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First Year Experience

Texas A&M University has over 60,000 students which makes it one of the largest campuses in the country. For first year students, this large campus can be overwhelming as you transition into Aggieland. Beginning with your New Student Conference, and carrying through your first year, Texas A&M intentionally created unique experiences just for first-year students, designed to provide you with the connections and tools to succeed. 

Hullabaloo U is Texas A&M's first-year experience course. This class will help new students make a successful transition to campus and build community through their entire first year. Hullabaloo U provides opportunities for Texas A&M faculty and staff to serve as instructors, and current students to serve as peer mentors, to support and guide new students through their first year. 

After your New Student Conference, you have several extended orientation opportunities available to you:
  • Fish Camp— for Freshmen (including Blinn TEAM) entering in the Fall, Fish Camp is a 4-day extended orientation program that takes place at Lakeview Conference Center in Palestine, Texas. Fish Camp is led by A&M students who are passionate about making the first year of college a success for freshmen. Learn about academic success centers on campus, major and career advice, and student resources available to you. During small group time learn from current students and develop relationships with other Class of 2023 Aggies. 
  • Venture Camp— For any students entering in the Fall, Venture Camp is the premiere outdoor extended orientation experience. Campers learn Aggie culture and traditions while meeting new friends and participating in outdoor activities.  

Once you have arrived to Aggieland, be sure to participate in Howdy Week, Aggieland’s Week of Welcome. 

The Department of Multicultural Services also offers several targeted first year programs to foster satisfactory academic performance, meaningful connection with peers, and a sense of belonging to the Texas A&M campus community. Options include: 

  • ExCEL — Excellence uniting Culture, Education, and Leadership (ExCEL) is a student organization and student success program designed to help new students find academic, social, and personal balance at Texas A&M.  ExCEL assists students interested in engaging with the Black or African American Aggie community in making a smooth transition during the first year as an Aggie, through a conference during Howdy Week, cultivating relationships between peers and mentors, providing a sense of belonging, offering academic personal support, and serving as a resource.
  • Institute for the Development and Education of Asian American Leaders (IDEAAL) — IDEAAL is a student-directed year-long developmental institute tailored for freshmen.  With a focus on the beneficial role of social networks and the value of cultural identity. IDEAAL fosters opportunities to develop a sense of belonging on campus, increased insight into self, and development of leadership skills.   The institute also serves as a discussion forum focused on a multitude of issues and how they impact Asian American leadership styles.
  • Latino Logradores — Latino Logradores (Latino Achievers) is a freshman program which supports the success of Latino/a/x students at Texas A&M University by providing mentorship, a family atmosphere, transition from high school to college and resources that help them thrive in a college environment. This will be a freshman’s first connection to the familia Latina where they can build long-lasting relationships, explore their culture, build networks, feel empowered, develop holistically and be a service to the local community.