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2014-2015 Admitted Freshman Students


Congratulations

on your admission to Texas A&M.

Accept our offer of admission and become part of the Aggie Family. We are confident you will enjoy being an Aggie, and we look forward to the energy you will bring to Texas A&M. You have been accepted into a university that is proud of its culture of excellence. Our worldrenowned faculty is committed to teaching, research and service, and is dedicated to the discovery, development, communication and application of knowledge in a wide range of academic and professional fields. At Texas A&M, we are committed to developing the leaders of tomorrow.

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Acceptance: Steps for Domestic Students* Welcome to the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Class of 2018! To secure your place, you must accept our offer of admission by registering for your mandatory New Student Conference by one of the following deadlines.

Deadlines for Accepting our Offer and Registering for Your New Student Conference Students Entering

Deadline

Spring 2014

December 15, 2013

Summer/Fall 2014

May 1, 2014

STEP ONE Accept Our Offer of Admission Using your NetID (see page 4 for more information about your NetID), sign on to applicant.tamu.edu, and follow the instructions for accepting our offer. The Applicant Information System (AIS) is also accessible through the Howdy Portal at howdy.tamu.edu under the applicant tab.

STEP TWO Register for Your Mandatory New Student Conference by the Deadline Date Listed Above** Spring Admits New Student Conference (NSC) registration is available online via the Applicant Information System (AIS) at applicant.tamu.edu. Your two-day conference will be held in early January. New Student Conference dates as well as other helpful information for Spring admits will be posted on newaggie.tamu.edu by late November. Summer and Fall Admits New Student Conference (NSC) registration will be available online via the Applicant Information System (AIS) at applicant.tamu.edu beginning February 1, 2014. New Student Conference dates have been tentatively set for late May through August and will be posted on newaggie.tamu.edu by late November. Attendance at your New Student Conference is mandatory. Freshmen admitted to Texas A&M are admitted to a specific major and will select a New Student Conference date based upon that major. Admitted students may request a change of major by submitting an online request through applicant.tamu.edu at least three business days prior to their NSC. Some majors may not accept any change of major requests, and you will be required to follow the curriculum for the major to which you have been admitted as prescribed by your advisor at your New Student Conference. Once enrolled, students may request a change of major in accordance with Student Rule 5.1-5.5. Please be aware that a change of major is never guaranteed. Continue to check AIS at applicant.tamu.edu for updates.

Note: If you DO NOT accept our offer of admission AND register for a New Student Conference by the deadline listed, we will assume that you have declined our offer of admission and will cancel your offer. Furthermore, accepting your financial aid package or registering for housing does NOT mean that you have accepted our offer of admission. For more information, contact the Aggieland Prospective Student Center at (979) 458-0950. *If you are a U.S. Citizen or a U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident, please review the information listed for Domestic Students. If you are neither a U.S. Citizen nor a U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident, then according to Texas A&M University’s definition, you are an International Student. As such, you must review the information that pertains to International Students. **All new students are required to attend a New Student Conference. Registration fees for your conference are non-refundable. page

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Acceptance: Steps for International Students To secure your place at Texas A&M University, you must complete the following steps.

Deadlines for Accepting our Offer and Registering for Your New Student Conference Students Entering

Deadline

Spring 2014

December 15, 2013

Summer/Fall 2014

May 1, 2014

STEP ONE Accept Our Offer of Admission Accept our offer of admission online using your NetID at applicant.tamu.edu, and follow the online instructions for accepting our offer.

