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 6–7 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.
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 Applicant Information System (AIS) at applicant.tamu.edu. As conferences are filled, they are removed from the site and are no longer available due to capacity limits.
Students will not be forced into conferences to accommodate changes in their personal schedule due to work conflicts or travel. Appeals to change into a restricted or full conference are only granted for military orders, medical emergencies or extreme extenuating circumstances which students can substantiate with written documentation.
Appeals are submitted online via AIS by going to the “Contact Us” tab, clicking “Ask A Question,” selecting a subject type of “NSC Appeal” and completing the required fields.
Admitted Freshman students may request a change of major via the Howdy Portal, through May 1, after which requests can only be made at the conference. Under the “Applicant” tab, select “Manage Applications.” Some colleges and majors have enrollment limits and will not accept a change of major once filled. Students may choose from only those colleges and majors with space available at the time of request.
Please be aware that a change of major is never guaranteed and majors can fill up prior to processing your request. 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 ‘Contact Us’ link on the Applicant Information System.
Transfer students are reviewed for and admitted to a specific major. Changes of major will not be considered for at least one full semester. Many departments and colleges have grade point and course requirements, that must be satisfied to be eligible for a change of major. For change of major requirements, see tap.tamu.edu
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.
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.
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 “family schedule.” 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.
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 “My Questions” 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 “For More Information” link under Step 5 of Your Application Status in AIS.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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 academic advisor. If you took an Advanced Placement test in May, scores will not be received by Texas A&M University until mid-July. Students should only accept AP credit after consulting with their academic advisor, which you can do during Day 2 of your NSC.