5 Tips For Applying To Texas A&M University

If your student is dreaming of maroon, practicing their two-step, and using "gig em" in their daily vocabulary, you know they're applying to Texas A&M. And just like with any other application, it's important that they personalize their A&M application to show the school that they don't just want to go to college—they want to be an Aggie.

To get started, here are five tips on applying to Texas A&M:

1. Apply early to get your first-choice major.

The application opens on July 1—using the ApplyTexas application—and we recommend applying in July if the student's essay is complete. Most majors at A&M are first come, first served, so getting the application in early can help a student clinch that first-choice major.

2. Complete the supplement for the College of Engineering.

If your student is applying to the College of Engineering, they need to complete the engineering supplement. This is a wonderful opportunity for your student to highlight why they would be a great engineering student. They can discuss personal interests along with academic and professional experience in the field to help the admissions committee understand that they're devoted to this field of study.

3. Include all your activities in the Apply Texas application.

While some schools want to see a comprehensive resume, Texas A&M prefers to have everything within the application. That means your student should be sure they include their full list of activities on the application itself—no need to hold back.

4. Pick two solid recommenders.

Texas A&M will only review the first two recommendation letters they receive from applicants, even if a student submits more. We recommend that students focus on finding two recommenders who know them well, can speak to their first-choice major, and are excited to write them a recommendation. By asking too many people, they risk A&M reading recommendations from less enthusiastic recommenders.

5. Complete a Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR).

One big change this year is that applicants will be required to complete a Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR) in place of submitting a transcript. This will happen after the student applies, and they'll need their official transcript to complete the form. Note: Most schools don't provide official transcripts until the fall, but we encourage students to submit it the SRAR as soon as they receive their official transcript (it must be submitted by December 15).