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Frequently Asked Questions

Find commonly asked information about attending your New Student Orientation at CNM.
Commonly asked topics:

Orientation Sessions
Family and Ally Sessions
Registration and Advisement
Other Questions

Orientation Sessions

What will I do at New Student Orientation?

CNM's three and a half hour Orientation will introduce you to resources and concepts to help you be successful in your first year of college. In addition to a walking campus tour, students will explore resources that CNM has available and do activities to prepare for the start of their college career.

Can I go to any In-Person Orientation Session?

If you are starting college at CNM in the Fall (starting in August), you can attend any Orientation session offered during the summer that fits in your schedule. However, we recommend attending Orientation at the campus you plan to attend. Sessions are offered at Main, Montoya, Rio Rancho, South Valley and Westside Campuses.  

When should I attend Orientation?

If you are beginning your first classes at CNM in the Fall (starting in August), you can attend any Orientation Session that takes place in the summer. You will not be able to register for your classes before you complete Orientation, so you may want to choose to attend Orientation before open registration begins on May 16.

What if I can't make the session at the campus closest to me?

You should attend an Orientation Session at another campus. It's a good idea to find out where most classes will be for the program you intend to study.

Does the Orientation Cost anything?

No. New Student Orientation is offered free of charge.

Can I leave early from my Orientation Session?

You should plan to stay for the entire duration of the Orientation Session in order to meet the requirement and get your registration hold removed from your student account.

Do I need to bring anything?

Be sure to bring your CNM student ID number. You'll be taking a campus tour, so comfortable walking shoes are recommended, and a jacket if necessary. All other materials will be provided for you.

I cannot participate in the Campus Tour for physical reasons. What do I do? 

You should plan to stay in the auditorium during the campus tour portion of the session and one of our staff members will conduct a "Virtual Tour" and introduction of resources with you. 

Family and Ally Sessions

Can I bring someone to Orientation with me?

Yes. A separate Family and Ally Session will be held for family members or those who you deem an important part of your support system. Please keep in mind that they will not stay with you throughout the Orientation Session and you will be separated in to different sessions. They will join you at the end of the session for your campus tour.

What's covered in the Family and Ally Session?

The Family Session will cover similar information as the New Student session, with a special focus on techniques to support a student during their time in college.

Should family members and allies bring anything?

Family members and allies will join their students for a campus tour, so comfortable shoes and whatever they need to feel comfortable are recommended for them as well. 

My family member or ally speaks Spanish. Can someone translate?

While we do not currently offer translation for every session, we will be holding a Family & Ally Session in Spanish during the summer months (date TBD). Any Family member who would like to attend this session is welcome to. Students do not have to attend the same session as their ally. 

Registration and Advisement

I want to register for classes when open registration begins (May 16) but I can't attend an Orientation until later. Should I take the Online Orientation? 

Completing the online orientation will remove the hold from your account and allow you to register. However, coming to an in-person Orientation will help you feel better prepared to start your classes. The best option is to complete the online orientation so that you can register, you can then bring a copy of your schedule with you to the in-person Orientation. You can see where your classes will be and get some valuable advice during the session. 

Will I register for classes at my Orientation Session?

While you will get familiar with the registration process, you will not register for classes during the Orientation Session. If you feel you need support in registering for classes, you should plan to attend a separate Registration Workshop.

Will I meet with an Advisor during Orientation?

In addition to attending Orientation, new students must meet with an Academic Advisor. These two requirements can be completed in any order. However, Advisement will not be offered during Orientation sessions. Learn how to meet with an Advisor.

When will my hold be removed after attending Orientation?

After completing your Orientation session, the hold on your account will be removed by 5 p.m. the next business day.

Other questions?

Send an email to or call (505) 224-3352.