West Texas A&M University


West Texas A&M University

West Texas A&M University

Programs at West Texas A&M University have been designed to prepare individuals to thrive in this dynamic, global environment, to appreciate the creativity of humans and to acquire the skills to contribute to ongoing creative processes. WTAMU provides a distinctive mix of faculty excellence and individualized attention to create a superb learning environment in which students can excel. By studying with WTAMU, students will learn to critically analyze issues, appropriately apply technology and effectively communicate your ideas.

At West Texas A&M University you will be challenged to learn, to develop an appreciation of the arts, literature and different cultures and to grow intellectually and socially. At WTAMU, your intellectual and personal growth will take place not only in the classroom, but also in the full array of social, athletic and extracurricular activities that are provided on campus.


Quick Facts
2013-2014 Elected University Leaders
Student Body President: Leif Knippers
Faculty Senate President: William Ambrose
Staff Council President: Misty Hobbs
The University at a Glance
Location: Canyon, Texas (pop. 14,600)
Established: 1910
Enrollment (fall 2013): 8,388
Undergraduate Degree Programs: 62
Graduate Degree Programs: 41 masters'
1 doctorate
Campus: 176-acre residential campus—45 buildings
(plus First United Bank Center, Horse Center, Alternative Energy Institute Demonstration Facility, 2,400-acre Nance Ranch, and 205 acres adjacent to the main campus for future expansion)
Library: Cornette Library
Museum: Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum
Nickname: Buffaloes or Buffs
School Colors: Maroon and White
Student Profile—Fall 2013
Enrollment: 8,388
Undergraduates: 7,008
Graduate students: 1,380
On-campus residents: 1,984
Male: 43.3%
Female: 56.6%
Average age: 24.9
Caucasian: 65%
Hispanic: 22%
Black: 5%
Asian American 1%
Native American 1%
International 2%
Two or more races listed: 2%
Other/Unknown 2%
Geographic Origin:
Texas: 87%
Out-of-State: 10%
International: 2%
Faculty and Staff—Fall 2013
Full-Time Faculty Members: 271
Full-Time Staff Members: 459
Intercollegiate Athletics

West Texas A&M University is a member of the NCAA Division II Lone Star Conference and offers 15 men's and women's programs. WTAMU also offers a number of club sports, including bowling and rodeo that are extremely competitive on the national level.

Colleges and Graduate Schools

West Texas A&M University offers 62 undergraduate programs, 41 masters’ degree programs and one doctoral program. The University provides programs through five colleges, graduate school, research, academic departments, the Cornette Library, the Attebury Honors Program, Study Abroad and major scholarships.


  • College of Agriculture, Science and Engineering
  • College of Business
  • College of Education and Social Sciences
  • College of Fine Arts and Humanities
  • College of Nursing and Health Sciences
  • Graduate School
West Texas A&M University  Campus

The campus of West Texas A&M University lies in the northeast corner of the town of Canyon, Texas, approximately fifteen miles south of Amarillo. Here, you’ll discover small-town America complete with hospitable people, historic homes and a shop-lined town square.

Despite the vast, open plains that cover the region, trees and foliage are in abundance here at West Texas A&M. Many students and community members find the 176-acre campus the perfect place to take a stroll, have a leisurely picnic or walk the family dog. Our newly completed pedestrian mall with marble sculpture and fountain makes the view even more scenic.

Home of the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum and Virgil Henson Activities Center, the WTAMU campus offers a variety of activities for students and visitors amid a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

Approximately one mile north of campus is the WTAMU Horse Center, and four miles north is Kimbrough Memorial Stadium, home of the WTAMU Buffaloes. The historic WTAMU Nance Ranch lies approximately seven miles to the east.

Our Campus
Student testimonial

Gladys Kemei, biology major,

former intern student with BSA Health System.

"The Co-op & Internship Program has been an excellent opportunity. It has enabled me to obtain the necessary knowledge required in my field of interest and has also provided hands-on experience for my future career."