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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 provides only for students throughout the program.  

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

The Math Placement Exam is mandatory for:

  • Students in the College of Education
  • Students in the College of Engineering
  • Students pursuing majors in biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, mathematics and physics (unless student placed into MATH 191)
  • Students admitted with a waived ACT/SAT score (regardless of college or major)

To place into MATH 191, students need at least a 2.75 high school GPA and a 26 ACT or 600 SAT math score.

The Math Placement Exam is highly recommended for:

  • Students in the College of Health & Social Services who didn’t place into MATH 191
  • Students who have not decided on a major and didn’t place into MATH 191
  • Students who believe that their ACT/SAT scores don’t reflect their math abilities

For students in a college or major that does not require this exam, math placement will be based on ACT/SAT score and high school GPA.

Las Cruces-area students are encouraged to come on campus to take the Math Placement Exam before their assigned orientation. Arrangements can be made by calling 575-646-5743. Students in the Albuquerque area are able to take the exam before orientation at the NMSU Albuquerque Center; to schedule an appointment at the center call 505-323-8774 or 575-646-0309.

If you are required to take the Math Placement Exam you will have a chance to take it in person during your orientation after you check in, please bring a pencil and scientific calculator.

For more information about the Math Placement Exam, see the Department of Mathematical Science’s Math Placement Exam Overview.