Texas A&M Virtual Campus Tour

Howdy and Welcome to Aggieland! We are excited to give you a brief virtual tour of Texas A&M’s main campus, we will be
highlighting a few buildings and traditions to give you an idea why Texas
A&M is such a special place. Texas A&M is the largest university in Texas with
more than 130 undergraduate degree programs and a world-renowned faculty
and staff. The university is located in College Station, Texas; affectionately
known as Aggieland and established in 1876 the Agricultural and Mechanical College of
Texas was founded as a land-grant institution. At this time, it was an
all-male institution and every student was required to be in the Corps of
Cadets. That changed in 1963, when former University President James Earl Rudder
changed the policy to admit women and rename the institution to Texas A&M
University to encompass the growing curriculum. This virtual tour invites you
to join current students as they give you a glimpse into a few favorite places
on main campus We are excited you are here and Welcome to Aggieland! Prominently located on campus is the
Memorial Student Center or MSC is the hub for Student Activity, whether you’re
attending an organizational meeting grabbing a bite to eat, or coming to
relax, the MSC is the perfect spot. The MSC is a living memorial dedicated to
those Aggies past, present, and future who have lost their lives at war so please
respect those fallen Aggies by removing your hats when you step inside the
building and by not walking on the grass surrounding the facility. the Flag Room is known as the living room of campus and the perfect place to catch up with a
friend, listen to the piano, or take a nap right across the hall is the bookstore;
Barnes & Noble at Texas A&M. Here you can grab a cup of coffee, find your favorite
Aggie gear, and purchase or rent your textbooks before classes begin A special place in the MSC is the Hall of Honor. This area commemorates Aggies who have
received the Congressional Medal of Honor. Additionally, at the end of the
hall, is the Aggies Lost in Service Memorial A tribute to Aggies who gave
their lives in wars. The MSC is the best place to know what’s happening on campus,
members of student organizations line the 12th Man Hallway to publicize
events. If you are looking to relax, try playing games like pool or shuffleboard
watching TV or playing video games with friends downstairs.
The MSC is also home to 2 Art Galleries, MSC Student Programs Office, the
Department of Multicultural Services, and three dining areas.
Whether you are looking for a place to study, Catch up with old friends, or meet
new ones; No day in Aggieland is complete without making a trip through the MSC Academic Plaza is the heart of campus
and is a favorite spot among Aggies Not only because of the beautiful landscape
but because of the rich traditions held here. The academic building, completed in
1914, is one of the oldest and most adored buildings on campus. Many classes
take place in this building but one of the most interesting pieces lies in its
center. If you did not know, each state displays a replica of the Liberty Bell
in their Capitol City. However in Texas, the Liberty Bell hangs
proudly right here. The governor at the time, Allen Shivers gave the bell to
Texas A&M after World War two because no one suffered more than the Aggies. Below
the bell is a campus seal which was the gift from the Class of 1978. It was roped
off for preservation now current students believe it is unlucky to step
on any Texas A&M seal believing that doing so would prevent you from
graduating. Located adjacent to the academic building is the Century Tree. The tree has been here for over a hundred years. It is a popular site for Aggie proposals Tradition says that if you walk under the tree alone you’ll be alone forever, but if you walk under the tree with someone you love you’ll be
together forever Here is the Lawrence Sullivan Ross statue,
known to Aggies as “Sully”. Sully served as President of Texas A&M from 1891 to 1898
and led Texas A&M from a state of failure to a growing, prosperous
institution. He is credited with saving the college because the Texas
Legislature wanted to close it down and build an insane asylum. Legend says, that
Sully marched into the meeting discussing Texas A&M’s closure and
punched the Head Texas Legislator. Hence, where we get the term Fightin’ Texas Aggie
Additionally, Sully helped students in whatever way he could, including tutoring.
