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What is the Texas A&M Engineering Academy at Blinn College Campus – Brenham?
Are current college students eligible for admission into the Engineering Academy?
How is the Texas A&M Engineering Academy at Blinn - Brenham different from the Texas A&M Engineering Academy on the Bryan campus?
Do I have to live on the Brenham campus to participate in the Texas A&M Engineering Academy at Blinn – Brenham?
Can I transfer into an engineering degree-granting major prior to completing the Academy?
What happens if I drop or withdraw from my Texas A&M engineering course offered on the Brenham campus?
What is considered “successful” completion of the Engineering Academy at Blinn-Brenham?
Can I apply for full admission to the Texas A&M College of Engineering prior to completing the Engineering Academy at Blinn?
Am I guaranteed admission into my preferred engineering major upon successful completion of the program?
Approximately how much money am I saving by accepting the offer to participate in the Academy? 
How do I pay tuition/fees?
How can I apply the Texas Tomorrow Fund to my tuition and fees?
What happens if I do not successfully complete the Engineering Academy requirements?
What happens if I go on probation at Texas A&M and/or Blinn College?
Do I need to purchase a parking permit at Blinn College?
Do I need to bring my own laptop?


What is the Texas A&M Engineering Academy at Blinn College Campus – Brenham?
The Texas A&M Engineering Academy at Blinn – Brenham offers students the opportunity to apply directly to the engineering academy and upon acceptance co-enroll at Blinn College and Texas A&M. These Academy students will participate in a living and learning community, where they will take their first-year math, science and engineering courses on the Brenham campus together while living as a community in the Blinn College Park Apartments.

Students who successfully complete the Academy by the first Summer term following their second year with a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.0 at both institutions as calculated by Texas A&M will be automatically admitted into Texas A&M for the following Fall term and can apply for a degree-granting major in the Dwight Look College of Engineering.

Are current college students eligible for admission into the Engineering Academy?
First-time and current college students are eligible for admission to the Texas A&M Engineering Academy at Blinn – Brenham. Current college students are only eligible into the Engineering Academy on the Brenham campus.

How is the Texas A&M Engineering Academy at Blinn - Brenham different from the Texas A&M Engineering Academy on the Bryan campus?
In the Brenham campus program, students will live together in the Blinn College Park Apartments on campus and will take all their Engineering Academy classes (math, science and engineering) together as a cohort. Engineering Courses will be taught by a College of Engineering faculty member; therefore, Academy students on the Brenham campus will not have to commute to the Texas A&M College Station campus.

Bryan campus Engineering Academy students take all their Engineering Academy classes together, but the Bryan campus program does not offer a campus living option for these participants – these students live off campus and commute between institutions for their courses.

The admission process is another key difference between the two programs. Admission to the Engineering Academy at Blinn – Brenham offers students an opportunity to apply directly to the Blinn-Brenham campus via the ApplyTexas application. First-time and continuing college students who are pre-calculus or calculus ready (having completed MATH 1316, scored at least a 25 on the ACT, a 10-14 on the MPE or an 11-21 an 11-21 in the Texas A&M placement exam for TEAM/TEAB students)  are eligible to apply.

To participate in the Texas A&M Engineering Academy at Blinn College on the Bryan campus, students must apply to Texas A&M via the ApplyTexas application and select Engineering as their first and second choice major. Entry to the Academy is by invitation only and this offer will be made by the Texas A&M Office of Admissions.

Students from both programs who successfully complete their Engineering Academy experience and meet qualifications will be automatically admitted into Texas A&M and can apply for a degree-granting major in the College of Engineering.

Do I have to live on the Brenham campus to participate in the Texas A&M Engineering Academy at Blinn in Brenham?
Admission to the Academy will require participation in the living community, requiring all Academy participants to live in the Blinn College Park Apartments on campus.

Can I transfer into an engineering degree-granting major prior to completing the Academy?
An option to apply for early matriculation into an engineering degree-granting major is available for Academy students who have completed a minimum of one math, one science and one engineering course required for an engineering major and have earned a minimum 3.5 Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) at both institutions, as calculated by Texas A&M. This option is available once the calculus sequence (Calculus I, II, III) has been completed or when the required math requirement for the engineering major of interest is met.

What happens if I drop or withdraw from my Texas A&M engineering course offered on the Brenham campus?
An Academy student who drops or withdraws from his/her Texas A&M engineering course offered on the Brenham campus and falls below one credit hour will be withdrawn for Texas A&M for that semester, thus forfeiting all Texas A&M student privileges for the remainder of the term. Unless otherwise prohibited, this student may continue in the Academy the subsequent semester.

What is considered “successful” completion of the Engineering Academy at Blinn-Brenham?
Successful program completion requires that students must meet the following requirements by the end of the first summer session following the second year of enrollment in the Engineering Academy program:

  • completion of at least 50 transferable hours from Blinn College-Brenham
    with a minimum 2.5 CGPA
  • completion of at least 10 hours of engineering coursework from Texas A&M
    with a minimum 2.5 CGPA

Upon successful completion, students can apply for a change of curriculum into a degree-granting major at Texas A&M. Advisors for the Engineering Academy program will help engineering students identify majors in or outside the College of Engineering that are suitable for their academic goals and CGPA competitiveness.

