Prepare for Classes
There are several things you need to make sure you do before classes start.
The most important thing for new students is to make sure you attend one of the mandatory New Student Orientation sessions. For the Fall 2013 semester, these sessions are scheduled for:
July 29, 1:00-4:00p
August 9, 1:00-4:00p
If for some reason you cannot attend either of these sessions, please contact an Academic Advisor immediately to make other arrangements to fulfill the completion requirement.
Buy your books
NMSU Grants is in the process of transitioning our book-buying to MBS Direct, a leader in online textbook sales. Beginning with the Spring 2014 semester orders, you’ll be able to order your textbooks for NMSU Grants courses directly from the NMSU Grants page on the MBS Direct website.
Get your Aggie ID
Stop by the Student Services office to get your picture ID made while you wait.
Review important details
You’ve probably already consulted these, but now’s a good time to carefully review:
- Campus Hours
- key dates on the Academic Calendar, especially drop/add and refund dates
- the Financial Terms and Conditions that state your obligations for payment
Get to know campus resources
Library — Visit the campus and community library in the north end of Martinez Hall, which has 16 computers available for student use.
Student Success Center — Located in Rooms 125 and 126 of Martinez Hall, the SSC includes the testing center, a computer lab, and tutoring facilities.
Math Lab — Located in Room 124 of Martinez Hall, the Math Lab provides all levels of assistance for developmental math through college algebra. The lab is staffed by a teaching technician and offers tutoring, testing, and computer access.
Canvas — The Learning Management System (LMS) that’s used for all fully online courses and many regular classroom courses. Before you register for an online course, you may want to assess whether you’re ready for the online course environment. Note that for online courses there is a $10/credit hour fee. To access Canvas, click on the login button at the top of the right sidebar on most pages on this site, or go to http://learn.nmsu.edu and login with your My.NMSU username and password.
STAR Degree Audit — The Student Academic Requirements (STAR) degree audit program is a web-based service that allows NMSU students to run online degree checks on academic programs. For more information, go to www.degreeaudit.nmsu.edu
Review campus policies
Student Accessibility Services
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), students with disabilities who need special services in the classroom or have difficulty gaining access to any university building, should contact Beth Armstead, Vice President for Student Services at 287-NMSU (6678). If you require these services, you need to submit the Petition for Accommodation Form. You’re encouraged to request accommodations well in advance so that instructors are given notice on or about the first day of class. Please inform Beth Armstead that you have registered for classes each semester.
Student RIGHT-TO-KNOW and Campus Security Act
NMSU is required to provide to you information in accordance with Federal Regulation 34 CFR Part 86 of the Department of Education and the Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act. You can access the information by going to www.nmsupolice.com, and then selecting the “Annual Reports” link on the left menu.
Student Code of Conduct
The Vice President for Student Affairs (NMSU Las Cruces) establishes and enforces standards of conduct for all NMSU students. The Vice President for Student Services, Beth Armstead, addresses all non-academic misconduct for NMSU Grants. Obtain your copy of the Student Code of Conduct in Student Services or you can download a PDF version.
Children on Campus
Children should not be left unattended or be permitted to disrupt classes. Small Wonders Child Care Center, on the NMSU Grants campus, offers childcare to students, faculty, and staff for children, ages 6 weeks to 12 years, for an established fee. Contact Small Wonders Child Care Center, 287-3868. Apply early as there is often a waiting list. The Center does not offer “drop in” care.