College Station's very beginning highlights what happens when a community is built around a college, instead of a college being put in a town. The railroad throught the area was completed in 1860 and in 1871 the site was chosen for A&M. College Station didn't come into being until after the campus was opened in 1876, in 1884 the population was 350.
Texas A&M's triple designation as a Land, Sea and Space Grant Institiution continues to bring more and more highly educated individuals into the area. Ongoing projects by agencies such as NASA, the National Science Foundation, Office of Naval Research and the National Institute of Health are well funded and well staffed. Money Magazine ranked College Station as the most educated city in the state of Texas and the 11th most educated city in the nation. Research Valley is our new designation and name. A fitting attribute!