate dean Richard Potts was quoted… Read More →

The Depression Era: Gloom and Boom Times

Until 1929, Texans were optimistic about their future. The state population continued to grow, adding more than one million people over the decade. And while cotton was still king, the economy was diverse. By October, much of the optimism faded when Wall Street recorded its worst day ever, and stocks on the New York Stock Exchange tumbled more than 40 percent. By 1931, the Great Depression deepened across the United States and even rural farmers in Texas, already accustomed to hard times, needed relief from the worsening situation…. Read More →

The Centennial Year Begins

Welcome to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ centennial blog. Throughout the year, we’ll share little-known facts and tidbits about life at the College and Texas A&M University. As the college prepares for the next 100 years, we’ll take you on a historical journey through the past century. Humble Beginnings When the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas opened in 1876, the ‘A’ in agriculture soon took a back seat to the ‘M’ in mechanical. At that time, male seniors attended only agricultural vocation courses, because there… Read More →