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 participate in activities to prepare for the start of their college career.

Can I go to any in-person orientation session?

Sessions are labeled for the term in which you will start attending CNM, but are held the term prior to your first semester. You can view the dates for upcoming orientation sessions on the orientation registration page. You are welcome to attend orientation at the campus you plan to attend or at a different campus if the date and time better suits your needs. All orientations cover the same information with the exception of the campus tour. 

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 2, 2020 for the summer term, June 15, 2020 for the fall term and before October 26, 2020 for the spring 2021 term.

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.

What if I am running late to my orientation session?

We will stop accepting students 15 minutes into the session to ensure that students do not miss important information. If you are more than 15 minutes late, you can sign-up for another session on the calendar.

What is the session cancellation policy?

If there are less than 5 students who have signed up to attend the session, it will be cancelled. You will be notified the week of the session if it has been cancelled.

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 and username, your QR code on your orientation ticket and snacks/water. 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 concurrently with each session 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 during the student orientation session and you will be separated into different sessions.

How do I sign up my ally for the family and ally session?

Find the session you would like to attend then select "yes" when asked if you will be bringing a guest with you, then enter their information on your orientation registration form.

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?

We do not currently offer translation for every session.

Registration and Advisement

I want to register for classes when open registration begins 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. There are plenty of sessions to choose from that will satisfy this requirement. Every semester we have several sessions available before the registration period begins, so plan ahead to attend as soon as possible. If you are applying as a dual credit student, a returning student, or a transfer student, you may take the online orientation. Sign up for Orientation.

Will I register for classes at my orientation session?

While you will become 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 Academic Coach during orientation?

As a new student, in addition to attending orientation, you must meet with an Academic Coach 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 Coach during orientation, you should attend one of the Suncat SOAR sessions.

When will my hold be removed after attending orientation?

After successfully completing your orientation session, the hold on your account will be removed by 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 Coach and register for classes.  By the end of the session, you will have your class schedule for the 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 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
  • Your final official high school transcript submitted to CNM 

Other questions?

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