@AggieMOM21 -My son toured TAMUG with a friend who will be attending there in the fall with the intention of transferring to CS asap, and he really liked as well! In fact, many will think him crazy but even though he is a Class of 2022 Academic Admit and has already submitted his TAMU (Mays) application, he is thinking of applying to TAMUG to pursue either a Maritime Business Administration (5 year program ending in M.S) or Marine Transportation major instead. He is so adamant, that we are going to schedule another visit so I can go back with him and check this campus out. He said that the first thing that caught his attention was the initial presentation when they went over the majors offered, the % of students placed in jobs (per major) and the average starting salaries for each major.
Other things he mentioned were, for him, positives:
-Some majors have 100% job placement rate with starting salaries of $96K (ie-marine transportation?) Really? This I need to verify;
-Marine/Maritime majors are very hands-on taking boats out to collect samples for classes, vessel navigating simulators, sailing classes, etc.
- Partnership with tons of companies (hence the high job placement %?)
-TAMUG students pull football tickets even before seniors at CS do, so many get to watch games from the 1st deck starting freshmen year.
- Students still participate in FISH camp, get Aggie Rings, and have their own yell leaders & Yell Practices
-The Maritime Academy Corps Cadets march into Kyle Field at least 2x year
-Campus is much smaller so getting anywhere on campus takes no more than 5-10 minutes
-Smaller class sizes
-Maritime/Marine Majors are in high demand as ocean commerce is a growing industry & the Port of Houston is so near.
-Club Sports/Intramurals: Volleyball, Soccer, Lacrosse, Swimming, Sailing, Fishing, Ultimate Frisbee, surfing, camping, rock climbing, stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking. etc.
From my limited perspective, the first thing I noticed is how easily it is to either email or call, ask questions and get straight answers quickly.
Apparently there's lots of construction and new development on campus so it seems they are trying to expand it and grow it.
If I find anything else of interest on my tour I will be sure to share!
OU's (University of Oklahoma) Weitzenhoffer School of Musical Theatre has both a "dancer" and "mover" call. Applicants who get on-campus callbacks get to pick which one they go to. My D got in two years ago and she elected the "mover" call. All who knew her "moving" skills prior to attending OU, and have seen clips of her dancing now are amazed by the amount of growth & transformation of her skills. The dance teacher who choreographed her pre-screen dance around her strengths rather than her weaknesses has had the strongest reaction. :))
My D and roommates rented a storage unit the summer after freshman year as they could not move into their apartment until August. My D could fit all but her bike so she stored it at a friend's apartment close to campus. Well, the apartment got broken into over the summer and her bike was gone never to be recovered. Apparently, this is very common. Breaking into college student apartments over the summer months is more common than one would wish. The only thing of value not taken was my D's friend's laptop because out of impulse, he had stuffed it under his mattress as he didn't need it for his overseas trip. Another roommate in the same house did not have anything missing as he remembered to lock us his room. For whatever reason, the thieves decided not to mess with it and try to open it. Police investigated but nothing was recovered and the kids found it this was not at all unusual on college campuses, sadly.