Campus Life

Galveston Campus Shows Out For Largest Ever Aggieland Saturday By The Sea


On Saturday, February 24, hundreds of prospective students stepped onto campus for the very first time for Texas A&M University at Galveston’s Aggieland Saturday by the Sea. As the largest Aggieland Saturday yet, the campus welcomed over 600 guests for its signature preview event, giving prospective students insight into the specialized marine and maritime campus’ academic programs and a sneak peek into life as an Aggie.

“Aggieland Saturday by the Sea is an all-access pass to showcase Texas A&M-Galveston to prospective students and is oftentimes the first experience that they have here,” said Nicole Kinslow, the center director of the prospective student center. “Attendees previewed the world-class educational opportunities of our marine and maritime focused campus, getting to see its close proximity to the biodiverse Gulf of Mexico and bustling maritime industry. I’m so excited that this program continues to expand with each event.”

Attendees met with current students, faculty and staff to learn more about our academic programs through interactive Q&A sessions, and explored Texas A&M-Galveston’s unique ocean-oriented offerings, touring campus and beyond. Attendees could visit the residence halls, TS Kennedy and ship simulators, Sea Life Facility and even Galveston harbor on one of the university’s research vessels. Guests also dipped their feet into Aggie traditions with a Fightin’ Texas Aggie yell practice.

Students from all majors volunteered for the day, directing visitors, running demonstrations and answering questions from prospective students about the campus.

“That conversation that I just had made my day,” said Alli DeYoung ’25, referencing a discussion with a prospective student. DeYoung was volunteering in the campus’s bridge simulator. “This is why I volunteer. We have such great programs and I love getting to spread the word.”

DeYoung, a marine transportation major, connected with the prospective student about the cruise industry, which both are interested in pursuing as a career. When DeYoung started as a student at Texas A&M, she originally wanted to work on cargo ships. After a commercial sea term with Norwegian Cruise Lines on the Pride of America, DeYoung now wants to help families make lasting memories. “Shipping containers don’t smile back at you,” she said.

The next Aggieland Saturday by the Sea will be this fall. You can find more information and register on the admissions website. Registration will open later this year.

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