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Message from the Provost

July 27, 2020, 4:30 p.m. CDT

Student Message: Return to Campus Updates for Fall 2020

Dear College Station Campus Students:

We are just days away from beginning Fall 2020 classes and know that many of you, if you haven’t already, will soon be returning to the area. Some of our professional programs begin coursework late next week, while most undergraduate and graduate programs begin in 23 days.

Here is the latest information on open registration, testing, and contact tracing.

Open registration is now underway in Howdy.

  • Most course changes have been made but additional changes may occur before classes begin.
  • Please continue to monitor your class schedule.
  • For undergraduate students, your academic advisor is your first point of contact for questions, but please be patient and understand that the demands on their time this week are significant.
  • If you have a class with a common exam scheduled in the evening, please note the times of those exams have been rescheduled to later in the evening due to the previous schedule changes.

COVID-19 Testing
COVID-19 testing is now available Monday through Friday for Bryan/College Station Texas A&M University students, faculty, and staff.

  • Priority for testing is given to those with symptoms associated with COVID-19 infections and those who have been in close contact with known or suspected cases. Close contact is defined as closer than 6 feet for 15 minutes or longer.
  • Appointment windows open 1-2 days prior to their availability.
  • Testing is done in a tent in Lot 27 adjacent to Beutel Health Center.
  • To schedule an appointment, click here*.
  • Lab results will be available in 2-3 days from the time the test is taken. Negative test results will be provided directly to the individual via email. Positive test results will be reported to the Department of State Health Services, Brazos County Health Department and the Texas A&M Investigation and Operations Center.* The Operations Center will contact you directly to provide additional guidance.

As a reminder, to report a COVID-19 exposure, diagnosis, or symptoms, please submit the information here*. The university released reporting guidance* last week. Email with your questions.

Contact Tracing
If you are contacted by someone from the Texas A&M Investigation and Operations Center* and you miss their call, please call them back. These professionals are tasked with assisting our university community and helping prevent spread of COVID-19.

New Study Spaces
We are in process of setting up 40-50 tents across the main campus with café tables and WiFi to help with additional study space.  We are also in the process of adding furniture to existing shaded areas around Evans Library and the Architecture Building among others to give greater opportunities for physical distancing.
Updates on the latest information are available on the central COVID-19 page.

As you can see, it’s been a busy summer preparing for a very different but still great experience this fall back in Aggieland. We’ve missed you. We are optimistic that, with our planning and logistics and your help, we will meet our goals of providing the best education as safely as possible.

Best wishes as you wind down your summer activities in the coming weeks.

*Link no longer exists and has been removed.