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Academic Building

The Academic Building was completed in 1914, after Old Main burned down in 1912. As the centerpiece for main campus, it originally housed the Texas A&M library, but is now home to the Department of Sociology, Modern Languages, and other offices.

Inside are two examples of selfless service, which is one of the core values of Texas A&M University. The replica of the Liberty Bell that hangs in the building was given to the university by Texas Governor Allan Shivers following World War II because, "No one suffered more than the Aggies, so we will give it to them." The second example is the seal on the floor. It was given as a class gift from the class of '78 and serves as an example of the importance Aggies place on giving back to the university, state and country.

Silver Taps, one of Texas A&M's most honored traditions that pays tribute to a passing current student, also takes place here. A rendition of Taps, known as Silver Taps, is played from the dome of the Academic Building at the end of the ceremony.

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User Tips

  • Has some great stuff in the Aquafina vending machine but sometimes the credit card reader doesn't work.
  • Built in 1914, after Old Main burned down in 1912, Academic building has extremely thick concrete walls. Also, the replica of the liberty bell in the atrium is 1 of 50 given to each state after WWII.
  • Don’t forget to look for the mosaic rendition of the university seal! It was a gift to the university by the Class of 1978.