The application for admission into Texas A&M is currently open to the prospective class of 2020, and the admissions office has begun sending out its first batch of acceptance letters, expanding the Aggie Family to a size greater than ever before. The collective groans have been heard far and wide about the growing student population, and it’s not slowing down anytime soon.
Texas A&M is the place to be, but some are more willing to give up their opportunity to enroll than others.
“It is strange. We are not necessarily able pinpoint the issue, but we are seeing an unusual number of high school graduates choosing against A&M and going to another university in Texas.” said, Admissions Officer, Marvin Ortega.
Caitlin Greene, a Keller High School senior, was asked why she recently decided to defer her offer and enroll at Texas Tech instead. “I knew some people who were willing to pay me for my spot on campus, some even above the university tuition face value. The price of one of those degrees is high enough as it is, but to each his own I guess.”
A quick search on Facebook and you’ll find an ‘Aggie Admission Exchange’ group, which is made up of graduating seniors from across the country looking to buy and sell their way into enrollment.
Many current students are up in arms about the black market that has risen. “I think it’s dishonest. It’s Bad Bull to sell your enrollment here for anything higher than face value. That is not what good potential-Ags do,” said junior Poultry Science major Wiley Koenig.
In response to having their loyalty called into question, Lucas Ullman, a classmate of Greene, said, “I’m sure there are rules about these kinds of things, but hey, if someone is willing to buy, I’m willing to sell.”