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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Evidence shows that students who participate in an orientation prior to their first semester are more successful and engaged in their college experience.
  • Orientation is a time when the student has the opportunity to integrate into the NMSU campus community by meeting faculty, staff, and create bonds with other students.
  • Orientation allows the student to learn about the various campus resources available to them here at NMSU.
  • Students have the opportunity to learn about academic requirements, course offerings, and registration procedures.
During your orientation you will meet peers, faculty and staff from various areas of campus in addition to connect with an Orientation Leader who will be there to guide you. You will learn about the different resources NMSU has to offer and meet with various offices if you still need to finalize any paperwork. You will also learn about your responsibilities as a student and the Student Code of Conduct and how this impacts you as a student. During the Orientation program you will meet with an academic adviser and register for classes and at the completion of the orientation you will receive your NMSU Aggie ID card. How do I make an Orientation reservation? Click Here!

The orientation fee is $165.00 which will be charged to your account upon registering for an orientation program. All first-time undergraduate students at New Mexico State University will be charged this fee. A minimum $50.00 payment must be made to secure your spot at orientation. Your reservation will not be confirmed prior to the payment being received and the program you selected may not be available at a later date. This $50 does go towards your overall $165 fee. This fee is used to provide programs and services to help new students with their transition to NMSU by covering the following:

  • Student Orientation packet materials
  • New Student Handbook
  • Crimson Kick-off week events
  • Student meals during orientation and overnight stay
  • If you are a transfer student and can’t make the in-person AWO sessions, you can select the Online Orientation date for your semester. This option is usually listed at the bottom of the date list inside the AWO reservation. Please note that the date listed with Online Orientation is the date that it turns off, but you should complete it as soon as possible.
  • If you are a freshman student and can’t make any of the in-person AWO sessions, please contact Orientation Specialist Amanda Madrid at 575-646-5810 to discuss other options.
  • If you are still planning on being an NMSU student, we ask that you reschedule your orientation instead of cancelling. To reschedule, you can log back into the AWO reservation system and select another open date.
  • If you are no longer coming to NMSU, we can cancel your AWO reservation, and inactivate your application with NMSU (which includes cancelling any scholarships or housing assignments that you have).
    • If you cancel more than 10 days before your AWO date (or before starting Online Orientation) – you will receive a full refund.
    • If you cancel less than 10 days before your AWO date (or after starting Online Orientation) – you will receive a $115 refund (we will keep the $50 deposit).
    • We will not cancel you simply because you did not show up for the session you registered for. It is your responsibility to cancel with our office.
    • To cancel, please call the AWO office at 575-646-8038.
Please make sure to bring the following items with you:

  • Comfortable shoes and clothing
  • Valid photo ID
  • Final college transcript (if you have taken dual credit or transferring from another college)
  • Final high school transcript 
  • Any pending paperwork you may need to turn in
  • For students attending our two-day programs, please take a look at out “Staying Overnight” page
If you cannot spend the night on campus due to religious, personal circumstances, and/or an emergency please contact the Orientation Specialist, Amanda Madrid at 575-646-5810 in advance of your session to discuss your situation.
If you are not able to click on an orientation date it means that the date is already full, please select another date.
Our reservation system closes 48 hours prior to the orientation date or when the session is full.

The Orientation Hold is placed upon admission to NMSU for all new students who are:

  • New Undergraduate Students
  • Freshmen Transfer
  • Transfer from Out-of-state
  • Transfer from In-state
  • The Hold is removed by Aggie Welcome and Orientation staff after you have completed your Orientation.

Yes. We have an orientation sessions specifically for your family during the student orientation. For family and guest questions please call the Aggie Family Outreach Office at 575-646-8038.

On-campus accommodations are only for students. Families and guests have several overnight accommodations close to the university. For a list of options, click here.

If family members or guests choose to attend orientation with their student, they will participate in a separate family orientation. Families and guests will have the opportunity to meet university administrators and faculty, and learn about academic programs, policies, facilities, and services.
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  • Once you’ve set up your myNMSU email; log on an set up your security questions
  • To check email click blue icon on the left side under the LaunchPad
  • If you have never checked your myNMSU email all you must do is pick a time zone and language
  • After that you are free to roam about your email
If you are not able to upload your picture for your ID Card please contact Paul Lucero by emailing him at or you can also call the ID Card Office at 575-646-4835.
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