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University Purpose

Our History

Texas A&M University-Commerce began as East Texas Normal College in 1889 when founder William Leonidas Mayo opened the doors to a one-building campus in Cooper. His creed, which continues today, was “ceaseless industry, fearless investigation, unfettered thought, and unselfish service to others.” The institution’s history of dynamic change began in 1894 when “Mayo’s College” moved to Commerce. The State of Texas took over the campus in 1917 and the name was changed to East Texas State Normal College. In 1923, the school was renamed East Texas State Teachers College. The graduate program was added in 1935, and in 1957 the Legislature, recognizing that the purpose of the institution had broadened from teacher education, changed the name to East Texas State College. Following the inauguration of the first doctoral program in 1962, the name was changed to East Texas State University. In 1996, the institution entered The Texas A&M University System and became Texas A&M University-Commerce. Today, on the Commerce campus, the Metroplex Center, the Universities Center at Dallas, Navarro College Partnership, and through state-of-the-art distance learning, the University meets the undergraduate, graduate and professional needs of the citizens of Northeast Texas and beyond. Its mission is achieved through teaching, scholarship, and service activities on its campuses, and in the community and region. For a more detailed history, go to .

Our Vision

Texas A&M University-Commerce, as a part of the A&M family of universities, will become the university of choice for all those seeking a higher education the Northeast Texas region and beyond. It will provide traditional and non-traditional learning opportunities through existing and new programs that set high expectations and goals for students, faculty and staff. The University will provide a sense of community through a nurturing environment for all individuals in order to maximize learning, career and personal development. A&M-Commerce will become a place where students, faculty, staff and community are engaged in the pursuit of excellence.

Our Mission

Texas A&M University-Commerce provides a personal educational experience for a diverse community of life-long learners. Our purpose is to discover and disseminate knowledge for leadership and service in an interconnected and dynamic world. Our challenge is to nurture partnerships for the intellectual, cultural, social and economic vitality of Texas and beyond.

The Campus

Texas A&M University-Commerce covers 1,885 acres of land in and near Commerce. The university is located eight blocks southwest of Commerce’s business center, and has a book value in excess of $141 million.

James G. Gee Library and Other Research Facilities


The James G. Gee Library, named for Texas A&M University-Commerce’s fifth president, is the academic center of campus. The online catalog, which is Internet accessible, provides access to the library’s collection containing over 1.8 million monographs,  periodicals, microforms, and other processed materials including non-print media. This total includes collections of juvenile and young people’s literature, archival materials, curriculum materials, and maps. The university has been a depository for federal government publications since 1937 and for Texas state documents since

In support of undergraduate and graduate programs, the library provides free access to all enrolled A&M-Commerce students, faculty and staff to many electronic databases, including full-text electronic resources, accessible from campus facilities, dorms and off-campus housing. An interlibrary loan service delivers books and articles to Gee Library from libraries throughout the world. Viewing machines are available for microform items, and reader-printers enable students to obtain hard copy of microform materials. Photocopy machines are also available in the library. The library’s extensive microform collections include ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center) documents.

A&M-Commerce Library is a member of the AMIGOS bibliographic Council, Phoenix Group, and TexShare. These alliances allow A&M-Commerce students access to all state-supported academic libraries plus many of the regional private universities as supplementary resources to the Gee Library collections.

The library computer laboratory is available to all students. The lab contains IBMPC compatible computers, printers and software for word processing, spreadsheets, and reports. The lab also provides access to the Internet.

Computing, Telecommunications, and Information Services (CTIS) provides the centralization of Automated Data Processing, academic computing, academic research and Telecommunication Support. It is responsible for the integrity, security, reliability and availability of all administrative information that supports the e-mail and web infrastructure for the campus, and enhances A&M-Commerce electronic access to information resources. The Computer Center, located on the first level of the Business Administration Building, is staffed to provide systems analysis, programming, data preparation, and computer processing for all divisions.

Among other research facilities at A&M-Commerce are the laboratories for arts and sciences, and the University Farm.

