Academic Advising

The Student Services Office offers centralized academic advising throughout the academic year to meet the needs of its student population. Academic advising is an ongoing, shared partnership between a student and an adviser that focuses on helping the student identify, plan and achieve academic, career and life goals.

Advisers provide academic advising services to all students and prospective students for programs offered at NMSU Grants, as well as advising information for students transferring to NMSU Las Cruces or any other college or university in the state of New Mexico. 

In an academic advising session students and advisers engage in:

  • Developing an awareness of values, interests, abilities, skills, and potential

  • Identifying academic, career and life options and goals

  • Choosing an academic program

  • Strategically planning out steps toward graduation

  • Identifying effective academic study skills and habits

  • Solving problems that impede progress toward an academic goal

  • Referrals to appropriate campus and community resources

  • Learning how to use the my.nmsu.edu portal, the STAR degree audit, and FAFSA online

  • Selecting courses

  • Registering for courses

  • Referrals to scholarships, internships, and employment opportunities

Program managers and faculty are also available for specific program and course questions. Refer to posted office hours to make an appointment with program managers and faculty.

When to Seek Advising

New Students will meet with an adviser and register for courses prior to their first semester. Students with a “hold” will also need to meet with an adviser.

Transfer and readmitted students should meet with an adviser their first semester. Upon transfer evaluation of prior credit, students will also meet with an adviser.

Continuing students should plan ahead and meet with their adviser every semester well in advance of continuing student registration. Students nearing the completion of their certificate or degree should meet with an adviser at least one semester prior to graduation.

Adult Education (AE)

The Adult Education program at NMSU Grants provides instruction to adults (16 and over) in High School Equivalency (HSE) test preparation in either the GED or HiSET battery of tests; pre-high school and basic skills in English, reading, and math. Upon enrollment of the program, learners’ skills are assessed and a learning plan is developed based on assessment results. Learners work on skill development through small group classroom instruction, computer-based learning, tutoring, and/or self-study. All services are free of charge except the costs of the HSE tests. Enrollment requires a New Mexico ID or driver’s license and a Social Security card. Learners under 18 must have parental and school board permission. Interested adults are encouraged to call the Adult Education Office at (505) 287-6662.

Bachelor’s Degree Completion Programs on NMSU Grants campus

  • Bachelor of Science (BS) in Elementary Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Bookstore: Online Bookstore

NMSU Grants utilizes textbook services through an online bookstore. Barnes and Nobel College Bookstore is your official source for textbooks required by NMSU Grants. Refer to the current Schedule of Classes for information and visit: Barnes and Noble College Bookstore

Campus Activities

Student Services offers involvement outside the classroom, an essential component of the student’s academics. Campus Activities collaborates with campus and community entities to create opportunities for student involvement, group and individual leadership, and personal development through participation in Student Organizations. 

Career Services

NMSU Grants: Student Services is available to assist students in career planning and assessment. A limited listing of current employment is maintained in our office. Students are encouraged to check the career bulletin board, which is kept current. Assistance with resume writing and interviewing techniques is available through resources in the Adviser’s Office, individually by appointment, at the Student Success Center, room 125, or the Writing Center, room 123, in Martinez Hall. Focus2, and educational planning system, is available in the Student Success Center for students.

Cooperative Education

NMSU GRANTS: Information is available on internship opportunities offered by government, nonprofit organizations, and business/industry. During the summer months and throughout the academic year, interns may arrange for academic credit for internships. Speak with an adviser in Student Services for information.

NMSU Grants Cooperative Learning Program, also known as “Co-op”, provides degree-related work experiences with employers from the surrounding area. The program contributes to the students' total educational experience and realization of career goals by integrating theory and practical application. For more information, students are encouraged to contact the Program Manager and refer to the program of study in the Catalog.

Counseling and Student Development

NMSU Grants: Personal and relationship problems can occasionally interfere with your studies. Student Services staff may assist you with a referral to a provider in our area. NMSU Las Cruces students have access to the Counseling Center in Las Cruces.

ID Card Services

The NMSU Aggie I.D. card is the primary source of student identifica­tion for the campus. The I.D. card  is available in Student Services’ Admission Office. The first card is free; replacement cards are $25.

Information and Communication Technologies

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) provides the university community with the computing resources and services that support the educational, research, and public service missions of the university. The resources include NMSU's central computing systems, the network that supports the systems and the wired and wireless functionality through which the internet is accessed. ICT operates the student computer labs found throughout the main campus, manages computer checkout, network registration of computers required for access to the NMSU network, discounts for purchases of computers and Aggie print at the university. ICT also provides support for NMSU technology users thorough its Help Desk.

For further information, contact:

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)
MSC 3AT, PO Box 30001
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001
Phone: (575) 646-1840
Email: help@nmsu.edu.

