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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Now that you have been admitted to Texas A&M, where you choose to live is next among the most important decisions to make in your college life. National studies, as well as data compiled by Texas A&M, clearly indicate the direct benefits of first-year students living on-campus: academic success (better grades/higher on-time graduation rates), social and personal development and higher levels of campus engagement. Texas A&M is committed to making on-campus housing a priority for incoming freshmen and will do its best to accommodate as many new students as possible. The sooner you apply for on-campus housing the better your opportunity of getting one of your top choices. You are strongly encouraged to apply immediately because assignments will be made on a first-come, first-served basis—and space will likely be limited, visit reslife.tamu.edu/ then click on “Apply for Housing.”
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 office’s services is AGGIE SEARCH, a web database to search for roommates and housing options, available online at aggiesearch.tamu.edu. OCSS also publishes the “Off Campus Housing Survival Manual,” 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 website 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? 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.
- When can I register for a Sports Pass? Incoming and new students may begin registering for sports options in late May. 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 the 12th Man Foundation website for more information about Sports Pass options and to register.
Fish Camp, a freshman’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.
2019 dates TBA
Freshman registration opens in May (specific date TBA) at fishcamponline.tamu.edu and will close in June (specific date TBA) or when sessions are full. Please be patient as there are thousands of students trying to register on the first day.
Howdy 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 University’s many traditions, and most importantly, build lasting friendships. Howdy Camp 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 2020