Student Services Information
The Records and Registration Office is responsible for the maintenance of the educational records at the University of New Mexico. This includes, but is not limited to, student transcripts, academic folders and faculty grade reports. The following information refers to some of the policies and procedures for educational records. Note: Proper photo identification (driver’s license, LoboCard, passport or other state or federal issued identification) is required for all in-person transactions.
Use of Social Security Numbers
The Social Security Number (SSN) is not the primary University identification number. UNM is required to collect SSN in order to provide full access to services such as financial aid, to ensure an accurate academic record, and for record-keeping purposes. The University protects the confidentiality of SSN as required by law.
Access to and Confidentiality of Student Records
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) November 19, 1974
Student Records Policy
Approved by the University President 4/93. Amended 3/20/96.
Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), students have the right to inspect and review most education records maintained about them by the University of New Mexico, and, in many cases, decide if a third person can obtain information from them. Nine categories of information, however, are public (or directory information) unless a student asks that some or all of that information be withheld. It is the policy of the University to comply fully and fairly with the provisions of the Act, Federal Regulations and this policy.
Limitations on Access to Student Records
No one inside or outside the University shall have access to, nor will the contents of students’ education records be disclosed without the written consent of the students except as provided by the Act and Regulations. Exceptions in the Act and Regulations include but are not limited to the following: personnel within the institution determined by the institution to have a legitimate educational interest, officials of other institutions in which students seek to enroll or are enrolled, persons or organizations providing student financial aid, accrediting agencies carrying out their accreditation function, persons in compliance with judicial orders and persons in an emergency when necessary to protect the health or safety of students or other persons.
Students’ Right of Access to Review Their Records
A student has the right to inspect and review all education records about him or her except:
- Personal notes (available only to writer or substitute) of University staff and faculty.
- Certain student employment records.
- Counseling records used solely for treatment.
- Certain records of the University Police.
- Parents’ financial records.
- Confidential letters and statements of recommendation placed in the records before January 1, 1975.
- Confidential letters and statements of recommendation for admission, employment, or honorary recognition placed in the records after January 1, 1975, which students have waived the right to inspect and review.
Informing Students of Their Rights
This policy will be published in the UNM Pathfinder or its successor.
Location of Student Records
Student records are not maintained in a central location. Instead, these records are maintained by each office with which a student has contact while enrolled at the University. A partial list of places where educational records are maintained by various University offices is listed below.
- Admissions Office, Director of Admissions, Student Success and Support Center
- Career Counseling and Placement, Director, Career Counseling and Placement, University Advisement and Enrichment Center
- Cashiers and Student Accounting, Bursar, John and June Perovich Business Center
- Center College and Department Offices, Academic Dean, See individual college listing in the course schedule
- Dean of Students Office, Dean of Students, University Advisement and Enrichment Center
- Graduate Studies, Dean, Graduate Studies, Humanities Building
- Housing Services, SRC Commons
- Records and Registration Office, Registrar, Student Support and Services Center
- Student Financial Aid, Director, Student Financial Aid, Student Support and Services Center
Records Excluded from the Definition “Education” or “Student” Records
The following categories of records are not included in the term “education records” or “student records” under the Act:
- Records of instructional, supervisory, administrative and certain educational personnel which are in the sole possession of the maker and are not revealed to any other individual (except a substitute who performs on a temporary basis the duties of the person who made the record).
- Records of the University Police. These records are maintained and created by the University Police Department for the purpose of law enforcement. Their disclosure is subject to rules and regulations of the University Police, consistent with applicable law.
- Records relating to individuals who are employed by the University which are made and maintained in the normal course of business, relate exclusively to individuals in their capacity as employees and are not available for use for any other purpose. However, it should be noted that records of individuals in attendance at the University who are employed as a result of their status as students are education records and as such may be inspected by the student.
- Records which contain only information about a person after that person is no longer a student at the institution, e.g., information gathered on the accomplishments of alumni.
Review Policies and Procedures
Requests to inspect and review records must be made, in writing, to the office that keeps the records. Although it is the University’s policy that requests to inspect records be honored as promptly as possible, the offices have up to 45 days to honor such requests.
It is the policy of the University to provide the student upon request with photocopies of her or his records where that will help the student in inspection and review of the records unless: (1) the record to be copied is an examination, in which case permission of the faculty member is necessary, or (2) where a student’s record is being withheld because of an outstanding financial obligation to the University. Fees for photocopies of materials in the records are the same as University offices charge for photocopies of other materials. At its option, an office may furnish copies at no charge, or take the materials to a copy/duplicating center on campus, where the current rate for cash work will be charged.
Release Policies and Procedures, University Employees and Agents
The University will not disclose personally identifiable information from a student’s education record without the student’s written consent, except when it is permitted by the Act and Regulations. As permitted by the Act and Regulations, information will be disclosed without the student’s consent to University officials with a legitimate educational interest. These officials or their agents, and their interests, include:
- Any University employee who needs the information to fulfill job responsibilities.
- University collection agents only for the purposes of collecting debts owed to the University.
- Legal counsel advising or representing the University.
- National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Mountain West Athletic Conference only for the purposes of conforming to eligibility rules for athletic competition.
- Contractors, such as data processing, only for the purposes of performing work under contract for the University.
- Honorary societies, and other chartered student organizations, only for determining membership eligibility/requirements, when the societies and/or organizations do not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, physical or mental disability, age, sex, sexual preference, ancestry, or medical condition.
- University researchers, including students doing research under supervision of a faculty member, if there are safeguards to protect the security of personally identifiable data and if it will not be possible to ascertain the identity of any student in any dissemination of the data or research results.
- Officials of cooperating universities in which the student is enrolled.
Release to Alleged Victims of Crimes of Violence
The results of any disciplinary proceeding conducted by the University in response to allegations of a crime of violence allegedly committed by a student, shall be disclosed upon request to the alleged victim(s) of such crime of violence.
Directory or Public Information Categories
The University, in accord with the Act, has designated categories of information about students as “directory information” which is public unless a student asks to have all of it withheld. These categories are:
- Address (school and permanent)
- Telephone listing
- Electronic Mail Address
- Date of birth
- Major field of study (including current classification, year, credit load and number of academic credits earned toward degree)
- Dates of attendance (matriculation and withdrawal dates)
- Degrees and awards received (type of degree and date granted)
- Most recent previous educational agency or institution attended. Participation in officially recognized activities and sports, and weight and height of members of athletic teams.
A student wishing to keep confidential the “directory information” listed above must file a written request with the Office of the Registrar. This request may be submitted in person, by mail or fax. Once a confidential privacy flag has been place on a student’s record the directory/public information will not be released to individuals, companies or third party entities outside the University of New Mexico. The confidential privacy flag will not automatically be removed upon graduation from the University of New Mexico. If you have requested a confidential privacy flag, your name will not appear in the University of New Mexico Commencement Program.
The removal of the confidential privacy flag may be requested in person and in writing by fax or mail. The address is Records and Registration, MSC11 6325, 1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001. The fax number is (505) 277-6809. The following information is needed to process the request by fax or mail: student name, social security number and signature.
Requests for Disclosure
University offices will maintain a record of disclosures and requests for disclosure of personally identifiable information from a student’s record except when the request for disclosure is directory information, pursuant to the student’s consent, or is to a school official described in this policy. It is the policy of the University to permit the student to inspect this record of disclosures and requests for disclosure pertaining to his or her records. All disclosures (except for disclosures to the student or disclosures of directory information) shall be made on the condition that the information shall not be further disclosed without the student’s consent.
Right to Challenge Information in Student Records
It is the policy of the University that a student may challenge any information in his or her education records which he or she believes to be inaccurate, misleading or in violation of privacy. This right does not extend to reviewing grades unless the grade assigned by a professor was inaccurately recorded in the records. A student may also insert a statement in the records explaining any such material from his or her point of view. If a student wishes to challenge information in the file, he or she must make a written request for a hearing to the dean, director, or chairperson of the office which maintains the record. In most cases, the decision of the dean, director or chairperson will be final. However, a student may appeal in writing to the Associate Provost or the Vice President for Health Sciences or their designee, as the case may be, who will review the decision only if a significant question of policy or compliance with the law appears to be raised by the case.
Waiver of Rights Not Required
It is the policy of the University that students not be required to waive their rights under the Act before receiving University services or benefits.
Assistance with Problems or Questions about Compliance
- If a student has questions about the provisions of the Act, he or she may contact the Office of the Registrar.
- If a student believes that the University has not complied with the Act, he or she should direct comments concerning this to the Office of the Registrar.
- If a student believes that the University has not complied with the Act, written complaints may be filed with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act Office (FERPA), U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Washington, D.C. 20202-4605, telephone (202) 732-1807.
- The Registrar shall either resolve the issue, or shall refer it to the appropriate University body for resolution.
- Copies of and information about the Rights and Privacy Act are available in the Records and Registration Office, Student Support and Services Center.
Disclosure of Institutional (General Student Body) Graduation/Completion and Transfer-out Rates
The University of New Mexico provides the following information regarding the institution’s graduation/completion rates. The information is provided in compliance with the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended. The rates reflect the graduation/completion status of students who enrolled during the 2007–2008 school year and for whom 150% of the normal time-to-completion has elapsed.
During the Fall Semester of 2007, 2,855 first-time, full-time, certificate or degree-seeking undergraduates entered UNM. After 6 years (as of August 31, 2013), 48.2% of these students had graduated from the institution or completed their programs.
Questions related to this report should be directed to the Enrollment Management Reporting Team, Student Success and Support Center, (505) 277-6419.
While reviewing this information, bear in mind:
- The graduation/completion rate is based on six years of attendance that equates to 150% of our longest program.
- We have elected not to report our transfer-out rate because our university’s mission does not include providing substantial preparation for students to enroll in other institutions.
Demographic Information Updates
Change of Address/Phone
Current students may process a change of address or phone number for their academic records by using LoboWeb, Personal Information– Update My Information.
Change of Name
To process a name change for academic records students must bring appropriate documentation to the Records and Registration Office. The appropriate documentation includes proper photo identification (valid driver’s license, passport or other state or federal issued identification) and the social security card showing the new name. No other type of documentation is accepted.
LoboCard and LoboCa$h
A non-transferable photo identification card is issued to each University of New Mexico student. The ID card, also known as the LoboCard, allows students to check out materials from UNM libraries; and to access recreational services, the Student Health Center, athletic events, and campus meal plans.
The LoboCard can also be used to access the student LoboCa$h account. LoboCa$h is a prepaid spending account with a balance that declines each time it is used (by swiping your LoboCard) to make purchases at the food venues in the SUB, campus convenience stores, La Posada, UNM Bookstores, off-campus merchants, and printing in most computer pods. Visit the LoboCa$h Web site for additional information.
The following policies are in effect for the LoboCard:
- The LoboCard is the property of the University of New Mexico.
- The card is issued once and is valid upon admission to the University. It is activated upon a student’s enrollment for a particular term. The LoboCard remains valid for the duration of a student’s college career, and it activates and deactivates according to enrollment status. ID cards may be obtained at the LoboCard office. Proper photo identification (driver’s license, passport, other state/federal-issued identification, etc.) is required.
- LoboCards are issued with the student's name as recorded in the University Student Information System.
- Updates to name or other student identifying information require that the change be reported to the Records and Registration Office prior to LoboCard re-issuance.
- Lost or stolen LoboCards must be reported as soon as possible to the LoboCard Office.
• A non-refundable, non-waiveable fee is collected for replacement or reprinted LoboCards.
• Payment of a replacement fee constitutes authority for the de-activation and deletion of the missing identification card from the University of New Mexico’s card database. Once that occurs, the old LoboCard can never be reactivated.
• Students should contact the card office to inquire if a lost card has been returned.
• LoboCa$h purchasing activity can be suspended immediately, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, via the LoboCa$h Web site.
