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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. After the original campus was destroyed by fire in 1894, Mayo moved the college 16 miles to Commerce, Texas to take advantage of westward railroad lines to Dallas and other parts of the state. His creed, which continues today, was “ceaseless industry, fearless investigation, unfettered thought and unselfish service to others." 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 Rockwall Facility, the Universities Center at Dallas, Navarro College Partnership, Collin College, 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 the past 20 years the University has grown in both stature and student population, expanding its foundations to include agriculture, science, engineering, music, nursing and distance education programs.


Located 60 miles northeast of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, A&M-Commerce offers a small-town atmosphere ideal for living, learning, teaching, and research. As the second-largest member in the prestigious Texas A&M University System, A&M-Commerce is home to more than 12,000 students, more than 140 degree programs, four academic colleges, and three schools.

The majority of students attending the University come from Dallas and many other Texas counties. There are teaching sites in the cities of Mesquite, McKinney, Corsicana, Midlothian, downtown Dallas, and Rockwall. Known for its care of and support for its students, Texas A&M University-Commerce also attracts many students from out of state who are enrolled in online degree programs and has more than 900 international students. The founder of East Texas Normal College, William L. Mayo, was committed to providing affordable educational opportunities to first-generation college students. A&M-Commerce was recently recognized as the only university in the Dallas and Northeast Texas region to be ranked nationally as most affordable with the highest paid graduates. The University has a large number of graduate programs for a university of its size with approximately 40% of its enrollment at the graduate level. Student access and success are the hallmarks of the University. A&M-Commerce was an early adopter of distance education delivery methods and currently ranks third in the state of Texas for semester credit hours generated through distance education.

Our Vision

Texas A&M University-Commerce, as  part of the A&M family of universities, will become the university of choice for all those seeking a higher education in 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, accessible, and affordable educational experience for a diverse community of learners.  We engage in creative discovery and dissemination of knowledge and ideas for service, leadership, and innovation in an interconnected and dynamic world.

The Campus

Texas A&M University-Commerce covers 2,203 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 $216 million.

University Libraries

Assisting patrons is our top priority at the University Libraries. The James G. Gee Library in Commerce, the branch in Mesquite, and an electronic library lab in Rockwall have a staff of nearly 40 full-time workers and a number of student workers. The University Libraries offer decades of combined experience motivated by a strong service ethic. Our friendly staff does its best to support faculty, students and staff, whether it is assistance with finding or using resources, doing research, acquiring new resources, offering Interlibrary Loan services, faculty reserves, keeping the collections orderly and accessible, or helping patrons borrow and return items. We also provide services to the surrounding community and the growing number of off-site programs.

Gee Library provides an Information Commons consisting of computers with Internet access and specialized programs, a multimedia production studio, as well as areas for individual study and collaborative spaces for group projects. The Information Commons and Library Bistro area are open for late night hours during the school year to provide technology access and a secure study environment for students.

Administration Building

The 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, Vice Presidents, Chief Compliance Officer, and Chief Diversity Officer are housed on the second floor of the McDowell Administration Building. The Offices of the Graduate School, Center for IT Excellence, Chief Information Officer, Purchasing, Human Resources, Payroll, Contract Administration, Bursar and Financial Services are located on the ground floor. The Office of Annual Programs is on the third floor. The College of Business 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 Assistant Vice President & Dean of Students, Assistant Dean of Campus Life & Student Development, Counseling Center, Residential Living & Learning, International Student & Scholar Services, and TRIO Programs.

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

Rayburn Student Center (RSC)

As a department, the Rayburn Student Center provides premier programs and activities, service with excellence, and state-of-the-art facilities for the campus community to gather, connect, and experience.  The Rayburn Student Center provides 120,000 square feet of modern meeting rooms, a food court, dining room, student Club, Pride Shop for graphic design and campus marketing needs, game room, informal lounges, patios and the Student Involvement Suite (SIS).  In addition, the RSC features a University Bookstore, the Mane Card student ID office, the Serving Engaged, Empowered and Diverse Students (S.E.E.D.S.) suite, and the Leadership Engagement and Development (L.E.A.D.) suite.


