Frequently Asked Questions
Is online orientation the same as the New Student Conference (NSC)?
No. Online orientation is a series of modules which must be completed PRIOR to your attendance at NSC. Online orientation provides a basic overview of information, preparing you for more detailed content shared within the NSC format. Online orientation is a registration hold, and if you do not complete it, you cannot proceed with your NSC.
When will Online Orientation be available?
Online Orientation will be available for students entering Texas A&M in Summer or Fall beginning in mid-May, and for students entering in Spring beginning in mid-December. Students will receive an email once they may begin completing online orientation.
Where can I find Online Orientation?
Once available, students will go to the HOWDY Portal and select the Log in with your NetID to get started button. Use your NetId and password to login. Click on the My Record Tab and scroll down to the the New Student Conference Preparation Box. Click the complete your mandatory New Student Conference Online Orientation link to get started.
What topics are covered in the online orientation?
Online Orientation will cover:
- 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 “out of the classroom” like Code Maroon, dining plans, housing resources, and transportation services.
- Your Community in Aggieland covers how to stay healthy at A&M and building a community of respect
- Preparing for your NSC including what to expect and all requirements needed prior to completing.
Is online orientation mandatory? What happens if I don’t complete online orientation before my NSC?
Yes. The completion of Online Orientation is required and if you do not complete it, you cannot proceed with your NSC. A registration hold will be placed on the students account and will be removed once the online orientation is completed. Students will not be able to register for classes until the online orientation is completed.
If I complete online orientation, do I also have to complete the New Student Conference?
Yes. Both are required to register for courses and attend Texas A&M.
Do I have to complete online orientation all at once?
No. Your progress will be saved as you go along and you can access where you left off at any time.
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 email@example.com.
How long will this online orientation take?
It depends! On average, students will take about two hours to complete the modules. However, you may choose to stop and complete steps that are reviewed in the modules, like purchasing a parking pass or clearing a hold, and then return to online orientation.
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 throughout your first 6 weeks of your first semester