- Fraudulent use of a LoboCard is cause for card privileges to be revoked. Unauthorized alteration, production, use, possession or reproduction of a LoboCard is prohibited, may constitute theft, and can result in prosecution (30-14-2 NMSA 1978). In addition, such action could result in referral to the Dean of Students Office for disciplinary proceedings and/or to appropriate authorities for legal action.
The LoboCard Office is located in the Student Union Building, LoboCard Web site, (505) 277-9970.
The student is responsible for obtaining the correct residency classification prior to the end of the second week of the semester. A student not classified as a New Mexico resident for tuition purposes is charged tuition as a non-resident. Refer to the Residency section below.
Summary of Regulations for New Mexico Residency for Tuition Purposes
A student who enters and remains in this State principally to obtain an education is presumed to continue to reside outside this state, and such presumption continues in effect until rebutted by clear and convincing evidence of bona fide residence. A student determined to be financially dependent on an out-of-state parent or guardian also assumes the residency of that parent or guardian. The burden of proof is on the student. The student must secure and file the residency petition with the appropriate documents of evidence in the manner described herein. All documents submitted for this purpose are kept confidential. Residency petitions are accepted until the second Friday of each Fall and Spring semester (and Summer term for Nursing students) in the Mesa Vista Hall North One-Stop.
To become a legal resident for tuition purposes of the State of New Mexico, the student must meet four basic requirements. Each person must individually meet the requirements.
The 12-Month Consecutive Presence Requirement
A student must physically reside in the state for 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the term for which the
student submits a petition.
The Financial Independence Requirement
A student who is financially dependent on parents or legal guardians who are not residents of New Mexico cannot be approved for residency. At the time the student petitions for residency (if under 23 years of age), a copy of the parents’ or guardians’ 1040 or 1040A U.S. income tax form for the previous year must be submitted with the petition. If shown to be a dependent on that tax form, the student is not eligible to establish residency apart from the parents or guardians.
The Written Declaration of Intent Requirement
The student must sign a written declaration of intent to relinquish residency in another state and to establish it in New Mexico (included in residency petition).
The Overt Acts Requirement
Overt acts are required to evidence support of the written declaration of intent to establish permanent residency in New Mexico. Any act considered inconsistent with being a New Mexico resident, such as having a driver’s license, voter registration, or vehicle registration issued by another state, will cause the request for resident classification to be denied. Documentation of two of the following must be submitted with the residency petition:
- If the applicant is financially dependent, a copy of the parents’ or guardians’ previous year income tax form showing the applicant as a dependent and the parents’ address as New Mexico;
- A New Mexico high school transcript issued in the past year confirming attendance at a New Mexico public or private high school within the past 12 months;
- A transcript from an online high school showing a New Mexico address confirming attendance within the past 12 months;
- A New Mexico driver’s license or ID card with an original date of issue or a renewal date issued prior to the first day of the term or semester;
- Proof of payment of New Mexico state income tax for the previous year;
- Evidence of employment within the state of New Mexico;
- New Mexico vehicle registration;
- Voter registration in New Mexico;
- Proof of residential property ownership in New Mexico;
- A rental agreement within New Mexico;
- Utility bills showing the applicant's name and a New Mexico address;
- Other evidence which would reasonably support the individual’s intent to establish and maintain New Mexico residency.
Any act considered inconsistent with being a New Mexico resident will cause the request for resident classification to be denied. As such, other relevant factors may be considered in addition to the items listed above.
- Any act considered inconsistent with being a New Mexico resident, such as voting, securing and/or maintaining a driver’s license and automobile registration in another state, etc., will cause the petition to be denied.
- A person who has moved to New Mexico and has obtained permanent full-time employment (sufficient documentation is required) and his/her spouse and dependent children shall not be required to complete the 12-month durational requirement. However, all other requirements must be satisfied.
- Active duty military members stationed in New Mexico, their spouses and dependents are eligible for waivers of non-resident tuition. Members of the National Guard, their spouses and dependents are also eligible for waivers of non-resident tuition. A form must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar by the second Friday of the term to obtain these waivers.
According to the University of New Mexico’s tuition policy:
Degree-seeking non-resident graduate students enrolled for six or fewer hours in their first two semesters are charged resident tuition rates.
Students enrolling for the summer session are charged resident tuition rates regardless of residency classification (except those in the College of Nursing).
The residency petition and a brochure that explains all requirements for establishing New Mexico residency for tuition purposes and all special status waivers are available from the Mesa Vista Hall North One-Stop. For more information, visit the Registrar's Office Web site.
All undergraduate students who are admitted to the University with an intended Health Sciences major (Dental Hygiene, Emergency Medical Services, Medical Laboratory Sciences, Nursing, Physician Studies, Pharmacy, Radiological Sciences), Native American Studies, and undecided students are advised and monitored by the University College Advisement Center (UCAC). UCAC is responsible for applying academic regulations of the University, and for providing academic advisement for these students. When students have met all prerequisites of the college or school they wish to enter, they may transfer to one of the degree-granting programs of the University.
Students admitted to the University with an intended major in the Anderson School of Management, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Education, College of Fine Arts, College of University Libraries and Learning Sciences, University College, School of Architecture and Planning, and School of Engineering are admitted in their college or school under a pre-major status. Once a student has met all the necessary prerequisites, depending on the program, they will either be directly admitted or have to apply to the program.
Academic advisement is also required for all freshman and new undergraduate transfer students prior to registration in their intended college.
Advisement centers are located in each of the degree-granting colleges. Students enrolled at the University are urged to regularly take advantage of all available academic advisement services.
College Advisement Centers
(Baccalaureate Majors and Concentrations)
Anderson Schools of Management
Office: Advisement Center, First Floor, East Wing
Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance Management, Interdisciplinary Film and Digital Media, International Management, International Management in Latin America, Management Information Systems, Marketing Management, Human Resources Management, Operations Management, Organizational Leadership
School of Architecture and Planning
Office: Pearl Hall 114
Architecture, Environmental Planning and Design, Community and Regional Planning, Landscape Architecture
College of Arts and Sciences
Office: University Advisement and Enrichment Center
Students admitted to the College of Arts and Sciences in one of the following departments should seek advisement at the Arts and Sciences Advisement Center and/or their department of major. Prospective students who lack requirements for admission to Arts and Sciences should see the University Advisement Center or their intended major department.
Africana Studies; American Studies; Anthropology; Art; Asian Studies; Astrophysics; Biochemistry; Biology; Chemistry; Chicana and Chicano Studies; Classical Studies; Communication; Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies; Criminology; Earth and Planetary Sciences; Economics; English Studies; English-Philosophy; Environmental Science; European Studies; Family Studies; French; Geography; German; Health, Medicine, and Human Values; History; International Studies; Journalism and Mass Communication; Languages; Latin American Studies; Linguistics; Mathematics; Philosophy; Physics; Physics and Astrophysics; Political Science; Portuguese; Psychology; Religious Studies; Russian; Signed Language Interpreting; Sociology; Spanish; Speech and Hearing Sciences; Statistics; Women Studies.
College of Education
Office: Hokona Hall 134
Art Education, Athletic Training, Human Development and Family Relations, Early Childhood Multicultural Education, Elementary Education (including Teaching Field Endorsement), Exercise Science, Family Studies, Health Education, Nutrition/Dietetics, Physical Education (K–12), Special Education,
School of Engineering
Office: CEC 2080
Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Construction Engineering, Construction Management, Electrical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering and Robotics Option, Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Pre-Major Program
College of Fine Arts
Office: CA 1103
Art History, Art Studio, Dance, Design for Performance, Interdisciplinary Film and Digital Media, Cinematic Arts, Music, Music Education, Theatre
College of Nursing
Office: NRPH 152
College of Pharmacy
Office: NRPH 188
Office: University Advisement and Enrichment Center
Bachelor of Liberal Arts, Bachelor of Integrative Studies, Exploratory/Undecided Students, Introductory Studies Courses, First-Year Learning Communities, Research Service-Learning Program, Non-degree
Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sciences
Dental Hygiene, Novitski Hall 204 (505) 272-4513; Emergency Medicine,(505) 272-5757; Medical Laboratory Sciences, HSSB 217 (505) 272-5434; Nuclear Medicine Imaging, Surge Suite 251 (505) 272-1402; Occupational Therapy, HSSB 215 (505) 272-1753; Physical Therapy, HSSB 204 (505) 272-5755; Physician Assistant Studies , HSSP 217 (505) 272-5254; Radiologic Sciences, HSSB 217 (505) 272-5254
Medical School (Admissions)
Office: BMSB 106
Schedule of Classes
The Schedule of Classes is an official online publication of the Office of the Registrar. The publication includes course offerings, dates, times, and class locations. The schedule can be accessed at the Schedule Web site.
Details are outlined on the StudentInfo Web site.
Payment of Tuition and Fees
Payment of tuition and fees is required to complete registration. For specific information regarding tuition, fees, payment and payment deadline dates refer to the Bursar's Office Web site.
Course Load Guidelines
- Full-time: 12 or more credit hours.
- Three-quarter time: 9-11 credit hours.
- Half-time: 6-11 credit hours.
- Less than half-time: 5 or fewer credit hours.
- Full-time: 6 or more credit hours.
- College of Nursing full-time: 12 or more credit hours.
- Three-quarter time: 5 credit hours.
- College of Nursing three-quarter time: 9-11 credit hours.
- Half-time: 3-5 credit hours.
- College of Nursing half-time: 6-11 credit hours.
- Less than half-time: 1 or 2 credit hours.
- College of Nursing less than half-time: 5 or fewer credit hours.
- Full-time: 9 or more credit hours / 6 credit hours and an assistantship.
- Three-quarter time: 7 or 8 credit hours.
- Half-time: 5–8 credit hours.
- Less than half-time: 4 or fewer credit hours.
- Full-time: 6 or more credit hours / 3 credit hours and an assistantship.
- College of Nursing full-time: 9 or more credit hours / 6 credit hours and an assistantship.
- Three-quarter time: 5 credit hours.
- College of Nursing three-quarter time: 7 or 8 credit hours.
- Half-time: 3-5 credit hours.
- College of Nursing half-time: 5-8 credit hours.
- Less than half-time: 1 or 2 credit hours.
- College of Nursing less than half-time: 4 or fewer credit hours.
Students withdrawing after the grade required deadline are subject to a grade of W (withdrawal). The W grade is not included in the total course load. Courses taken in Audit status are also not included in total course load.
Students may not take more than 18 credit hours during a semester and 9 credit hours during the summer session, except with approval from the student’s academic advisor. Summer enrollment limit for College of Nursing students is 18 credit hours. Students in non-degree status who have not earned at least a baccalaureate-level degree must contact the University Advisement Center at (505) 277-2631 to discuss enrollment limitations and options.
Addition of Correspondence or Extension Courses to Program. A resident student may enroll for correspondence and extension courses only when the addition of such courses does not cause the course load to be over the maximum.
Prerequisite and Corequisite Requirements
The University of New Mexico checks prerequisites on all courses numbered 100 – 499. If a student does not have the required prerequisite(s), he/she is not able to register for the specific course. All prerequisites must be completed with a C or higher letter grade, unless otherwise identified by the academic department/unit offering the course.
Corequisite checking occurs for all courses numbered 100 – 499. Registration for corequisite courses must occur at the same time. A student is not able to register for one corequisite course without the other.
Colleges and Departments may further restrict access to their courses based on Campus, Classification, College, Degree, Level, Major, Program and/or special permission requirements. Overrides for these restrictions may be requested from the department offering the course or from the instructor (in most cases). For more information, see FastInfo answer #4060 at the StudentInfo Web site.
Enrollment Certifications are requested by individuals, institutions or organizations for information related to a student’s past or current enrollment. Information requested normally takes the form of validation of confirmed degrees, dates of attendance or whether a student is enrolled full- or part-time.
