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.

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

    • July 27th, July 31st, or August 3rd-6th
  • Orient to your department, meet with your advisor

  • Finalize class schedule, complete check-in requirements

August 7th:

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

August 8th - 16th:

  • Settle into housing and participate in fun orientation events

August 17th:

  • Begin classes

Student Orientation Schedule


July 27 or 31 or

August 3-6th

Attend a new student check-in and information session at GEO, 2120 Mesa Vista Hall, orient to your department, find housing, finalize class schedule
ALL DAY 8:30 am until 3:30 pm
Centennial Engineering Auditorium, Room 1041

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. 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.