During the New Student Conference (NSC), your student will attend programs that have been designed to provide them with information needed to make a successful transition to Texas A&M University.
Programs have also been created with family members and guests in mind. Resources and services shared during these sessions allow participants to have information they need to be a resource for students as they transition to the University.
Below is an overview of the NSC schedule and programs. Some of these programs may not be offered during our January conferences.
Pre-Conference Day & Evening Social with the Orientation Leaders
We encourage you to arrive on the day prior to the NSC for the optional Pre-Conference Day. For example, if you are registered for the May 22-23 conference, your Pre-Conference Day will take place on May 21. Arriving early allows your student to begin checking off many of the “to dos” that they must accomplish while on campus.
The Pre-Conference Day begins with an early Check-In in the afternoon, where you will receive all of your orientation materials, and your student will have the opportunity to resolve remaining holds on their account. Once you have checked in, you may attend one of the optional sessions available that afternoon.
On the evening of Pre-Conference Day, our Orientation Leaders invite all attendees to join them for a casual come-and-go social.
Please note: There is no Pre-Conference Day for January conferences.
Conference Day 1
All students must officially check-in for their NSC on Day 1. Check-In begins at 8 a.m., and you will receive all of your orientation materials, including an official schedule. Your student will also have the opportunity to clear any remaining holds on their account.
NSC programs will begin following Check-In, and all attendees will be together at that time. After a series of morning programs, students and family members/guests will attend separate sessions. Students will break out into small groups and participate in discussions and activities led by Orientation Leaders. Family members/guests will attend programs designed specifically for them to gain knowledge as a resource for their student in their transition to Texas A&M.
Lunch and dinner will be provided for all registered attendees during Day 1, and NSC programming is anticipated to end around 8 or 9 p.m.
Attendance of students is expected at all programs.
Conference Day 2
Students will spend Day 2 of the NSC with their academic college. Students will attend meetings with representatives from their specific college who will discuss requirements and answer questions they have about their major. Students will also meet in small groups with an academic advisor to help prepare them for registration.
Please note: Students in the College of Engineering and the College of Science (except for Biology majors) will be required to take the Math Placement Exam in person on Day 2 of the NSC.
In the afternoon, students will register for fall classes and optional campus services. Family members are often not allowed to attend course registration. However, academic advisors will be available to assist students and answer any questions. Please be prepared to remain until 6 p.m., if necessary, to complete registration.