ALWAYS apply early when in doubt. Early is always better for filling slots and for making sure your stuff gets to them on time. YES APPLY EARLY.
Yep, BIMS is hard. And, yes, I think ANSC is a bit less-hard. Not in a bad way, just in a requires-less-hard-science sort of way (You’ll find when you get here that BIMS and ANSC can be kind of competitive, and I’m not trying to put anyone down! I have tons of respect for ANSC majors, I promise!)
I’ve met plenty of BIMS majors who do well without tutoring (my roommate and I do pretty well on our own—but we’re both really good at science) so I hope that doesn’t scare anyone off. But if you have to go to tutoring, that is NOT a bad thing, so if you’re up for it you can learn a lot through the program.
If I had it to do over again, I would still choose BIMS. I’m graduating Friday, and I think my degree has gotten me where I wanted to go. I’m going to be starting vet school in August, and I feel like I’m prepared. But, I think lots of other people feel the same way about their majors, whatever they are!
And if anybody has questions about the vet school application—I’ve been there. It really sucks, I know. If you have anything you want to ask me, please do!
Howdy, Melodie, and congratulations on making it into A&M!
I can tell you a little bit about BIMS versus Animal Science, but of course I am not on the admissions board and don’t have any special insider info, so everything I say is based on my personal observations. This is going to be a little long-winded, so I put it under a cut to save the non-pre-vet people from the text!
Thanks again! :)
Okay guys, after the flurry of posts last night I have gone back and tagged everything. If you want to use Tumblr Savior to avoid any advice or asks, I will tag all inbox posts with “ask” and relevant posts as “advice.”
I have also created a “Frequently Asked Questions” page if you want a quick answer to a question I get a lot or is a common concern. I would appreciate if you would glance through it before sending me an ask, though if your question is not answered on it, DO NOT hesitate to ask me. :)
If there is anything else I can do for y’all, please let me know! Thanks, and gig ‘em!
I was a Blinn TEAM student last year, and now I’m working on a double major in International Studies and History! It’s totally worth it, way cheaper, and you get to do pretty much everything a normal Ag would. Also, it only took me a year, but you get in at the most after two years. If there is anyone doubtful about it, I say go for it.
Well, I’m not sure. I’m just a student taking classes here, after all. But, keep in mind that while current students register for classes during the semester, incoming students register at their New Student Conferences (some of which are late July!).
However, according to the admissions website the deadline for applying for your New Student Conference as a transfer student is May 15 so it is possible admissions decisions are still coming out. If you are worried, I would call someone.
Check your applicant.tamu.edu page often if you don’t already. I’d look for any alerts or correspondence on the tabs at the bottom of the page in case you missed the email. At the top of the page there is a “Contact Us” link and you can fill out a form to ask them a question if you don’t want to call. I’d try using one of the prospective student centers maybe or the admissions number on the contact us page on the TAMU website.
My advice would be if you’re worried about it, call. You’ll get an answer, even if it’s not the one you want.
Anyone who is interested, please contact quartergone directly.
Aggies rock, guys. Thanks so much!
Thanks! This helps a lot (at least for me to understand)!
Sarah also says:
Also Blinn TEAM is a good route to go. I did it if they have any questions feel free to find my inbox!
Well, I hate to sound cliched, but you’ll never know unless you apply. I’ve never seen the transfer application, but I know most applications have an essay for you to explain difficult or extenuating circumstances. I would not blow off this essay, and if you take your time writing this I think it will make a big difference on your application. (I have no idea if you’re a good writer, but this could be a good time to take advantage of your community college’s writing center if they have one.) If your community college GPA is adequate, I don’t see any reason to think you’re wasting your time.
I know that having a bad GPA seems like an irreversible problem, but in my experience, admissions officers understand. It is your ability to explain things honestly and maturely (if you had a rough time studying and adjusting to freshman year, even if it was unrelated to your family circumstances, tell them. Just make sure to let them know how you’ve grown from it. Just don’t try and hide things and always show a forward direction, I think.) If your community college GPA is not spectacular, let them know that you’ve had to work and that’s why your grades are a little lower.