Can I apply for full admission to the Texas A&M College of Engineering prior to completing the Engineering Academy at Blinn?
Yes, the primary pathway to a degree-granting major in the College of Engineering is the entry-to-a-major process. Engineering students in the Engineering Academy program may apply to a degree-granting major upon meeting the following two eligibility requirements:

1. Must be in good academic standing in the Engineering Academy
program, which implies a CGPA of at least 2.5 at each institution, and

2. Complete at least two math, two science and two engineering courses.  Detailed information can be found on the Engineering Academy Entry-to-a-Major website at https://engineering.tamu.edu/academics/advisors-procedures/entry-to-a-major/engineering-academy-program.

Upon entry to a degree-granting major in the College of Engineering, an engineering student in the Engineering Academy program may choose to remain co-enrolled at Blinn College-Brenham until the completion of the two-year program. Engineering students remaining at Blinn College after being granted entry to a major will be advised by the advisor in the degree-granting major as well as the Engineering Academy advisor.

Am I guaranteed admission into my preferred engineering major upon successful completion of the program?
No.  However, students who complete at least two math, two science and two engineering courses and earn a 3.5 CGPA or higher at each institution are guaranteed entry to the first choice engineering major at the end of their first year.  Detailed information can be found on the Engineering Academy Entry-to-a-Major website at https://engineering.tamu.edu/academics/advisors-procedures/entry-to-a-major/engineering-academy-program.

Upon entry to a degree-granting major in the College of Engineering, an engineering student in the Engineering Academy program may choose to remain co-enrolled at Blinn College-Brenham for an additional semester or until the completion of the two-year program.  Engineering students remaining at Blinn College after being granted entry to a major will be advised by the advisor in the degree-granting major as well as the Engineering Academy advisor.

Approximately how much money am I saving by accepting the offer to participate in the Academy? 
Engineering Academy at Blinn-Brenham students will pay fewer fees than Academy students on the Bryan campus because they will not be charged fees associated with the use of on-campus facilities at Texas A&M.

Tuition/fees are assessed separately by Blinn College and Texas A&M University and are payable to each school based on the number of credit hours taken. An Academy student taking 15 credit hours (5 credit hours at Texas A&M and 10 credit hours at Blinn) will save approximately $1,500 compared to a student taking all 15 credit hours at Texas A&M.

Additional information on tuition/fees for Texas A&M University can be found at using Student Business Services'Tuition Estimator. Information on tuition/fees for Blinn College can be found in the college catalog.

How do I pay tuition/fees?
Students accepted to the Engineering Academy will be required to pay the respective tuition and fees separately at both institutions, pro-rated as appropriate based on the semester credit hours enrolled at each institution, by the established deadlines.

Students will be considered in-absentia at Texas A&M University and therefore not subject to the Recreation Sports Fee, the Health Center Fee and the Student Center Complex Fee.

Engineering Academy at Blinn-Brenham students will be required to participate in an on-campus living and learning community at the Blinn College Park Apartments. Housing deadline and fees are as follows:

  1. A housing application fee of $125 is due by June 1.
  2. On-campus housing requires a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester.
  3. Students removed from the Engineering Academy for academic reasons or removed by request in the Fall semester will be required to increase their Blinn credit hours to a full-time status (12 credit hours) to remain in the Blinn College Park Apartments for the spring semester.
  4. Non-Academy students remaining in the College Park Apartments at the end of the spring semester may be asked to vacate the living and learning community for capacity reasons.

How can I apply the Texas Tomorrow Fund to my tuition and fees?
The Texas Tomorrow Fund is handled through the Student Business Services office at Texas A&M University. To activate the Texas Guaranteed Tuition (TGTP) Fund account at Texas A&M University you can email, fax, mail or hand deliver the following information to the Student Business Services office at Texas A&M: 1) The TGTP account number. 2) The type of plan that was purchased. 3) The student's Texas A&M UIN (University Identification Number). 4) A written request indicating the semester of activation. Student plan information is normally processed to student accounts within two business days. Students wishing to use Texas Tomorrow to pay Blinn will need to contact the Business Office at Blinn College

What happens if I do not successfully complete the Engineering Academy requirements?
Students who do not successfully complete Academy requirements or gain transfer admission by the end of the first Summer term following their second year will not be able to continue their enrollment at Texas A&M but may be eligible for admission as a returning student after the next Fall semester (subject to current readmission criteria).

What happens if I go on probation at Texas A&M and/or Blinn College?
Students placed on scholastic probation must follow the respective Blinn scholastic probation policies and Texas A&M scholastic probation policies.

An engineering student removed from the Engineering Academy program for either academic or disciplinary reasons will not be allowed to continue enrollment nor be guaranteed admission to Texas A&M. Continued enrollment at Blinn College will be at the discretion of Blinn College officials.

Do I need to purchase a parking permit at Blinn College?
Students participating in the Engineering Academy must purchase a parking permit to park on campus.

Do I need to bring my own laptop?
The College of Engineering requires all students, including Engineering Academy students, to purchase an approved device. For information, please visit:
http://engineering.tamu.edu/easa/areas/academics/