FAQs

Is it mandatory that I attend a student conference?

Yes. All new undergraduate students are required to attend a New Student Conference in order to complete enrollment at Texas A&M University (not required for Graduate, Post-Baccalaureate, Re-Admits, or change of curriculum students from Texas A&M Galveston).  Registration for your conference costs $100 (non-refundable).Texas A&M University is committed to the orientation and academic transition of each new student.  A new student will receive academic advisement, an opportunity to learn and sign up for different university services and register for classes at their New Student Conference. Failing to attend a conference will prohibit you from registering for classes and attending Texas A&M University.  Those who do not attend a New Student Conference forfeit their admission to TAMU and must reapply for a future term.

Spring Admits
Freshmen and Transfer – Once you accept your offer of admission online through AIS, you will be able to proceed through New Student Conference registration.  New Student Conference registration information will be mailed  with your letter of admission. Admitted students are able to accept their offer of admission and register for a New Student Conference until the December 15, 2014 deadline.

Summer and Fall Admits
Freshmen – If you are admitted prior to mid-January, a New Student Conference Brochure containing conference registration information will be mailed to you in late January separate from the admissions letter (click here to download a PDF version of this information). New Student Conference Registration for SUMMER and FALL 2014 Admits open February 1, 2014.

If you are admitted after mid-January, you will receive NSC registration materials with your letter of admission and you will be able to proceed immediately through NSC registration upon accepting your offer of admission online via AIS.

New Student Conference registration is open from February 1 through the May 1, 2014 deadline.

Transfer – New Student Conference information will be sent to you with your letter of admission.  You will be able to register for your  New Student Conference  online through AIS until the posted deadline. Summer 2014 deadline is May 15, 2014; Fall 2014 deadline is July 1, 2014.

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I am a Post-Baccalaureate/Re-Admit/Change of Curriculum student from Texas A&M Galveston. Do I need to attend a New Student Conference?

No. The New Student Conference is only mandatory for new undergraduate students and is not required for Graduate, Post-Baccalaureate, Re-Admits, or Change of Curriculum students from Texas A&M Galveston.

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Must I attend both days of my conference?

Yes.  In order to provide a comprehensive orientation experience, you are required to attend the entire conference.  Conference sessions build upon each other in order to prepare you for your transition to Texas A&M and to complete course registration.  Failure to attend your full conference will result in your being blocked from registering for your first semester courses. Please be prepared to stay until 6:00 p.m. on Day 2 of your conference.

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As a student, can I register for a conference online and pay later?

Unless you were able to utilize an application fee waiver, you are not able to reserve a space in a New Student Conference without payment. If you qualify for this option, it will appear automatically.

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If I register for my New Student Conference, am I bound to attend Texas A&M University?

We interpret registration in a New Student Conference as a confirmation that you will be attending Texas A&M. If you  decide not to attend after registering for a conference, please withdraw your application via the Howdy portal at howdy.tamu.edu. Your conference fee is, however, non-refundable.

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What factors should I consider when choosing a conference date?

Review the New Student Conference Registration Information before selecting your conference date.

New Student Conference Registration Brochure for FRESHMEN admitted for the Summer/Fall 2014 semester [PDF]

New Student Conference Registration Brochure for TRANSFERS admitted for the Summer/Fall 2014 semester [PDF]

  • If you are an international student, review the New International Student Check-In webpage before selecting your conference date. You should plan to schedule your New International Student Check-In with International Student Services (ISS) during your Pre-Conference Day or on Day 1 of your New Student Conference.

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Will I still be able to register for the classes I need if I attend a later conference?

Yes. Seats in classes are opened throughout the summer to ensure that every student gets the classes they need, whether they are attending the first NSC or the last. Typically, academic advisors pre-register students attending August NSCs for classes in July before open registration begins to ensure that all students have at least a basic schedule. Students will be able to make changes, if necessary, to their schedule during their NSC.

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How do I register for my conference online?

Go to http://applicant.tamu.edu/. This will bring up the Office of Admissions Applicant Information System (AIS).

