History of the University
Texas A&M University-Commerce is the fifth oldest institution of higher learning in the state. A member of the prestigious Texas A&M University System, the university was established in 1889 and began as East Texas Normal College. It was during this time that Founder William Leonidas Mayo opened the doors to a one-building campus in Cooper, Texas and established as a creed, "Ceaseless Industry, Fearless Investigation, Unfettered Thought, and Unselfish Service to Others" This motto continues today and is very much a part of the mission and vision of the university.
The institution's history of dynamic change began in 1894 when the original campus was destroyed by fire and "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. The university currently has campuses in Dallas, Mesquite, Navarro College and Midlothian, and conducts classes in the Collin County Higher Education Center at McKinney, Higher Education Center-Rockwall, and at Northeast Texas Community College. Through state-of-the-art telecommunications and Internet-based instruction, the university meets the undergraduate, graduate and professional needs of citizens of Northeast Texas and beyond.
The university offers more than 100 major areas of study at the undergraduate, master's, and doctoral levels. Texas A&M University-Commerce is also a place where students enjoy mentoring relationships with professors, have opportunities to become leaders their first year on campus, and become actively involved in campus life with a choice of over 100 clubs and organizations. Pi of Texas is one of the most active Phi Theta Kappa alumni chapters in the nation. The university's Honors College provides a tuition free college experience for the best and brightest. Fifty qualifying students are chosen each year to receive Honors College scholarships.
The vibrant and ever expanding campus includes a state-of-the-art planetarium, recreation center, science building, student center, and alumni center, soon to be joined by a multimillion dollar music building.