STEP TWO Register for Your Mandatory New Student Conference by the Deadline Date Listed Above* Spring Admits New Student Conference (NSC) registration is available online via the Applicant Information System (AIS) at applicant.tamu.edu. Your two-day conference will be held in early January. New Student Conference dates as well as other helpful information for Spring admits will be posted on newaggie.tamu.edu by late November. Summer and Fall Admits New Student Conference (NSC) registration will be available online via the Applicant Information System (AIS) at applicant.tamu.edu beginning February 1, 2014. New Student Conference dates have been tentatively set for late May through August and will be posted online at newaggie.tamu.edu by late November. Attendance at your New Student Conference is mandatory. Freshmen admitted to Texas A&M are admitted to a specific major and will select an NSC date based upon that major. After May 1, you may only change your major during Check-In at your New Student Conference. Some majors may not accept any change of major requests, and you will be required to follow the curriculum for the major to which you have been admitted as prescribed by your advisor at your New Student Conference. Once enrolled, students may request a change of major in accordance with Student Rule 5.1-5.5. Please be aware that a change of major is never guaranteed. Continue to check AIS at applicant.tamu.edu for updates.

You should complete the mandatory online orientation before arriving at Texas A&M University. The online orientation can be accessed at iss.tamu.edu/checkin_orientation/orientation.asp. Upon arrival, you must attend the mandatory ISS Check-In. You will not be able to schedule your Check-In appointment until you complete the online orientation. During Check-In, you may have the opportunity to meet with several offices to remove your registration holds. You may need to meet with Admissions during or after your ISS Check-In if the following services are needed: • resolve transfer credit or other admission issues, or • fix a discrepancy in the spelling of your name. You are highly encouraged to attend the International Student Conference (ISC). Note: This ISC is different from the mandatory New Student Conference (NSC) that all freshmen students are required to attend. For information concerning online orientation, the dates of Check-In and/or the ISC, please visit iss.tamu.edu.

After Admission & Before Registration English Verification/Certificate Information for International Students Texas A&M requires admitted students from non-English-speaking countries to demonstrate their ability to speak, write and understand the English language. To demonstrate your ability, you must fulfill one of the following: 1. Submit an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 80 iBT, 550 pBT or higher or an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of at least 6.0 overall band. 2. Submit an official score of at least 21 on the ACT English or 500 on the SAT Critical Reading section. If you do not meet one of the above conditions, you must take the English Language Proficiency Examination (ELPE). The ELPE evaluates English grammar, writing, vocabulary, reading, listening and speaking skills. A score of at least 70 is required on each ELPE test area to meet English Proficiency Requirements. For testing schedules, please visit the Data and Research Services (DARS) website at dars.tamu.edu.

Note: If you DO NOT accept our offer of admission AND register for a New Student Conference by the deadline listed, we will assume that you have declined our offer of admission and will cancel your offer. Furthermore, accepting your financial aid package or registering for housing does NOT mean that you have accepted our offer of admission. For more information, contact the Aggieland Prospective Student Center at (979) 458-0950.

Following the ELPE, student placement in Texas A&M and/or English Language Institute (ELI) courses is made by the International Student Placement Committee (ISPC). You will be required to enroll in ELI courses in each skill area for which you score below 70.

STEP THREE

*All new students are required to attend a New Student Conference. Registration fees for your conference are non-refundable. **If you are coming from outside of the United States, you may need to complete paperwork with International Student Services (ISS) in order to obtain documentation needed to apply for an appropriate student visa.

Obtain Appropriate Immigration Documents, Complete Mandatory Online Orientation and Attend Mandatory Check-In** The Certificate of Eligibility Center (CEC) in the Office of International Student Services (ISS) will issue the appropriate document needed to apply for a visa after you complete and submit several forms to their office. Important information about your arrival, including these forms, CEC contact information and an online immigration document tracking process, can be accessed at iss.tamu.edu/people/newstudent.asp. Please direct all questions about document issuance to ISS by email at iss.cec@tamu.edu, by phone at (979) 845-1151 or by fax at (979) 862-4633. Texas A&M University | Now That You’re Admitted

To appeal an ISPC decision regarding Texas A&M and/or ELI placements, you may contact the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs for your college.


Health Insurance

International Resources

International students are automatically enrolled in and charged for comprehensive health insurance and repatriation/evacuation coverage while in the United States and enrolled at Texas A&M University. For more information on International Student Health Insurance, visit the website at iss.tamu.edu/insurance/insurance.asp.