The National Student Clearinghouse is the University of New Mexico’s authorized agent for providing enrollment and degree verifications. If an employer or background-screening firm requests such information, refer them to the National Student Clearinghouse at (703) 742-4200 or the National Student Clearinghouse Web site.
Verification forms from financial lenders should be sent directly to the National Student Clearinghouse for fastest response.
The University of New Mexico will produce an Enrollment Certificate validating a student’s status for the current semester, or a pre-registered (one week prior to start of classes) semester. If a student wishes to have his/her entire academic history certified, or semesters not covered by the certification process, the student must request a transcript. The University of New Mexico does not certify expected graduation date.
The certification document can be mailed on request or may be picked up with proper photo identification (driver’s license, LoboCard, passport or other state issue identification). The Enrollment Certificate replaces the institutionally specific forms. The Course Load Guidelines above are used to determine enrollment status for financial aid eligibility and loan deferments. Graduate students with an assistantship must submit a copy of their contract with their verification request.
Current students may also request an enrollment certificate directly through LoboWeb.
Changes in Enrollment
Once registered, students may process schedule changes during appropriate periods through the drop/add procedures. Procedures for schedule changes and deadlines are found on the StudentInfo Web site. Changes made after deadlines are subject to late transaction fees.
Summer Session and Short Courses. Deadlines for processing drops, adds, withdrawals and grade options for summer and short courses vary according to the length of the course. Consult the Schedule Web site for specific dates.
For 16-week courses, the following applies:
Add: A student may add courses or change sections through the second week of the semester.
Drop: A student may drop a course or courses without a grade during the first three weeks of the semester.
Withdrawal from a Course. After the third week a student may withdraw from a course until the end of the 12th week of the semester and is subject to a grade of W. After the 12th week, course withdrawals are only accepted with approval from the dean or director of the student’s college. No withdrawals are accepted after the last day of instruction of the semester, prior to final exam week.
NOTE: Faculty are not responsible for dropping students who do not attend. It is the student’s responsibility to check the accuracy of his/her course schedule.
Change in Grading Option. Changes in grading option (including audit, pass-fail (CR/NC) option, letter grade or graduate credit option) in any course may be made through the fourth week of the semester.
Students are responsible for ensuring they are registered in any course for the proper grading option.
Completion of Courses. Students are responsible for completing all courses in which they are enrolled at the University. Changes in enrollment, drops or withdrawals must be officially processed. A student who does not follow proper course or University withdrawal procedures may be given a failing grade and is responsible for tuition charges associated with the course.
A student may register to audit a course, with written permission of the instructor. A student who fails to attend class may be dropped at the instructor’s request. The fee for audited courses is the same as for credit courses.
Audit enrollment receives no credit and is not included in the student’s total course load for purposes of enrollment certification and financial aid enrollment requirements. Audited courses appear on the academic record. Courses taken for Audit may be repeated for credit.
Pass/Fail (CR/NC) Option
- This grading option is open to students enrolling in courses that do not apply to their major.
- A student is permitted to enroll in a maximum of 4 credit hours per semester under the pass/fail (CR/NC) grading option.
- CR (credit) is the equivalent of at least a grade of C. Students who do not satisfactorily complete a course under pass/fail (CR/NC) grading receive NC (no credit).
- A course may be changed to the pass/fail (CR/NC) grade option. Visit the Schedule Web site for deadlines.
- A maximum of 24 credit hours graded pass/fail (CR/NC) is allowed toward a baccalaureate degree. Graduate students may not count more than 6 credit hours of course work in which a C (2.0), C+ (2.33) or CR was earned.
- Courses which are specifically approved for pass/fail (CR/NC) grading are not included in the 24 credit hour maximum allowed toward degree requirements.
- The following may not be taken under the pass/fail (CR/NC) option:
• Courses in the University Honors Program and the Undergraduate Seminar Program.
• Courses that are part of the student’s major (as defined by the major department) with the exception of those courses specifically approved for use of pass/fail (CR/NC) grading.
• Courses that are part of the student’s minor (see specific college and departmental requirements).
• Correspondence courses.
• Courses the student repeats after first taking the course under the regular grading system.
Some schools, scholarship committees and honorary societies do not accept this grading system and convert grades of “Credit” to C and “No Credit” to F when computing grade point averages, or may otherwise penalize students who use this option.
NOTE: Students may not be penalized by a department if, when selecting or changing a major field, they have taken a course in their major on a pass/fail (CR/NC) option basis.
Pass/Fail (CR/NC) Option for Graduate Students
No more than 6 credit hours of course work in which a grade of C (2.0), C+ (2.33) or CR (grading option selected by student) was earned may be credited toward a graduate degree. Courses offered only on a CR/NC basis and required by the graduate program are excluded from this limitation.
A graduate student has the option of enrolling in courses on a Pass/Fail (CR/NC) basis. However, if a graduate student with undergraduate deficiencies is required by the major department to take a lower-division course, the pass/fail (CR/NC) option is not available to the student.
Graduate Credit Option
For Undergraduate Students
Although courses numbered 500 and above are intended for graduate study, senior undergraduate students may receive undergraduate credit in such courses. Students must obtain advance approval from the course instructor and their college academic advisor.
To enroll in a graduate-level course for graduate credit, an undergraduate must first meet the following requirements:
- Be within 10 credit hours of earning the baccalaureate degree;
- Have an overall cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0; and
- Enroll in no more than 9 credit hours of graduate credit during that semester (6 credit hours during summer session).
When these requirements are met, the student must complete a Graduate Credit Authorization card, signed by the instructor, their college advisement office and the Office of Graduate Studies and submit it to the Records and Registration Office. The courses taken apply toward an advanced degree after completion of the baccalaureate. For all students with a minimum of 3.5 overall cumulative grade point average, up to 6 credit hours can be shared for both graduate and undergraduate credit with approval of the department’s graduate advisor. A grade of “B” or better must be obtained in the courses in order for them to be accepted for graduate credit.
NOTE: Undergraduates may not enroll in graduate “problems” courses for undergraduate credit.
For Non-Degree Students
No special action needs to be taken by non-degree students who wish to enroll in courses numbered 500 or higher, as these courses automatically carry graduate credit. To receive graduate credit for an approved 300- or 400-level course, a non-degree student must obtain signatures from the course instructor and the Office of Graduate Studies on a Graduate Credit Authorization card available at the Office of Graduate Studies. Non-degree, graduate-level course work may be transferred into a graduate degree program on a limited basis.
Withdrawal from the University
- Students can withdraw from all courses through the end of the 12th week by using LoboWeb, if holds do not exist on their account . At the beginning of the thirteenth week, a student who is withdrawing from all courses must have approval from the Dean of Students Office. Students may contact the Dean of Students Office, (505) 277-3361, TDD (505) 277-6053, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for advisement on withdrawal from all courses.
- Students who withdraw during the first three weeks (regular full semester) of classes do not receive a grade notation on their academic records. The notation on a student’s record is “Withdrew” followed by the date.
- University withdrawals initiated after the third-week (regular full semester) of classes are subject to a grade of W. All withdrawal grades are assigned by the instructor during the regular grading period. The notation on a student’s record is “Withdrew” followed by the date, along with the course name and grade assigned.
- Summer Session and Short Courses. Deadlines for processing withdrawals for summer and short courses vary according to the length of the course. Consult the Schedule Web site for specific dates.
- Students leaving the University during a semester without withdrawing according to this regulation are subject to faculty assigned grades.
- Students are responsible for all outstanding financial obligations when withdrawing. See the “Tuition Refund Deadlines” section for more information.
Policy on Military Withdrawals
Under faculty regulations, students and/or their dependents who formally withdraw from the University before the end of the 12th week of the semester due to military obligations are entitled to a grade of W in each course in which they are enrolled. Military orders or evidence of active duty deployment, deployment in place, or involuntary/unplanned training must be made available to the Dean of Students Office. A student and/or his/her dependent who withdraws due to military obligations after completing 12 weeks of instruction receives full credit for each enrolled course provided the instructor certifies a grade of C or higher for the course at the date of formal withdrawal. If the instructor certifies a grade less than C, the student receives a grade of W. The student must opt for either a tuition refund or for a grade assignment after the 12th week. A final semester senior who has satisfactorily completed at least half of the work for enrolled courses, provided these would complete degree requirements, may be certified for graduation by the faculty of his/her college. Any dependent seeking a military withdrawal must provide proof of that relationship. Visit the Dean of Students Web site for a “Request For Military Withdrawal” Form in order to initiate the Military Withdrawal process.
Class Hours and Credit Hours
A class hour consists of 50 minutes. One class hour per week of recitation or lecture throughout a term earns a maximum of one (1) credit hour.
Course Numbering System
Courses offered at the University are numbered from 001 through 999:
- 001 to 100 courses may or may not carry credit, but are not applicable to a baccalaureate degree.
- 101 to 199 courses are lower-division, and are normally open to freshmen.
- 200 to 299 courses are lower-division, and are normally open to sophomores.
- 300 to 499 courses are upper-division, and are normally open to juniors, seniors and graduates.
- 500 to 999 are graduate and professional level, and are normally open only to students enrolled in graduate degree programs, School of Law, College of Pharmacy, or the Doctor of Medicine program.
NOTE: Undergraduate or non-degree students without a degree may not enroll in any graduate problems courses for undergraduate credit.
Technical, vocational or special courses are applicable for baccalaureate credit only upon petition to and approval from the University of New Mexico degree granting unit.
Freshmen may in some instances qualify for courses numbered in the 200's. Courses numbered 300 and above are not open to lower-division students (freshmen and sophomores) except in rare instances, and then only with the approval of the college dean. When appropriate, students may be disenrolled from courses numbered 200 and above. See the individual college sections of this Catalog for specific regulations.
The fee for each official transcript requested is $5.00. There are additional fees for electronic versions. Fees are subject to change.
Official transcripts may be withheld for financial reasons and are not released until the student’s outstanding financial obligations to the University have been paid, or until satisfactory payment arrangements have been made. All financial arrangements are handled in the Bursar’s Office.
Students may request and/or pick up transcripts in Mesa Vista North One-Stop or the Student Success and Support Center. Official transcripts orders require three to five working days to complete. Proper photo identification (driver’s license, LoboCard, passport or other state or federal issued identification) is required when ordering and picking up transcripts in person.
Current students may access their unofficial transcripts on LoboWeb.
Unofficial transcripts are free with a maximum of three copies per request.
Students may visit the Mesa Vista North One-Stop or the Student Success and Support Center to request and/or pick up an unofficial transcript. Proper photo identification (driver’s license, LoboCard, passport or other state or federal issued identification) is required when ordering and picking up transcripts in person.
Both current and former students may request official transcripts online at the Registrar Web site.
Mail requests to:
Office of the Registrar
ATTN: Transcript Request
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
Mailed requests must include the following information:
- Student signature
- Date of request
- Current/previous name(s)
- Social Security Number/UNM ID
- Date of birth
- Dates of attendance
- Current address
- Daytime telephone number
- Address to which the transcript is to be sent
- For official transcripts only: check or money order
Official transcripts are printed on security paper which will indicate “Copy” when faxed or copied. Electronic transcript versions cannot be photocopied or printed and remain official.
- E-mail requests cannot be honored.
- Another person may not request or pick-up a student's transcripts without specific written authorization from that student.
- The University of New Mexico does not provide copies of test scores or transcripts of academic work from other institutions. The original institution must be contacted for such information.
Semester grades are available via LoboWeb. Grades are posted nightly as they are entered by the instructor. Final semester GPA calculations, Dean's List determinations and probation/suspension decisions are processed one week after the last official day of the semester.
