University–Commerce is a member of the Texas A&M University
System located in Commerce, Texas, within the boundaries of the Dallas – Fort Worth
Metroplex. Though the primary campus itself is located
in Hunt County, this university also has
campuses in Dallas and Mesquite, Texas, and it conducts classes in McKinney, Texas, as well as in Mount Pleasant, Texas.
University began as the East Texas Normal College in 1889 when
founder William Leonidas Mayo
opened the doors to a one-building campus in Cooper, Texas.
After the original campus was destroyed by
a fire in 1894, Mayo moved the college to its present location in
The State of Texas purchased the campus from Mayo in 1917 (after
receiving word that the State would purchase the campus, Mayo son
died), and the State changed its name to the East Texas State
Normal College. In 1923, the school was renamed the East Texas
State Teachers College. This name was chosen despite Commerce being
located in the North Texas geographic region. There were already
schools named North, South, and West Texas State college, and this
college was the eastmost of these four. [This, ETSU was not
etablished in a place like Tyler, Nachdoches or Beaumont, which are
farther east.]The graduate school fo this college was added in
In 1957, the state Legislature
recognizing that the purpose of the institution had broadened from
teacher education, changed the name of the college to East Texas
State College. Following the inauguration of the first doctoral
program in 1962, the name was changed to East Texas State
opened up branch locations in Mesquite, Texas, Dallas, and Texarkana, Texas.
In 1996, this university was transferred to
the Texas A&M
, and it became the Texas A&M
University–Commerce. The Texarkana branch separated from the
Commerce college, and it became Texas A&M
University-Texarkana, a separately administered and funded
Texas A&M University–Commerce has the second largest enrollment
in the Texas A&M System. Only the main campus of the Texas A&M
University - at College Station, Texas, has a higher enrollment.
The university is home to over 115 registered student
organizations, notably Greek Societies, which play an important
role in the social scene at TAMU-C. There are also numerous
religious organizations and special interest organizations for
students of specific majors. Recently, a new student recreation
center was completed which includes among other things: a rock
climbing wall, outdoor lap-pool, outdoor hot tub, sand volleyball,
basketball and tennis.
Also, a new state-of-the-art planetarium was recently completed as
part of the new science building, where students, faculty and
visitors enjoy watching movies on the planetarium ceiling as they
are seated almost fully reclined. It has been considered one of the
most important and modern planetariums on a university campus in
the southeastern United States.
The campus was recently (Spring 2009) renovated to improve the
student experience. A new Student Center was constructed, parking
was added, and sidewalks and walkways were improved. A new music
building is currently under construction, projected to open in the
fall of 2010.
Home to many Photography majors, it offers "Photo Society", which
the students go on shooting trips and take pictures for the school
Fraternities-Kappa Alpha Psi,Alpha Phi Alpha,Phi Beta Sigma,Kappa
Alpha Order,Sigma Chi,Kappa Sigma,Delta Tau Delta,Pi Kappa
Alpha,Omega Delta Phi,Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia
Sororities-Delta Sigma Theta,Alpha Kappa Alpha,Zeta Phi Beta,Sigma
Gamma Rho,Chi Omega,Kappa Delta,Gamma Phi Beta,Alpha Phi,Kappa
Religious-Muslim Student Association,Baptist Student
Ministries,Wesleyan Student Fellowship,Chi Alpha Christian
Fellowship,Lions For Christ,Catholic Student Organization
International Student Organizations-India Student Association -
The East Texan
is the weekly student newspaper of TAMU-C.
Started in 1915, it is part of the department-based Texas
Intercollegiate Press Association, headquartered in the Journalism
Building. Circulation is 3,000.
The university is a part of the Lone Star Conference
(Division II), a
15-member league that spans three states (Texas, Oklahoma and New
Mexico). A flagship member, TAMU-C remains from the original league
formed in 1931.
TAMU-C offers 5 men's sports: football, basketball, golf, cross
country, and track and field; as well as 6 women's sports:
basketball, soccer, volleyball, golf, cross country, and track and
was named the head coach of
the football team in January 2009.
Located approximately one hour north east of Dallas, TAMU-C
attracts students and visitors from the metroplex. During the
summer, TAMU-C provides and hosts a variety of summer camps for
children of all ages and interests.