Administration Building

The $2.2 million, three-story McDowell Administration/Business Administration Building houses administrative offices, classrooms, laboratories, and computer facilities. The building was completed in 1970.

The Offices of the President and Vice Presidents are housed on the second floor of the McDowell Administration Building. The Offices of Admissions, Registrar, Graduate School, Computer Center, Purchasing, and other business offices are located on the ground floor. The Planning and Institutional Effectiveness, Student Assessment and Evaluation, and International Student Services offices are on the third floor. The College of Business and Technology is located in the eastern portion of the building.

Student Services Building

Built in 1970, the three-story D. Whitney Halladay Student Services Building houses the offices of the Dean of Students, Assistant Dean of Students, Counseling Center, Scholarship Office, Financial Aid, Career Services and Veterans Affairs, TRIO Programs, Disability Resources and Services, Student Life, Diversity and Cultural Affairs, and Loan Office.

Student Housing

The Department of Residence Life at Texas A&M University-Commerce offers a variety of living environments including traditional residence halls, suite-style residence halls, single student apartments, and family housing apartments. The Department of Residence Life strives to create a living-learning environment in each residence hall that will enable each resident to succeed academically and developmentally. The Department of Residence Life is located in Whitley Hall. For more information about student housing, see Department of Residence Life and/or visit the department’s website at .

Memorial Student Center

The new Sam Rayburn Student Center located across from the Science Building is the newest facility on campus to serve students. This $25 million building provides modern, state of the art meeting rooms, a food court, game room, dining room informal lounges, patios and lockers.

A great feature is the Student Club which has Buzztime video screens as well as regular TV flat panels, premium sound and visual display systems, beverage service and programs daily.

The Campus Synergy Lab is home to offices for Breakout Entertainment, Student Government, Greek Life, Campus Activities and Leadership, and other key student organizations. Administrative offices are located in the same suite to make it convenient to book rooms, arrange meetings, plan your catering and work out the details for your next successful event.

The Campus Bookstore and Convenience Store, ATM, InfoDesk—Campus Concierge, Graf/x Place, Digital Copy Centre, Pride Shop and Video Wall are located on the first floor. All meeting rooms and large ballrooms and offices are located on the second floors.

Morris Recreation Center

A $12 million state-of-the-art includes a forty-five (45) foot climbing rock, a three (3) lane jogging track, four (4) racquetball courts, two (2) basketball courts, a fitness room, an aerobics room, classrooms, a snack area, and locker rooms. The outdoor area includes a heated leisure pool, a two (2) tier hot tub with waterfall, two (2) sand volleyball courts, picnic tables, BBQ pits, and a sunbathing area.

Cain Sports Complex

The $1 million dollar facility includes a lighted NCAA softball field and baseball field, two (2) lighted Intramural Sports fields, an informal soccer field, a picnic area, horseshoe pits, a lake, and an undeveloped green space.

Crabtree Tennis Courts

The four (4) court tennis complex is available for informal play and tournaments.

Other Recreational Facilities

A&M-Commerce’s Memorial Stadium, which seats 10,000, is used for athletics and other special events. In intercollegiate athletics, A&M-Commerce competes in football, basketball, track and field, cross country, golf, soccer, and volleyball. Texas A&M University-Commerce is a member of the Lone Star Conference of Texas and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II.

The Performing Arts Center has two theatres, a revolving stage in the main playhouse, scene shop, dressing rooms, makeup rooms, and studios for the public radio stations KETRFM (100,000 watts) and KKOM and studios for KETV-Television cable Channel 3. The University Playhouse produces several plays during the school year. The Department of Music sponsors 14 musical groups, including A&M-Commerce’s Show Band.

The 1,200-seat University Auditorium is housed in the Ferguson Social Sciences Building.

Student publications are The East Texan, a weekly newspaper; A&M-Commerce Special, a feature magazine; and Forthcoming, a magazine of prose and poetry.

More than 100 social, departmental, special interest, and religious organizations offer many opportunities for students.