The University of New Mexico utilizes a fractionated grading system. Following are the allowable grades and associated grade points:
||Credit. Results in credit for the course, but is not computed into the grade point average. CR is the equivalent of at least a grade of C. At the graduate level CR is used to report completion of a master's thesis or doctoral dissertation. See the following pages for specific information concerning pass/fail (CR/NC) option grading.
||No Credit. Not computed into the grade point average. At the graduate level NC is also used to report unsatisfactory completion of a master's thesis or doctoral dissertation. Certain workshops and courses may be offered under CR and NC as defined above.
||Not Recorded. If a grade has not been received by the end of the grading period, an NR is assigned. Not computed into the grade point average. After two years, the remaining NR grades are converted to W grades.
||Progress. Used to indicate that a thesis or dissertation is in progress, but not complete. In the semester when the thesis or dissertation is completed, CR or NC is reported.
||Incomplete. Given only when circumstances beyond the student's control have prevented completion of the work of a course within the official dates of a session. (See the policy on Removal of Incomplete.)
||Recorded for completion of enrollment in an audited course. No credit is earned for an audit grade option.
||Withdrawal Passing. Course withdrawals after the grade required deadline were subject to the grade of WP, if passing the course at the time of withdrawal.
||Withdrawal Failing. Course withdrawals after the grade required deadline were subject to the grade of WF, if failing the course at the time of withdrawal. The grade of WF is calculated as a failing grade in the student's grade point average.
||Withdrawal No Credit. Not computed in the grade point average. WNC indicates an official withdrawal in a pass/fail (CR/NC) enrollment option or course approved for pass/fail (CR/NC) grading.
||Withdrawal. Used for withdrawals after the grade required deadline beginning in Fall 2012, and for approved administrative withdrawals at the end of a semester. Examples of administrative withdrawals include: determination by the instructor that the student never attended the class, processing errors, catastrophic illness of the student or other reasons beyond the student's control.
||Reinstatement. Not computed in the grade point average; no credit is earned. An RS grade is used for approved retroactive enrollment in a 599 or a 699 course when the student did not complete any work on the thesis or dissertation.
||NOTE: Graduate students may not be assigned C-, D+, D or D- grades.
Grade Point Average
An undergraduate student’s grade point average is calculated by dividing the total number of quality grade points earned at the University of New Mexico by the total number of credit hours attempted, and truncated by two decimals. These credit hours must be attempted in courses with letter grades and the courses must be numbered 100 or above. Courses for undergraduate students given a grade of W, WP, WNC, CR, NC, PR, AUD, or I are excluded in the grade point average calculation. For graduate students, the Office of Graduate Studies, internally for their record keeping processes, calculates a grade of “I” as a 2.0 until replaced by another letter grade.
Beginning Fall 2006 the academic transcript reflects a level GPA. The courses a student takes become a part of the level to which the student has been admitted. If a student is in an associate degree program, the level is associate degree, and all the courses taken in that level are reflected in the associate GPA. Courses that are not remedial or technical are also calculated into the undergraduate GPA. If the student is in a bachelor’s degree program, the courses taken in that status are calculated in the undergraduate GPA. The various levels are Associate, Undergraduate, Graduate, Non-Degree Undergraduate and Non-Degree Graduate. Each level has a GPA.
The academic standing of all students is reviewed at the end of each semester and Summer session in accordance with the regulations of their college. Enrollment in late starting, correspondence or other off-pattern courses may prevent awarding of Dean’s List, if grades are not submitted prior to end of term processing. Dean's List indication on a student's academic record is noted when GPA calculations are determined one week after the official last day of the semester.
NOTE: This is a general University of New Mexico grade point calculation. Schools and colleges within the University may compute the grade point average differently.
Grades earned in courses taken at other institutions are not included in calculation of the University of New Mexico grade point average. The grade point average reflects only courses taken at the University of New Mexico.
Incomplete (I) Grade
According to academic policy, incomplete grades must be completed before a student is eligible to graduate from the University of New Mexico.
The grade of I is given only when circumstances beyond the student’s control have prevented completion of the coursework within the official dates of a semester/session.
Students should not re-enroll or re-register (for credit) in a course in which an I (Incomplete) grade has been assigned in order to resolve it. If an instructor requires the student to repeat the class in order to resolve the Incomplete, the student must register for the course on an audit basis.
Grade changes Incomplete grades must be received no later than one year (twelve months) from the published end day of the term in which the grade was assigned. Incomplete grades not resolved within the time frame stated in this policy are automatically converted to an F (Failure) grade.
Students who resolve Incompletes in the term of graduation must have the process completed (including the reporting of the grade to the Records and Registration Office, by the deadline). Students are responsible for informing instructors that they are graduating and the grade(s) must be reported by the appropriate deadline. Failure to complete the process as described could result in the postponement of graduation until the following term.
The instructor of record reports the final grade for the course in which the Incomplete was assigned to the Records and Registration Office. Graduate students see the section on Graduate Programs related to this policy.
Extension of Incomplete
A student may apply for an extension of the time allowed to complete the course work required to remove the I grade. The request for extension form may be obtained in the Records and Registration Office. A student who re-enrolls in residence may be granted a one-semester extension. If an extension is granted, it is the student’s responsibility to ensure the I grade is removed by the date indicated. Graduate students are required to obtain the additional signature of the Dean of Graduate Studies. The request form must be submitted no later than the last day of the term.
Repetition of a Course
A student may repeat any course, but only receives credit once, unless otherwise noted in this catalog. ALL ATTEMPTS and ALL GRADES are computed in the student’s grade point average. A grade replacement policy is available for repeated course work as described below.
Grade Replacement Policy
The course repeat policy was revised by the Faculty Senate to include a grade replacement option effective Spring semester 1991. Under this policy, only undergraduate students may repeat a course for a higher grade and have the lower grade removed from the grade point average. This revision is an option for students who meet the criteria outlined below. Repeated courses for students who do not meet the criteria, or who choose not to make use of the option, automatically fall under the existing policy as described under “Repetition of a Course.”
The following outlines the procedure for the implementation of this course repeat (grade replacement) option. NO EXCEPTIONS ARE MADE TO THIS POLICY.
- The Grade Replacement policy is effective as of Spring semester 1991 and affects only the University of New Mexico course work from Spring 1991 forward. This means that the first attempt in a course cannot have been prior to Spring semester 1991. The policy is not retroactive to any semester prior to Spring 1991.
* A student who fails a course at the University of New Mexico and repeats the same course with a grade of C or higher at another college or university may have the credit accepted for transfer, but the grade received at the University of New Mexico will continue to be computed in the grade point average.
- Students in undergraduate status are eligible to use this policy, and only course work that applies to an undergraduate degree is considered for a grade replacement.
- A repeated course must result in an improved grade in order to replace the other grade (e.g., a D cannot replace a D). The higher grade removes the lower grade from the grade point average and earned credit hours. Grades of CR, NC, PR, WP and W are not replaceable grades since they do not affect the grade point average.
- The process is not automatic. Students must initiate the process by completing a form in the Records and Registration Office, indicating which course is to be replaced. The course numbers and titles must be identical, except where equivalencies or a change has been noted in the University of New Mexico Catalog. Substitute courses are not acceptable. Forms are accepted after the second attempt in the course has been completed.
- A grade replacement may be applied only to 12 credit hours of repeated course work. Only one grade replacement is allowed for each course, regardless of the number of times the course has been repeated.
- Once a grade replacement has been approved, the process cannot be reversed or changed.
- No grade may be replaced after a degree has been awarded.
- All grades remain on the record. An “E” appears on the transcript next to the course that has been replaced.
- Students registering for a late starting course cannot use the Grade Replacement Policy to replace a grade within that same semester.
NOTE: This policy applies only to courses taken and repeated at the University of New Mexico.
Graduate students who wish to replace grades must follow the Graduate Grade Replacement Policy in the Graduate Program section of this Catalog.
Change of Grade
The instructor of a course is responsible for any grade reported. Once a grade has been reported to the Records and Registration Office, the instructor may change it by submitting an Instructor Initiated Grade Change and Incomplete Removal form to the Records and Registration Office, or by completing the Change Student Grade process through LoboWeb. Only the instructor who issued the original grade (instructor of record) may submit a change. Grade changes submitted more than 30 days after end of semester are reported to the offering College Dean. Any change in grade must be reported within 12 months after the original grade was issued and prior to graduation. Grade changes may be referred to the Admissions and Registration Committee of the Faculty Senate for approval.
Grade Petition Procedure
- A student seeking retroactive withdrawal, enrollment, or a grade option change; or further academic record changes involving exceptions to the rules governing registration and academic records, may submit petitions to Records and Registration in the Mesa Vista North One-Stop or the Student Success and Support Center. This petition process does not cover disputes involving academic judgement (Refer to the UNM Pathfinder, “Student Grievance Procedure,” Article 2, Academic Disputes).
- The petition must state the nature of the request, specify the semester involved, the course and section number, the student’s name, identification number, mailing address and telephone number. It must include documentation of extenuating circumstances, such as medical, family or employment needs. The petition must be typed and signed.
- A student may only petition grades up to one year after an instructor and dean grade change form can be utilized to change a grade. (Effective as of April 2005 as approved by Faculty Senate Operations Committee.) This means no grade change can be petitioned after two years in which the course(s) was/were taken.
- Upon receipt of student’s petition, the instructor(s) involved is contacted for a statement concerning the request.
- The petition (along with instructor comments) is forwarded to the Grade Petition Subcommittee of the Faculty Senate Admission and Records Committee for review and decision. If the petition is approved, appropriate modifications are made to the student record.
- The student is notified in writing of the outcome of the petition. The decision of the subcommittee is final.
- The student is responsible for tuition and fees incurred.
Academic Renewal Policy
Academic Renewal applies to students seeking undergraduate degrees who have been readmitted to the University of New Mexico after an absence of five years or more. The procedure allows a currently enrolled student to request an academic record review for the purpose of reevaluating previously-earned University of New Mexico credits and recalculating the student’s grade point average from the point of readmission.
The student may obtain a petition from Records and Registration, Mesa Vista North One-Stop, or Student Support and Services Center. If all criteria are satisfied, the petition will be approved and the academic record appropriately noted.
NO EXCEPTIONS ARE MADE TO THIS POLICY.
Academic Renewal Guidelines
NOTE: Non-degree, second undergraduate degree, graduate students, or students who hold an Associate’s degree from The University of New Mexico are not eligible for Academic Renewal.
- Academic Renewal may be applied only once and is not reversible.
- An absence of five or more years must have elapsed between readmission and the last date of enrollment at the University of New Mexico.
- The student must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program. Additionally, college entrance requirements such as minimum hours and grade point average must still be met after Academic Renewal has been applied.
- After readmission to the University of New Mexico, at least 12 earned credit hours, but no more than 36 earned credit hours, must be completed in good standing (2.00 GPA or higher) before Academic Renewal can be applied.
NOTE: If the degree-granting unit has placed the student on probationary status, it is not automatically changed by Academic Renewal.
- All graduation requirements must be satisfied after Academic Renewal, i.e., minimum earned credit, residence credit requirement, cumulative grade point average, etc.
NOTE: Credit earned prior to Academic Renewal does count toward the residence credit requirements.
- All courses taken prior to Academic Renewal remain unaltered on the record. An appropriate notation is added to the record to indicate Academic Renewal. Courses with a grade of C or CR or higher taken prior to Academic Renewal are carried forward as earned credits. Application of these credits towards a degree is determined by the degree-granting unit.
- Courses with a grade of C- or below taken prior to Academic Renewal are noted and do not count as earned credits or as satisfying any graduation requirements.
- Academic Renewal, when applied, is effective as of the date of the readmission following the five-year absence.
- The cumulative grade point average after academic renewal is calculated on the basis of courses taken since the readmission following the five-year absence.
Policies regarding student attendance at class meetings are set by each instructor.
Students should not assume that nonattendance results in being dropped from class. It is the student’s responsibility to initiate drops or complete withdrawals within published deadlines utilizing LoboWeb or via forms available on the Registrar Web site.
A student with excessive absences may be dropped from a course with a grade on recommendation of the instructor. Instructor initiated drops are submitted utilizing LoboWeb.
