Being a student-athlete at Texas A&M means rising to the occasion. Whether in the classroom or on the field of play, Aggies lived up to the billing during the 2016-2017 seasons.
Not only did Texas A&M host the 2017 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in the top-tier Rhonda and Frosty Gilliam Jr. ‘80 Indoor Track Stadium, the Aggie men’s team claimed the national championship. Texas A&M will once again play host to the indoor championships in 2018, marking the fourth time the meet has been held in Aggieland.
The Texas A&M equestrian team continued to build upon its legacy as a powerhouse in the sport with a 12th National Collegiate Equestrian Association National Championship.
The Texas A&M women’s swimming and diving team defended its 2016 SEC Championship with the team title and then posted a school-record No. 3 finish at the NCAA National Championships.
Texas A&M’s own Myles Garrett made team history this spring by becoming the program’s first player to be selected first overall in the NFL Draft. The Aggies have been one of the most reliable producers of NFL talent in the country, with at least one player drafted every year since 2008, including nine first-rounders.
Aggies built on a strong track record of success in 2017 by hosting and winning an NCAA Super Regional in College Station and earning a birth in the College World Series.
Aggie student-athletes also maintained a high standard as they worked toward their degrees in 2016-2017. A record 335 student-athletes were recognized for making the AD Honor Roll for achieving a grade-point average of 3.0 or better in the fall of 2016, making it the third semester in a row a higher mark has been established since the previous semester. Of the 335 on the honor roll, 57 earned 4.0 grade point averages, while 157 earned a 3.5 or better. The university-wide effort matched a record it set in 2015 for placing 108 student-athletes on the spring SEC Academic Honor Roll.
Most importantly, 33 Aggie student-athletes earned their degrees from Texas A&M at December commencement. In the spring, 79 student-athletes earned degrees, including 11 who earned master’s degrees. Of all athletic sports programs, 13 saw increased graduation success rates, with 10 of the programs earning an 86 percent rate or higher.