West Texas A & M University

West Texas A & M University

West Texas A&M University, also known as WTAMU, is a public university located in Canyon, Texas, a small city south of Amarillo. It was established on September 20, 1910. WTAMU is part of the Texas A&M University System. The university offers a wide variety of degrees and programs in diverse areas of study. It is organized into more than six schools and colleges.

West Texas A&M University's athletic teams participate in the NCAA Division II Lone Star Conference. Their sports teams are known as the Buffaloes, simply referred to as the "Buffs". Some of the notable alumni are Jesse Cross, US Army general; Anita Thigpen Perry, First Lady of Texas; and Duane Thomas, NFL American football player.

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West Texas A & M University
2501 4th Ave
Canyon , TX 79016-0001
General Phone: (806) 651-4636

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West Texas A & M University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts485Spanish language, English, speech and rhetoric, general studies, interdisciplinary studies, social services, economics, geography, political science, ...
Business and Management317business, business management, accounting, managerial economics, finance, MIS, marketing
Nursing and Emergency Medicine147registered nursing, nursing administration, nurse practitioner, various nursing
Therapy and Counseling92psychology, counseling psychology, communication disorders, music therapy
Education and Teaching80education, curriculum and instruction, educational administration, instructional media design, special ed, school counseling, reading teaching
Science70biology, wildlife biology, biotechnology, chemistry, geology, physics
Agricultural Science and Management57agriculture, agricultural management, agricultural operations
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy51parks and recreation studies, health and physical education, athletic trainer
Media47communication studies, journalism, broadcast journalism, advertising
Animal Science and Care38equestrian studies, animal science
Music38music, music performance, music theory and composition
Family and Social Work35public administration, social work
Security and Law Enforcement15criminal justice and administration, criminal justice and safety
Engineering15mechanical engineering
Landscaping and Horticulture13agronomy, pest management
Design12graphic design
Fine Arts12fine arts
Engineering Technician12industrial tech
Drama and Performing Arts11dance, drama
Computer Science and Engineering8computer and info science, computer science
Art Studies7art studies
Conservation and Resource Management6environmental science, wildlife management
Medical Support and Technology0clinical lab tech

Number of programs and degrees for West Texas A & M University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree1,18862
Master's degree38738
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship21

West Texas A & M University Student Body

In 2007-2008, West Texas A & M University had a total enrollment of 7,502 students (6,102 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 48%
Women 52%
Full-Time 98%
Part-Time 2%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 77%
Graduate 23%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 73%
Black 5%
Hispanic 17%
Asian 2%
American Indian 1%
(Foreign Students) 3%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 18%
20-21 19%
22-24 22%
25-29 16%
30-34 8%
35-39 6%
40-49 7%
50-64 3%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New Mexico4%

West Texas A & M University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 67 %
Part-Time 35 %

West Texas A & M University Room and Board (2007)

West Texas A & M University offers campus housing for 1,743 of its 6,102 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Canyon, Texas for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Texas Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

West Texas A & M University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal440550
SAT Math460560
ACT Verbal1723
ACT Math1824
ACT Composite1823

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT43%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT79%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

West Texas A & M University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 5,340
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 12,276
Room and board $ 5,726
Room charge $ 4,110
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,840
Books and supplies $ 1,000
Other expenses $ 3,340

Financial Aid:
West Texas A & M University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 366500)

West Texas A & M University Faculty

West Texas A & M University has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year9$113,6183$75,889
Associate professorcalendar year8$83,2152*
Assistant professorcalendar year2*1*
Instructorcalendar year1*4$67,043
All faculty totalcalendar year20$95,49910$75,449

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year23$72,1284$73,124
Associate professoracademic year28$62,36017$61,102
Assistant professoracademic year47$57,06033$52,584
Instructoracademic year21$42,28447$43,319
All faculty totalacademic year119$58,612101$50,520

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

West Texas A & M University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Lone Star Conference
Basketball Lone Star Conference
Baseball Lone Star Conference
Track Lone Star Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports206888

West Texas A & M University Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations
Agricultural Business and Management, General
Agriculture, General

Animal Science And Care
Animal Sciences, General
Equestrian/Equine Studies

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General
Business/Managerial Economics
Finance, General
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science
Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management

Graphic Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Education, General
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Educational/Instructional Media Design
Reading Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General

Mechanical Engineering

Engineering Technician
Industrial Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Public Administration
Social Work

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Landscaping And Horticulture
Agronomy and Crop Science
Plant Protection and Integrated Pest Management

Pre-Law Studies

Liberal Arts
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
General Studies
History, General
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies

Mathematics, General

Broadcast Journalism
Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Medical Support And Technology
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist

Music Performance, General
Music Theory and Composition
Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Family Practice Nurse/Nurse Practitioner
Nursing Administration (MSN, MS, PhD)
Nursing, Other
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Health and Physical Education, General
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General
Wildlife Biology

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Communication Disorders, General
Counseling Psychology
Music Therapy/Therapist
Psychology, General

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What Sets West Texas A & M University Apart:

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Top 19%West Texas A & M University % of degrees in music

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