Information on reporting short term absences to instructors can be found under Dean of Students Office, Notification of Absences in this catalog.
The instructor is responsible for classroom conduct, behavior and discipline. Any action that would disrupt or obstruct an academic activity is prohibited. The instructor may refer situations involving classroom misconduct to the Dean of Students Office for additional action under the “Student Code of Conduct” as published in the UNM Pathfinder.
Use of classrooms or other facilities during scheduled activities is limited to enrolled students and University personnel. Use of these facilities during nonscheduled periods should be arranged with the appropriate department or other division of the University. Smoking, eating and drinking are prohibited in all classrooms and teaching laboratories, including seminars.
Dishonesty in Academic Matters
Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in academic and professional matters. The University reserves the right to take disciplinary action, including dismissal, against any student who is found responsible for academic dishonesty. Any student who has been judged to have engaged in academic dishonesty in course work may receive a reduced or failing grade for the work in question and/or for the course.
Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty on quizzes, tests or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; hindering the academic work of other students; and misrepresenting academic or professional qualifications within or outside the University.
Nondisclosure or misrepresentation on applications or other University records make a student liable for disciplinary action, including possible dismissal from the University.
Students are subject to dismissal from a college or a degree program based on minimum requirements set by that college or program. Refer to each college section in this Catalog for specific requirements. Dismissal from a college or degree program is not the same as suspension, but may preclude the student from enrolling at the University.
Probationary status serves as a warning to students that they are no longer in good academic standing, and that they may be suspended. Undergraduate students are placed on probation at the end of any semester or Summer session for which their cumulative grade point average falls below the minimum requirements. Students should expect special requirements to be placed while on probation. Students should refer to the academic standing regulations set forth in the section of this Catalog devoted to that college or school.
Degree-Granting Colleges and Non-Degree Status: Students in degree-granting colleges or in non-degree status may be placed on academic probation at the end of any semester, if they fail to meet the minimum cumulative grade point average required to remain in good standing in their college. The minimum grade point average is at least a 2.00, but is higher in some colleges. Students must familiarize themselves with the academic regulations of their college. Graduate students should see the Graduate Program section of this Catalog for more information related to this policy.
Students on suspension may not enroll for classes at the University of New Mexico until their suspension period has been completed.
Suspension Period: Students suspended for the first time may not enroll for classes at the University of New Mexico for a period of one semester from the date of the suspension. Students suspended for the second time may not enroll for classes for a period of two semesters from the date of the suspension. Students suspended for the third time may not enroll for classes for a period of five academic years from the date of the suspension.
- Summer sessions are counted with the following fall semester for purposes of this policy, e.g., a student suspended at the end of a spring semester may not attend either the following Summer session or Fall semester.
- Students absent from the University for a year or more must reapply for admission to the University.
- Students who are accepted for readmission after suspension are readmitted on probation in the accepting college.
- College deans may specify the number of credit hours for which a student may enroll following a suspension. They may also require students to drop courses which seem beyond their abilities.
- Attendance at another institution during suspension must be indicated on the student’s application for readmission, and an official transcript must be sent to the Office of Admissions as part of the reapplication.
Examinations other than final examinations are given during each course at the discretion of the instructor. Final examinations are given at the end of each course as scheduled during the final examinations period. Visit the Schedule Web site for more information.
Examination to Establish or Validate Credit (Challenge a Course)
Degree-seeking students in undergraduate status may, with appropriate written approval, take an examination to establish or validate credit in courses that appear in the University’s general catalog. Students may not have been previously enrolled (or have earned a W/WP/WF/WNC grade) in the course at the University of New Mexico. Graduate students have the same privilege, but only undergraduate credit can be earned in this manner.
Credit for nonprofessional physical education activity courses and some professional physical education courses cannot be earned by examination. Contact the department to determine which professional physical education courses can be challenged by examination.
A permit for the examination is issued upon authorization of the dean or director of the college offering the course. This permit must be approved by the department concerned, and by the dean or director of the student’s college. The student is liable for the current tuition rate per credit hour, and must submit the permit to the person who administers the examination. Once the examination has been administered and graded the instructor completes the form and sends it to Records and Registration to be recorded on the student’s record.
Examination to establish credit can be taken only during the week before classes start through the ending date of the semester or summer session. Credit is allowed and placed on the student’s permanent record as of the semester in which the examination is completed. A grade of CR is recorded for successful completion of examination and a notation of credit by examination is made on the transcript. Credits earned by examination at the University of New Mexico apply toward graduation and residence requirements.
Alternative Credit Options
For information concerning the Advanced Placement Program (AP) and the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) of the College Entrance Examination Board, see the Admissions section of this Catalog.
An individual may qualify for a reduced tuition rate of $5.00 per credit hour, if he/she is:
- Age 65 or older as of the 21st day from the start of the semester.
- Classified as a New Mexico resident as defined by the NM Higher Education Department.
- Registering for no more than six (6) credit hours.
- Registering on or after the first day of the semester. Note that registration attempts prior to the first day of the semester result in full tuition charges, even if the class is dropped and added after that date.
Fees (subject to change without notice)
Tuition and Fees
Visit the Bursar's Office Web site for information regarding Tuition and Fees, Refund Deadlines, Billing, Payment on Account, Payment Plans, Financial Aid Refunds, etc.
Special Course Fees
See fee information for each term at the Schedule Web site. Special Course Fees and GPSA Fee are refunded using the same refund schedule as tuition and fees.
Student Group Health and Accident Insurance
Group health and accident insurance is available only to students attending the University of New Mexico and carrying six (6) or more credit hours. Participation is optional, except for international students who are required to have this coverage for both themselves and their dependents. Check with Student Health Center insurance coordinator for current rates, and to complete an application and make payment.
Charges for Special Services
||Application Fee (undergraduate)
||Application Fee (graduate)
||Application Fee (non-degree)
||Application Fee (Law)
||Administration Charges (non-refundable):
||Deferred Tuition Payment Fee $10.00 per payment (maximum of $50.00) (per semester)
||Master's Thesis Binding
||Registration Transaction Fee (second week of classes)
||Late Transaction Fee (after published deadlines)
||Late Registration/Re-registration Fee (starting first day of semester, non-refundable)
||New Student Orientation Fee
||Residual ACT Testing
||Graduate School Foreign Language Test
||Chemistry Laboratory Breakage Deposit Card
||$40.00 per course
||Equipment or University Property Damage:
||Tuition provides for a nominal amount of breakage in laboratory or other courses. Excessive breakage is charged separately to the student responsible for it.
||Student Association Fees:
||Associated Student Fee
||Assessment of this fee is a voluntary action of the student body through its organization, the Associated Students of the University of New Mexico (ASUNM). The University collects the fee as an accommodation to ASUNM. Fee amount is determined by vote of the ASUNM members and is subject to change. It is included in the tuition paid by all undergraduate students. More information about the allocation of funds received from the fee may be obtained in the Pathfinder, as well as from ASUNM. Copies of the ASUNM budget may be examined in the Office of the Dean of Students.
||Graduate and Professional Student Association Fee
||Graduate students are assessed a fee determined by vote of the members of the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) and set forth in their constitution. The University collects the fee. More information about the allocation of GPSA funds may be obtained in the Pathfinder, as well as from the GPSA office.
Enrollment Requirements for Financial Aid
To receive financial aid, students must generally enroll at least half-time as regular students in eligible programs. Scholarships generally require full-time enrollment. Audited classes are not included toward financial aid enrollment requirements. Award amounts are generally prorated according to enrollment status. Grant payments are locked at the end of the third week of the fall and spring semester. If a student increases his/her enrollment after the third week, the grant funding does not increase.
Federal regulation also prevents students from receiving financial aid funding for coursework that the student has received credit in more than once.
Students are responsible for meeting minimum enrollment requirements. Students who knowingly receive aid to which they are not entitled may be in violation of University policy and state or federal laws.
Questions should be directed to the Student Financial Aid Office.
||Full-time: 12 or more credit hours
||Three-quarter time: 9-11 credit hours
||Half-time: 6-8 credit hours
||Less than half-time: 5 or fewer credit hours
||Full-time: 6 or more credit hours
||College of Nursing full-time: 12 or more credit hours
||Three-quarter time: 5 credit hours
||College of Nursing three-quarter time: 9-11 credit hours
||Half-time: 3 or 4 credit hours
||College of Nursing half-time: 6-8 credit hours
||Less than half-time: 1 or 2 credit hours
||College of Nursing less than half-time: 5 or fewer credit hours
||Full-time: 9 or more credit hours
||Three-quarter time: 7 or 8 credit hours
||Half-time: 5 or 6 credit hours
||Less than half-time: 4 or fewer credit hours
||Full-time: 6 or more credit hours
||College of Nursing full-time: 9 or more credit hours
||Three-quarter time: 5 credit hours
||College of Nursing three-quarter time: 7 or 8 credit hours
||Half-time: 3 or 4 credit hours
||College of Nursing half-time: 5 or 6 credit hours
||Less than half-time: 1 or 2 credit hours
||College of Nursing less than half-time: 4 or fewer credit hours
Crediting Financial Assistance to a Student’s Account
Approved and awarded financial aid credits into students’ accounts if students register for the required number of hours and meet all the respective financial aid program requirements.
These programs include:
- Federal Pell Grant
- Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
- State Student Incentive Grant (SSIG)
- Federal Perkins Loan
- UNM 3% Grants
- Medical Grants and Scholarships
- Other Grants and Scholarships
- TEACH Grant
- Federal Direct Loans
- Other Loans
For external scholarship or loan checks, students must visit the Cashier Department to endorse the checks.
After financial aid awards credit into students’ accounts and current and past due charges are paid, the remaining balances are either deposited directly into students’ bank accounts or checks are mailed to students. Students cannot pick up refund checks from the Cashier Department.
Residence Life and Student Housing
The University of New Mexico seeks to foster inclusive, community-based living environments consciously designed for residents' personal growth and academic success in well-maintained facilities. UNM offers various campus housing options including UNM traditional, suite and apartment-style residence hall communities, Student Family Housing, and additional campus suite and apartment-style housing options through UNM's private partner American Campus Communities. For more information about on-campus living options, visit the University Housing Web site.
The following information relates to UNM Residence Life and Student Housing:
Living Options: UNM offers many housing options, including apartment, suite, and traditional style halls. Living options range from double, single, deluxe single, and apartment-style rooms. Housing contracts are available for the academic year as well as summer sessions.
Eligibility: To qualify for University housing during the Academic Year (Fall and Spring), residents must be enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours per semester. During the summer sessions, residents do not have to be enrolled in summer courses; however, they must be enrolled in courses for the upcoming Fall semester. Students enrolled in the CELAC or Gateway Programs are permitted to reside on campus once the respective office verifies with UNM Residence Life and Student Housing that the student is enrolled in the program.
Application: Visit the University Housing Web site to apply for student housing. In addition to submitting online, applications may be submitted in person to the Student Residence Center main customer service desk, or by fax to (505) 277-4712. Contact email@example.com or call (505) 277-2606 for more information.
Amenities: University on-campus residents receive many amenities at no additional cost, including utilities, Comcast cable, high-speed Internet, WiFi, mailbox services, and laundry facilities. Residents also have access to 24-hour services, including computer pod access with free printing, a 24-hour customer service desk, and Safety and Security services.
All residents have access to a Resident Advisor (RA) dedicated to their academic and personal success. RAs design programs and activities to connect residents to friends and neighbors with similar interests, in addition to providing support to individuals. RAs are supervised by a full-time, live-on Community Director, Area Coordinator or, Student Head Resident who directs programming efforts, provides student mentoring, and responds to disciplinary issues.
Rates and Payments: Visit the University Housing Web site to examine current housing rates. Charges do not equate to a monthly rent, but are charged in full to a student's Bursar's account at the beginning of each semester. A payment plan can be arranged with the Bursar's office. Extra fees and charges may be applied for the termination of a contract before or during the start of the term. Contact the Student Residence Center main customer service desk at (505) 277-2606 for more information prior to terminating a contract.