Students tried to pay him, but he would simply ask for just a penny for
your thoughts. Today, Aggies place a penny or more at
the feet of the statue as a symbol of good luck. The money is collected by a
selected student organization to be dispersed to a charity, student organization, or program on campus Silver Taps is a long-standing tradition that gives Aggies the opportunity to pay their respects to current students who passed away in the preceding month. Held on the 1st Tuesday of each month, if needed, at 10:30 p.m. all lights on campus are
extinguished and students gather here The Ross Volunteers march to the plaza
and fire their guns and Cadet Bugler’s will play Silver Taps from the Dome of
the Academic Building to the North, West, and South. Omitting the East because the Sun will never rise on that Aggie again. It is a unique and powerful tradition that sets Aggies apart. Similarly, Aggie Muster is
a solemn tradition held each year on April 21st. It is said that “If there is
an A&M man within 100 miles of you, you are expected to get together, eat a
little, and live over the days you spent at A&M College of Texas” On this day,
Aggies come together to remember those who have passed away in the previous
year in this ceremony we honor the memories of fellow A&M Men and Women
whose death prevents their answering roll call at Muster. The roll is a symbolic
roll call of all students and former students whom death has taken from our
ranks, but whose memory will live on forever in our hearts. As each name is
called, a comrade will answer. Academic Plaza isn’t
just the center of activity and tradition on campus but it is close to
classes and student services like Sbisa the best place for all-you-care-to-eat
Dining or Evans library a great place to study or do research for a paper. We are here at Kyle Field, the home of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Football Team! Kyle Field was established in 1904 when the Chair of the Athletic Council, Edwin Kyle,
ordered a section of agricultural land be fenced off for football with three
decks on all four sides Kyle Field can hold over 102,000 spectators, making
it the largest football stadium in the SEC. During all football games and at most
sporting events here at A&M, you will find that students will stand for the
duration of the game. This is because of the tradition of the 12th Man. The story
of the 12th Man dates back to 1922 when Texas A&M was playing Center College in
the Dixie Classic. We were the underdogs at the time and at halftime if we had
any more injured, we would have to forfeit the game. The head coach, Dana X Bible remembered that a former football player by the name of E. King Gill was up in the press box identifying players. Bible called Gill down to suit up in an injured players
uniform and stand on the sidelines in case he was needed. E. King Gill never
actually went into the game but the Aggies went on to win and he stood ready, just in case his team needed him. This is where the tradition of the 12th Man
comes from. It means that Aggies are always ready to lend a helping hand to a
fellow Ag in need. Another tradition here at Texas A&M is Midnight Yell. Legend says that in 1931, a group of cadets were gathered in Peanut Owens’ dorm room when
someone suggested that all of the freshmen should fall out on the steps of
the YMCA building. The cadets told the Senior Yell Leaders who said they could
not authorize it as an official event but they might show up. Word spread and
railroad flares were placed in the flower pots around the building and thus
the first Midnight Yell began. Midnight Yell is held here in Kyle Field at midnight
the night before every home football game. The Yell Leaders lead the crowd in
a Yell Practice and the singing of the War Hymn and Spirit of Aggieland. They
also tell stories about how the Aggies are going to ‘Beat The Hell Out’ of
whoever they’re playing that week at the end of the night, all of the lights in
the stadium go out and the Aggies kiss their dates. If someone is without a date,
they ‘flick their bics’ or hold up a lighter in hopes of finding another
dateless Aggie. As you can see, Kyle Field is steeped in
tradition and is one of the most recognizable places on Texas A&M’s campus. Be sure to experience a football game here for yourself. Don’t forget to wear
maroon, bring your 12th Man Towel, and prepare to yell. Texas A&M is a special
place, filled with a history of service, camaraderie, and tradition. It is a place
that many students consider home even after graduation. We hope you enjoyed
this virtual tour and take time to explore campus on your own. It’s a place
we hope that you can consider home, too. Thanks for joining us and Gig ‘Em!

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