Campus Life

Howdy Week To Welcome Aggies Back Aug. 22-29

The event will include almost 100 activities for new and returning students.
By Mariah Patrick, New Student & Family Programs, and Keith Randall, Texas A&M University Division of Marketing & Communications August 18, 2021

maroon background that reads Howdy Week


Texas A&M University will greet thousands of returning Aggies Aug. 22-29 during Howdy Week, the university’s traditional way of welcoming new and returning students to campus for the start of the new school year.

“Howdy Week is Aggieland’s official week of welcome and is a collaborative effort across campus and the local community to help connect Aggies to a wide array of activities, organizations and important information to jump start their year in Aggieland,” said Alex Hersperger, associate coordinator of new student and family programs in the Division of Student Affairs.

All events are free and students are welcome to participate in the week-long schedule of events and programs.

There will be almost 100 different events this year, including:

  • Howdy to University Libraries
  • Late Night Food Festival
  • GatheRing & Yell Practice
  • The Class of 2025 and Class of 2024 class photo
  • Ice Cream Carnival
  • MSC Aggie Cinema Movie Night
  • Party of the Plaza
  • StuAct Block Party
  • Rec-A-Palooza
  • Howdy Hour
  • AggieFest

This year, the majority of Howdy Week events will be in-person, with some virtual events. Wearing a face mask while in public indoor settings is strongly encouraged. Visit for additional COVID-19 information and guidance.

Many new students at Texas A&M have said the event was vital in helping them to get acquainted with other Aggies, finding organizations that interest them and helping them to adjust to college life.

“Howdy Week was my chance to meet some of my new best friends and also learn to navigate my way around campus,” said Clacey Core, a junior from Cypress, Texas. “I had the chance to walk around campus and map out where all my classes were going to be at, before things got too crazy. My favorite part of Howdy Week was taking my class photo and getting the chance to meet some great people who were standing around me. Getting the opportunity to see different organizations and departments around campus with their featured events was great because it gave me the ability to learn more about things I was interested in.”

Howdy Week is hosted by the Office of New Student & Family Programs.

Fall classes at Texas A&M begin Aug. 30.

Media contact:
Mariah Patrick, 979-845-5826,

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