College Freshman 2013-11-17T22:49:47Z
My experience at school thus far has been a wonderful experience. I feel very fortunate to be able to go to a school that has so many opportunities and such helpful faculty members. The location and proximity to the ocean makes it a unique experience that not many students get to be a part of. I am proud to go to school where I do and would not have it any other way.
College Freshman 2013-11-17T22:47:01Z
Local weather around Galveston is fairly consistent, with warm temperatures and many days of good weather. Walking to campus is never impeded by the weather, even in occasional days of rain or wind.
College Freshman 2013-11-17T22:45:49Z
Health & Safety:
This campus is very safe and crime rates are minimal if not nonexistent. In order to maintain students personal safety and sense of security, emergency telephones are located all around campus in well-lit areas. There is even transportation available if a student does not feel safe walking across campus by themselves. There are also self defense classes offered early in the school year for students that are concerned with their personal safety. The campus police are helpful and do their jobs well.
College Freshman 2013-11-17T22:42:38Z
There really are no parties on campus because of the zero-tolerance rule for alcohol, but for those who are over 21, there are many different bars or clubs that are close to campus. For students that are underage, there are opportunities to go out and have fun, as many of the clubs are 18-and-older. They will not serve alcohol to those that are underage, but there is dancing and other ways to have fun there.
College Freshman 2013-11-17T22:39:11Z
Off campus housing is only available for students over 21 years of age, which ensures the safety of our students. Off campus living is not widely available because of the small size of Galveston, but the process is easy and cost is reasonable for those who choose to live off campus.
College Freshman 2013-11-17T22:36:35Z
This campus is very diverse, which is surprising for such a small student population. I have met many fellow students from a variety of different backgrounds. This campus is also well known for its acceptance and family-like atmosphere where everyone is accepted and welcomed. There are a variety of different student organizations that strive to maintain the diversity and acceptance of students of any ethnicity, economic background, belief or religion.
College Freshman 2013-11-17T22:32:51Z
There are many opportunities to receive financial aid at this campus, and the process is very easy. One tip to make the process even easier is to apply early to ensure that all the possible opportunities have been taken advantage of. There is always someone ready to help if there are any problems while applying.
College Freshman 2013-11-17T22:30:42Z
Because Galveston is a relatively small island, everything is fairly consolidated. This does not take away from the variety and ease of off campus dining, however. The cost varies from place to place, but there are cheap options and options that are more expensive. The variety is great, and there are many locally owned restaurants and many that are unique to the Galveston area.
College Freshman 2013-11-17T22:27:21Z
The marine biology major here is the most popular major. It is taught by some of the best professors in the country, who are always willing to help. This program is unique because it offers opportunities to experience work in the field because of its proximity to the Gulf of Mexico. There are classes that are required for our major that span a wide range of topics in marine biology. Freshman students are required to make a 4-year plan listing classes that they intend to take for the next four years, making sure that we will graduate on time. This also makes the process of scheduling necessary classes much easier and makes sure that we are focused and heading in the right direction to be successful.
College Freshman 2013-11-17T22:27:21Z
The academics at Texas A&M Galveston are some of the best in the country, and the professors here are an essential part of our success. Professors here get to know students by name because of our small class sizes, instead of large classes of 100 or more students. The curriculum here is challenging, but doable, if the students put forth their best work. The registration process for new students and returning students is simple and effective, and there is always someone to help if you are having trouble during the process. One of the best things about this campus is the many opportunities for getting help with classes a student is having trouble with. We have many supplemental instructors and tutoring opportunities that are available, as well as professors that are more than willing to help a student.
College Freshman 2013-11-17T22:17:57Z
Parking at this campus is great, and I could not be happier. The permits are available for all students, even freshman, for only $165 per year, which is a great deal. Some college campuses do not even allow freshman students to have a car on campus, but here, students of any age are permitted to park in any designated student parking area. Having a car on campus is necessary because getting to the rest of Galveston involves crossing a drawbridge. Parking spaces are always available, and fines for violations are consistent, yet easy to pay off.
College Freshman 2013-11-17T22:14:18Z
At this campus, there is a limited amount of varsity sports opportunities because it is so small, but to offset this, there is a large involvement in intramural sports. There are many different teams for different sports, and even teams that travel around to other schools to compete. The gym facilities here are perfect for the small school atmosphere and I have never had any problems utilizing all of the equipment available. Students here are known for good sportsmanship and hospitality, and this is reflected in our athletics.
College Freshman 2013-11-17T22:11:07Z
I have not personally had an internship yet, but I know from professors and other students that there is a great variety of opportunities available, even for undergraduate students. Texas A&M at Galveston is a marine sciences/engineering based campus, and its proximity to the Port of Galveston allows for a wide range of different companies to intern for. I plan on getting an internship possibly next year, and I do not think I will have any problem finding one.
College Freshman 2013-11-17T22:11:07Z
I am currently majoring in marine biology and I do not think I could find a better school for this major. Being that the campus is so close to Galveston Bay, I have spent multiple classes out on boats in the bay, conducting research and collecting samples and learning all about what marine biologists do. The professors and instructors are some of the best in the country and the small class sizes allows for a great student to professor relationship. My career goals include research and conservation, and to achieve this, I intend on contacting some of my current professors about opportunities that they might know of in the lab environment. I do not have any concerns with finding employment in the future, as the professors and administration are so helpful in aiding students with locating career opportunities.