  • First Floor: Welcome Desk, The Club, Pride Shop, Campus Bookstore, Convenience Store, Mane Card Office, Special Events Room, Campus Dining, Food Court, and S.E.E.D.S. Suite.
  • Second Floor: Student Involvement Suite includes the hub for student organizations, Fraternity & Sorority Life, Campus Activities Board, Student Government Association, and Scheduling Office.  The  Leadership Engagement and Development (L.E.A.D.)  Suite provides opportunities for students to learn about and enhance leadership skills.  A large combo Conference Room and 15 additional rooms for meetings, luncheons and presentations can be utilized by students, faculty, staff and community guests.


The Student Involvement Suite provides many services and opportunities to help maximize students' college experiences.  Much of what it does is centered on providing resources, increasing involvement, and enhancing learning experiences.  Students are encouraged to get involved and make the most of their college experience!  Being involved helps students to connect with one another, their campus, and their community.  Students have opportunities to participate in events, join organizations, access resources and develop their leadership skills through its programs and services.  The Student Involvement suite is home to the Campus Activities Board, Student Government, Fraternity & Sorority Life, Golden Leos, and approximately 100 other student organizations.

The student center is located on the corner of Neal and Stonewall Streets right across from the MacFarland Science Center.

Morris Recreation Center (MRC)

Opened in the summer of 2003, the Morris Recreation Center is a $12 million state-of-the-art recreation facility that is a focal point of campus life at Texas A&M University-Commerce.  The facility features the following activity areas: two multi-purpose basketball courts, a 45 foot climbing wall and bouldering wall, three lane jogging track, four multi-purpose racquetball courts, large fitness room with cardiovascular machines and weight equipment, fitness activity room, classroom, lounge, and men's and women's locker rooms.  The outside area includes: heated leisure pool, two-tier hot tub, two sand volleyball courts, picnic tables, barbeque pits, and a sunbathing area.  The Morris Recreation Center serves as the "heartbeat" of student life where participants can learn, engage, grow, and recreate.  Additional information about our services is available at the department's website:  or by calling 903-468-3180.

Cain Sports Complex

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

Outdoor Adventure Center

The Outdoor Adventure program provides adventure and educational opportunities promoting active lifestyles, appreciation for natural environments and personal development.  Activities include day and weekend trips, cycling and a bike shop, clinics, disc golf course, and outdoor gear rental.  The Outdoor Adventure Center also features a challenge course which offers adventure-based learning opportunities to enhance leadership, decision-making and communication skills through an interactive process for groups to develop as a team.  This hands-on approach is designed to help individuals learn from their interaction with others and then apply those principles to their life situations. The course offers 13 low challenge course elements and 18 high element challenges. The newest addition to the Outdoor Adventure Center is a 5 mile trail comprised of four different loops. The trail has been professionally designed for both bicycle and pedestrian traffic.

Crabtree Tennis Courts

The Crabtree Tennis Court complex is a four court fenced off tennis complex that is open for informal play and tournaments. The complex is well-lit and open for play seven days a week.

Other Recreational Facilities

A&M-Commerce’s Memorial Stadium, which seats 10,000, is used for athletics and other special events. The Field House, which seats approximately 2,000, is used for athletic and other special events, including concerts and various commencement exercises for the University and local high schools. In intercollegiate athletics, A&M-Commerce competes in football, basketball, track and field, cross country, golf, soccer and volleyball. Softball competition began with the 2014-2015 season. Texas A&M University-Commerce is a member of the Lone Star Conference of Texas and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II.

Imagine learning in the new, state-of-the-art Keith D. McFarland Science and Technology Building, with one of the most technologically sophisticated planetariums in the Southwest or playing in the $29 million Music Building, completed in the fall of 2010. The Music Building includes the Jack and Lou Finney Concert Hall, recital hall, five rehearsal halls, classrooms, piano and electronic music labs, studios and practice rooms.

The Performing Arts Center has two theatres, a revolving stage in the main playhouse, scene shop, dressing rooms, makeup rooms, and studios for KKOM radio station and ManeMedia 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 University’s 100,000 watt public radio station, 88.9 KETR, is an NPR member station providing locally and nationally-produced programming. KETR-FM, heard within 75 miles of Commerce and online at, is the radio home for A&M-Commerce Lions football and basketball broadcasts each fall and spring. The mission of the station, which operates from historic Binnion Hall, is to provide Northeast Texas citizens and the A&M-Commerce community with entertaining, educational, and informative programming, and to serve as a learning environment for students to pursue excellence in broadcasting and journalism.

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

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