The Class of 2025

Here are Class of 2025 updates (June 16) to share with you:

You have many choices where to attend college, but by selecting to attend UNM you are going to experience one of the most diverse student environments…UNM is ranked #19 on the U.S. News Diversity Index and in the top 2% of ranked universities in the world (Center for World University Rankings). You'll meet students from all over the nation and world, in a Research I environment that exists in only 134 institutions in the nation.  ¡Go Lobos!

Woo hoo!
So close to the start of classes--you are about to be Lobos!
Yes, you are coming to a Research I institution, one of only 134 in the nation (of about 5,200 colleges and universities in the nation!) And the only one in New Mexico. You are going to have the academic experience of a lifetime. Welcome, Lobos!

  • NM Residents (new!) The New Mexico Higher Education Department recently released the official Lottery Scholarship amount. The Lottery Scholarship will now pay 100% of tuition at UNM.
    • By comparison, last year the rate was 67% of tuition. It’s great news.
    • The UNM Student Financial Aid Office is currently updating student awards to reflect the change. Be sure to check your updated financial aid award in LoboWeb by Monday, June 14, 2021.
    • For incoming first-year students, it can begin in the second semester of enrollment; for transfers that bring their award to UNM, it begins immediately.
  • (new!) Federal stimulus funds. All students that submit a FAFSA or state aid form will be receiving additional funds, up to $2,000 more in resources for Fall 2021. More assistance, more resources, so submit an aid form. Regardless of citizenship status, we have resources for you. Questions? Email me directly at
  • From UNM President Stokes' message (May 17):
    • "Following the newly revised CDC guidelines and the latest public health orders issued by the Governor last week, masks will no longer be required on campus or in most campus buildings for those who have been vaccinated. This allows vaccinated persons to forego mask-wearing both indoors and outdoors, except in those places where explicit policy requires it. Mask wearing will still be required on UNM shuttle busses, in the UNM Health System and other UNM Health Care settings, and some designated areas, so please continue to follow all appropriate signage."
    • "And if you’ve been vaccinated but are still more comfortable continuing to wear your mask, please do so."
    • For the latest information on campus policies and protocols: The Pack is Back: A Safe Return to Campus
  • Orientation. Reserve your spot for Fall 2021 New Student Orientation (NSO) at This is an important next step and the registration portal is now open.
    • There are a number of virtual orientation sessions to choose from. Feedback from last year's entering class was exceptionally positive--it will be a great experience and from the comfort of your location!
    • At orientation, you'll learn more about programs and services, but most importantly you'll meet with an academic adviser and get registered for classes. That's where the magic begins!
    • Other next steps can be found in the Admitted Student Checklist.
  • (IMPORTANT!) Free Lobo Connect Summer Bridge Courses for New Students.
    • Free, one-credit hour courses for incoming students to develop skills in various disciplines and get a boost for the fall term. Sharpen your academic skills with these free courses. Take a look at the offerings here.
  • Lobo Library!We have just developed and published something called "Lobo Library" that has all kinds of resources and information for admitted students. It's a pre-New Student Orientation site (with an intro video from me) that you should check out here.
  • NEW Tuition Payment Plans - 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.
  • We will hold in-person Fall 2021 classes. And, yes, this includes instruction in classrooms for which we will implement all necessary precautions. The class schedule is built for fall and about 80% of fall semester classes will be held in person.
    • The Summer and Fall schedules went live on Monday, March 29! Get an idea of what classes are offered before you register at New Student Orientation.
    • See UNM's plan for Bringing Back the Pack. There is a Proposed Vaccination Policy being considered, which was just released this week. It's not certain and will depend upon a number of factors, but we wanted you to be aware. You can read more at
  • Cool Resources for Admitted Students
    • UNM Class of 2025 Facebook Page. Admitted students can now join a Facebook group to talk with others, ask questions, and get to know your future classmates! This was created by admitted students, for admitted students. It's at
    • UNM Class of 2025 LoopChat.  Paste it in your phone browser to open the app--and download the app--and join! Again, created by admitted students just like you. Check it out and start a conversation! I'm active on this chat and available to offer support and information.
  • 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.
  • Contact us. Admissions and enrollment staff and services are available online through live chat to help with many, many questions and processes. Try it!
  • Campus tours. We are now conducting in-person campus tours for all students--and lots of choices during the week and Saturdays. You can sign-up here.
    • We also 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. 
  • Housing. We do plan to open housing to students in the fall at 100% capacity, and yes roommates, in accordance with State approvals and appropriate precautions to ensure student health and safety. Register now and get your best choice of location (confession: they're all good locations.) Here's the link.
  • Resource Centers.  Find your pack and get support by learning more about UNM’s Student Resource Centers.
  • Financial Aid.  The 2021-22 Free Application for Federal Student Aid or (FAFSA) is available to complete.
    • Additional aid is still being packaged. We expect Lottery awards to increase, the new NM Opportunity Scholarship awards to still go out, and federal stimulus funds to be granted. Some of these millions of dollars in resources will be dependent upon a FAFSA on file, so if you haven't already completed it--do it today.
  • Parents. I know you read this page, too, so here's a link to our Parent and Family Programs you should check out. You can join a listserv and get important updates and info about resources.
  • NEW!  Forbes article just published titled, "Why Albuquerque, New Mexico, Is the Most Exotic American Big City" is a must read about how unique Albuquerque is. Here it is.

I want you to join us for a world-class education at the University of New Mexico--a Carnegie Research I university, a national flagship. Great weather all year and nearly a hundred degree programs that will challenge you, prepare you for a career, and give you opportunities that are only afforded at a university like UNM. The future is bright and I promise an outstanding educational experience when you chose to attend the University of New Mexico. And my personal commitment is to help in any way possible; contact me directly at if I can help. I'll even give you a personal tour of campus.


Dan D. García
Vice President for Enrollment Management
The University of New Mexico