Meal Plans: Freshmen residents are required to select a meal plan. Sophomores and above are not required to purchase a meal plan. Several meal plan options are available through the LoboCard Office.
Accessibility and Special Accommodations: Accessible housing options are available within the University residence halls. To process requests for special accommodations, residents must register through the UNM Accessibility Resource Center. When completing the Housing Contract, select the Special Needs option within the online housing application and provide a brief, but detailed description of needs in order that UNM may assign a space best suited to those needs.
Student Family Housing
The University of New Mexico offers a uniquely designed living area for students with families. The UNM Student Family Housing complex is located south of main campus and is available to both undergraduate and graduate students.
Living Options: Student Family Housing consists of unfurnished apartments, including townhouses and flats. One-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments are available.
Eligibility: To qualify for Student Family Housing, the student must be enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours per term and be in pursuit of a degree at UNM. All residents are expected to abide by University policies. Residents may remain in Student Family Housing over the summer term without enrolling, if they are registered for the Fall semester and have completed a housing renewal form.
Eligible occupants or roommates include married couples with or without children, single parents with children, domestic partners, dependent family members, or same gender UNM graduate students. Housing for single graduate students is dependent on availability. All exceptions must be approved by the Director of Residence Life and Student Housing. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions regarding eligibility.
Application: The online application is available at the University Housing Web site. Because apartment availability is limited, applicants may be placed on a waiting list. For more information, contact Student Family Housing at (505) 277-4265.
Amenities: The Student Family Housing complex is located in a secure, fenced community. Residents have exclusive access to courtyards, a basketball court, a playground, and parking. Each apartment has high-speed Internet, DISH cable, and coinless laundry facilities at no additional cost. In addition, Community Resident Assistants plan frequent activities and programs designed for children and adults of all ages and backgrounds.
Rates and Payments: Visit the University Housing Web site to examine current housing rates. Housing charges are made on a monthly rent cycle. The first month’s rent must be paid in person upon check-in. All subsequent charges can be paid each month through the UNM Bursar's office. Extra fees and charges may be applied for cancellation of your contract before or during the start of the term. Contact the SFH customer service desk at (505) 277-4265 for more information prior to canceling a contract.
Student Financial Aid
The following information explains the application process and answers questions about financial aid at the University of New Mexico. To maximize the opportunity for funding, the application for aid must be received by March 1. Students must also respond to any request for additional information in a timely fashion (and by March 20 to maximize the opportunity for funding). Pell Grants and Federal Direct Loans remain available to eligible students who submit applications after the March 1 priority date.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used to apply for all types of federal and state need-based aid. Students can apply for financial aid on the Web or by completing the paper application. Students are encouraged to apply at the Federal Student Aid Web site. The University of New Mexico’s Federal School Code is 002663. All prospective students must be admitted to the University of New Mexico to receive an offer of financial aid.
The costs of attending the University of New Mexico include:
- tuition and fees
- room and board
- books and supplies
- personal expenses
- child care costs, if applicable
To be considered for financial aid, students must apply every year.
For additional information regarding costs and financial aid at the University of New Mexico, access the Student Financial Aid Office Web site.
Satisfactory Academic Progress
Students must meet a minimum standard of academic performance in their course work and progression toward a degree. All students’ academic progress is monitored at least annually to determine continued eligibility for assistance. Students in Certificate programs are monitored each semester. There are three major components to the University of New Mexico’s Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy:
Grade point average: Students are required to maintain a grade point average consistent with graduation requirements for their major as follows:
- While completing the first 30 credit hours as an undergraduate, a student must attain a minimum 1.7 GPA.
- Students with more than 30 credit hours must sustain a minimum 2.0 GPA.
- Graduate students must sustain a minimum 3.0 GPA.
- Law, Medical and Doctor of Pharmacy students must sustain a minimum 2.0 GPA.
Completion rate: Students must successfully complete at least 67% of the total credit hours they attempt. Classes in which grades of A, B, C, D or CR are earned are considered completed. Repeated courses were already counted as completed, and are not counted twice. All attempted credit hours from any college (including non-degree hours) are counted whether or not financial aid was received. This calculation includes all hours in which a student is registered at the time of withdrawal. All earned transfer hours are considered to be earned and attempted for this calculation as well (whether aid was received or not). Remedial classes and English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are also counted as attempted credit hours. Courses taken for AUDIT are not counted in the student’s total course load for purposes of financial aid eligibility. For graduate students, 100- and 200-level classes count as hours attempted, but not hours earned, because they do not count toward the completion of a graduate degree.
Maximum time frame: Undergraduate students must complete their programs of study within 150% of the published length of the program, measured in credit hours attempted. Example: if the published length of the academic program is 128 credit hours, the maximum time frame for completion is 192 attempted credit hours. All attempted credit hours from any college, including non-degree hours, and hours attempted in completing a prior certificate or degree, count toward the maximum allowable credits regardless of whether financial aid was received. Courses with assigned grades of F, WF, W, WP, I, NC and repeated courses all count as attempted credit hours. In addition, remedial classes and ESL classes are counted in this calculation, even though these classes do not count toward the student’s graduation requirements. To receive financial aid, graduate students must complete their degree within the maximum time frame allowed by their graduate program.
Students who fail to meet satisfactory progress, are no longer eligible to receive financial aid at the University of New Mexico. Students with extenuating circumstances beyond their control, such as a serious personal illness, divorce, or the death of a close family member are allowed to petition.
Typical Sources of Financial Aid
||Per Academic Year
||Maximum Award Amount
|Federal Pell Grant
|Federal Supplemental Ed. Opportunity Grant
|State Student Incentive Grant
|State College Affordability Grant
|UNM Bridge to Success Scholarship
|NM Lottery Success Scholarship
||Up to tuition amount (does not include fees)
subject to change, based on NM legislature
|Federal/State College Work/Study
|Federal Perkins Loan
|Federal Direct Loan (Subsidized)
|Federal Direct Loan (Unsubsidized)
| * Minus any subsidized amount borrowed
||Cost of education minus financial aid awarded
|Grad PLUS Loans
||Cost of education minus financial aid awarded
|Loan for Service
||Nursing, Medicine, Pharmacy and Allied Health Students only
Students in a degree-granting program seeking part-time employment while attending The University of New Mexico may apply for student employment jobs. Information regarding student employment and links to available student employment and work-study positions are posted on the Student Employment Office Web site.
More than 600 individual scholarships exist at the University of New Mexico for qualified students. General scholarships are awarded through the Scholarship Office on a competitive basis and in line with donor requirements. There is no application required for general scholarships. All returning students who have earned at least 12 credit hours at UNM by the end of the preceding fall semester are considered.
Incoming freshmen must complete the freshmen scholarship application by December 1 for Regents' and Presidential Scholarships. No scholarship application is required for the Woodward or University of New Mexico Scholars programs. Incoming freshmen need to be admitted by December 1 to be considered for these scholarships (dates subject to change).
In order to continue to receive a multi-term award, students must be classified as undergraduate degree-seeking students, and meet the minimum requirements to maintain their scholarship as outlined on the Scholarships Web site. Students may not apply any unused semester of eligibility toward graduate or professional school, or for other purposes. Additionally, students forfeit their scholarships, if they choose to attend another college or institution at any time.
Students applying for departmental or academic scholarships should contact those respective offices.
Regents’ Scholars: This academic scholarship is awarded up to eight consecutive semesters, to entering freshmen in each academic year. The Regents’ Scholarship recipients are selected from among the following groups: students with ACT composite scores of 31 or higher; students with the strongest college preparatory course work, including advanced, enriched and advanced placement courses; and students with a minimum sixth-semester unit grade point average of 3.9 or higher. Regents’ Scholars are admitted to the University of New Mexico University Honors Program and receive specialized advisement and course registration privileges. Regents’ Scholars may represent the University at various community and University functions. Requirements subject to change.
Woodward Scholars: The prestigious Woodward Scholars program is offered on a competitive basis for up to eight consecutive semesters. To be considered for this award an incoming freshman must be a New Mexico resident with a minimum sixth-semester high school unit grade point average of 3.5, an ACT composite score of 29 or higher, and proven academic and citizenship skills. Requirements subject to change.
Presidential Scholars: This prestigious scholarship at the University of New Mexico is offered on a competitive basis for up to eight consecutive semesters. To be considered for the Presidential Scholarship an incoming freshman must be a New Mexico resident with a minimum sixth-semester unit high school unit grade point average of 3.75, an ACT composite score of 25 or higher and proven academic and citizenship skills as demonstrated in the classroom and in positions of leadership. Requirements subject to change.
New Mexico Scholars Scholarship Program: In 1989 the New Mexico Legislature approved a scholarship program intended to recognize well-qualified New Mexico high school graduates and to help these students meet the cost of attending college in-state. A student may be eligible for the award if he or she meets the following criteria (awards dependent on funding availability):
- A New Mexico high school graduate attending a New Mexico public institution of higher education the first semester after high school graduation.
- Combined family income may not exceed $60,000 per year.
- Graduated in upper 5% of high school class or obtained composite score of 25 on the ACT or combined (combination of SAT Verbal and SAT Math) scores of 1140 on the SAT, or greater, respectively.
- Is a citizen of the United States or has a permanent resident visa.
UNM Scholars: UNM Scholars awards are offered on a competitive basis for up to eight consecutive semesters to selected high school seniors who demonstrate a combination of factors which include a minimum 3.5 unit grade point average with at least a 26 ACT score. Requirements subject to change.
National Scholars Scholarship: The Scholarship is automatically offered to finalists in the National Merit, National Hispanic and National Achievement Scholarship programs. Students must list UNM as their first school of choice with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation to receive this award.
Legislative Lottery Scholarship: The New Mexico Legislative Lottery Scholarship encourages New Mexico high school graduates and New Mexico General Education Diploma (GED) recipients to enroll full-time and complete a two-year degree within five semesters or a 4-year degree within nine semesters. It provides financial support by paying up to the cost of tuition at any New Mexico public post-secondary institution. This scholarship is not awarded on the basis of financial need. While all students are strongly encourage to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), students are NOT required to complete a FAFSA in order to receive the New Mexico Legislative Lottery Scholarship. New Mexico residents who have established residency and attended a public New Mexico secondary educational institution for at least one year, regardless of immigration status, and meet all below listed criteria are eligible:
Graduate from a New Mexico public or accredited private high school, or received a New Mexico GED.
Enroll full-time (twelve credit hours) in a public New Mexico college or university in a degree or certificate program the first regular term following high school graduation or receipt of a GED.
Complete at least 15 new credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher in the first term of college, the Qualifying Semester.
Amigo Scholarships: The Amigo Scholarship entitles outstanding out-of-state students to an award of $200 per year plus waiver of non-resident tuition rates. In order to qualify for the Amigo Scholarship, a student must:
- Have a cumulative high school unit grade point average of 3.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) and an ACT composite score of 23 or the SAT equivalent (1070 [combination of SAT Verbal and SAT Math]); or
- Have a cumulative high school unit grade point average of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) and an ACT composite score of 26 or the SAT equivalent (1190 [combination of SAT Verbal and SAT Math]).
A student may not use the period in which the scholarship is received toward the 12-month consecutive presence requirement to establish in-state residency. A student who fails to meet the requirements necessary to renew the scholarship also forfeits the privilege of resident tuition.
Amigo for International Students: The International Amigo scholarship is awarded annually for up to four years provided renewal requirements are met. A student who fails to meet the requirements necessary to renew the scholarship also forfeits the privilege of resident tuition.
Transfer Scholarships: Transfer scholarships are available for qualified transfer students. These scholarships can amount to as much as $1,000 per academic year and are awarded on a competitive basis. To be considered for these awards, a transfer student must have earned at least 30 credit hours with a minimum 3.25 grade point average in lower-division (freshmen and sophomore) courses at a two-year post-secondary institution. The scholarship is available for two years only. The scholarships include the Zia Transfer and New Mexico Legislative Endowed Programs. To be considered, transfer students must be admitted to UNM by March 1 for the Fall semester and October 1 for the Spring Semester.
