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Things You Need to Know

Campus Parking

CNM has over 8000 parking spaces. For information on how to use one, go to

Campus Security

CNM Campus Security has full authority to enforce all regulations and policies on all seven campus environments. For information go to

Course Load

The number of credit hours enrolled in each term. Read more.

Course Numbering System

Your academic career will be charted by the numbers.

Course Repeat Limit

Students may, in most cases, attempt the same course two times without restriction. Each appearance of a course on your transcript constitutes an attempt. Students attempting to register a third or fourth time for the same course will be blocked from registration for that course and must appeal to the academic school in which the course is offered. CNM does not permit a student to enroll in a course more than four times. A course attempted more than once may not be eligible for Financial Aid. Check with your Financial Aid Advisor for more information.

Topics, independent study, internships, cooperative education, Health 1001, physical fitness activity courses and any other courses that are repeatable for credit, are exempt from the course repeat limit.

Department / School Approval to Enroll

Some classes require department/school approval to enroll. Permission to enroll may be obtained from department/school offices. Permission to enroll does not waive a program requirement or permit a class to be overfilled.

Disability Resource Center

In compliance with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), CNM takes appropriate action to ensure that its programs and services are readily accessible to qualified individuals with disabilities. Students wishing to discuss a possible accommodation or who have concerns about CNM’s compliance should contact the Disability Resource Center at (505) 224-3259.

Students who believe that they have been discriminated against on the basis of a disability may contact the Office of the Dean of Students to file a complaint by following this process.

Distance Learning

CNM’s courses maintain the same high quality educational standards as those of the traditional classroom with the additional flexibility and convenience of learning built around the student’s schedule. Go to

Grading Options

Students may change the grading option (grade mode) of a class through the last day to drop the class. Grade change requests are processed at all registration offices.


Students completing their certificate or degree program must complete an Application for Graduation by the last day of the term. (See the "Graduation and Change/Update
Your Major" channel of .)

ID Cards

Students may get their mandatory CNM ID cards after they register for classes. ID services are available at Main Campus, Montoya Campus and Westside Campus.

Off Campus Site Locations

Classes are also offered at various locations throughout the CNM service area. For additional sites not listed, please contact the school offering the class.

Overlapping Classes

Students cannot register for classes that overlap in time.


A prerequisite is a requirement that must be completed before you enroll in a course. Official proof that prerequisites have been met must be on file at CNM or special approval obtained before registering. Official transcript evaluations take approximately one week to complete. Failure to prove that prerequisites have been met may result in an inability to enroll in classes or disenrollment.

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Prerequisites for Career and Technical Courses

    – provide unofficial documents to the academic school in which the course is offered.

Prerequisites for General Education and Developmental Courses

    1. Obtain a One Time Request for Prerequisite Clearance form online in the Registration/Grades tab of myCNM or from any Registration Office.
    2. Submit a completed form to any Registration Office with unofficial documents verifying the prerequisite has been met for each course requested.*
    3. Approval or denial of the request will be provided within 1 business day to the student’s myCNM email account.

    *Students with an associate’s degree or higher may have prerequisites of ENG 1101 and/or developmental courses (numbered below 1000) waived. Proof of degree completion may be required.

    NOTE: Students who enroll in classes without completing the prerequisite (regardless of the circumstance) must accept complete responsibility for the outcome and their final grades.

    How to Meet a Course Prerequisite

    Ways to meet a course prerequisite:
    1. Take the free Accuplacer placement exam in Assessment Centers at any campus. Accuplacer scores may not be more than five years old.
    2. Submit ACT or SAT scores (no more than five years old) to the
    Admissions Office.
    3. Complete the required prerequisite course at CNM or another institution with a grade of C or higher (proof of completion is required).
    Speak with an academic advisor for further assistance with prerequisites and course placement.

    Printing on Campus

    CNM has a PaperCut program that limits the number of free pages that students can print. This program allows students to print a specific number of pages each term. If a student needs to print pages beyond the limit, the student has the ability to purchase additional printed pages. For more information, go to

    “Sitting In” on Classes

    Individuals cannot “sit in” or participate in classes for which they are not officially registered.

    Student Policies

    All CNM students should know and adhere to CNM policies. Academic and administrative policies are stated affirmatively throughout and are codified in the Student Code of Conduct.


    Students purchase their own textbooks.

    Bookstores are located at the Main Campus, Montoya Campus and Westside Campus. Students may also purchase textbooks and other class materials online through myCNM or from

    Students may charge at CNM Bookstores against their financial aid awards.

    Note: Students purchasing textbooks elsewhere should take care to ensure that books are the title and edition specified in the course syllabus.


    When a class is full students may be given the option to place their name on the Registration Waitlist through myCNM. (Not all classes have a Waitlist.) If a space becomes available, the next person on the Waitlist will be notified via their CNM email address. Or, students can check to see if the option “Registered” is available, by clicking the drop down menu, under the Action column next to the class, from the Add/Drop classes screen in myCNM. Students will then be able to register for the class within the allotted time displayed on your email notification.

    Note: Waitlisted students are strongly encouraged to check his/ her myCNM email account daily. The Waitlist system operates 24/7, including weekends and holidays. Also, students are responsible for dropping any unneeded Waitlisted courses.

    Registration Waitlists will end two days before each Part of Term begins. Students will not be able to Waitlist after the specified end date for that Part of Term.

    IMPORTANT: Being on a Waitlist does not guarantee registration in a class. For complete information on Waitlists, see Waitlist Questions and Answers.

    Special Note: If enough students are on a Waitlist, the school may attempt to add an additional section of the class. If this does occur, the students on the Waitlist will be contacted by email and given the first opportunity to enroll in the new section. The Waitlist system requires a student to have access to a computer with internet connection to check his/her myCNM email daily.

    Withdrawing from CNM

    Students who wish to withdraw completely from CNM must officially drop all their classes. All classes can be dropped online through myCNM or in person at any Registration Office. Students who do not drop all their classes by the published deadlines will receive final grades.

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