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Orientation Day

We are excited that you have chosen to participate in an on campus Orientation.

Please make sure to bring the following items with you:

  • Comfortable shoes and clothing
  • Valid photo ID
  • Calculator if you are taking the Math Placement Exam
  • Any pending paperwork you may need to turn in
  • For two-day programs please refer to overnight list of items 


When you arrive on campus, you may park in lots designated for students, staff and faculty—no tickets will be issued to visitors who do not have parking permits; however, please do not park in areas marked for service vehicles, handicapped, or in other posted or restricted areas. Metered parking is available for $0.75 per hour. Parking regulations are enforced year round.

We encourage attendees to park in the parking lots surrounding Corbett Center Student Union.

The following are Orientation-friendly parking spots near Corbett Center:

  • Lot 16-Orange
  • Lot 14-Crimson
  • Lot 17 South-Crimson
  • Lot 45-Crimson
  • Lot 41-Crimson/Green
  • Lot 43-Crimson
  • Lot 42-Green
  • Lot 39-Orange
  • Lot 40-Orange

From the west – click for larger map.


From the east – click for larger map.


One-Day Program (Transfer Students): Check-in will begin promptly at 8:00 a.m. in Corbett Center Student Union (CCSU), on the first floor in the Aggie Lounge.

Two-Day Program (Freshmen Students): Check-in will begin promptly at 7:30 a.m. in Garcia Residence Hall. At check-in you will be checking into your assigned room, and you will have the opportunity to take your luggage to your room and settle in. 


All meals are provided for students throughout the program, during two-day programming family members will be provided dinner and brunch on the second day. 

Academic Advising

Your Orientation program will include an advising session at your college with an academic adviser. During advising, you will learn about your individual college and register for classes.

Math Placement Exam

If you have not taken the Math Placement Exam (MPE), you will be required to do so at orientation if one of the following is true:

  • You are pursuing a major in the College of Education.
  • You are pursuing a major in the College of Engineering and did not place into MATH 191G.
  • You are pursuing a major in biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, or physics and did not place into MATH 191G.
  • You are pursuing a major in the College of Health and Social Services and did not place into MATH 121G or higher.
  • You have not decided on a major and did not place into MATH 121G or higher.
  • You did not place into MATH 120 or higher (regardless of college or major).
  • You are an adult learner or transfer student admitted with a waived ACT/SAT score and no prior math or statistics course credit (regardless of college or major).

Taking the MPE is an excellent option if you believe that your ACT/SAT scores do not reflect your math abilities.

Checking your initial math placement:

Your initial math placement is based on your ACT or SAT math score and high school GPA.

You can find more about the Math Placement Exam, including details about initial placement as well as exam practice problems, on the Math Success Center’s website.

Taking the MPE before orientation:

Orientation participants near Las Cruces or Albuquerque can make arrangements to take the MPE before orientation at either the Math Success Center on the NMSU campus in Las Cruces or the NMSU Albuquerque Center at CNM Montoya Campus. Call 575-646-5743 (Las Cruces) or 575-646-0309 (Albuquerque) for details.