New student orientation begins with admission and continues through the students’ first academic year. Orientation seeks to assist students with their academic and personal transition into the institution. It is important that new students understand the academic expectations, their personal responsibilities, and the environment of the institution in order to be successful. The orientation process also strives to connect new students with the institution and to begin their developmental experience. By connecting new students with the University, the student’s commitment to the institution is solidified, and connecting new students with the University enhances their success. This is an important step in the successful retention and graduation of students. The formal and informal orientation processes seek to meet the transitional needs of all new students and their families.
The key component of the orientation process is the New Student Conference(s), which is an integrated effort among all colleges, divisions, and departments of the University community to assist entering students with the transition from their previous environment to the Texas A&M University environment and to enhance their success in college.
ExCEL - sponsored by the Department of Multicultural Services, ExCEL is a student orgranization and program designed tohelp freshmen find an academic, social and personal balance at Texas A&M. ExCEL assists first-year freshman in making a smooth transition from high school to Texas A&M University. ExCEL supports students by: encouraging them through high school-to-college challenges, fostering a community where students can culturally identify, forging new relationships & integrating into life at Texas A&M, informing students about various campus opportunities and services, and building a support system through upper-class students.
Fish Camp - sponsored by the Department of Student Activities, Fish Camp welcomes the Freshman class to Texas A&M each year with the purpose of giving them an opportunity to have fun, make friends, and learn more about life at Texas A&M.
Gig 'Em Week: Aggieland's Week of Welcome: Sponsored by the Office of New Student & Family Programs within the Offices of the Dean of Student Life, Gig 'Em Week is Aggieland's official Week of Welcome. This week is full of events and opportunities for new and returning students to become familiar or reacquainted with the TAMU campus, fellow Aggies, and the Bryan/College Station community.
Howdy Camp - sponsored by the Department of Student Activities, Howdy Camp is a student-run orientation program for new Aggies planning to attend Texas A&M University in the spring semester. Over two thousand students have benefited from this program since its inception in 1991. Howdy Camp includes transfer students as well as freshmen students and is the spring semester’s equivalent to Fish Camp and T-Camp.
Transfer or T-Camp - sponsored by the Department of Student Activities, Transfer Camp is an experience designed for transfer students that seeks to create a fun and open atmosphere in which they are welcomed into the Aggie Family. At T-Camp, campers will be introduced to the many opportunities that exist at Texas A&M and the long-standing traditions that embody the true meaning of being an Aggie. Campers will leave with a newly ignited Aggie Spirit and many lasting friendships.