College Major-Related Scholarships: Several departments award scholarships to students enrolled in the department's programs. Beginning freshmen should directly contact the College of Engineering or the Department of Music or any other department for more information. Juniors and seniors or graduate students may inquire directly to the School of Architecture and Planning, the Robert O. Anderson School of Management, the School of Engineering, the Earth and Planetary Sciences Department, the Law School, the School of Medicine, and the College of Nursing.
NOTE: For more complete information about these and other scholarship programs, please visit the Scholarships Web site.
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The Career Services Office, in support of the mission, academic programs and advancement of the institution, assists students and alumni in developing, evaluating, and/or implementing career, education and employment decisions.
- Career Advising: Career Development Facilitators are available to assist with the choosing and/or changing majors; assessing abilities, interests and values; clarifying career goals; writing a resume and/or cover letter; preparing for interviews; conducting a job search; and/or preparing to attend graduate school. Walk-ins and appointments available.
- Cooperative Education: Gain “real world” work experience related to one's major while still in school by completing a cooperative education experience. Visit Career Services to learn how to participate.
- Career Computer Lab: Visit Career Services' comprehensive, state-of-the-art, computer lab designed to support all facets of career development and job search needs.
- On-Campus Recruiting: This program provides students and employers the opportunity to meet face-to-face while interviewing for professional entry-level and cooperative education positions with national and international organizations from across the country. In addition, learn more about organizations through information sessions hosted by local and national employers.
- Career Fairs: Career Services hosts several career fairs throughout the academic year, providing students the opportunity to learn more about career opportunities and find employment and internships.
- Job and Internship Listings: Browse hundreds of part-time, full-time, internship, cooperative education and/or summer positions available online through the Career Services Web site.
- Workshops: Upon request, Career Services provides a class or an organization with a tailored presentation on career topics, including Resume Writing, Cover Letter Writing, Cooperative Education, How to Conduct Your Job Search, and a general Career Services Overview. Consult the Career Services Web site for a list of workshops and presentations.
University Enrichment and Advisement Center
Veterans Resource Center
Located in the Student Union Building, the Veterans Resource Center (VRC) was established in 2009 as a one-stop resource for all of New Mexico’s military and veterans to include their family members. The UNM VRC can assist in navigating the obstacles and challenges of transitioning from the Military to a Civilian/Academic environment.
The VRC is part of a broad network of New Mexico's Veteran service organizations as well as academic organizations, both within UNM and other New Mexico colleges and universities. If a military member, veteran and/or dependent has a problem that cannot be addressed within the VRC, staff can personally direct them to the appropriate resources within their network.
The University of New Mexico is an approved Veterans Administration site for certification of students eligible to receive educational assistance. To apply for and/or initialize benefit payments, eligible students must contact the University of New Mexico Veterans Resource Center each and every term of enrollment. For additional information, please visit: the Veterans Resource Center Web site and/or call (505) 277-3181.
Finding Out About The University of New Mexico
The Office of Admissions provides general undergraduate information about the University to prospective students. This information includes admission requirements and procedures, degree and course offerings, expenses, financial aid, scholarships, registration, housing, and special services and programs. Visit the Admissions and Recruitment Services Web site for more information.
The Office of Admissions also provides opportunities for individual students and their families to visit campus. Visits include a campus tour, housing tour, and information sessions with a University representative. Morning and afternoon sessions are available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, as well as a morning session on the second Saturday of each calendar month. Reservations should be made at least two weeks in advance. Prospective students can schedule a visit and get more information online at the Admissions and Recruitment Services Web site.
A group tour is available for schools or programs bringing ten or more visitors. Information on the group tour program can be found at the Admissions and Recruitment Services Web site.
Dean of Students Office
The Dean of Students Office serves academic as well as extracurricular needs of University students. The office handles student withdrawals, student discipline, leadership programs, New Student Orientation, National Student Exchange, Phi Eta Sigma, Alternative Spring Break, and the Office of Parents and Families. The Dean of Students Office encourages student participation in the University community, recognizes students, and supports student organizations and assists students in navigating the University landscape. Sponsored programs are designed to help students cope with any difficulties, academic or extracurricular, they may encounter in the course of their college career. Staff are usually available for consultation on a walk-in basis. The office is located on the second floor of the University Advisement and Enrichment Center, Room 280, (505) 277-3361, e-mail email@example.com, or visit the Dean of Students Web site.
National Student Exchange
National Student Exchange (NSE) offers University of New Mexico students an opportunity for educational travel and study at approximately 160 participating colleges and universities across the United States and its territories/protectorates. NSE permits students to broaden their academic, social and cultural awareness by temporarily leaving the familiar atmosphere of their hometown and home campus.
Participants must be full-time students at the UNM Main campus with a minimum cumulative grade point average of a 2.50 and must have completed two semesters and at least 24 credit hours prior to exchange; 12 of those credit hours must be completed at the UNM main campus.
NSE students pay full-time tuition to the University of New Mexico before leaving for their host school. Almost all University of New Mexico financial aid and/or scholarships apply towards tuition. Expenses for room and board, transportation to and from the host campus, and incidentals are the responsibility of the exchange student.
Information for the NSE Program can be obtained from the Dean of Students Office in the University Advisement and Enrichment Center, Room 280. Or call (505) 277-3361, or visit the National Student Exchange Program Web site.
New Student Orientation
Orientation is designed to assist new students in making a successful transition into the University. The orientation programs include information on the University of New Mexico services and policies, academic advisement, registration and strategies for coping with college. Attendance at an orientation program is required for all beginning freshmen and transfer students. It is an ideal time for students to begin exploring their new environment. The program is coordinated by the Dean of Students Office, located in the University Advisement and Enrichment Center, Room 280, (505) 277-3361, or visit the New Student Orientation Web site.
Notification of Absences
Students are expected to attend all class sessions in which they are enrolled. Absences due to illness or exceptional circumstances should be reported by the student to his/her instructor(s) and to the Dean of Students Office. If a student is unable to contact his/her instructor(s), the student should leave a message at the instructor’s department.
While the Dean of Students Office does not excuse students from class, it is customary for the Dean of Students Office to communicate with faculty about student absences. The Dean of Students Office sends the instructor(s) notices in the event of an extended absence, inability to reach instructor(s) or department(s) or emergency situation(s). In general, the Dean of Students Office encourages the student to speak directly with the faculty member to work out absences that are less than six days. However, when requested by a faculty member, the office may assist in verifying absences that are six days or less on a case-by-case basis. The Dean of Students Office sends absence notifications to the respective faculty member should an absence be longer than five days. This service may only be utilized when an absence is for a family/student medical issue, death of a family member, military leave, or a University-sponsored activity. The absence notification process is only meant as a notification and not meant to excuse the absence. Additionally, verification (such as a doctor's note, hospital billing, military orders, death notices, etc.) of a student's report of absence can be provided at the request of the course instructor.
The Dean of Students Office verifies a student’s reported absence to facilitate the instructor’s determination if make-up work will be allowed. However, the reporting of absences does not supercede the instructor’s attendance policy as stated in the course syllabus or as communicated by the instructor to a class.
Student Conduct, Grievance and Appeals
The Dean of Students Office administers the Student and Visitor Codes of Conduct and has jurisdiction over behavioral disciplinary matters, academic dishonesty (when referred by an instructor) and appeals from students, student court or campus boards (where appeals are provided for in their bylaws and/or the University of New Mexico policy). Questions about these procedures should be directed to the Dean of Students Office. The complete procedures are in the Pathfinder Student Handbook.
General University Publications and Services
UNM Pathfinder: The Student Handbook
The UNM Pathfinder is the most comprehensive handbook of student services at the University of New Mexico. The UNM Pathfinder gives general information, including office locations and telephone numbers, about academic support and cultural programs, athletics and recreation, student organizations, entertainment, financial services, food, health and medical assistance, housing, the University of New Mexico policies affecting students, commuting and parking and other services and programs.
Other Useful Publications
The following publications are available at the Student Activities Center, located in the Student Union Building, 1018, lower level and online:
- Guide to Chartered Student Organizations: The guide, which is published three times a year in the Daily Lobo, lists all student organizations officially chartered at the University of New Mexico.
- Student Organization Handbook: The handbook provides resources, regulations and guidelines to chartered student organizations and helps with event planning, fund raising, leadership and organizational tools.
Student Activities Center
A student's life outside the classroom is as important as his or her educational experience. The Student Activities Center provides many valuable opportunities for involvement and daily activities to keep students engaged in campus life. The Student Activities Center offers information on more than 450 student organizations, organizes Welcome Back Days and the Recognition Reception, presents the Mid-Week Movie Series, and advises the two student governments, honor societies, fraternities and sororities. The office also is involved in the planning of campus concerts, speakers, Homecoming, community service projects, Red Rally, crafts fairs and many other special events. Visit the Student Activities Center Web site for more information and a calendar of events. The Student Activities Center also publishes the Pathfinder, the Student Organization Handbook, the Guide to Student Organizations and LeaderHints. The office is located in the Student Union Building room 1018, and may be reached at: (505) 277-4706 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Honorary Student Organizations and Recognition
There are a variety of honorary organizations, including organizations based on college enrollment, year in college or ethnicity. The Student Activities Center also organizes the Recognition Reception each Spring where the Clauve Outstanding Senior awards, departmental awards, and many other honors are presented. Visit the Student Activities Center Web site for a complete listing of awards and honorary organizations and recognitions at UNM.
The University of New Mexico has more than 450 chartered student organizations. The Student Activities Center assists student organizations in the chartering process each fall. The organization list can be found at the Student Activities Center Web site. Students who wish to charter a new student group may do so by visiting the Student Activities Center, Room 1018 in the Student Union Building. The categories of student organizations include:
- Academic and Departmental
- Ethnic and Cultural
- Residence Hall
- Special Interest
- Sport and Recreation
Emergency Message Service
The Emergency Message Service is provided to reach students on campus. When an emergency arises, call (505) 277-7872. The Student Activities Center staff access the student's schedule from the database file and determine if it is possible to reach the student in class. A staff member delivers a message directly to the student's classroom. The responsibility for informing family, friends, school and day care centers of this service and its telephone number rests with the student.
The Student Activities Center also offers the Off-Campus Housing Web site, which lists rentals of apartments, houses, rooms and roommates wanted.
Outdoor Space Reservations
The Student Activities Center approves the use of outdoor space on Main Campus for all areas except Johnson Field, the Residence Hall area and private building courtyards. Space reservations are requested via the Event Management System Web site, and require a 48-hour notice for processing.
Graduate and Professional Student Association
The Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) is the representative governing body for all graduate and professional students. GPSA represents the interests of graduate students through continuing contacts with the Office of Graduate Studies, the University administration, Board of Regents and the state legislature. In addition, GPSA maintains an active network with other graduate student organizations nationally.
The primary goal of the association is to enhance graduate educational opportunities for all students at the University. Graduate and professional students from Arts and Sciences, Architecture and Planning, Anderson Schools of Management, Education, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Nursing, Public Administration and Fine Arts participate in GPSA. Each department within the individual schools and colleges selects its own council representatives in the manner prescribed by the students within the department. Council meetings are held once a month and are announced in the Daily Lobo. Meetings are always open to the public and interested students are invited to attend.
The Executive Board is comprised of the chairpersons of permanent GPSA committees with other members from each non-represented School or College. The GPSA President is elected in a campus-wide election in the Spring semester, and the Council chair is elected by the Council representatives at their regular April meeting. All graduate and professional students are encouraged to participate in the GPSA through its Council and numerous committees. GPSA appoints students to all University committees concerned in any way with graduate education. Students interested in serving on any campus committee should contact the GPSA office for details. Committee participation offers individuals the opportunity to improve the University community in cooperation with faculty, administrators and students from other departments, schools and colleges on campus.
