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. Sessions that are currently open for registration are listed below:

 NSO Dates
Session DateTime
Session 1Wednesday, May 31, 2023Check-in: 9:00 am End Time: 2:00 pm
Session 2Wednesday, July 12, 2023
Check-in: 9:30 am End Time: 2:00 pm
Session 3Wednesday, July 26, 2023
Check-in: 9:30 am End Time: 2:00 pm
Session 4Thursday, August 17, 2023
Check-in: 9:30 am End Time: 2:00 pm
Session 5Wednesday, December 13, 2023
Check-in: 9:30 am End Time: 2:00 pm
Session 6Wednesday, January 10, 2024
Check-in: 9:30 am End Time: 2:00 pm


Registration for each in-person orientation is limited. 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. 

Register for New Student Orientation


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.

Registering for Courses

All students will need to meet with their Academic Advisor in order to register for semester 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:

  • 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
Nancy Diodati-Miller
  • Trio-Student Support Services Program
Kenneth Lairsey