  1. Log on to the Applicant Information System (AIS) using your NetID and Password. If you do not have a NetID or if you have forgotten your password, please follow the links on the page.
  2. After the system has verified your NetID and Password, it will pull up your application information.
  3. Under the Your Application Status heading, find Step 5. You will see a link to view your admission decision.  If you have been accepted to the university you will see a link to a page informing you of our acceptance to Texas A&M University. Under the heading Accepting Our Offer of Admission,  you must accept your offer of admission before registering for a New Student Conference.
  4. Once you have accepted the admission offer,  click on the NSC link and follow the directions on the screen.
  5. Once you have completed registration, a confirmation page will appear indicating the dates that have been registered for your conference and your payment information.
  6. At the bottom of the NSC confirmation page, you will find the information you need to register family members or guests who will attend the NSC with you, sign up for on campus conference housing and purchase a New Student Conference parking permit.
  7. After registering for a New Student Conference, you will receive a Texas A&M email account. Please check this account often as important messages will be sent there. Your email address is yourNetID@tamu.edu. Your password is the same password you use to access Howdy and the Applicant Information System (AIS). You can access your email account at http://email.tamu.edu/.If you are unable to login to AIS, please contact Help Central Desk at (979) 845-8300, Monday-Sunday, 24-hours a day.

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How do I check what conference I have been confirmed for?

After you have successfully registered for a New Student Conference, you may review the conference date for which you are registered by returning to the NSC registration site.

  1. Log on to the Applicant Information System (AIS) using your NetID and Password. If you do not have a NetID or if you have forgotten your password, please follow the links on the page.

  2. After the system has verified your NetID and Password, it will pull up your application information.

  3. Under the Your Application Status heading, find Step 5, and click the link underneath. Upon clicking the link, a confirmation page should appear.

    Many times students do not wait for a confirmation page. They exit the site early and their registration has not completed. If a confirmation page hasn’t appeared, an error has occurred and the registration was not captured. If you do not see your confirmation information, and you are sure you have registered for a conference, please contact the Office of Admissions by phone at (979) 845-1060, Monday-Friday, 8a.m.-5p.m.

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Can I change my conference date?

You are allowed to change your conference date as long as dates are available on the NSC registration website. It is important to attend the conference date for which you are registered.  Students are not allowed to participate in a conference they are not registered for in advance.  Those who do not attend a New Student Conference forfeit their admission to TAMU and must reapply for a future term.

Note:

1) The family member registration system is separate from the student registration system.  If you are changing your date, you need to contact New Student & Family Programs at (979) 845-5826 to change your family member registration date.

2) The on-campus housing reservation system for conferences is separate from the New Student Conference registration system. If you are changing your conference date, you will need to contact the Department of Residence Life at (979) 845-9381 to change your NSC on-campus housing accommodations

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Is there a waiting list to get into a conference that is currently full?

No, there is no waiting list. Conferences are on a first come, first served basis.  If you prefer a conference date that is currently full, you may monitor the availability of open seats online on the New Student Conference Registration website.  To do this, log in to AIS via applicant.tamu.edu, click the “For More Information” link under Step 5 of Your Application Status.   When the New Student Conference Registration website appears, click the “Reschedule” link at the bottom of the webpage.  All available conference dates will appear on the screen for your admission type.

If the date you desire is not available, continue to check back frequently as availability is updated in “real time,” when students change their conference date or cancel their admission.

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What if I haven’t received my confirmation materials?

Confirmation for Spring admits are mailed in December. Confirmation materials for Fall admits are mailed in April.  If you have registered for your conference but have not received a confirmation packet, please check online to make sure you have registered for a conference (see instructions).

If you have registered for a conference, feel free to download a copy of a sample New Student Conference schedule (Freshman or Transfer) and a copy of the New Student Conference handbook.

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When will I receive my New Student Conference Confirmation packet?

Confirmation materials for Fall admits are mailed in April. Confirmation materials for Spring admits are mailed in December.

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What if I want to change my major?

Freshman

Be advised that the following colleges and departments have enrollment restrictions and a change of major into these programs may not be an option: College of Architecture (with the exception of Urban and Regional Planning); College of Engineering (all majors); Mays Business School; Biomedical Science in the College of Veterinary Medicine; Biology, Molecular and Cell Biology, Microbiology, and Zoology within the College of Science; and Psychology and Communications within the College of Liberal Arts. All students wanting to major in music must audition first; no exceptions.

