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For Families

Welcome Aggie Families!

This is an exciting step for your student and we recognize the hard work you have invested to help them get here. Family orientation is designed to provide support and direction for family members of incoming NMSU students. Attending a Family Orientation Program will provide you with an opportunity to meet campus staff, learn about services and resources while also meeting other family members who are experiencing a similar transition with their student. Whether your student is transferring from another college or an incoming freshman, we offer programming aimed at preparing you for this important transition to New Mexico State University. While the Family Orientation Program is optional, we strongly encourage you to attend. There is no additional fee to attend and we know that you will leave here feeling more connected to the university and prepared to be a partner in your student’s success.

Registering for Family Orientation

Your student will reserve your space for the Family Orientation Program when they register for their orientation program. If you would like to sign up, please have your student log into the online reservation system using their myNMSU account information and they can add up to four family members to attend.

What to Expect

Your student will receive a confirmation email with day-of details, as soon as their $50.00 deposit for orientation has been made. Check-in begins the morning of the program at 7:30am in Garcia Hall. Family members and students will have separate check-in stations, as family members will receive their own agenda for the day. Remember, this is a concurrent program and you will not be in all of the sessions your student is attending; however, there are select sessions throughout the day that you will be together. During your visit on campus, we provide dinner on the first day of the program and a brunch will be offered on the second day of the program. All meals and overnight accommodations are provided for your student; however please keep in mind that overnight accommodations and all other meals, outside of dinner and brunch, are not provided for family members. We do partner with local hotels that offer a discounted rate to our visitors during orientation.

Spanish Programming

All student programming is offered in English; while family members may choose to attend a program that offers Spanish translation throughout the program. These dates will be set at a later date for the incoming class of fall 2020.


Please feel free to contact the Aggie Welcome and Family Outreach Office with any questions you may have regarding parent and family programs. NMSU is dedicated to keeping family members involved throughout your student’s NMSU experience. To stay connected year round, visit the NMSU Families Website. The Family Outreach Advisor, Claire Montoya, can be reached at (575) 646-7568 or