The Class of 2024
Here are UNM updates (June 25) to share with you:
- Conditions in New Mexico. Conditions are improving in New Mexico concerning COVID-19. Our state has taken—and continues to maintain—public health protocols that have significantly reduced the number of new cases. While 23 states are seeing upward trends in newly reported cases from one week to the next, New Mexico is not one of them. Here they have been decreasing for weeks.
- Free Lobo Connect Summer Bridge Courses. One-credit hour courses offered during the summer to help you get a boost for a strong Fall semester. There are a variety of courses available to help you refresh your knowledge about these subjects, develop skills for success by learning about support resources, and finding out more about your area of study. All classes are taught remotely (online) and free to all incoming freshmen.
- We plan to hold Fall 2020 classes. And, yes, this includes instruction in classrooms for which we will implement precautions to reduce the chance of transmission of communicable diseases, such as smaller class sizes and adequate spacing between seating. See UNM's plan for Bringing Back the Pack that we are following.
- We will offer face-to-face classes, about 30% of our capacity. Other courses will be a mix of face-to-face + remote instruction, and also remote instruction. While we see many universities across the nation also taking this approach, we promise that your student will have an outstanding academic experience as a result of UNM's many years' experience delivering quality education in the classroom and online.
- We are finalizing plans for the academic calendar that will include ending classes on November 25, prior to the Thanksgiving break, and then having one (1) week of instruction remotely + one (1) week of finals so students may choose to remain on campus or return home.
- In addition, our Governor's plan that the State has been following and conditions continue to improve; because of this, New Mexico has flattended the curve and is not seeing increased rates of infection. We are on target for the University to open for classes with implementation of appropriate precautions.
- In addition, the NM Higher Education Department has released details about the process and their expectations pertaining to colleges and universities.
- Personnel and services are available online through live chat and we encourage you to utilize our online forms and document upload options available on our admissions page.
- Information Sessions. We are offering live information sessions online, every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 3:00pm MST. Register here and we’ll see you via video conference and answer your questions.
- Virtual campus tours. We have a couple of different virtual tours available here—one is the same tour you’d get in person, delivered by one of our student tour guides, and the other is a self-guided tour of important facilities and landmarks on the UNM campus.
- Orientation. Reserve your spot for Fall 2020 New Student Orientation (NSO) at nso.unm.edu. Orientation is being delivered online.
- To view a listing of dates available before you reserve, click here. During your scheduled session, both self-paced and Zoom presentations will be delivered and you will get connected with an academic advisor to register for fall classes. The cost is only $75 and can be deferred to your first bill. (If you already registered for an in-person orientation, the difference in cost will be credited to your first tuition bill.)
- Housing. We do plan to open housing to students in the fall--again with appropriate precautions to ensure student health and safety. You can see photos and videos of the housing options online. And here's a pretty good video of student living at UNM!
- We welcome each freshman to choose UNM Housing. However, there will not be a requirement for first-year students from outside the area to live on campus; here is a resource for other living options for off-campus.
- UNM Housing Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information: We encourage you to visit this page frequently to keep up with latest updates regarding residential living.
- Tuition Bill Payment. Did you know that UNM offers installment plans throughout the Fall for educational costs? They can be spread out in 2-5 payments. You can find out more at a site we've set up: Tuition Payment Plans.
If you have a moment, I invite you to watch this positive news story about our response current UNM students when courses were moved online this semester by refunding $3.6 million for their housing, meal plan, and parking expenses. It is an indication of how we have—and will continue to—treat our students and serve their needs.
I want you to join us for a world-class education at the University of New Mexico. The future is bright and I promise an outstanding educational experience when you chose to attend the University of New Mexico. Finally, for more information here is the most recent information from UNM about COVID-19.
Dan D. García
Vice President for Enrollment Management
The University of New Mexico