The newaggie.tamu.edu site suggests that students frequently check their new aggie email account. What new aggie email account? The link on that same page sends my son to the Howdy portal. Is the email account found somewhere on Howdy? We've looked (but are probably just blind).
Yes it is on Howdy
your email wont show up until just before your new student confrence. On howdy, you will see - eventually - a little tab to click for email.
You are not blind, it probably just isnt there yet.
simplelife - I thought I'd pass on some information that I have received from our advisor. She said that if you enroll in an engineering program at a state school it will take at least five years to complete. The reason is simple, the state schools have way too many students and not enough classes. That is a huge added expense! However, this is not an issue for the smaller schools.
newjersey, are you a student/parent at A&M? I am an engineering student and I don't know ANY engineering students who have taken five years to graduate unless they are going for a masters or double major. Of course, I don't know ALL the engr. students, but I know a LOT of them and we can all do it in four. Simplelife, don't be dissuaded!
^ ^^ Thanks to both of you, newjersey and bandnerd!
newjersey, in my son's case, at A&M, AP credits will replace a huge portion of his curriculum. With that in mind, it looks like the engineering degree will be quite manageable in 4 years, even when he includes the music credits he wants to take each semester! So, we're feeling pretty good about it. Also, because of their extraordinarily generous scholarships (including a smaller one for a portion of a fifth year, if he should need it), Texas A&M will be his most affordable school -- with or without a fifth year.
We do have a little trepidation about the availability of honors courses. My son has already run into a little discouraging news in that arena. Disappointing, particularly after we specifically asked pointed questions of the head of the honors program when researching Texas A&M, and her answers did not match the reality. So ... yes ... there are probably going to be a few disappointments with a large state school.
Finances being what they are, we're going to make the best of A&M's strengths AND weaknesses! We'll see how it goes!
Has your son chosen a school yet, newjersey? What's he leaning towards?
Simplelife, if your son has trouble getting into an Honors class, his engineering advisor can easily force him into the class. So far, I have never had trouble getting into an honors class that I wanted/needed. The advisors are extremely helpful, especially to a student with numerous AP credits that will be ahead of the curriculum. They are amazing. Good luck and gig 'em!
That's good news, bandnerd. I hope my son's experience with this turns out to be as good as yours. Like I said, we asked a bunch of questions about honors prior to my son choosing A&M. AFTER he chose to attend A&M, he learned that things are not quite as he was told (in the honors arena, that is). Disappointing. But, if he has good luck with his advisor, then our worries will be allayed.
Simplelife - Hello. Congratulations on your son attending A&M!
That is great news that your son has a scholarship for four years plus. When I heard that comment from our advisor, I immediately thought of you and found you on A&M's board.
My son will be attending SMU. He is very happy and loves that school. We've visited quite a few schools and SMU was by far the best FIT for him. I'm so glad the college process is over and we can now relax!
bandnerd - I'm a parent and just wanted to talk to simplelife. We have talked on other boards. I'm glad to hear that A&M's engineering program usually takes four years. That is really great. Good luck!
^Hi newjersey! I sent you a PM. Congrats on your son's decision to attend SMU! He is going to LOVE it! And YOU are too! I have a son who's attending SMU right now.
This younger son is going to love Texas A&M! It is a great fit for him, we think. And the merit scholarships are total icing on the cake. Yeah. He's going to be very happy there, and we are certain that all kinds of great opportunities will abound. We're grateful and humbled by the opportunities that have already presented themselves!
NewJersey, I didn't mean to hate on you, but I didn't want to have a blatant misconception out there about one of the top engineering programs in the country. Hopefully, your advisor was not addressing A&M when he/she made that misstatement. I would not want anyone to not come to Aggieland because of something said on the boards. A&M takes care of their students and if a section is needed, they have no trouble adding a new one. They are big enough to cater to all and four years is what MOST kids take to graduate at A&M or UT. Non engineers can do it in three if they come in with a good amount of AP/IB credit. Good luck to your son at SMU. Everyone needs to go where they feel the fit is right!