About the Community

Join the FACTION. FACTION is a Living Learning Community for freshmen at Texas A&M University.

FACTION: Freshmen in Action LogoBenefit from a clustered living community of students experiencing college for the very first time – just like you. You will have access to campus resources and individualized support to assist you in your transition from high school to college, focusing not only on your academic success, but also on your emotional and social wellbeing. Participants get the feel and attention of being in a smaller community while benefiting from the resources of our large university! By being a part of FACTION, you will develop skills, attitudes, and work habits essential to success.

Eligibility Requirements

To be a participant in FACTION, participants must:

  1. Be a first year, first time (traditional freshman) student at Texas A&M University
  2. Be committed to participating in FACTION activities and events
  3. Be an engaged member of the community

Program Components

We are calling freshmen (first-year, first-time) students to action, to take control of their situations, to take advantage of the many opportunities that exist here at Texas A&M University and within the Department of Residence Life, and to become holistically developed, global citizens. This call is organized through a structured model in which FACTION students will participate. Programs, events, and activities will be focused on the following topics, as will marketing and recruitment efforts:

Members will have access to additional, tailored academic support resources in order to assist with their transition to college-level coursework. Students will be supported, encouraged, and recognized for excelling academically. A Common Read allows you to read and discuss complex issues surrounding the purpose of life, society, and justice. A trained Academic Peer Mentor (APM) will live in the community with the students, offering regular skill based presentations, academic check-ups, and other services such as Residential Tutoring and the Community Learning Centers.
Members will learn and feel what it means to be a contributing member of a community. With opportunities to participate in and discuss events within the residence hall, on campus, in the Bryan/College Station area, in the state of Texas, nationally, and globally, members will develop a greater understanding of social responsibility and what is means to be a global citizen and true Aggie.

We have staff and events in place to help you build your strong foundation for being academically and socially successful here at Texas A&M.

Our identities are consistently evolving, and it can be overwhelming. Members get to participate in guided reflections and activities to help learn about individual identities and make meaning of experiences and changes that occur throughout the first year. Learn about your personality, communication, and leadership styles, including how those styles contribute to who you are and how you navigate your environment.

Students will discover how their passions can meet their sense of purpose when considering future career opportunities.

Your experience doesn’t end with your first year. You’ll experience many crossroads in your life. Members will be set up for a successful transition into their second year at Texas A&M, as well as provided with resources for continued success throughout their Texas A&M experience and life beyond their undergraduate careers.



During a specific period of time, students selected for this program will be able to choose a roommate(s) from other students selected for the same Living Learning Community. Students may post profiles within myHousing Portal and view responses by other students to their roommate questionnaire (i.e., sleep schedule, noise, cleanliness, etc.).  Following this specific time period, students will be assigned a room with their requested roommate within the block of rooms designated for the Living Learning Community.

Affiliated Faculty and Staff Contact Information

Name & Title Department Email Phone
Shelby Hearn
Program Director
Department of Residence Life shelby_hearn@reslife.tamu.edu 979.458.0343