Frequently Asked Questions

Below are a number of questions related to virtual NSC's as well as NSC's in general. We hope you find them useful. If you still have a question that is unanswered please feel free to contact Alex Crouse at crousea@tamug.edu.

 

What is my NSC date?

The virtual portion of your NSC will take place on Day 2 of your originally scheduled in-person NSC. 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. We have added some additional dates in July in order to accommodate smaller group sizes.

Why are we staying in specific dates for the NSC?

Maintaining original dates allows us to set-up virtual communities for you to connect with peers, upperclassmen, and staff. Additionally this aids us in managing the system to support students and families effectively.

What about NSCs currently scheduled for August?

At this time we are still evaluating our August dates. We will communicate any details that change with these dates as we gain more insight into our timeline.

Am I going to get my NSC Registration Fee Refunded?

While we recognize your in person experience will not occur, we will have expenses in order to provide you a virtual NSC. At this time, no NSC fees will be refunded; we will review all our expenses later this summer and determine whether partial refunds due to unused funds are possible.  All fees paid for ‘additional’ guests will be refunded.  The details of how the ‘additional’ guest’s fees will be returned are to be determined

Is there a specific time the virtual NSC is accessible to me?

You will receive an email to your Texas A&M email with information on how to access the virtual NSC materials. You will receive the email the week of your originally scheduled NSC date.

Is online orientation the same as the virtual NSC?

No. Online orientation is a series of modules which must be completed PRIOR to your virtual NSC. Online orientation is released mid-May and 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 register for Fall Courses during your Virtual NSC.

What will be the main difference between the virtual Texas A&M experience and in-person NSC experience?

The virtual NSC experience will mimic the in-person NSC in many ways. While we won’t be able to connect with you face to face you will have an opportunity to connect with current students, faculty and staff via Zoom meetings and interactions.

What will virtual NSCs be like for family members/guests?

There will be a Town Hall Zoom meeting with various campus partners at 5:00pm the same day as your virtual conference that you and your family memember may attend to ask any questions you may have. Family members and guests will be welcome to register for Evening Q&A sessions with various departments from campus. We will be hosting these Q&A sessions numerous times throughout the summer months. A more comprehensive calendar and registration details will be coming shortly. 

When will I take my Math Placement Exam?

FOR GALVESTON MAJORS ONLY: students will be taking the Math Placement Exam online through Howdy. This may be different than what was in your admissions or previously received information. There will be no proctored Math Placements Exams for TAMUG for summer 2020. Follow these directions

  1. Login to Howdy
  2. Click on the "Applicant" tab
  3. Follow "Math Placement Exams" Link in the Admissions channel
  4. Follow instructions to the Math Placement Exam

Engineering students through College Station (ENGE majors) should have recieved MPE directions from the College of Engineering in College Station


When will I meet with my advisor?

Students will have a virtual academic advising time on Day 2 of their original NSC date. Details of signing up for a specific time will be provided at a later date.

Is it mandatory that I attend a student conference?
  • 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 College Station). 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 TAMUG and must reapply for a future term.

I am a Post-Baccalaureate/Re-Admit/Change of Curriculum student from Texas A&M Galveston. Do I need to attend a New Student Conference?
  • 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 College Station. However you are welcome to do so, please contact us so we can register you.

 As a student, can I register for a conference online and pay later?
  • 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.

If I register for my New Student Conference, am I bound to attend Texas A&M University?
  • 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.

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Can I change my conference date?
  • 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.tamug.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.

What if I want to change my major?

Freshman

  • Admitted Freshman students may request a change of major via the Howdy Portalthrough 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

  • 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.

What if I want an NSC date that isn’t available?
  • 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.  Please contact us if you think you may qualify.

Steps to Change an NSC Registration Date:

  1. Log on to the Applicant Information System (AIS) using your NetID and Password.

  2. Click the “For More Information” link under Step 5 of Your Application Status in AIS.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

Who do I contact with questions about AP scores?
  • 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.