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First-Gen Family Resources

The Routh First-Generation Center is the primary support resource for first-generation students at Texas A&M University. We believe that support extends to first-generation families as well. If you need any assistance, don't hesitate to contact us at

Academic Calendar and Deadlines

Everything at Texas A&M runs on an academic calendar divided into academic terms. Some dates are fixed every year, but many change depending on when the academic term starts in a particular year. For the most accurate dates regarding this terms academic calendar visit the University Academic Calendar

Here are a few terms related to academic deadlines that may help you as you help your student acclimate to Texas A&M:

FG Terms

An academic term refers to the period of time in which the academic year is broken up. Students will take courses that reside within either fall, spring, or summer term.

Academic Advisors are employees of the university who help students determine, which courses are needed to complete their degree and meet their educational goals. Students should meet with their academic advisor before making drastic changes to their course schedule.

Before an academic term begins and through the first few days of a term, students may add or remove courses to their term schedule with no penalty. This is common because students may be working with their academic advisor to modify which courses are most suitable for them this academic term.

When a student changes their major, we call this a change of curriculum. Check the academic calendar as this may only happen at certain times in relationship to an academic term (Student Rule 5).

At Texas A&M, this is the ceremony of graduation.

This is a tool for students to understand what degree requirements they have completed, and what they need to plan for in the future semesters. The degree planner is not set in stone, but is instead used to keep students on track. All students are required to create or update the plan annually (Student Rule 1.9).

Most courses end their academic term with a comprehensive exam or project. These take place the last days of the term and classes do not meet during this time.

Sometimes students wish to remove a course from their schedule after the drop course deadline because the content may have proved too challenging or for other extenuating personal circumstances. It is always recommended to speak with an advisor before doing this and it must be completed by a particular date on the academic calendar. Students are only allowed four Q-drops during their time at Texas A&M.

The Registrar is the office responsible for maintaining all academic records at the university.

This office is responsible for collecting all tuition and fees related to enrollment at the university. Deadlines are important and failing to meet them could have financial or enrollment consequences for students.

Sometimes students need to take a leave of absence from their academic study at Texas A&M. A withdraw officially removes the student from all of their courses in an academic term. Students will have to reenroll in the courses in a future term and the


New Student and Family Programs

At Texas A&M we have an office dedicated to supporting all students and families as they adjust to college life. Check-out their First-Gen Family Resource Guide.

As we continue to grow we will add more resources to this page. Please feel free to reach out to us if there is any information you would like us to provide or any areas where you still have questions. Our email is