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?

Sessions are labeled for the term in which you will start attending CNM, but are held the term prior to your first semester. See the schedule of sessions on the New Student Orientation home page or the calendar to find a session labeled for your first term. For example, if you will be starting at CNM during the Spring semester, you will attend a session labeled “Spring Term New Student Orientation”. 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 October 23, 2017 for the Spring Term, March 5, 2018 for the Summer term and before June 11, 2018 for the Fall 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 10 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. You'll be taking a campus tour, so comfortable walking shoes are recommended, and a jacket if necessary. Also bring something to write with. 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 shorter 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 on the session calendar and click the yellow "Register" button. The form will ask if you are bringing anyone with you to attend the separate Family and Ally Session. Select "Yes" and fill out their name and relationship to you in the following field. Once your registration form is complete, click "Next". You will then see a preview of your submission. Once you click "Submit", your registration is complete. Make sure you receive a confirmation email for your registration.

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, please view the calendar for possible Spanish family and ally sessions. Family members who would like to attend this session are welcome to.

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. 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. 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 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 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, 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
  • Your final official high school transcript submitted to CNM 

Other questions?

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