You may check applicant.tamu.edu to view your major choices. Please be aware that it may not be possible to grant your request to change your major. Also remember that changing your major may require a change in your conference date if the College of the major that you are changing to is not participating in the conference in which you are confirmed or if that conference is full for that college.

Admitted freshman students may request a change of major by submitting an online request at least three (3) business days prior to their New Student Conference. You may submit your request online at http://applicant.tamu.edu/. 

Transfer Students

Transfer students are admitted to a specific degree program.  Changes of major across colleges will not be considered for at least one full semester.   You will be limited to the degree plan to which you have been admitted when registering for courses at your New Student Conference  

Blinn Team Students

Blinn TEAM students cannot change their major while participating in the Blinn TEAM program.

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How do I actually request a change of major?

You may submit your request online at http://applicant.tamu.edu/.

You may check applicant.tamu.edu to view your major choices. Please be aware that it may not be possible to grant your request to change your major. Also remember that changing your major may require a change in your conference date if the College of the major that you are changing to is not participating in the conference in which you are confirmed or if that conference is full for that college.  

Feel free to direct any questions concerning change of majors to the Office of Admissions using the ‘Contact Us’ link on the Applicant Information System: http://applicant.tamu.edu/.

Transfer students are admitted to a specific degree-granting program, and should be aware that not all other majors may be available to them for future changes of majors.  Changes of major across colleges will not be considered for at least one full semester.  Many departments and colleges have grade point requirements and Texas A&M residency requirements and restrictions for changes of major.  Your course registration at your New Student Conference will be limited to the degree program to which you have been admitted.  For more information, please contact your specific academic college.

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Do I need to have the Bacterial Meningitis vaccination before I come to my New Student Conference?

Yes. TEC 51.9192 requires all students under age 22 entering an institution of higher education to provide current proof of vaccination against bacterial meningitis (an immunization given within 5 years of the date of intended enrollment) or meet certain requirements for declining such a vaccination. Newly admitted students who have not provided documentation of vaccination have a meningitis deficiency hold placed on their account. The hold will be removed once the appropriate immunization documentation has been provided to Texas A&M. The meningitis deficiency hold will prevent you from checking in to your New Student Conference and registering for classes, so it is imperative you fulfill this requirement prior to arriving at your NSC. For more information, please visit: http://admissions.tamu.edu/meningitis/.
The law further states that students must have received the vaccination no later than 10 days before the first day of the semester in which the student enrolls. For students attending a New Student Conference less than 10 days before the first day of class or enrolling for a summer term, the following due dates apply:

For Students Enrolling Deadline
Summer I 2014 May 22
Summer II 2014 June 27 or before your NSC (whichever date is earlier)
Fall 2014 August 15 or before your New Student Conference (whichever date is earlier)**For students attending the August New Student Conferences, you are strongly encouraged to submit your Evidence of Vaccination by July 15th so that you can be pre-registered for classes by your academic college.

If you arrive at your New Student Conference and have not yet fulfilled this requirement, you will not be able to check in and must take care of your immunization requirement immediately. Vaccinations will be available at the Beutel Health Center on campus at a cost comparable to that at a local pharmacy.  Payment by check or credit card can be made when the vaccination is administered, or the charge can be added to your fee statement. Students are highly encouraged to take care of this requirement prior to the New Student Conference, as the cost of the vaccination may be lower through your current health care provider.

To determine if you have satisfied the evidence of vaccination requirement for bacterial meningitis for your student file, go to the Applicant Information System (AIS) website, applicant.tamu.edu, and ensure that a check mark is present on the Bacterial Meningitis checklist item found under the ‘Additional credentials required prior to Enrollment/Registration’ section. For more information including where to send your documentation, visit http://admissions.tamu.edu/meningitis/.  Or, upload your proof of vaccination through AIS by choosing the link under the “Upload Supporting Documents” section.  Your will be able to view your immunization document on the AIS screen within the next 24 hours.

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What do I do if I have lost my Universal Identification Number (UIN)?

Applicants should contact the Office of Admissions by calling (979) 845-1060 to request their UIN be re-sent to them.

