Aggies on Monday got a pick-me-up on the heels of a football defeat. Texas A&M University announced that it took in a record-breaking $740 million in donations and pledges last fiscal year.
The amount is nearly $300 million higher than A&M's previous top year, and officials boast it is the highest amount ever raised by a Texas university.
The amount dwarfs the preliminary $453 million reported by the University of Texas during the same period, the previous best in the state.
The figure captures the period between Sept. 1, 2012, and Aug. 31. The $740-plus million includes approximately $97.5 million in private grants to the Division of Research, $351 million to the Texas A&M Foundation, $14 million to The Association of Former Students, $6 million to the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation and $271.5 million to the 12th Man Foundation, the latter of which is hosting a herculean effort to finance a $450 million upgrade to Kyle Field.
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