ICT's web homepage is located at http://ict.nmsu.edu and the helpdesk webpage is located at http://help.nmsu.edu/. The helpdesk is in room 141 of the Computer Center building.

NMSU Grants Computer Usage Guidelines

NMSU Grants provides three computer labs for student use only located in Room 121 (Drafting – CAD), Room 307 (Computer Science) and Room 127 (Student Success Center). The Computer Science, and CAD labs are available only during class time or for majors on an individual basis. The computer lab in the Student Success Center (SSC) is an open lab available to all students, but is not available for public use. The hours for the SSC open lab change from semester to semester and are posted on the door. 

NMSU Grants also provides computers for public and student use in the library and the Cyber Café. The hours for these two locations are posted and change based on whether classes are in session or not. Although these computers are available to the general public, NMSU Grants student use takes priority.

NMSU Grants is a completely wireless campus. Wireless access is available everywhere on campus. To gain access to the wireless network, you can either contact the IT Department or view one of the four information screens that are located on campus. You must have anti-virus software installed on your laptop to gain access to NMSU Grants wireless network.

NMSU Grants provides computer technology, including Internet access for educational purposes and to facilitate other activities necessary for the efficient operation of the institution. The college intends that this technology will be used in a manner which:

  • Is conducive to learning;
  • Is free of illegal acts;
  • Shows respect for the rights and dignity of others.

Acceptable Use

The intent of these general computer use guidelines is to define broad categories of use that are not acceptable, not to provide an exhaustive list of inappropriate or unacceptable uses. Based on guidelines noted in this document, NMSU Grants officials may at any time make determinations that specific uses are or are not appropriate or acceptable. If asked by an NMSU Grants official, you must be prepared to present a course syllabus and/or assignment that would necessitate the use of computers for activities otherwise deemed as unacceptable by these guidelines. It is not acceptable to use the college’s computer equipment or facilities:

  • For any illegal purpose or act.
  • To transmit harassing, indecent, obscene, discriminatory or fraudulent materials or messages.
  • To transmit or receive any materials in violation of either state or federal laws (e.g. copyright laws).
  • To send fraudulent or forged email messages using the account of another person.
  • To harass another user or violate another user’s rights.
  • To access pornography or other offensive or inappropriate material.
  • To copy or attempt to copy any software or files without authorization.
  • To illegally download music, movies, or games.
  • To distribute unauthorized software.

General Rules

  • Food and drink are not allowed in the computer labs, including the Cyber Café.
  • Student work is to be saved on CD, USB flash drive, online cloud storage or emailed to oneself. Personal files left on the computer will be deleted.
  • Computers are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Use of computers is limited to two hours. Users working for more than two hours can be asked to relinquish their computer to users who are waiting.
  • NMSU Grants is not responsible for personal items left unattended.
  • Be considerate of others by keeping noise and other disruptions to a minimum.
  • All cell phones are to be turned off or set to silent while in the lab.
  • Printing is limited to the WEPA printing station, students are responsible for purchasing their print cards.
  • Children are not allowed in the college’s open laboratories. Children 14 years up through age 18 may use the Cyber Café and library computers for educational purposes IF accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Headphones must be used at all times when listening to any form of audio materials and must be set at a level that does not disturb others around you. Students are responsible for providing their own headphones.
  • Users are not allowed to remove any college hardware, software, or data without permission.
  • Do not modify or attempt to modify system configurations or hardware without authorization.

The use of NMSU Grants computer technology is a privilege extended to all users. Inappropriate or unacceptable use of this technology may result in loss of this privilege.

College IT personnel may monitor information on the computer networks or on individual computers or computer systems. Complaints of possible inappropriate or unacceptable use will be investigated. Complaints regarding violations of acceptable use policy should be forwarded to the IT Department. 

The open and library labs have their own specific computer use guidelines. Please read them before using of their computers.

Students may refer to: https://ict.nmsu.edu/standards-and-guidelines/ for additional NMSU security, policies, and guidelines.

New Mexico State University Grants Library

The New Mexico State University (NMSU) Grants Campus Library is located on the north side of Martinez Hall, Housing more than 25,000 physical titles, including Government Documents, Periodicals, and Reference books. The library digitally houses more than 55 Databases, and Library Research Guides.

Mission Statement

The Library and Learning Resources is committed to providing resources and services that support the mission of New Mexico State University Grants.

To fulfill its mission the NMSU Grants Library:

  • Contributes to student learning outcomes by actively engaging in both the development and implementation of an Information Literacy program that supports the curriculum and lifelong learning;
  • Provides users with assistance and instruction for success in the use of library resources for their present studies and lifelong learning;
  • Strives to provide equal access to print and electronic materials and to develop services, including distance learning services, for students with a wide range of scholastic abilities, learning styles and comprehension levels;
  • Supports of and responds to the changing needs of people with diverse ethnic, cultural, social, and economic backgrounds; Advocates for faculty and staff participation in building and enhancing library resources and creating new services;
  • Contributes to the college’s curricular goals by providing programs and exhibitions and by publicizing available resources and activities;
  • Encourages forging of partnerships and integrating of new technologies to increase access to resources and services external to the college’s physical collections.