International Student Services iss.tamu.edu iss.cec@tamu.edu (979) 845-1151

Sponsored Student Programs ssp.tamu.edu (979) 845-2550 Arrival Information (979) 862-7170 Fax

Domestic & International Pre-Enrollment Checklists The checklists on this page will help you prepare for your first year. Items that are required for successful enrollment are highlighted in green.

Domestic Freshman Students

International Freshman Students

 Activate your NetID at applicant.tamu.edu.  Accept our offer and register for a New Student Conference at applicant.tamu.edu. (See page 1.)  Send your proof of vaccination against bacterial meningitis. admissions.tamu.edu/meningitis  Log in to your Texas A&M NEO email account with your NetID and password. gateway.tamu.edu  Fulfill the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirement.  Complete the Texas A&M Math Placement Exam. mathassessment.tamu.edu  Send your final high school transcript.  Send your college transcript(s) to receive college credit (if applicable).  Verify residency at applicant.tamu.edu.  Attend your New Student Conference and register for Texas A&M courses. newaggie.tamu.edu  Pay your tuition bill by the Texas A&M deadline. howdy.tamu.edu - My Finances tab  Apply for on-campus housing.  Apply for financial aid.  Apply for scholarships.  Learn about short-term and emergency tuition and fees loans.  Learn about student employment.  Change your major by May 1, via applicant.tamu.edu (if desired).  Send your AP/IB scores to receive college credit (if applicable).  Learn about credit by examination.  Learn about services for students with disabilities.  Learn about required/recommended immunizations.  Look into health insurance.  Look into extended orientation programs like Fish Camp.

 Activate your NetID at applicant.tamu.edu.  Accept our offer and register for a New Student Conference at applicant.tamu.edu. (See page 2.)  Send your proof of vaccination against bacterial meningitis. admissions.tamu.edu/meningitis  Learn about immunization requirements.  Log in to your Texas A&M NEO email account with your NetID and password. gateway.tamu.edu  Fulfill the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirement.  Complete the Texas A&M Math Placement Exam. mathassessment.tamu.edu  Send your final high school transcript (and diploma if issued by a foreign institution).  Schedule your ISS Check-In Appointment.  Submit the required paperwork to International Student Services (ISS).  Review the University policy requiring all international students to maintain health insurance, available at iss.tamu.edu under Health Insurance.  Complete the ISS Online Orientation.  Learn about International Student visa information.  Attend your New Student Conference and register for Texas A&M courses. newaggie.tamu.edu  Pay your tuition bill by the Texas A&M deadline. howdy.tamu.edu - My Finances tab  Review ELPE information.  Apply for on-campus housing.  Apply for financial aid (if eligible).  Apply for scholarships (if eligible).  Learn about short-term and emergency tuition and fees loans.  Learn about regulations concerning student employment.  Send your official college transcript to receive college credit (if applicable).  Send your AP/IB scores to receive college credit (if applicable).  Learn about credit by examination.  Learn about services for students with disabilities.  Look into extended orientation programs like Fish Camp. page

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General Information Accessing the Howdy Web Portal

Incoming Freshmen Scholarships

When you applied to Texas A&M University, you were sent an application acknowledgment letter. This letter provided you with your Universal Identification Number (UIN) and instructions on activating your NetID.

Scholarships & Financial Aid offers academic scholarships for incoming freshmen. Students apply for all university-level scholarships through the ApplyTexas Admission Application.

Now that you’re admitted, use your NetID and password to log in to the Howdy Web Portal at howdy.tamu.edu. Howdy is a “one-stop shop” for your student information and university web resources. Howdy provides helpful information, such as registration dates and payment deadlines, and guidance in applying for financial aid, signing up for a New Student Conference, locating housing and more. Check Howdy regularly for important announcements, news and event information. Questions or problems concerning the Howdy Portal should be directed to (979) 845-8300 or helpdesk@tamu.edu.