I guess what I’m saying is that there’s no harm in applying. If you don’t get in, you’ll know. And when you apply, you need to spend a lot of time on the “special circumstances” essay because that can help you immensely. I think what the admissions officers want to see is that you’ve made an effort to continue classes (which you have), you’ve behaved as a mature or responsible adult in dealing with setbacks, and, if possible, improved your GPA.
Has anyone else tried readmission? Any comments go here.
Good to know. Thanks :)
It is my understanding that any major can do Blinn TEAM (though I don’t know how declaring majors works on Blinn TEAM, and you may not get to declare your specific engineering degree until you transfer into the TAMU program…?). However, I could be wrong about that so I would recommend contacting an adviser about it. (You could try the engineering department or the prospective student centers.)
Now, the thing about Blinn TEAM is, you don’t actually apply for it per se. You would apply to Texas A&M for freshman admission, and if you’re a review admit and you don’t get offered TAMU admission, they might offer you Blinn TEAM consideration. If you indicate your interest, they further consider your application and may offer you Blinn TEAM admission. (See blinnteam.tamu.edu)
However, you could also go to the community college of your choice (Blinn included) and just apply as a regular transfer student (rather than completing the requirements for Blinn TEAM automatic transfer—45 hours at Blinn, 15 hours at TAMU, 3.0 GPA at each school). Even some Blinn TEAM students apply for transfer admission anyway (before they complete those requirements) and get in!
So really, it just depends on what you want. You can read a little bit about the pros of Blinn TEAM here in my words, or visit the website above to read about it in TAMU’s words. I think it’s a good idea if you are applying this fall to apply to TAMU and any other schools you’re interested in (like a local community college if your heart is set on A&M!). There’s no harm in applying, and you might be surprised and get in! If not, you might get offered Blinn TEAM admission and live in College Station while completing your early classes. But there’s nothing wrong with going somewhere else and transferring either, just no “guarantee” that you’ll be admitted (the guarantee is for Blinn TEAM students who complete the requirements I listed above).
I think what I said is accurate, but like I have said many times, I am just a humble blogger and you probably should contact an adviser or counselor about your personal path. I have no direct experience with Blinn TEAM, and all the information I’m getting comes from TAMU websites.
If anyone else knows or has experience with or about this, hit me up.
This shows just how little I know about shoes. Here you go, whichever anon you are!
Maybe so, anon, maybe so.
Wow idk, anyone else know?
This is EXCELLENT information! Thank you so much! Whenever an Ag needs help, someone has an answer! Thanks and gig ‘em! :)
Um well to be honest I’m not at all qualified to answer this question, but I can give you very casual advice. I know NOTHING about civil/environmental engineering or how fast they fill up. I know NOTHING about how much credit you’re going to have when you start college. I’d recommend talking an admissions counselor if you can so they can give you INFORMED and hands-on advice. I am just a student who runs a blog…With that in mind, here’s a couple of points:
- The worst that can happen is that you don’t get your 1st choice major(s) and you end up in General Studies for a semester or year (or two). The good news is the first couple of years of college are pretty similar across majors (English, Math, History, Basic Science) and with G-Stud you can angle in the engineering direction for ultimate transfer into the program.
- Applying early could only help you if you’re worried about a program being full. Also, it might be better to just get it out of the way before you get bogged down in schoolwork/classes. Unless there’s a reason you’d rather wait, I don’t see why you wouldn’t just apply August 1st to be on the safe side. I applied as soon as I could because I like to be early and get things out of the way.
So does anyone else have input on this? Once again I am NOT a counselor, and you should probably consult official sources. But GOOD LUCK in pursuing your major! Good luck, and gig ‘em!
Aggies are so helpful. I know nothing about Greek Life so I can’t tell you which do and which don’t, but there is hope, original anon!
I don’t know. Is there anyone who does? Hit the ask.
Alright, hearing from both sides! Glad to hear the positive side of things! Those that I know who did it definitely liked it, so…