In addition to attending your New Student Conference, there are a few other “to-do’s” that you need to consider as you prepare to make the transition to Texas A&M. Many of these “to-dos” can and should be done BEFORE your New Student Conference, particularly if you are registered for a later NSC.
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Living on campus provides you with many unique opportunities with a variety of living options, costs, and facilities. There are currently 26 residence halls, 12 Corps of Cadets halls, and the University Apartments – Gardens 2 apartments (for upperclassmen only) with accommodations for approximately 10,600 students. During your NSC, we invite you to stay in one of our on campus residence halls. For more information go to http://reslife.tamu.edu/guests/nsc/.
Students must be officially admitted to Texas A&M before they are eligible to apply for on-campus housing and every effort will be made to accommodate as many freshmen as possible. Housing assignments will be made on a first-come, first-served basisâ€”established by the date in which the studentâ€™s housing application is received.
Freshmen who apply for housing after 30 days of being admitted to Texas A&M will be considered for on-campus housingâ€”if space is available and after all other priority students have been accommodated. All housing assignments will be based on the housing application date, so the sooner students apply, the greater chance of getting top choice of housing options. Admitted students can apply for housing at online.
Graduate students, married students, students with dependent child(ren), international students, U.S. military veteran students, students who are at least 21 years old, and undergraduate students who have completed at least 30 semester hours or 2 semesters in residence at a 2 or 4 year college will continue to have priority housing atÂ The Gardens Apartments.
Thinking about living off campus? If so, Off Campus Student Services (OCSS) in the Offices of the Dean of Student Life serves as a resource center for the over 38,000 off campus students at Texas A&M.
One of the officeâ€™s services is AGGIE SEARCH, a web database to search for roommates and housing options, available online at aggiesearch.tamu.edu. OCSSÂ also publishes the â€śOff Campus Housing Survival Manual,â€ť which lists apartments, amenities, and tips for a successful off campus living experience. Staff members are also available to help students with leasing questions or issues that arise with off campus living. For more information, attend the Off Campus Housing Session during your New Student Conference and visit studentlife.tamu.edu/agoss.
The ability to park on campus is a great service provided to you as a student. It is important to remember that all vehicles parked on the Texas A&M University Campus are required to have a parking permit, unless they are parked in a pay visitor area. If you would like to purchase a permit, log in to your account on the Transportation Services web site at transport.tamu.edu/account and click Purchase Permit. The costs of the permits vary and are designated on a lot specific basis. Online registration will begin in April and close in early July. On-Campus Residents: If you register for parking prior to receiving your housing assignment, you will have an opportunity to make final changes to your parking request (to match your housing assignment) in July. Reminder communications will be sent.
Also, the University operates an extensive on and off campus transit system that can be used fare-free. For more information about transportation services go to transport.tamu.edu.
- What is a Sports Pass?Â As a current student, a Sports Pass is your gateway to all Texas A&M Athletic events. With just one card, you can have access to every home event during the school year. A Sports Pass purchased to gain admission into regular season varsity sporting events including football, basketball, soccer, volleyball, track, baseball, softball, and tennis.
- What are the Sports Pass options?Â Sports Pass Options for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 will be release late Spring.
- When can I register for a Sports Pass? Incoming and new students may begin registering for sports options in late May (specific date TBA). You do NOT need to wait until your New Student Conference to register. Sports Cards may be picked up once you have registered for an option AND obtained your Student ID. Please be aware that Sports Passes have historically sold-out and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Where will my Sports Pass be billed? Sports options will be billed with tuition in August.
Please visit mysportspass.tamu.edu for up to date information and to register for a sports option.
Fish Camp, a freshmanâ€™s first tradition, is one of the oldest programs at Texas A&M which helps welcome incoming freshmen students to campus life. It began in 1954 when YMCA Director Gordon Gay took just a few cadets camping. In its 60th year, it has become so popular that it now runs as seven back-to-back sessions led by more than 1,100 student leaders with the ability to accommodate nearly 7,000 freshmen students.
Held during the month of August, this optional four-day experience is designed to provide a mix of education about Texas A&M traditions, information about being successful in college, and opportunities to build lasting friendships. The daily schedule is formatted to provide a mix of activities, games, and discussions focusing on topics such as study habits, personal goals, Aggie traditions and history, campus involvement, and university resources.
Fish Camp provides both small and large group interactions to create an environment that allows for meeting fellow classmates and promotes the development of mentoring relationships. Freshman students are organized into seven separate large groups called Camps. Each Camp assigns two upperclassmen counselors to serve as mentors and discussion leaders for small groups of 10-15 freshmen.
When:Â 2017 dates have not been released
Freshman registration opens in May (specific date TBA)Â at fishcamponline.tamu.eduÂ andÂ will close in June (specific date TBA)Â or when sessions are full. Please be patient as there are thousands of students trying to register on the first day.
HowdyÂ Camp (Spring Enrollment)
Aggie Transition Camps is excited to welcome incoming transfer students to Texas A&M through our optional, student run extended orientation program opportunities. These programs are designed to help students transition into the Aggie family, learn about the Universityâ€™s many traditions, and most importantly, build lasting friendships. Howdy CampÂ is a 3-day, 2-night extended orientation program for transfer students entering in the spring semester. The student-run camp experience introduces campers to the many opportunities and longstanding traditions that exist at Texas A&M. Campers will leave with a newly ignited Aggie spirit and the tools necessary to make a successful transition to Texas A&M University.
When: January 7-9, 2017