New Student Orientation

Welcome students!

UNM-Valencia Campus is all about Student Success! New Student Orientation (NSO) provides new students with valuable information and resources to succeed! 

Mandatory In-Person Orientation

To support the transition of new students to college life at UNM-Valencia, the Student Services team is excited to offer in-person orientation sessions in Spring 2022. There are two sessions listed below:

Spring 2022 NSO Dates
Session DateTime
Session 1Friday, January 79 am - 2 pm (tentative)
Session 2Friday, January 149 am - 2 pm (tentative)


Registration for each in-person is limited. UNM-Valencia will be following State of New Mexico COVID-19 safety guidelines and restrictions for mass gatherings under Red to Green Framework. In-Person Orientation dates are subject to change pending the State of New Mexico’s ongoing response to COVID-19. If an In-Person Orientation date becomes subject to change, you will be contacted as soon as possible to sign up for a different session. To register for an In-Person Orientation session, please click the button below.  



Why must I attend New Student Orientation?

Attending an in-person orientation allows students the opportunity to build connections, which is a crucial part of the college experience and ensuring first-semester success. The Campus Resource Fair, which occurs just before in-person orientation, gives students the chance to visit various tables and meet the different faculty and staff who will support you during your time as a Lobo. The more acquainted you become with professors, advisors, financial aid, and other student services, the easier it will be for them to assist you in achieving your goals.

The best part of the in-person NSO is that most of the event is run by current UNM-Valencia students. Throughout orientation, students are given the opportunity to ask orientation leaders questions and get their perspectives on UNM-Valencia. Students also get the chance to take part in a campus tour, take advantage of mentorship and scholarship programs, and learn how to make the most of your college experience.

Attending New Student Orientation is mandatory. You will be required to attend a session in order to remove your Orientation hold on your student account.

If you have questions about attending an in-person orientation session, please contact your academic advisor to discuss your concerns. You can find your Academic Advisor and their contact information below.

New Student Checklist 

Click herefor a PDF version of our 2022 New Student Checklist.

Registering for Courses

All students will need to meet with their Academic Advisor in order to register for Spring 2022 courses. We encourage you to schedule an individual academic advisement appointment to discuss course selection and your degree plan as soon as possible. Academic Advisors are available to meet by phone, video-conference, or for in-person appointments. Find your Academic Advisor and their contact information below:

UNM-Valencia Academic Advisor Information

What is your Major/Degree?

Your Academic Advisor is:

  • Trio-Student Support Services Program
Kenneth Lairsey
  • Criminology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Business Administration
  • Elementary & Secondary Education
  • Early Childhood and Multicultural Education
  • Film and Digital Media Arts
  • Studio Arts
  • Welding Certification
  • Film Certification
  • Automotive Technology Certification
  • Architectural Drafting
Kaydra Townsend
  • Nursing
  • General Science (Pre-Nursing & Medical)
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Health Information Technology
  • Liberal Arts
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Pre-Med
  • Radiological Sciences
  • Health-Related Programs
  • Health Education
Tracy Owen
  • Mathematics
  • Pre-Engineering
  • Information Technology
  • Game Design and Simulation
  • General Science (Non-Medical)
  • NSF S-STEM Scholars
Please contact
Student Services at 505.925.8560
to schedule