In the scholarship competition, a student’s test score is only one of many components considered in the review process. Consideration is given to academic achievement in a college preparatory curriculum within the context of a student’s academic environment. Additional factors for selection include, but are not limited to, leadership, community service, special talents, first-generation* college status and academic achievement under difficult circumstances. Some scholarships also have a financial need component. More information is listed on the website at scholarships.tamu.edu.

If You Have Not Activated Your NetID

Corps of Cadets Scholarships

If you have not activated your NetID, please do so immediately, as it will be used throughout your career at Texas A&M University to access online services. Your NetID will become your Texas A&M email address, so choose it wisely. Visit the Applicant Information System (AIS) at applicant.tamu.edu, click on Activate NetID and follow the instructions provided. Remember: you will use your UIN to secure a NetID.

Corps of Cadets scholarships are awarded to prospective cadets based on outstanding academic performance, demonstrated leadership and financial need. Complete the application at corps.tamu.edu to be considered for all available Corps scholarships.

Activate your Texas A&M NEO email account Once you have registered for your New Student Conference, a Texas A&M NEO email account is created for you. Your email account will be your NETID@neo.tamu.edu. This email address will be used for all official school correspondence. It is important to activate this account as soon as possible and check it regularly. Activate your account at email.tamu.edu.

Apply for Financial Aid Scholarships & Financial Aid would like to assist you in finding a financial solution for your education. We understand that choosing a college/university is a tough decision. Financial aid can be one of the most influential factors affecting this decision, but before you decide, let us help by providing a financial aid package that best meets your financial needs. In order to be eligible for financial assistance, you must first submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is used to award grants, loans and work-study programs. It is available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. There is no cost to submit the FAFSA, and it must be renewed every year. Although there is no deadline for submitting the FAFSA, we recommend Fall admits complete the 2014–2015 FAFSA by March 15, 2014. Spring and Summer admits should complete the 2013–2014 FAFSA as soon as possible. The FAFSA school code for Texas A&M University is 003632. Once we have received your information, you will be able to check your status and your financial aid options online at howdy.tamu.edu. Click on the My Finances tab, and enter the Scholarships & Financial Aid portal. International students may qualify for financial aid depending on their visa status. More information can be found at financialaid.tamu.edu under the International link. Veterans, or dependents of veterans, who plan to utilize military benefits should contact Veteran Services. For information, visit veterans.tamu.edu. For more information or to schedule an appointment with a financial aid advisor, please contact Scholarships & Financial Aid at (979) 845-3236.

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Texas A&M Regents’ Scholarship The Texas A&M Regents’ Scholarship is designed to assist first-generation* students whose total family income is less than $40,000 per year. An initial offer will be made based upon your Admission Application and is contingent upon completion of the FAFSA and verification of total family income. Visit financialaid.tamu.edu for more information.

Foundation Excellence Award The Foundation Excellence Award was created to increase diversity in the undergraduate student body. Each award provides up to $2,000 per year for up to four years. The Texas A&M Foundation is an independent, nonprofit corporation that raises private gifts in support of Texas A&M University and as such may legally consider ethnicity in awarding scholarships. To apply, prospective students must complete the scholarship portion of the ApplyTexas Application including Essays A, B and C by December 1, 2013.

Short-Term and Emergency Tuition and Fees Loans Scholarships & Financial Aid offers short-term loans of up to $1,500 to qualified, currently enrolled Texas A&M University students. Loans for tuition and fees are also available to continuing students, incoming freshmen and transfer students. For more information regarding these loans, please visit financialaid.tamu.edu/Types/loans/stl.

Money Wise Aggie Program The Money Wise Aggie program provides free workshops and advising to help you make smart personal financial decisions while pursuing your degree. Find out more at moneywise.tamu.edu. *Neither biological nor stepparent has a bachelor’s degree.


