Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to commonly asked questions about New Student Orientation at CNM.

If you have any additional questions, send an email to or call (505) 224-3352.

Orientation Sessions

Do I need to complete New Student Orientation to enroll at CNM?

Yes. If you have an active orientation hold on your account you will not be able to register for classes until you complete Part 1: Online Orientation, so plan to complete it before open registration begins for the term you are planning on attending.

What will I do at New Student Orientation?

CNM's New Student Orientation will introduce you to resources and concepts to help you be successful in your first year of college. Students will explore resources available at CNM and participate in activities to prepare for the start of their college careers.

What is the difference between Part 1: Online Orientation (Required) and Part 2: Zoom Orientation (Optional)?

Part 1: Online Orientation is required for beginning freshman/first-time college students and is done online. Complete your online orientation here.

Part 2: Zoom Orientation is optional and is an interactive meeting on Zoom. It is a great chance to meet other students, hear from guest speakers and get your questions answered. This should be done after you have completed Part 1. See available dates and times and register for a Zoom session.

When should I attend orientation?

If you are a beginning freshman/first-time college student, you must complete orientation before starting your first semester at CNM. For example, if you will begin college during the fall semester you will attend fall orientation, which will be held during the summer term.

You can complete the mandatory Part 1: Online Orientation whenever it is convenient for you. We also encourage you to participate in the optional Part 2: Zoom Orientation.

Does orientation cost anything?

No. New Student Orientation is offered free of charge.

Do I need to have anything with me for orientation?

Be sure to have your CNM student ID number and username available. It is also helpful to have paper and a pen or pencil to take notes with.

Registration and Advisement

Can I register for classes before I complete orientation? 

No, if you are a beginning freshman attending college for the first time, you must complete Part 1: Online Orientation in order to have your orientation hold removed from your account. After that, you will be able to register for classes. Part 1 is available online before the registration period begins, and it can be done whenever it is convenient for you.

If you are applying as a dual credit student, a returning student or a transfer student, you will complete a different online orientation. Select the orientation for your student type here.

Will I register for classes at my orientation session?

While you will become familiar with the registration process, you will not register for classes during the regular orientation session. 

Will I meet with an advisor during orientation?

In addition to attending orientation, as a new student, you must meet with an advisor before you are able to register for classes. These two requirements can be completed in any order. However, advisement will not be offered during orientation sessions. Schedule an appointment with an advisor.

When will my hold be removed after completing orientation?

After successfully completing your Part 1: Online Orientation, the hold on your account will be removed immediately as long as you entered your CNM ID number correctly. Take a screenshot of the completion page for your records. In case your hold isn’t removed, please contact us.

Family and Ally Sessions

Can someone attend orientation with me?

A separate Family and Ally Session is available online. Parent and Ally Zoom Orientation Sessions will be held periodically for family members or those who you deem an important part of your support system.

How do I sign up for the online Family and Ally Session?

Find available dates and sign up for a session here.

What is covered in the Family and Ally Session?  

The family session will cover similar information as the New Student Orientation session, with a special focus on techniques to support a student during their time in college.

My family member or ally speaks Spanish. Can someone translate?

We do not currently offer translation services.