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 30 days before the start date listed on your I-20 or DS-2019 form. You should plan to arrive in Albuquerque by early August. If you have to look for off-campus housing you might want to arrive even earlier.

Due to campus and state COVID19 changes, please plan for a 14-day quarantine upon arrival to Albuquerque. Check-in and orientation schedules have changed. Notifications and instructions have been sent out to all incoming students via If you have not received any incoming student messages, please email immediately. 

July 27 - August 6th:

  • Arrive in Albuquerque

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

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

    • August 3rd-21st
  • Orient to your department, meet with your advisor

  • Finalize class schedule, complete check-in requirements

August 8th - 16th:

  • Settle into housing and participate in fun orientation events

August 17th:

  • Begin classes

Student Orientation Schedule


August 3-21st

Attend a new student check-in and information session at GEO, 2120 Mesa Vista Hall, orient to your department, find housing, finalize class schedule

Check-in Schedule for Graduate Students

Due to campus COVID19 changes and social distancing, international student check-in has been moved online. Notifications and instructions have been sent out to all incoming students via If you have not received any incoming student messages and plan to attend in-person at the University of New Mexico for Fall 2020, please email immediately. 

When you arrive at UNM, come in or call the GEO office (505-277-4032) to sign up for a check-in session. 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 original passport, visa, I-20 (or DS-2019 for J1 visa students). You should also scan and email these documents to yourself before arrival.

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 Thursday, August 7th, you must contact us at for special late arrival approval in advance.