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Frequently Asked Questions

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

Common Topics

Orientation Sessions
Family and Ally Sessions
Registration and Advisement
Other Questions

Orientation Sessions

What will I do at New Student Orientation?

CNM's New Student 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 Summer, beginning in May, you can attend any Orientation session offered during the Spring months. If you are starting college in the Fall, beginning in August, you can attend any Orientation session offered during the Summer months. If you are starting college in the Spring, beginning in January, you can attend any Orientation session offered during the Fall and Winter months, that fits 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?

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 March 28 for the Summer, and May 16 for the Fall.

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?

No, you must 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 Orientation classroom 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 is 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 will be taken on their own campus tour, so comfortable walking shoes are recommended, as well as a jacket if necessary.

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 on June 9 at Main Campus, and July 6 at the South Valley Campus. 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? 

No, if you are attending college for the first time, you must attend an In-Person Orientation session. Completing the Online Orientation will disqualify you from receiving the Bridge Scholarship. If you are applying as a dual credit student, a returning student, or a transfer student, you may take the Online Orientation. There are 7 in-person orientation sessions leading up to the Summer term and 19 leading up to the Fall term. Sign up for Orientation.

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 regular Orientation Session.  If you feel you need support in registering for classes, you should attend one of the Suncat SOAR sessions. 

Will I meet with an Advisor during Orientation?

As a new student, in addition to attending Orientation, you must meet with an Academic Advisor before you are able to register for classes. These two requirements can be completed in any order. However, advisement will not be offered during regular Orientation sessions. If you would like to meet with an Academic Advisor during Orientation, you should attend one of the Suncat SOAR sessions.

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.

Suncat SOAR

What is a Suncat SOAR session?

SOAR stands for Student Orientation, Advisement, and Registration.  In this New Student Orientation session, you will have the opportunity to meet with an Academic Advisor and register for classes.  By the end of the session, you will have your class schedule for the Fall term.

What do I need to bring to the Suncat SOAR session?

For this session, you MUST have:

  • Your CNM ID number
  • Your myCNM account set up and be able to log into your account
  • Your Accuplacer, ACT, SAT, or Aleks PPL placement exam completed and scores submitted to CNM no later than 1 week before the session
  • Your OFFICIAL transcript listing any Dual Credit courses that were taken at a college or university OTHER than CNM submitted to CNM no later than 1 week before the session

Other questions?

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