Proud to Be Your Texas A&M Hotel
Visit your alma mater and cheer on the Aggies to victory without sacrificing the luxury and style you require in a hotel when you choose The George. Thanks to our location right on campus, our Texas A&M hotel allows you easy access to everything the university has to offer, including football games at Kyle Field. Join the 12th Man tradition and add your voice to the chorus showing their love for the Aggies.
History of Texas A&M
Texas A&M University has the honor of being the first institute of higher learning in Texas. Opening its doors in 1876, this university took on six students on the first day, and the inaugural semester class grew to 48. Since then, the student body has grown to more than 50,000 students from over 120 countries. Texas A&M might have expanded, but they still hold true to several of the early standards of excellence and traditions developed in the beginning years of the university.
Howdy! Join the Aggie Traditions
With a culture founded on rural agriculture and military values, the university instills idealized elements of small-town life in each student, such as community, optimism, loyalty, respect, and tradition. What other university has an official greeting? Students greet everyone they pass on campus with a smile and a “Howdy!”
You can also expect Aggies to end public addresses with a hearty “thanks and gig ‘em!” This tradition, one of the school yells, comes from a football boast at the turn of the century, and it’s still going strong today. These traditions have taken a life of their own over the years, and the most popular tradition is that of the 12th Man.
All About the 12th Man
Aggie football fans in Kyle Field call themselves the 12th Man, which is a way of showing their support for the 11 players on the field. This tradition has roots in 1922, when the Aggie coach pulled a reserve player out the stands to join the team on the field because he feared he wouldn’t have enough players to continue the Dixie Classic game due to injuries. Since E. King Gill answered the call, the fans have claimed the 12th Man moniker for their own. The Midnight Yell is also a part of this tradition, with students practicing yells at midnight before every home and away football game.
What’s The Big Event?
Introduced in 1982, The Big Event is the largest one-day service project run by students in the country. Every spring, the students of Texas A&M come together to celebrate and deliver one huge “thank you” to residents of Bryan and College Station, Texas. Aggie students complete projects such as yard work, window washing, and house painting for community members. They live by their mission statement: "Through service-oriented activities, The Big Event promotes campus and community unity as students come together for one day to express their gratitude for the support from the surrounding community."