They have raised their admission standards significantly compared to what they were back in the Texas Weslayan days.
Of course, one of the reasons that they’ve been able to is because the name “Texas A&M” is far more attractive to applicants than the name “Texas Weslayan” was, and that gives them a far larger pool of potential rejectees.
Also, with aTm’s financial backing, they now have far more resources at their disposal as well. I was classmates with Tony Buzbee. He’s been good to UH; he represented UHLC pro bono in its law suit to block South Texas from stealing our name, and has taught classes there. But when it came time to donate the millions that he’s won in practice, he donated it to aTm’s new law school, and by and large not to ours.
UH used to be clearly the best Intellectual Property Law School in Texas (I took four such courses there back in the Mid-90s). Now, aTm law school is neck and neck with us in that field.