GPSA is funded by student fees of $25.00, per semester collected by the University. From these funds, graduate organizations and programs apply for funding to support projects, research, and travel to professional conferences. Applications from student organizations should be submitted to the Finance Committee in late January. Student research, projects, and travel applications have different deadlines. Additional information is readily available in the GPSA office.
The GPSA office is in the Student Union Building, Room 1021, and has a computer lab for student use.
For more information call (505) 277-3803, visit the GPSA Web site, or email email@example.com.
This policy on Illegal Drugs and Alcohol is adopted pursuant to federal laws and reflects the commitment of the University to an environment free of drugs and the illegal use of alcohol. Drug and alcohol abuse on campus poses a serious threat to the health, safety and welfare of faculty, staff and students, impairs work and academic performance, and conflicts with the responsibility of the University to foster a healthy atmosphere for the pursuit of education, research and service. Therefore, the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession or use of controlled substances or alcohol on University property, or as part of any of its activities by any member of the University community–faculty, staff or student–is strictly prohibited. Additional information concerning this policy is available through the Campus Office of Substance Abuse Prevention, the Dean of Students Office, Human Resources and the Faculty Grants and Contracts Office. The University’s policy is distributed annually to all students, faculty and staff members and printed in its entirety in each edition of The Pathfinder.
To provide equal educational opportunity for persons from all cultures and to preserve and study the cultural diversity of the state, the University of New Mexico has fostered the creation of numerous culturally-oriented academic programs.
The Africana Studies program, Chicana and Chicano Studies department, and Native American Studies department offer courses and seminars and also conduct original research. In addition, African-American Student Services, American Indian Student Services, and El Centro de la Raza, offer support services and cultural programs to enhance retention and student success.
Also, numerous other on-campus programs promote equal opportunity among New Mexico’s minority students. These include: the American Indian Law Center, special engineering programs for African-Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans and women, and the Multicultural Education Center.
College Enrichment and Outreach Programs
The mission of College Enrichment and Outreach Programs is to provide seamless support for students in the development of skills necessary to pursue post-secondary education, and to promote retention of graduate studies. The College Enrichment and Outreach Programs Unit provides opportunities through educational, student support programming, and cultural experiences, to increase the recruitment, retention, and development of students in higher education.
The University of New Mexico students have access to outstanding recreational opportunities through Recreational Services. The program serves the entire University community by promoting relaxation, proper use of time, achievement, and mental and physical health. Present your University of New Mexico LoboCard to the attendant at the western Main Entrance of Johnson Center to access the facilities. The facilities and programs include:
- Facilities Three gymnasiums, seven tennis courts, three swimming pools, wrestling-combative area, weight room, racquetball courts and numerous playing fields.
- Fitness and Wellness Programs A variety of fitness and wellness classes and workshops including: salsa aerobics, water aerobics, step aerobics, yoga, pilates, kickboxing, and personal training.
- Getaway Adventure Program Activities and clinics such as cross-country skiing, camping and fishing, white-water rafting and exploring ancient cliff dwellings foster skills and opportunities to “get away”.
- Recreational Sports Team Activities: Men’s, women’s and “co-rec” competition in sports such as basketball, cross-country, flag football, slow pitch, soccer, swimming, volleyball and dodgeball. Individual and Dual Activities: Include sports such as archery, badminton, billiards, karate, racquetball, table tennis, tennis, arm wrestling and golf.
- Outdoor/Bike Shop Camping and backpacking equipment–tents, skis, backpacks and much more–at very reasonable rental rates. Other recreational equipment such as volleyball sets, golf clubs, softball equipment and horseshoes are also for rent. The bike shop offers bike maintenance and bike rentals.
- Excel: Adaptive Fitness This program provides recreational opportunities for disabled students, faculty, staff and community members. This program offers classes in adaptive strength training, deep water exercise and stretching.
- Sports Clubs Join a sport club or start one. Current clubs include: Karate, Rodeo, Ultimate Frisbee, Gymnastics and Rugby.
- Challenge Course Program The Challenge Course Program provides team-building activities by offering unique challenges through the use of the low ropes course, climbing wall and cooperative games. Its focus is providing unique team building experiences for UNM student groups and UNM departments.
For more program information contact Recreation Services, Johnson Center Room 1102, or visit the Recreational Services Web site.
Global Education Office
The Global Education Office (GEO) is the locus of university-wide efforts to promote international education. Drawing on resources across the University, the GEO designs, implements, and assesses educational programs with a goal of increasing the cross-cultural, linguistic, and global skills of UNM domestic students, as well as those of incoming international students. It seeks to facilitate the international goals of all units within the University, and to provide substantial international and cross-cultural experiences to all University students.
The GEO promotes international linkages, cultural exchange, and the development of international expertise across all sectors of the university. It serves as the recruitment and admissions office for international students, provides opportunities to study and work overseas through exchange and proprietary study abroad programs, assists international students and scholars to study and work at UNM, and offers intensive English language programs at the intermediate and advanced level to non-native English speakers in preparation for matriculation as degree-seeking students at the University. The office is organized into four divisions, described separately below.
Recruitment and Admissions
The Recruitment and Admissions division of the GEO is responsible for promoting UNM as a destination for international students, and is a vital part of UNM's recruitment and enrollment management strategy. The presence of international students helps UNM's domestic students develop international awareness and intercultural skills, brings new ways of thinking and academic challenges, and results in significant benefits to the University and to state and local communities. It is an essential element of international initiatives on campus, and helps enhance the reputation of UNM and New Mexico as active participants in the global economy and culture.
The division actively recruits undergraduate and graduate students from many parts of the world for UNM academic departments in close cooperation with the colleges and the faculty. The GEO has established and oversees the first UNM recruitment office, located in Beijing, China. GEO staff are also actively involved in recruitment in several other parts of the world, including India, Brazil, Mexico, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Recruitment and Admissions staff process and evaluate international student applications and manage the admissions process for all incoming international students in close cooperation with the UNM Admissions Office, the Office of Graduate Studies and the other divisions of GEO.
International Student and Scholar Services
GEO's International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) division is an essential resource center for services, information, and assistance to the more than 1600 international students, researchers and visiting scholars from over 95 countries currently in residence at UNM each year. ISSS supports UNM's international students and scholars by providing orientations, workshops, practical information and social and cultural integration activities. These support services familiarize international students and scholars with the campus and community, immigration requirements, logistics of living in the U.S., and the services available to them at UNM. ISSS connects students to the UNM campus and the Albuquerque community through the "Lobo Friend" program and the International Service Corps. Finally, ISSS works with community volunteer groups to direct students to opportunities including: free airport pick-up, short-term home-stay, house-hunting, a household item giveaway, an international friendship partner program, and a “Volunteers in Tax Assistance” (VITA) site for international students and scholars. Regular social and cultural activities and excursions in New Mexico and nearby states are organized to provide cultural enrichment and social opportunities for international students and scholars and their families. The division also sponsors an annual International Festival to highlight and celebrate the diverse cultures represented at UNM.
ISSS is also charged with facilitating individual and University compliance with all relevant federal and state government regulations and UNM internal policies affecting international students and scholars. ISSS staff act as liaisons with the Department of Homeland Security, Department of State and other federal and state agencies on behalf of international students and scholars and the University. In this capacity, ISSS provides information and assistance on rules and regulations, submits required reporting, completes work authorizations, complies with immigration and other procedures, and advocates for workable policies.
GEO's Education Abroad division administers study abroad and international exchange programs whereby UNM students exchange places for a semester or academic year with international students from some 80 universities in 35 countries. Staff members assist students in identifying other study abroad opportunities, such as short-term faculty-led programs, consortia programs abroad, internships, experiential learning, and volunteer programs. Students can draw from an extensive resource center and online resources when seeking opportunities for international study and work options. Additionally, advisors offer information and support for students and faculty seeking scholarships and grants from the Fulbright program, the Benjamin Gilman fellowship program, the David Boren Scholarship and Fellowship programs, and university-sponsored assistance programs. Through pre-departure orientations and continued monitoring and support of program participants while abroad, staff members strive to assure that every student has a safe, productive and stimulating international and intercultural experience. The Education Abroad division serves as the institutional host for incoming international exchange students by providing orientation activities, social integration, academic advising, and cultural exposure for program participants. This division also sponsors study abroad fairs in early September and late January and UNM's annual International Education Week in November.
Center for English Language and American Culture
The Center for English Language and American Culture (CELAC), provides intensive English courses to non-native English speakers wishing to develop college-level proficiency in academic English in preparation for academic study or employment. CELAC offers five levels of instruction in the following subjects: Academic Writing, Academic Reading, Speaking and Listening, and Grammar. CELAC also offers online English courses for TOEFL Preparation, Academic Reading and Academic Writing. Excursions, field trips, and a wide variety of recreational, cultural, social and educational events help the students learn about U.S. society and cultures, as they interact with domestic students and community members. Classes meet Monday through Friday for four hours each day. For more information on this program visit the CELAC Web site, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (505) 277-7540.
The Global Education Office is located in Mesa Vista Hall, Room 2120, (505) 277-4032. For more information visit the Global Education Office Web site.
Other Resources for Students
Academic Adjustments for Students with Disabilities
In keeping with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the University is committed to providing equal access to educational opportunities for qualified students with disabilities. THe University shall provide reasonable academic adjustments to qualified students with disabilities as necessary to ensure quality of access to the courses, programs, services, and facilities of the University. However, students with disabilities are still required to adhere to all University policies, including policies concerning conduct and performance.
The student is responsible for demonstrating the need for an academic adjustment by providing University Accessibility Services with complete and appropriate current documentation that establishes the disability, and the need for and appropriateness fo the requested adjustments(s). The University is responsible for all costs of academic adjustments.
Center for Academic Program Support
The Center for Academic Program Support (CAPS) is the University of New Mexico’s academic support center. It offers free academic assistance to UNM undergraduate students for Math, Science, Language, Study Strategies, Writing across all disciplines, and a variety of other topics and courses. CAPS meets the needs of a large student population with individual tutoring, discipline-specific workshops, study strategies workshops, test reviews, study groups, drop-in tutoring labs, language conversation groups, Supplemental Instruction (SI) sessions, and online tutoring.
CAPS tutors and Supplemental Instruction leaders are UNM undergraduate and graduate students, recommended by UNM faculty and trained by CAPS on best practices in peer tutoring.
CAPS houses five programs:
- The Math/Science Program provides an accessible community of learning for undergraduate courses in the math and sciences, guided by peer tutors with firsthand knowledge of content and the in-class demands at UNM through both individual appointments and drop-in lab tutoring, discipline-specific workshops, and test reviews.
- The Online Program features tutorials and links to other academic Web sites from universities around the world. UNM students may also submit academic papers to the online writing lab (OWL) and receive assistance, chat live with a tutor, or e-mail questions about coursework.
- The SI Program offers weekly review sessions associated with challenging courses that review course content, teach study strategies, and develop effective study habits and critical thinking skills. The sessions focus on not only what to learn, but also how to learn.
- The Writing and Language Center assists students with writing assignments and language learning in undergraduate and graduate courses at any stage of the writing or language learning process. Writing/Language tutors work with students in English (including students for whom English is a second language) as well as in other languages, including Spanish and Navajo.
- The Learning Strategies Program provides workshops and individual appointments that enhance students’ ability to navigate their coursework by focusing on topics like time management, memorization, critical thinking, and test-taking skills.
CAPS staff offices are located on the third floor of Zimmerman Library. Services take place in Zimmerman Library, Mesa Vista Hall, Student Union Building, Humanities Building 309, Student Support and Services Center, College of Engineering, University Advisement and Enrichment Center, and other classrooms across campus. For more information, call (505) 277-7205, e-mail email@example.com, or visit the CAPS Web site.