Academic Colleges College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (979) 845-3712 aglifesciences.tamu.edu

Texas A&M University has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, admission to Texas A&M University and any of its sponsored programs is open to all qualified individuals. Texas A&M University does not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s disability and complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

College of Architecture

in its admissions, accessibility, treatment and employment of students in its programs and activities.

(979) 845-1144 arch.tamu.edu

Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act): Information

Mays Business School (979) 862-3850 mays.tamu.edu

regarding campus security and safety resources, policies, and procedures for safety (reporting crimes and emergencies, crime awareness and prevention, and security of campus facilities and residence halls), alcohol, drugs, weapons and sexual assault, and crime information is on the websites upd.tamu.edu and ed.gov/admins/lead/safety/campus.html.

College of Education and Human Development (979) 845-5311 education.tamu.edu

Dwight Look College of Engineering (979) 845-7200 engineering.tamu.edu

College of Geosciences (979) 845-3651 geosciences.tamu.edu

College of Liberal Arts (979) 845-5143 liberalarts.tamu.edu

College of Science (979) 845-7361 www.science.tamu.edu

College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences

TEXAS A&M EMAIL

(979) 845-4941 vetmed.tamu.edu/bims

You will receive official texas A&M correspondence to your @neo.tamu.edu account once you’ve registered for your new student conference. email.tamu.edu

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Helpful Numbers Enrollment Resources

Admissions Customer Service

Disability Services

Student Business Services

(979) 845-1060 Fax (979) 458-1808 admissions.tamu.edu

(979) 845-1637 disability.tamu.edu

(979) 847-3337 sbs.tamu.edu

New Student Conference Registration

Financial Aid

Student Counseling Service

(979) 845-3236 financialaid.tamu.edu

(979) 845-4427 scs.tamu.edu

(979) 845-1060 Fax (979) 458-4302

Greek Life

Student Employment

Information and Schedules

(979) 862-5636 greeklife.tamu.edu

(979) 845-0686 jobsforaggies.tamu.edu

Honors and Undergraduate Research

Student Health Insurance

(979) 845-5826 newaggie.tamu.edu

Residency Determination Officer (979) 845-1059

Housing Assignments Office (979) 845-4744 (888) 451-3896 reslife.tamu.edu

New Student & Family Programs (979) 845-5826 studentlife.tamu.edu/nsp

(979) 845-1957 honors.tamu.edu

(979) 458-8316 shs.tamu.edu

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Texas A&M Foundation

International Student Services (979) 845-1824 iss.tamu.edu

Memorial Student Center

Adult, Graduate and Off Campus Student Services

(979) 845-1515 msc.tamu.edu

Offices of the Dean of Student Life (979) 845-1741 studentlife.tamu.edu/agoss

Money Wise Aggie

(979) 845-7514 aggienetwork.com

Becky Gates Children’s Center (979) 458-5437 childrens-center.tamu.edu

Career Center (979) 845-5139 careercenter.tamu.edu

Corps of Cadets (979) 845-9232 (800) TAMU-AGS corps.tamu.edu

Data and Research Services (DARS) (979) 845-0532 dars.tamu.edu

Student Health Services

International Student Organizations

Campus Resources

Association of Former Students

(979) 458-8310 shs.tamu.edu/insurance

(979) 845-3236 moneywise.tamu.edu

Multicultural Services (979) 862-2000 dms.tamu.edu

Office of Professional School Advising

(979) 845-8161 giving.tamu.edu

Transportation Services (979) 845-9700 transport.tamu.edu

University Police Department (979) 845-2345 upd.tamu.edu

University Writing Center (979) 458-1455 writingcenter.tamu.edu

Veteran Services (979) 845-8075 veterans.tamu.edu

(979) 847-8938 opsa.tamu.edu

Peer Academic Services (979) 845-2724 slc.tamu.edu

Scholarships (979) 845-3982 scholarships.tamu.edu

Student Activities (979) 845-1133 studentactivities.tamu.edu

Department of Recreational Sports (979) 845-7826 recsports.tamu.edu

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