For more than 50 years The University of New Mexico has welcomed new Lobos through an on campus New Student Orientation (NSO) program, and although the tradition will always remain, this summer, it is looking much different.
In response to COVID-19 and the University’s efforts to do our part in ‘flattening the curve,’ NSO Director, Jose Villar, and his team were tasked with developing a new and virtual orientation for incoming students and their families.
"We will continue to address the challenges as they arise and find creative ways to serve our students." - Jose Villar, NSO Director
NSO was originally scheduled to host 22 in-person orientation programs that encompass information from dozens of departments and programs across campus.
- 11 First Year orientation programs
- 11 Family Connection orientation programs
- 6 Transfer orientation programs
This summer, ‘NSO…To-Go’ replaced the traditional in-person orientation with a combination of remote academic advisement, online modules, video conferences and Q&A panels. Villar said it will include everything students need to be successful as they transition into their first semester at UNM.
“We understand this is not the same experience as an in-person orientation for students,” Villar said. “We’re all having to adjust to a new normal, but we will continue to address the challenges as they arise and find creative ways to serve our students.”
Students are being required to complete the online orientation program in order to satisfy UNM's orientation requirement. Villar said his team is taking into consideration things like internet access, ADA requirements and the cost of the new online format.
“Although this orientation will be conducted remotely, our commitment to having a positive impact on the orientation, transition and retention of our newest Lobos is unchanged,” Villar said. “At this point, we just need a little time and patience as we revamp our current program and get this new one off the ground.”
Over the course of orientation, students will complete four Learning Modules. An itinerary will be sent the Friday before a student's session and include links to each module. Students should start working on these as soon as they’re received.
- Welcome home Lobo
This module provides an overview of UNM. Our People, Our Places, and Our Programs are highlighted throughout.
- Advising 1101
This module prepares students for upcoming registration. It will show students how to use UNM’s online resources for registration and review how advisors recommend courses.
- Welcome to your College/School
This module covers information related to your major and degree requirements in preparation for your upcoming registration.
- The Grey Area
This module is a sexual misconduct prevention training that is required of all UNM students.
Please visit NSO for additional details.