Texas A&M has a student body of over 50,000 undergraduate and graduate students studying and playing on a sprawling campus of 5,200 acres. Have you ever heard the phrase "everything is bigger in Texas"? Well, it holds true for Texas A&M as it is one of the largest research universities in the country, operating 10 separate academic schools. The storied Texan love of local football reaches almost hyperbolic levels at A&M. This is where the cheering section for The Aggies is dubbed "The 12th Man", referring to crowds' willingness to jump onto the field if that is what it takes to beat their rivals.
Specialty Western Wea
Sure, College Stations is a college town, but it is also still a Western town. Newcomers to Texas would be well advised to visit some of the many specialty Western stores in the city to get properly outfitted. Catalena Hatters has been making cowboy hats for over 30 years the old-fashioned way: one at a time and by hand. The classic white 10-gallon is always a safe choice, or why not try something a little more deluxe with rhinestones and inlaid turquoise? After that, be sure to take pick up some cowboy boots in Cavender's Boot City to lose those sneakers and walk like a local.
The George W. Bush Memorial Library is located on the Texas A&M campus. It includes extensive research materials and official documents, as well as exhibits chronicling the second President Bush's presidency. The Library also includes pieces and stories of American history since 1941. The Brazos Valley Natural History Museum located in the nearby town of Bryan offers more kid-friendly materials, as well as live animal exhibits, and a rotation of traveling exhibitions. When visiting, do not miss the awe-inspiring mural painted by Emma Stark, a well-known local artist, depicting life in the area 12,000 years ago.