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Student Orientation Schedule

January 4th - January 10th

Starts at 9:30 AMCheck-in Sessions on each day except the weekend

2120 Mesa Vista Hall (Building #56 on campus map)

January 11th

8:30 AM - 3:30 PMMANDATORY international graduate orientationCentennial Engineering Auditorium, Room 1041

Check-in and Orientation are mandatory for all new UNM international students even if you have lived in the US before. Graduate international students must attend:

  • 1 New Student CHECK-IN session between January 4th and January 10th

  • The New Student ORIENTATION (full-day) on January 11th

Check-in Schedule for Graduate Students

When you arrive at UNM, come in or call the GEO office (505-277-4032) to sign up for a check-in session.  (Note that UNM is closed from December 22nd, 2017 and will re-open January 3rd, 2018). GEO is located at 2120 Mesa Vista Hall, directly east of the Student Union Building (SUB) and is in building #56 on the UNM campus map (enclosed).  Bring your originalpassport, visa, I-20 (or DS-2019 for J1 visa students).

After the check-in, we will remove the registration hold on your account, so you can register for classes and inform you about requirements you must complete before classes begin.

Check-in Requirements

  • Showing immigration documents (passport, I-20/DS-2019, I-94 and visa)

  • Showing proof of health insurance coverage

  • Providing a UNM email address

  • Providing your local residential address

  • Attending international student orientation

Failure to provide all required information by the end of the first week of class will result in administrative withdrawal from the University and may mean that you would have to leave the country.

If you will not arrive before Friday, January 19th, you must contact us at for special late arrival approval in advance.

Recommended Arrival Schedule


The date you arrive is CRITICAL for a smooth transition to student life! If you are outside the US, you cannot arrive more than 30days before the start date listed on your I-20 or DS-2019 form. You should plan to arrive in Albuquerque by early January . If you have to look for off campus housing you might want to arrive even earlier.

January 4th:

  • Arrive in Albuquerque

  • Begin finding permanent housing if you will live off-campus

January 4th to January 10th:

  • Attend a new student check-in information session at GEO, 2120 Mesa Vista Hall

  • Orient to your department, meet with your advisor

  • Finalize class schedule, complete check-in requirements

January 11th:

  • Attend MANDATORY international graduate orientation from 8:30am - 3:30pm

January 12th to January 14th:

  • Settle into housing and participate in fun orientation events

January 16th:

  • Begin classes