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A&M welcomes 15,266 new students on campus

Photo by Melanie McBride

The Texas A&M Academic Building.

The Texas A&M Department of Student Life released August statistics for the fall semester, revealing the number of incoming freshmen and new transfer students alongside Howdy Week information.

Student orientations

Across all summer New Student Conferences from May to August, A&M welcomed over 15,000 new Aggies and their families, including:

  • 12,993 incoming freshmen

  • 2,273 transfer students

  • 19,859 family members and guests

A&M’s summer camp orientations saw:

  • 5,387 Fish Camp attendees

  • 173 Transfer Camp attendees

On-campus residents

On-campus move-in began on Thursday, Aug. 17, going until Sunday, Aug. 20. Across four days, the campus welcomed 12,000 new residents into 25 on-campus residence halls and apartments.

Howdy Week

Howdy Week kicked off on Thursday, Aug. 17 and lasted until Tuesday, Aug. 22, including key events like the Ice Cream Carnival, Rec-a-Palooza, the Class of ‘27 photo and the first day of class photos. These featured events saw:

  • Est. 2,500 Ice Cream Carnival attendees

  • Est. 3,800 Rec-A-Palooza attendees

  • Est. 8,300 Class of ‘27 photo participants

  • Est. 5,000 first day of class photos taken

Corps of Cadets

The Corps of Cadets recruited its largest freshman class since 2017, with the Class of 2027 representing a 20% growth in class size compared to last year, according to Texas A&M Today. 857 cadets checked in for its Fall Orientation Week, including freshmen and A&M students transferring into the Corps.

Student organizations

The Memorial Student Center Open House occurred on Sunday, Aug. 27, with 475 out of the 1,300 registered student organizations participating.

The A&M Collegiate Panhellenic Council recruited 1,499 new members across 14 sororities, and the Interfraternity Council recruited 793 fraternity members across 18 fraternities.

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Ana Renfroe
Ana Renfroe, Head News Editor
Ana Renfroe, Class of 2025, is a journalism junior with a minor in professional writing from Bryan, Texas. Ana has served as The Battalion's head news editor from May 2023 to May 2024. Previously, she was the assistant news editor for the spring 2023 semester. Ana has covered breaking news, politics, and more. She typically covered the Texas A&M System and university administration, Texas and Bryan-College Station politics, student government and more. Ana previously hosted and produced episodes of The Batt Signal, The Battalion's news podcast. Additionally, she was a copyeditor and feature writer for Maroon Life magazine, and helped contribute to the Aggieland Yearbook.
Nicholas Gutteridge
Nicholas Gutteridge joined The Battalion in January 2023 as a news reporter before being promoted to news editor in August 2023. He interned at The Pentagon in Washington D.C. from January-May 2024 with the U.S. Air Force Office of Public Affairs before rejoining The Battalion. He specializes in investigative reporting and will be the managing editor for the 2024-25 academic year.
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