Things You Need to Know
CNM has over 8000 parking spaces. Visit Parking Services for more information about permits, policies, and fines.
CNM Campus Security has full authority to enforce all regulations and policies on all seven campus environments.
The number of credit hours enrolled in each term. Read more.
Course Numbering System
Your academic career will be charted by the numbers.
You may, in most cases, attempt the same course two times without restriction. Each appearance of a course on your transcript constitutes an attempt. If you attempt to register a third or fourth time for the same course, you 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 you 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. If you wish to discuss a possible accommodation or have concerns about CNM’s compliance, contact the Disability Resource Center at (505) 224-3259.
If you believe that you have been discriminated against on the basis of a disability, contact the Office of the Dean of Students to file a complaint by following this process.
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. Visit Distance Learning for more information.
You 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
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You can get your mandatory CNM ID cards after you 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.
You 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.
Special approval based on unofficial documents may be granted for new students only contingent upon subsequent provision of records:
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
- Obtain a One Time Request for Prerequisite Clearance form online in the Registration/Grades tab of myCNM or from any Registration Office.
- Submit a completed form to any Registration Office with unofficial documents verifying the prerequisite has been met for each course requested.*
- 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
- Take the free Accuplacer placement exam in Assessment Centers at any campus. Accuplacer scores may not be more than five years old.
- Submit ACT or SAT scores (no more than five years old) to the Admissions Office.
- 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 assistance with prerequisites and course placement.
Printing on Campus
CNM has a printer program called PaperCut that limits the number of free pages that students can print. This program lets you print a specific number of pages each term. If you need to print pages beyond the limit, you can purchase additional printed pages.
“Sitting In” on Classes
Individuals cannot “sit in” or participate in classes for which they are not officially registered.
All CNM students should know and adhere to CNM policies. Academic and administrative policies are stated affirmatively throughout cnm.edu and are codified in the Student Code of Conduct.
You purchase your 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 the Bookstore.
You may charge for books at CNM Bookstores against your financial aid awards.
Students who purchase textbooks elsewhere should make sure that books are the title and edition specified in the course syllabus.
When a class is full, you 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.
Being on a Waitlist does not guarantee registration in a class. For information on Waitlists, see Waitlist Questions and Answers.
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.