“Twenty minutes to midnight, and droves stream into — not out of — the stadium. Two minutes past midnight, and everyone from the field to the upper decks suddenly knows it’s time to bend slightly and put hands upon knees to state a passage everyone also seems to know. Seventeen minutes past midnight, and there comes one of the better spectacles you’ll ever see at any hour, let alone 17 past midnight: tens of thousands interlocking arms and, often, knees, and oscillating back and forth.”
- Sportswriter Chuck Culpepper, describing Midnight Yell, which ESPN College GameDay called one of college football’s greatest traditions.
Midnight Yell is just the beginning. No matter the sport, game day here is a full-body experience. In the spirit of the 12th Man, students stand the entire game. When the team needs us most, Aggies show up and show out.
The Texas A&M Athletics department is committed to building champions through academic achievement, athletic excellence and national recognition of student-athletes, teams and programs. Texas A&M is a proud member of the Southeastern Conference, with more than 650 students competing at the NCAA Division 1-A level in 20 varsity sports.
Whether it’s catching a Fightin’ Texas Aggie Football game at Kyle Field, cheering on the Aggie Baseball team at Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park or joining the crowd at Reed Arena, home of A&M’s men’s and women’s basketball teams, there is no greater way to experience the tradition of the 12th Man or the excitement of SEC athletics than to attend an Aggie home game.
Gameday at Kyle Field
Already regarded as one of the most dramatic and intimidating venues in college football, Kyle Field has undergone an ambitious and exciting transformation in recent years. With an expanded capacity of 102,733, the $485 million renovations have made Kyle Field the finest college football stadium in the country, and the largest in the state and in the SEC.
Gameday in Aggieland for many begins with tailgating, a tradition before Aggie football games. Former students enjoy reliving their experiences and celebrating with current students and fans. At 6 a.m. on gameday, the streets around Kyle Field transform into a festive, pedestrian-only Fan Zone, with food and beverage vendors and tons of engaging activities for the whole family.
One of the most stirring elements of gameday is the Corps March-in. All 2,300+ members of the Corps of Cadets, in formation, step off 90 minutes before kickoff. With crowds of spectators on either side, they march from the Quad to the Fan Zone, entering the stadium one hour before kickoff.
Once inside, you will find yourself in one of the loudest and most exciting college sports venues in the country. The student section at Kyle Field is located on the East side of the stadium, behind the visitor’s bench, unlike most student sections. Nearly 28,000 Aggies pack the student section, participating in yells conducted by the Aggie Yell Leaders and cheering the home team on to victory.
Be sure to catch a special performance from the “Nationally Famous Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band,” the largest military marching band in the nation, at halftime. All members of the Aggie Band are members of the Corps of Cadets. The band is known for its military precision and style, which are put on display during each halftime performance and epitomized by the band’s iconic Block T formation.
After each Aggie victory at Kyle Field, join in on the celebration as freshmen dunk the Yell Leaders in Fish Pond, located on the north side of campus.
Representing the largest and oldest student organization on campus, members of the Corps of Cadets are known as “Keepers of the Spirit” for all that they do to uphold Texas A&M traditions. This four-year training program has a national reputation for developing leaders of character. The No. 1 ROTC PROGRAM IN THE NATION (WASHINGTON MONTHLY 2018) has 2,142 scholarships available EXCLUSIVELY to members of the Corps. Forty percent of graduating cadets receive Military Commissions.
Corps of Cadets
The Texas A&M Corps of Cadets is the largest, oldest and most visible student organization and leadership training program at Texas A&M University. The Corps of Cadets is nationally known for producing young people of character who are fully prepared to lead in our communities, our state and our nation. While most cadet graduates pursue a career in the public and private sectors, the Corps of Cadets consistently commissions more officers than any institution other than the service academies.
Texas A&M’s campus extends across 5,200 acres and is being expanded, updated and renovated often to give students the best college experience.
Our sprawling campus includes two recreational sports centers, countless dining options, 25 residence halls, the Memorial Student Center, five libraries to study at and many student activities to keep you busy year-round.
The AggieBus runs around the clock to get students to, from and around campus. Keep up-to-date with the bus schedule so you never miss a ride! We’re committed to keeping students, faculty, staff and visitors safe while on campus and we’ve taken steps to make Texas A&M a safe environment for everyone. (link to student support safety accordion)
There are over 1,100 student organizations at Texas A&M spanning common interests and cultures of our 66,000+ students. You’ll be able to find your family within the Aggie family. If a club you want to join doesn’t exist, you can start it!
Our student organizations include academic clubs, recreational sports, fraternities and sororities, cultural groups, professional development orgs, religious congregations and more.
Texas A&M has close to 60 Greek organizations spanning four councils: Collegiate Panhellenic Council, Interfraternity Council, Multicultural Greek Council and National Pan-Hellenic Council.
These Greek organizations build better citizens, students, leaders and friends through service projects that give back to the community and Texas A&M, fundraisers for national and local charities and providing a social atmosphere for Aggies of all walks of life.
The LGBTQ+ Pride Center is a resource for Aggies across the broad spectrum of sexual, affectional and gender identities. Texas A&M offers educational programs for departments and student organizations, coordinates Pride events throughout the year, provides a safe space for students to study or hang out in the office inside the Student Services Building and maintains a climate of diversity and inclusion through a hate/bias report system that can be filed anonymously.
Texas A&M’s commitment to inclusion led to the development of the Department of Multicultural Services (DMS). DMS educates students, faculty and staff and fosters a more diverse and communal aspect to the Aggie family.
By building a more diverse campus experience, DMS exposes students to a wider range of thought and lifestyles.