The Class of 2027

Here are Class of 2027 updates (August 13, 2023) 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 #14 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 147 institutions in the nation. ¡Go Lobos!

  • We've now got over 3,600 first year students signed up for New Student Orientation!
    • If you haven't, reserve your spot for Summer/Fall 2023 New Student Orientation (NSO) at This is an important next step  and confirms your attendance at UNM.
    • There are a number of virtual and in-person orientation sessions to choose from. So if you can't travel to campus this summer, you can do a virtual session online!
    • 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!
  • Lobo Course Placement – required for all incoming first year students
    • Recommended to do early at home and absolutely before Orientation. Helps your academic adviser know which course level is best for you! Each module may take 20 minutes so it's fast and free. 
  • Housing (ALERT). We are at 100% capacity for UNM housing. An important note...
    • This year we have seen unprecedented demand for housing. Just in the last three years, first-year student enrollment has increased by 35%. This year is also seeing an increase.
    • Some rooms will have three students. It might not seem ideal, nor expected, but I will share with you something I learned several years ago from a wise university president that I worked for:
    • He had been the dean of the College of Business at Loyola University in New Orleans, and one year they had to put students three to a room. It turned out that after surveying students, as well as looking at their academic performance, the students were more happy and more successful than any other students they had enrolled previously. Something about increased engagement with other students somehow made the experience, well, better.
    • I can't promise that will be the case for every student room. But I will say it's possible and based on Loyola's outcomes, and very likely you will see similar benefits. Perhaps doesn't sound like it now, so all I can do is ask you to give it a try.
  • Welcome Back Events! Here's a great page, being updated regularly, about student events for fall: 
  • No tuition increase. Resident tuition for 2023-24 will remain the same. Tuition rates can be found here.
  • Financial Aid.  The 2023-24 Free Application for Federal Student Aid or (FAFSA) is available to complete.
    • We have started to package awards, so if you haven't already completed the FAFSA--do it today. And by doing so, you'll be entered into a drawing for one of multiple $1,000 additional scholarships.
  • Check your UNM email. If you've been admitted, we've moved to using your UNM-assigned email address for important communications...meaning that we aren't sending messages to your Gmail, Outlook, or other account. Here is a link with instructions on how to set up your phone to use Lobo Mail:
  • Payment plans. An easy way to split up payments for any balances, after financial aid and scholarships are applied, during the semester. Up to five (5) payments during the Fall but important to set up before mid-August. Payment Plan Information here although it's for Spring--it will be updated for Fall soon, but provides a good idea of the program.     
  • Parking passes. If you are going to be living on campus with a vehicle, parking permit sales began July 27. Commuters from off campus can get passes beginning August 3 at 7:30am. Here is the link 
  • NM Residents - The Opportunity Scholarship pays 100% of tuition and fees at UNM during the first semester; afterward, the Lottery Scholarship and the Opportunity Scholarship cover tuition and fees. 
    • For incoming transfers that bring their award to UNM, it begins immediately. 
  • Campus tours. We are 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. 
  • Contact us. Admissions and enrollment staff and services are available online through live chat to help with many, many questions and processes. Try it!
  • COVID-19 Update: Effective March 13, 2023, the University of New Mexico no longer requires the COVID-19 primary vaccine series for students and employees, per President Stokes’ Weekly Perspective (click here for full article).

  • Student Code of Conduct. By enrolling at UNM, students acknowledge that they are obligated to abide by the Pathfinder – UNM Student Handbook, which is found online,
  • Resource Centers.  Find your pack and get support by learning more about UNM’s Student Resource Centers.
  • 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.
  • My contact information. For all parents and guardians, you should have received my contact information in case I can help answer questions, point you in the right direction, or advocate in any way. But in case my email is Contact me if I can help navigate something!

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