The Battalion (often referred to simply as The Batt) is the student newspaper of Texas A&M University. Started in 1893 as a monthly publication, it continues to this day, now as a daily paper. The first paper at Texas A&M University was the Texas Collegian published in 1878. It was later named the College Journal from 1889 to 1893 and then The Battalion.
Princeton Review named The Battalion as the twentieth best college newspaper in the nation in its 2008 edition of The Best 361 Colleges. Along with four other university newspapers, The Battalion received honorable mention in the 2004 National College Newspaper Convention held by the Associated Collegiate Press. The paper was named the winner of the 2008 National Pacemaker Award. It was also a Pacemaker finalist in the 1996-97 and 1995-96 scholastic years, and won the Southwest Regional Pacemaker for the 1991-92 school year.
The Battalion is published on weekdays during the fall and spring semesters, and Monday through Thursday during the summer sessions. The paper version is distributed throughout the Texas A&M campus to interested students, faculty, and staff. Many College Station places, such as restaurants and apartments, receive copies to distribute to their customers.
The Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas (now known as Texas A&M University), had two literary societies, the Callipean and the Austin. The societies collaboratively published a literary magazine, College Journal from 1889 until 1893. The College Journal appeared monthly, describing the activities of the college and its students in "the flowery prose of the time."College Journal ceased publication in 1893 when the two societies collaborated on a newspaper, called The Battalion. This new publication used a more journalistic style as it covered campus events, and even included photographs. The paper later had weekly distribution, and then began publishing daily. For years, the masthead included the words Lawrence Sullivan Ross - Soldier, Statesman, Knightly Gentleman.