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 $225 (non-refundable) for freshmen and $153 (non-refundable) for transfer students. 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.
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. However, your college may request you attend. If so, please¬†contact us¬†so we can have materials ready.
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.
Some students will be eligible for an NSC fee deferral if they utilized an application fee waiver. If a deferral is selected as a payment method, it means the student will be billed for the $225/153 non-refundable conference fee at the beginning of their first semester.
Unless you were able to use an application fee deferral, 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.
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. Your conference fee is, however, non-refundable.
When selecting your conference, please keep in mind that check-in will begin early in the morning on Day 1, requiring all NSC attendees to arrive on campus and check in by 9:15 a.m. Be prepared to stay until 6 p.m. on Day 2, if necessary, to complete course registration. Additionally, we encourage you to arrive on the day prior to your New Student Conference, what we refer to as the Pre-Conference Day. For example, if you are registered for the June 6‚Äď7 conference, your Pre-Conference Day will take place on June 5. The Pre-Conference Day, while optional, is a great time to check in at the conference early, get settled, take care of items on your NSC Checklist, and attend supplemental programming. Pre-Conference Day check-in¬†takes place in the afternoon (refer to NSC Schedule for exact times.)
- 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.
Go to¬†applicant.tamu.edu. This will bring up the Office of Admissions Applicant Information System (AIS).
- 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.
- 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.
- Once you have accepted the admission offer,¬† click on the NSC link and follow the directions on the screen.
- Once you have completed registration, a confirmation page will appear indicating the dates that have been registered for your conference and your payment information.
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.
- Log on to the¬†Applicant Information System (AIS)¬†using your NetID and Password.
- Under the¬†Your Application Status¬†heading, find Step 5 and click the link underneath. Upon clicking the link, a confirmation page should appear.
You are required 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. You can change your conference date as long as dates are available on the NSC registration website, accessible through the¬†Howdy Portal¬†‚Äď Applicant tab. As conferences are filled, they are removed from the site and are no longer available due to capacity limits.
Admitted¬†Freshman¬†students may request a¬†change of major via the¬†Howdy Portal,¬†up to 3 days prior to their NSC. Select the Applicant¬†Tab and ‚ÄėManage Applications.‚Äô The last time you will be able to request a change of major is during Check-In on Day 1 of your NSC Date, provided that major is participating in your currently scheduled NSC.
Please be aware that¬†a change of major¬†is never guaranteed. A change of major¬†may mean a change in your NSC date;¬†therefore, verify that your new college¬†is participating in the NSC in which you¬†are currently registered. If not, you must¬†reschedule your conference.
Feel free to direct any questions concerning change of majors to the Office of Admissions using the ‚ÄėContact Us‚Äô link on the¬†Applicant Information System.
Transfer students are reviewed for and admitted to a specific degree granting program. Changes of major will not be considered for at least one full semester.
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.
Blinn Team Students
Blinn TEAM students cannot change their major while participating in the Blinn TEAM program.
All students under the age of 22 entering an institution of higher education must 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 will 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 NSC and registering for classes, so it is imperative you fulfill this requirement¬†two weeks prior to arriving at your NSC. For more information about this requirement, please visit¬†admissions.tamu.edu/meningitis.
To submit your proof of vaccination:
- Register an account with Med+Proctor (medproctor.com/tamu-immunization).
- Use your UIN (Universal Identification Number) to create your account. This is the nine digit number you received when you applied.
- There is no charge to upload your Bacterial Meningitis Record through Med+Proctor. They also offer a service with additional features for $10. This is completely optional.
- Download the TAMU Immunization Certificate and take it to your physician or vaccination provider for them to fill it out.
- Upload the TAMU Immunization Certificate to Med+Proctor.
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‚Äôs academic programs, policies, facilities and services.
One family member or guest registration is included only with the freshman student registration fee. You can register family members and guests through the¬†Applicant Information System (AIS)¬†until 5 business days prior to their NSC.
Regular conference registration charge is $55 per adult guest (18+) and $25 per child guest (6-17 yrs old)¬†until five business days prior to the conference, after which parents and families must register on site at a rate of $60 per adult guests and $30 per child guest. Children 5 years old and under are free and do not require registration.
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.
They will follow a ‚Äúfamily schedule.‚ÄĚ They will join their students for some programs and will also participate in programs specifically designed for family members. There will be some¬†programs specifically designed for students in which family members will not attend. For a complete schedule, please visit¬†newaggie.tamu.edu/family-and-guests/at-your-students-nsc/nsc-dates.
Conference Housing is¬†NOT¬†available for January or August conferences.¬†On-campus conference housing tends to fill quickly and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations for on-campus conference housing are available in the¬†Applicant Information System.
For information about NSC housing reservations, visit the¬†Residence Life ‚Äď NSC Housing website. Questions may be directed to Residence Life Conference Services¬†at¬†email@example.com¬†or by calling (979) 845-9381.¬†¬†You are responsible for your own reservations and costs.
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 will receive a New Student Conference Parking Permit. 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 information page.
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.
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 ‚ÄúMy Questions‚ÄĚ section on the¬†Applicant Information System (AIS).
Steps to Change an NSC Registration Date:
- Log on to the¬†Applicant Information System (AIS)¬†using your NetID and Password.
- Click the ‚ÄúFor More Information‚ÄĚ link under Step 5 of¬†Your Application Status¬†in AIS.
- When the New Student Conference Registration website appears, click the ‚ÄúReschedule‚ÄĚ link at the bottom of the webpage.¬† All available conference dates will appear on the screen.
- Choose a date and select ‚ÄúSubmit.‚ÄĚ 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¬†‚Äúreal time.‚ÄĚ
Note:¬† As the deadline approaches for NSC registration, space in conferences will be limited.
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‚Äôs file.
You are required to submit a student ID picture online prior to your NSC at¬†myaggiecard.tamu.edu. You will receive your ID during your New Student Conference. You¬†must¬†have a current government-issued¬†photo ID (drivers license, military ID, etc) to receive your ID card.
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 ‚ÄúCredit by Examination‚ÄĚ link in the Grades and Transcripts channel on the My Record tab.
No. The New Student Conference fee is non-refundable.