Initially, the decision to admit women made the student body very unhappy.  Though initially resisted and some minor efforts persisted for several decades, the positive impact of these changes was rapid. By 1972, on-campus housing was dedicated for women and the student body elected its first black student body president in 1976.  In the same series of actions, the Texas legislature also officially renamed the school "Texas A&M University" specifying that the "A" and the "M" were purely symbolic, reflecting the school's past, and no longer stood for "Agricultural and Mechanical".
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 Both the Northside and Southside areas contain student residence halls. While some halls are single-sex, most are co-educational.  Several halls include a "substance-free" floor, where residents pledge to avoid bringing alcohol, drugs, or cigarettes into the hall.  Northside consists of seventeen student residence halls, including three dedicated to honors students.  Approximately half of the residence halls on campus are reserved for members of the Corps of Cadets.  The school also has four major apartment complexes for both staff and students both on and adjacent to the campus.
 Corps of Cadets membership is a requirement to join the Aggie Band, and bandsmen live by the same standards, schedules, and regimens as the rest of the Corps.  Activities The Texas A&M University Singing Cadets Texas A&M has over 1, 000 student organizations, including academic, service, religious, social, and common interest organizations.  Texas A&M is home to 58 nationally or internationally recognized Greek Letter Organizations (GLO). About 10% of the undergraduate population is affiliated with a GLO fraternity or sorority.  One of the oldest student organizations is the Singing Cadets, founded in 1893.
The university offers degrees in more than 130 courses of study through 17 colleges and houses 21 research institutes. As a senior military college, Texas A&M is one of six American universities with a full-time, volunteer Cadet Corps who study alongside civilian undergraduate students. History Staff at Texas A&M entering data for punch cards for new computers in the 1950s Early years In 1862, the U. S. Congress passed the Morrill Act, which auctioned land grants of public lands to establish endowments for colleges where the "leading object shall be, without excluding other scientific and classical studies and including military tactics, to teach such branches of learning as are related to agriculture and mechanical arts... to promote the liberal and practical education of the industrial classes in the several pursuits and professions in life".
 Since 1904, home football games have been played at Kyle Field, a stadium with a current capacity of 102, 500.  As of 2022, the football team is led by Jimbo Fisher in his fifth season as head coach.  Basketball A men's basketball game at Reed Arena in January 2008 Founded in 1912, the men's basketball team won eleven Southwest Conference championships and two Southwest Conference Tournament championships.
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 In 2013, Texas A&M signed an agreement to open a $200 million campus in Nazareth, Israel, as a "peace campus" for Arabs and Israelis.  The agreement led to protests from students at the Qatari campus who claimed that it was "an insult to [their] people".  The campus was never opened. Instead, Texas A&M opened a $6 million marine biology center in Haifa, Israel, in 2016.
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