Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I find Online Orientation?
Log directly into the Howdy Portal, select the â€śMy Recordâ€ť tab, and find the link under â€śNew Student Conference Preparation.â€ť
Online Orientation will be made available 4-6 weeks before the first conference of the Summer.Â An email will be sent out to students when it is available.
What topics are covered in the online orientation?
Online Orientation will cover:
- Preparing for your NSC including what to expect and all requirements needed prior to attending.
- Academics & Registration reviews the course catalog and how to navigate class registration.
- Financial Matters reviews tuition billing, scholarships, and financial aid processes.
- Campus Safety & Services reviews a few â€śout of the classroomâ€ť like Code Maroon, dining plans, housing resources, and transportation services.
Is online orientation mandatory? What happens if I donâ€™t complete online orientation before my NSC?
Yes. The completion of Online Orientation is required prior to attending the New Student Conferences. These mandatory modules will set you up for success at the NSC, specifically when registering for courses.
If I complete online orientation, do I also have to attend an on-campus New Student Conference?
Yes. Both are required to register for courses and attend Texas A&M.
Can my family members access online orientation information?
Yes. They can do so by clicking hereÂ and selecting the â€śEnter as a Guestâ€ť option. NOTE: Students will not receive credit for completing Online Orientation by using this link. It is imperative for students to log in through Howdy when completing Online Orientation.
Will I receive credit for completing online orientation if I enter as a guest?
No. Students MUST log directly into the Howdy Portal, select the â€śMy Recordâ€ť tab, and find the link under â€śNew Student Conference Preparation.â€ť Failure to log in will result in no credit for the orientation.
Do I have to complete online orientation all at once?
No. We will remember where you left off.
Who do I contact with additional questions?
The Office of New Student & Family Programs Office, open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (CST), Monday-Friday. Contact us at (979) 845-5826 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
How long will this orientation take?
It depends! If you choose to stop and complete steps that are reviewed in the Orientation, like purchasing a parking pass or clearing a hold. On average, students will spend less than one hour to complete.
Can I refer back to this information after I have completed the Online Orientation?
Absolutely. We hope you continue using this as a resource because this information will be available to you through your first two semesters of coursework.