Money well spent to hire a college coach/counselor/3rd party person to review essay & application.
Ask teachers for letters of recommendation NOW-before school is out for the year. Even if is says letters are ‘optional’, submit them!
Shoot to have TAMU application submitted before school starts (many applied July 1; my daughter applied 2nd week in August and got acceptance on the 1st day-September 19, 2018).
Pay $75 TAMU Housing deposit within minutes of A&M acceptance! The sooner you pay deposit, the higher up you’ll be for dorm selection. It’s about a 15 minute process-student has to start an account, fill out a few things, put in cc info. Then a link/email is sent to the parent, who has to sign electronically and send back to A&M. THEN Housing deposit is complete-must complete all the steps.
Remember that there are MANY amazing, outstanding, smart kids applying to Texas A&M. Don’t put all your eggs in 1 basket-student needs to apply to at least 2-3 schools.
If you don’t have the scores/stats for Auto/Academic Admission, you need to be realistic and not bank on getting Blinn TEAM or Gateway.
Take both SAT & ACT, with the writing portion. Take them both again this summer, if scores aren’t quite there, for academic acceptance.
Have all applications submitted prior to 1st day of Senior year, so you don’t have it hanging over your head.
There are lots of great schools in our state, and out of state. A&M isn’t the ‘end all’.