Current student’s UINs are printed on their student IDs, or are available with a picture ID from the Office of the Registrar or Help Desk Central.

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What do I do if I have forgotten my Net ID and/or password?

Once you applied to Texas A&M University (via www.ApplyTexas.org), you were issued a Universal Identification Number (UIN), which is sent to the postal and email address you entered on your www.ApplyTexas.org application. You can use your UIN to activate your personal user name (“NetID”) here.

If you have forgotten your NetID password and have set up your password security questions, reset your password here.

If you have forgotten your Net ID or password and have not set up your password security questions (that allow self-service password resetting), please contact the Texas A&M Computing and Information Services (CIS) Help Desk at (979) 845-8300 or at helpdesk@tamu.edu.

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Should my family members/guests attend the New Student Conference with me?

Though not required, family members/guests who serve in primary support roles are encouraged to attend the New Student Conference with you. We have many programs and services specifically designed for family members. Texas A&M University believes that the college experience represents a collaboration involving the student, the family of the student and the University. We invite family members to participate in the New Student Conference. Those who accompany students will have many opportunities to meet administrators, staff and student Orientation Leaders. We hope that by participating, you will become informed about the University’s academic programs, policies, facilities and services.

Each adult (18 and up) family member who wishes to attend must register online and pay the $25 conference charge  ($10 meal-only charge for 17 and under family members). Registration for family members is a separate process from student registration. For more information and to register, please visit http://newaggie.tamu.edu/family-and-guests/. For spring 2014 NSCs, registration will be open until 4 days prior to the first day of the conference. For summer 2014 NSCs, priority registration will be open February 1st - May 1st. The charge for registration is increased after May 1st. For questions related to family member/guest registration, please contact the Office of New Student & Family Programs at AggieFamilies@tamu.edu or (979) 845-5826.

Registered family members/guests are welcome to participate in the entire conference by following the family schedule they will receive at NSC Check-In. While all family members are welcome to attend, the conference activities are not designed for the enjoyment of younger children, so if possible, alternate arrangements are encouraged.

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If my family/guests attend(s) with me, do they follow the same schedule I do?

They will follow a “family schedule”.  They will join their students for some programs and they will also participate in programs specifically designed for family members.  There will be certain programs specifically designed for students in which family members will not attend.  For a complete schedule, please visit http://newaggie.tamu.edu/family-and-guests/at-your-students-nsc/nsc-dates/.

Each adult (18 and up) family member/guest who wishes to attend must register online and pay the $25 conference charge. Registration for family members/guests is a separate process from student registration. For more information and to register, please visit http://newaggie.tamu.edu/family-and-guests/. Priority registration will be open February 1st - May 1st. For questions related to family member registration, please contact New Student & Family Programs at AggieFamilies@tamu.edu or (979) 845-5826.

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Will lodging be available on campus during my conference dates?

Conference Housing is NOT available for the May 22-23, August 19-20, or August 25-26 conference. On-campus conference housing tends to fill quickly and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For information about NSC Housing or making your reservations online visit the Residence Life – NSC Housing website. Questions may be directed to Residence Life Conference Services at conference-services@housing.tamu.edu or by calling (979) 845-9381.  You are responsible for your own reservations and costs.

For more information about On-Campus New Student Conference Housing, visit the NSC Housing FAQ.

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Who can I contact about off-campus lodging for New Student Conferences?

For more information about lodging, you may contact the Bryan/College Station Convention & Visitors Bureau at http://www.visitaggieland.com/hotels/.

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Where do I park for my New Student Conference?

ALL vehicles must display a valid Texas A&M University parking permit when parked on University property (other than visitor parking areas). New Student Conference attendees should purchase a SUMMER WEEKLY permit OR lot-specific parking permit to park on campus OR pay to park in a visitor facility. The most convenient lot for New Student Conference Check In is West Campus Garage or Lot 61. For further information regarding parking during your NSC, please visit the Freshman or Transfer parking arrangements page.

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Where is New Student Conference Check-In?