College Freshman 2013-11-17T22:03:31Z
Texas A&M at Galveston is located on an island, meaning that everything is fairly consolidated. This does not take away from the lively atmosphere that can be experienced in Galveston. There are many local shops and restaurants that add ample charm to the small town atmosphere, as well as many different beaches and even a small amusement park on a pier. You couldn't find friendlier people anywhere; everyone you meet is willing to accommodate and make life in Galveston great.
College Freshman 2013-11-17T21:59:42Z
At Texas A&M at Galveston, there is a zero-tolerance policy for drug and alcohol use. This means that if a student is caught using or even possessing these items, serious punishment is implicated. Therefore, students here do not use drugs or alcohol, as it also goes against our Honor Code that we do not lie, cheat, or steal nor do we tolerate those that do.
College Freshman 2013-11-17T21:55:31Z
There is only one dining hall on our campus but it has an extensive variety of options, including a different entree and side dishes for every meal and other options as well if those are not satisfactory. It is always well stocked and the staff is always very friendly. I have never had any problems with finding a place to sit down, and there is even an outdoor patio for dining. Each week, a student either has 15 or 19 tickets on his or her meal plan and even has extra for swiping in other students or guests. Overall, a very satisfactory dining hall for a satisfactory campus.
College Junior 2013-11-09T05:22:11Z
Health & Safety:
It's impossible to give anything 5 stars for safety because even the nicest person can become a havoc causing idiot in the right circumstances. But four stars is the closest you can get and that's how I rate this campus. Halloween night, for example, I saw the police on the walkways around the dorms and was relieved. Especially since I was walking by myself that night.
College Junior 2013-11-09T05:11:24Z
The coursework is challenging. This is a good thing. If it was easy, I wouldn't be interested. My first few weeks here I was a little overwhelmed at all the options for things to do. There's a swimming pool, fishing dock, boat dock, gym, library, clubs, intramurals, residence hall olympics, and a rec center complete with private study rooms, foosball, ping pong, billiards, and a large flat screen tv. Also, my residence hall has a full kitchen in the first floor lobby and a media pit off the second floor lobby. In addition to that, each residence hall has it's own flat screen tv. My hall also has one of those tv's in each wing and one piece of gym equipment at the end of each wing in an open "study" area. My hall reminds me of a hotel in most ways.
College Junior 2013-11-09T03:37:55Z
I had actually applied three times to this college for the same major and got accepted each time. The only reason why I couldn't take the chance the first two times was due to money issues. This is not a cheap school and the classes are not freebees. If you're looking for an easy degree where you don't learn anything, this is not the right college, go elsewhere.
College Junior 2013-11-09T03:37:55Z
The school is constantly sending out emails about current job openings in that student's major. They also post internships and non-major oriented job openings as well (like working in the cafeteria or the coffee shop in the library). The opportunities are there if you choose to take them, but they aren't going to hand them to you on a silver platter.
College Junior 2013-11-09T03:31:07Z
Just a reminder, this is Galveston. It is a tourist trap kind of place and as such, things are rather pricey here. There's numerous restaurants on Seawall and they have all sorts of food. Every place has a healthy section (that I've been to) but when it comes to late night options, there's really only two: Whataburger and McDonald's. Then again, my definition of late night is between midnight and two am. The student discounts at these two and the cheaper scale restaurants are nonexistent. You'd have to go to the fancier places to get a discount.
College Junior 2013-11-09T03:25:50Z
People do not get drunk, high, stoned, etc ON campus. They go to the main island for that if they want to, then end up coming back here because they live here. Alcohol and drugs are not allowed on campus and there's so many minors that if you do get drunk, you just look like an idiot. My roommate likes alcohol but she doesn't like to get drunk, we get along perfectly and I refuse to drink. It's not that big a deal, but if you get hammered, the sober (and probably the drunken too) will laugh at you for being stupid but there's no hard feelings.
College Junior 2013-11-09T03:19:00Z
Warning: I'm bias. I love the rain. It rains maybe one day out of every week or two and some of the walkways fill up to the middle of my shin with water (which then if we don't have class, we use it as a slip-n-slide or the like). This is Galveston we're talking about so humidity is a fact of life here. Though do not make the mistake of thinking that just because we're on the Gulf of Mexico that it doesn't get cold during the winter. It snowed here a few years back. There's also a content sea breeze that is perfect. If you like arid climates, you'd hate it here. Bring a de-humidifier if that's the case.
College Junior 2013-11-09T03:14:36Z
The first question asked on this topic, "How convenient is off-campus parking?" um... there is no off-campus parking. The campus is on it's own island. I do not advise trying to cross the draw bridge on foot. There's no walkway. As to the parking on campus, during the weekends when every goes up to College Station for the games, it's great. But during the week when everyone is here, good luck finding a parking spot where you don't have to walk halfway across campus to get where you're going. By that point it's not worth it. Just walk the whole way, bike, or skateboard.
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