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Texas A&M University offers an engineering transition program at a variety of locations across Texas to allow students an opportunity to excel. Students are able to take their core mathematics and science classes as well as their engineering classes from Texas A&M faculty at a community college. Start your application today!
When I was applying to Texas A&M, I was very worried about starting classes. Being a woman in STEM can be an intimidating career path, but I didn’t want to let my fears overcome me. That’s when I got the offer to be a part of the Engineering Academy, and I was relieved. This program was the best pathway for transitioning to a noticeably big school. It made me feel more included in classes and it has many benefits.
1. Class Size
When you’re in the Engineering Academy, there is a significant difference in the size of your classes. This was immensely helpful for me because I was able to get to know my professors on a closer level than I could have at Texas A&M. For me, my freshman year was the hardest because I had to adapt to the college lifestyle, and with smaller classes, my teachers were able to provide me with the support that a bigger class wouldn’t provide.
2. Taking your Time
At the academy, you have four semesters to take classes. Not only do you have to complete the required classes, but you have the opportunity to take other classes you need as well. If you really wanted, you can take all four semesters before completely transferring to Texas A&M.
3. Cost Efficient
The biggest factor that influenced me to join was the money. Texas A&M definitely has a hefty bill when it comes to tuition, but that is where the academy is different. Since Texas A&M is partnered with the local community college, Blinn College, your tuition and class cost is significantly less at Blinn College than at Texas A&M, which is very helpful.
When I first started in this program, I was worried people would think less of me, since I was not technically a full Texas A&M student, but that is definitely not the case. Everyone here understands that everyone’s paths are different in life, so they don’t judge based on which school you got to.
5. Transferring to Texas A&M
At the end of the time you are in the academy, you get to transfer over to Texas A&M to be a full-time student. I genuinely believe this program is so helpful for students who need help coming into a big college. It prepared me better for becoming a full-time student without making me feel left out of things. I still had all the access to Texas A&M events and amenities with all the benefits of the academy.
So, if you’re wanting to come to Texas A&M but have a few fears about the intimidating program, consider joining the Engineering Academy. I know I will never regret my decision to join and ease my transition into college.