"Howdy!" is the official greeting of Texas A&M University. It is a way of ensuring that no one feels like a stranger. The exact origin of this tradition is not known. However, "Howdy!" is what sets Aggies apart as the friendliest campus in the world and its students love to extend a warm "Howdy!" to visitors and friends alike. "Howdy!" is the preferred method for a speaker to get a large group's attention, as the members of the group are expected to return the "Howdy!" back to the speaker.