UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am
COLLEGE STATION -- For the past few months, it seems like Texas A&M has been in all the headlines as the school tries to leave the Big 12 and head to the SEC.
And once again the Aggies are making people talk but this time, it's for a different reason.
If you ask any Aggie they'll tell you, Texas A&M is the best university in the nation. Now those thoughts are being validated on a national level.
Jason Cook, spokesman for Texas A&M University, said, "This week U.S. News and World Report released their annual rankings and Texas A&M moved up a couple of spots to become 19th in the national public university poll."
And one Aggie student isn't surprised by the school's top ranking.
"I think that really says a lot about how we're doing things here and the special place that Texas A&M is and the passion and love all Aggies have for this great university," said A&M student, Patrick Ivey.
The university is up three spots from last year and although it puts A&M higher on the list, it's not where the Aggies plan to stay for long.
"We have a long range goal in our Vision 2020 document for us to become one of the top 10 public universities in the country by the year 2020, so this year breaking the top 20 at number 19 shows that we've made some considerable progress and have a very optimistic future," said Cook.
A&M is also the only Texas public university to be ranked second as a "great school, great price."
"That shows us we are providing a high quality education at a reasonable price for our students," Cook said.
But Ivey said it's not just the education that makes A&M a nationally ranked school.
"It's just really the Aggie family that makes us the best, I think, university in the nation," said Ivey.