As the initial euphoria of attending Texas A&M University fades, many new Aggies are surprised to face a challenging transition to college life. Unsure of where to turn as they struggle to navigate course loads, the college environment and life away from home, new students can find themselves sinking mentally, emotionally and physically in a sea of maroon—and quickly can become at-risk of dropping out.
Understanding the challenges new students face, Texas A&M is committed to helping Aggies find their place on campus. Many organizations, programs and groups are dedicated to offering a place for new Aggies to connect. Some focus on nontraditional students, providing resources and a welcoming outreach that is tailored to these new Aggies’ previous experiences. Together, these efforts contribute to Texas A&M’s strong first-year retention rate, which regularly tops 90%.
As the new school year gets underway, learn about four groups that support a wide range of incoming students and help them find the place in Aggieland where they can thrive.