The lobby of the Zachry Engineering Center was flooded with newly admitted incoming freshmen, high school juniors getting ready to apply next summer and K-12 prospective students and their families Feb. 16 at Aggieland Saturday.
Approximately 1,500 students visited the Dwight Look College of Engineering and had the opportunity to meet with faculty and staff from each of the 12 departments within the college, the Engineering Student Services and Academic Programs office and student organizations at resource tables throughout Zachry. Each of the college’s 12 departments also offered laboratory tours for students and parents to observe the facilities and see a sample of the research projects being worked on in each department.
Aggieland Saturday participants also had the chance to attend a presentation given by Dr. Robin Autenrieth, senior associate dean of student services. In her talk, Autenrieth gave the audience an overview of the college, including opportunities for students and admission requirements, and also provided insight on 25 by 25 initiative in which the college plans to expand its enrollment to 25,000 students by 2025 and transform engineering education.
“Engineering is part of the solution to many of the worldwide challenges that we face, and what better place to study engineering and find a solution to those challenges than at Texas A&M,” Autenrieth said.
Autenrieth also reminded the juniors in high school of the significant change to the admissions deadline, which will require students to apply by Dec. 1, 2013, for those who plan to enter the college in Fall 2014. The presentation concluded with a student panel made up of Engineering Student Ambassadors who answered questions from the audience and gave an honest look into life as a student in the College of Engineering.
High school junior Andrew Amini from Dallas made a day trip with his family to Aggieland Saturday and said he found the event beneficial.
“It was really great to talk with actual students in engineering and learn about their experiences,” Amini said. “I’m really glad we were able to visit during Aggieland Saturday because I’m even more excited about applying to Texas A&M to study engineering after getting our questions answered in the presentations and talking with actual advisors and students.”
Read more about Aggieland Saturday at http://admissions.tamu.edu/aggielandsaturday/.