NSC Check-In is typically held in The Zone Club (North Endzone) of Kyle Field. The physical address for Kyle Field is:

198 Joe Routt Blvd
College Station, TX 77843
[Click here for Google Maps]

Please check your New Student Conference Schedule for the location of your New Student Conference Check-In, as an alternate location is occasionally announced. Schedules are posted at least one week prior to the confirmed date of your New Student Conference. For further information, please visit the Freshman or Transfer Dates & Schedules page.

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What happens at New Student Conference Check-In?

  • Obtain your conference nametag and admission ticket
  • Obtain a conference schedule
  • Obtain a campus map
  • Clear any registration holds that you may have
  • Ask any questions you might have about the conference
  • Take a campus tour
  • Check-In for Conference Housing & purchase a conference housing parking permit (Optional – Summer only)
  • Buy a Class of 2018 t-shirt (Class of 2017* and 2016* designs are available at Transfer conferences)
    *limited quantities and sizes available
  • Buy Howdy Lunch Tickets (Freshmen June and July conferences only)

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Where is New Student Conference Housing Check-In?

Students and families staying in the on-campus conference housing may check in to housing any time after 2 p.m. on the Pre-Conference Day at the Commons Lobby. Guests arriving on Day 1 of the conference may check in at the Commons Lobby Desk at any time.

For more information about On-Campus New Student Conference Housing, visit the NSC Housing FAQ.

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How can I obtain information about placement testing?

Information about placement tests is available on our website.  You must bring a photo ID with you to testing. You can purchase pencils at the test site.

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What happens if I do not fulfill the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirement before my New Student Conference?

All students who are not exempt must first complete the mandatory TSI Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA) and then take the TSI Assessment test. Non-exempt students will be blocked from registering for all classes during the New Student Conference until the TSI Pre-Assessment Activity has been completed, the TSI Assessment test has been taken and scores are on file at Texas A&M University. If you have taken the TSI Assessment test anywhere other than at Texas A&M University, please do not assume that your test scores have been sent to Texas A&M. You must order a transcript with your test scores and have it mailed to Admissions. If you have further questions concerning the Texas Success Initiative, please contact the Academic Success Center at (979) 458-4900 or visit the website at http://successcenter.tamu.edu/Programs/Texas-Success-Initiative/.

The mandatory TSI Pre-Assessment Activity (including the practice test) can be found on either the “Applicant” or “My Record” tab in the Howdy Portal. The TSI Assessment test is available at Texas A&M University for students who have not met the Texas Success Initiative requirement. It will be administered by Data and Research Services, at 1101 General Services Complex, corner of F&B and Agronomy roads. Students need to register for the test prior to the test date at 1101 General Services Complex, corner of F&B and Agronomy roads or by contacting Data and Research Services at (979) 845-0532. For more information, please visit http://dars.tamu.edu/Testing/.

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What if I want an NSC date that isn’t available?

Once conferences are full, those dates will no longer appear on the registration website and they will no longer be available due to seating capacity limits and fire safety regulations.  Each year students request to be forced into conferences to accommodate changes in their personal schedule due to work conflicts, family obligations and travel outside of the country. These types of requests are denied by the NSC Registration Appeals Committee in order to accommodate orientation and registration for more than 11,000 freshmen while ensuring the safety of conference participants.

Appeals to change a conference date are granted for military orders, medical emergencies or other extenuating circumstances that students can substantiate with written documentation.  Appeals should be addressed to the NSC Registration Appeals Committee using the My Questions section on the Applicant Information System (http://applicant.tamu.edu/).

Steps to Change an NSC Registration Date:

  1. Log on to the Applicant Information System (AIS) at applicant.tamu.edu using your NetID and Password. If you do not have a NetID or if you have forgotten your password, please follow the links on the page.
  2. After the system has verified your NetID and Password, it will pull up your application information.
  3. Click the “For More Information” link under Step 5 of Your Application Status in AIS.
  4. When the New Student Conference Registration website appears, click the “Reschedule” link at the bottom of the webpage.  All available conference dates will appear on the screen.
  5. Choose a date and select “Submit.” A revised confirmation page will appear with updated information concerning your registration.  Print this document for your records.  If the date you desire is not available, check back frequently, as availability is updated in “real time.”

Note:  As the deadline approaches for NSC registration, space in conferences will be limited.

