Campus Life

New Student Conference Helping First-Year Aggies And Their Families

The two-day summer orientation program is attended by more than 12,000 students and 16,500 family members and guests.
By Keith Randall, Texas A&M University Division of Marketing & Communications July 1, 2019

First-year students enrolling at Texas A&M University receive valuable information about the school’s traditions, values and “what it takes to be an Aggie” during the New Student Conference (NSC) currently being held this summer.

At the conference, coordinated by the Offices of the Dean of Student Life, students and their families learn about the numerous academic programs, student services and extracurricular activities that are available at Texas A&M. Participants will be engaged in sessions and programs such as:

  • Awareness of the university’s academic requirements, policies and procedures;
  • Information concerning personal safety and security on campus;
  • Understanding of the broad range of student activities and leadership opportunities available;
  • Key information relating to student housing, dining, transportation, financial assistance, academic support and career guidance;
  • Interactions with other students to ask questions and discuss upcoming college life

Currently more than 10,000 incoming freshmen and 2,500 transfer students are attending New Student Conference, along with 16,500 family members and guests joining them.

“It is wonderful to see so many family members and guests attending NSC as they are a vital support system for our students,” Texas A&M President Michael K. Young said. “My sincere thanks to all those who participate to make our new students and their families feel welcome, informed and excited about their coming Aggie experience.”

Emily Ivey, director of New Student & Family Programs and assistant director in the Offices of the Dean of Student Life, said staff is eager to welcome and assist students and families.

“We have six full-time staff members and numerous student employees and interns to help with NSC this year,” she said. “There are countless other campus partners who present, hold advising sessions, host resource tables and keep things organized behind the scenes. The NSC is carefully crafted to meet the needs of our students, both transfer and freshmen, and their families, and we are passionate and committed to serving NSC participants and showing the supportive nature of the Texas A&M community.”

Also aiding students and their families is the New Student Conference handbook that has been developed and it is a valuable resource for participants in the program, Ivey said.

The two-day NSC meetings require overnight accommodations and staff can answer questions about rooms and where to stay.

Texas A&M-Galveston students also have their own NSC programs for Texas A&M’s ocean-oriented campus.

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