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Do I need to bring my transcript(s) with me to my New Student Conference?

The Office of Admissions requires official copies of your final high school transcript and any completed college courses. You may bring these with you to your New Student Conference to turn in to the Admissions representative present at Check-In. If you do not bring them with you, they will need to be turned in during the Fall semester before you attempt to register for Spring classes (for students beginning in January, they will need to be turned in during the Spring semester before you attempt to register for Summer or Fall classes). If you have college credit, please at least bring a copy of an unofficial transcript for your academic advisor to review. Faxed, emailed, copied or uploaded transcripts are not acceptable official documents and will not complete a student’s file.

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How do I know if I need to take the Math Placement Exam?

If you are a transfer student you do not have to take the Math Placement Exam.

There is one exception—if you are planning to take MATH 147/151/171 at A&M, a prerequisite restriction will prevent you from enrolling in this course unless you either have credit for MATH 150 at TAMU or a grade on the MPE.  If you have taken a pre-calculus course equivalent to MATH 150 (TCCNS 2412) at another institution, your A&M advisor might be able to substitute that for MATH 150; otherwise, you will have to take the MPE before you can enroll in MATH 147/151/171. For more information, please visit the Freshman or Transfer testing page.

Freshmen students entering any major in the colleges and programs listed below are required to take the Math Placement Exam (MPE).

• College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, in the following majors:  Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Entomology, Forensic  Science, Horticulture, Biochemistry, and Genetics
• College of Architecture
• Mays Business School
• College of Education and Human Development
• Dwight Look College of Engineering (no exemptions; all incoming students must take the MPE)
• College of Geosciences
• Transition Academic Programs (Blinn TEAM & Gateway)
• College of Science

Students entering a major in the College of Liberal Arts or the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences who desire to take MATH 147/151/171 must either have completed MATH 150 (or equivalent, such as TCCNS 2412) or must complete the MPE with an acceptable score before they will be allowed to register for MATH 147/151/171.

Exemptions (do not apply to students entering the Dwight Look College of Engineering or the College of Science–there are no exemptions in the College of Engineering or College of Science) :

  • Students who successfully have completed MATH 150 (TCCNS 2412) or MATH 147, 151 (TCCNS 2413), 171 or equivalent
  • College of Liberal Arts:  Students in the College of Liberal Arts who choose to take MATH 151 are required to have completed MATH 150 (TCCNS 2412)  or achieved an acceptable score on the MPE.  They do not have to take the MPE if they do not choose to take MATH 147/151/171 and have:
    • Successfully completed a calculus course that awards college credit that the College of Liberal Arts accepts toward the student’s degree requirements.
    • Previously earned credit through one of the following examinations:
      • College Board Advanced Placement (AP)
      • Calculus AB (score 4 or better)
      • Calculus BC (score 3 or better)
      • CLEP: Calculus with Elementary Functions
      • International Baccalaureate (IB): Higher Level Mathematics (score 4 or better)
      • Texas A&M University departmental credit by examination in calculus
  • College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences:  Students in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences who choose to take MATH 147/151/171 are required to have completed MATH 150 (TCCNS 2412) or achieve an acceptable score on the MPE.  Students are not required to take the MPE if they do not desire to take MATH 147/151/171

For more information, please see the Freshman or Transfer Math Placement Requirements and Exemptions page.

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How do I know if I need to take the Foreign Language Placement Exam?

Students who intend to enroll for the first time in a college foreign language course, who have previous knowledge of the language, however acquired, and who have no college credit in the language MUST take a placement test to determine the appropriate course for their level of ability. The foreign language placement test also serves as a basis for credit by examination. Second language learners who take the Advanced Placement (AP) test, the College Board Achievement test, the International Baccalaureate test (IB) or the SAT II Subject Test in their foreign language of choice do not have to take the required foreign language placement tests, as the results of these tests may be used for placement, but it is highly recommended. Heritage language learners must always take the placement test, regardless of their scores on high school tests, because these tests sometimes are not a good reflection of the language abilities of those students.

The Spanish Language Placement Test is administered by Hispanic Studies in the College of Liberal Arts. There is a $20.00 fee that is due at the time of registration. For more information, call (979) 458-0672. Click here to register for this test.

All other Language Placement Tests are administered by International Studies in the College of Liberal Arts. There is a $20.00 fee that is due at the time of registration. For more information, call (979) 845-5144 and to register for this test, please select “International Studies” and then the appropriate language at http://marketplace.tamu.edu.

All tests will be administered on the Pre-Conference Day of the New Student Conference along with credit by examination tests. The test will also be offered at various times during the fall and spring semesters. Students who do not take the placement test on the Pre-Conference Day will not be able to register for a foreign language course during their first semester. (Please note: Seats in language courses are limited; taking the Language Placement Exam does not guarantee the ability to register for a language course during your first semester.)

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When/Where can I take a campus tour?

The Aggie Orientation Leader Program offers campus tours at Conference Check In.

If you are interested in a Residence Hall Tour, please see the Department of Residence Life Tours website.

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When/Where can I buy a class T-shirt or a parent T-shirt?

Spring Conferences (Freshman & Transfer): Parent and Class of 2018, 2017*, and 2016* designs will be sold for $15.00 each (cash or check only) at New Student Conference Check-In.

Summer Freshman Conferences: Parent and student Class of 2018 T-shirts are sold for $15.00 (cash or check only) at each NSC Check-In, during Howdy Lunch on Day 1, and after the Being an Aggie program at the end of Day 1 of conferences. Check-In is held Monday-Thursday, and Howdy Lunch and the Being an Aggie program are held Tuesday-Thursday in the afternoon and evening, respectively.

Summer Transfer Conferences:Parent and Class of 2018, 2017*, and 2016* designs will be sold for $15.00 each (cash or check only) at New Student Conference Check-In.

*limited quantities and sizes available

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How can I get my student ID?

During your New Student Conference, you will have the opportunity to get your photo student ID made. Please refer to  the schedule for locations. You must have a current government-issued photo ID (drivers license, military ID, etc) to receive your ID Card.

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When do I buy my textbooks?

Textbooks may be purchased or reserved while you are on campus during your New Student Conference.  Please visit the Barnes & Noble* table at Resource Tables during your New Student Conference to obtain a textbook reservation form or reserve on-line.

*students are under no obligation to purchase textbooks from the official Texas A&M University Bookstore

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How do I change my permanent mailing address?

If your permanent mailing address changes prior to registration, please notify the Office of Admissions to ensure receipt of future mailings.  For more information contact:  Office of Admissions, (979) 845-1060. After you are enrolled, please make the change on the Howdy Portal.

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When should I change my local mailing address?

If you know what your local address and phone number will be when you register for your classes, you can submit this information at that time. After that time, use the Howdy Portal. All students MUST update their local phone numbers and addresses at the Howdy Portal by the 12th class day.  For more information contact: Office of the Registrar, (979) 845-1031.

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Who do I contact with questions about AP scores?

For questions regarding scoring or how courses will apply to your degree plan, please contact your departmental advisor (click here for a listing). If you took an Advanced Placement (AP) test in May, scores will not be received by Texas A&M University until mid-July. Students will need to accept AP credit to have it applied to their transcript for course credit. This should only be done after consulting with your academic advisor within your department. Once you register for classes, you may accept AP credit online through the Howdy Portal. Simply click on the “Credit by Examination” link in the Grades and Transcripts channel on the My Record tab.

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I have decided not to attend Texas A&M University, what do I do?

To cancel your offer of admission after you have registered for an NSC, you must withdraw your application in the Howdy Portal under Manage My Application(s) in the Applicant tab.

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What if I am not a U.S. Citizen or a U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident?

All students who are not U.S. Citizens or U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents – regardless of whether you are classified as a resident for tuition purposes by meeting the criteria for HB-1403, SB-1528 or the 36-Month Provision – are considered to be international students at Texas A&M University. New international students must make arrangements to complete the mandatory Online Orientation and attend the mandatory New International Student Check-In coordinated by the International Student Services (ISS) office. To determine how these requirements relate to your attendance at a New Student Conference, please refer to the New Student Conferences’ Information for International Students webpage. For more information about these requirements, please visit the ISS Orientation & Check-In webpage.

 

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