Circulation Policy

Identification

NMSU Students, Staff, and Faculty

All registered NMSU Grants Campus students, Faculty, and Staff may use their Aggie ID Card to check out library materials. If for any reason, they cannot provide an Aggie ID card, the Circulation staff will accept any Government issued Photo Identification to process the items.

Adult Basic Education Students and Community Borrowers

Community Borrowers or ABE Students must have a Community Borrowers Card issued by our Circulation Desk. To register for a borrower’s card, you must be present in the library and:

  • Complete and sign the Community Patrons Application.
  • Be 18 years or older, (16 – 18 must be accompanied by an adult and have parent/guardian/ABE Staff present)
  • Present a valid New Mexico I. D or other official I.D. showing residency in Cibola County.
  • Provide documentation to confirm Cibola County residency such as a check with local address imprinted, driver’s license, or utility bill.

Borrowing

Library patrons must come in person to check out books. While overdue fines are not charged, patrons will be billed replacement costs for significantly overdue books. NMSU Grants Students will have holds placed on their Library and Banner accounts until fees and costs are paid.

 

Renewal

 Patrons are granted up to two renewals. The first renewal can be made in person, by phone, or online. The patron must bring the items in person to renew them a second time. If the item being renewed is requested by another patron, the it will be recalled (return after 2 weeks if recalled by NMSU student, staff or faculty member), and cannot be renewed. Items cannot be renewed past the date the item is due.

Non-Circulating Materials

Periodicals and Reference Materials

Periodicals and reference materials must be used in the Library. A photocopier is available to those patrons with a PaperCut account.

Reserve Materials

 NMSU Grants faculty members may place personal copies of books or journals on Reserve for use by students enrolled in their courses. Faculty members may also request that a copy of a book be purchased by the Library and placed on Reserve.

 NMSU Grants students may borrow Reserve materials for 2-hour, in library use by checking them out at the circulation desk.

NMSU Online

NMSU Online (http://online.nmsu.edu) includes 100% online undergraduate and graduate degrees, certificates, and courses from the five NMSU system campuses (Alamogordo, Carlsbad, Dona Ana, Grants, and Las Cruces). NMSU Online serves students who need the flexibility of anytime anywhere learning to pursue their education and career goals. There are 60+ programs and 500+ courses available through NMSU Online to prepare students for careers and graduate study. In several content areas, students can pursue a fully online degree pathway from Associate’s to Bachelor’s to Master’s degrees with NMSU Online.

NMSU Online students meet the same departmental and institutional academic and curricular requirements. NMSU Online programs offer the same curriculum as the campus-based programs with courses developed and taught by expert faculty. NMSU Online courses are reviewed for quality course design and faculty are supported in best practices for online teaching. In addition,

NMSU Online programs are fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and often hold additional program accreditation from a professional accrediting agency.

Visit NMSU Online or contact online@nmsu.edu or 888.729.6678. 

Applying NMSU Grants Degrees and Credit towards Bachelor’s Degree Programs

Many NMSU Grants courses apply toward Bachelor’s degree programs at NMSU and other universities. When planning to transfer, it is best to consult with advisers at both NMSU and the university you have chosen.

The following programs offered at NMSU Grants articulate with bachelor’s degree programs at NMSU.

  • Associate of Arts Degree to all departments in the NMSU College of Arts and Sciences
  • Associate of Science Degree to all departments in the NMSU College of Arts and Sciences
  • Criminal Justice to the Department of Criminal Justice in the NMSU College of Arts and Sciences
  • Early Childhood and Education programs to the NMSU College of Education
  • Pre-Business to all departments in the NMSU College of Business
  • Social Services to the College of Health and Social Services & College of Arts & Sciences
  • Computer Technology to the NMSU Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology Department, College of Engineering.

New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation is mandatory for all new students at NMSU. Transfer and readmissions are welcome and encouraged to attend at NMSU Grants. Students will learn about college life, campus resources, policies, and ultimately register for their courses at Orientation. Campus Tours are offered. See an Advisor in Student Services to schedule your Orientation.

For information, please contact the an Advisor in Student Serivces, 505-287-6678.

Small Business Development Center

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is located at 701 E. Roosevelt Ave., in Grants. The SBDC offers no-cost counseling and low-cost training for all types of business at any stage of business development. The SBDC is designed with the small business person in mind. Whether in business for some time or just starting out, the SBDC can help address challenges encountered by small business owners. As a member of the New Mexico Small Business Development Center Network, SBDC’s experienced staff can provide assistance in the following areas:

  • Explore business ownership opportunities in Cibola County
  • Start a new business or make an established one more efficient and profitable
  • Create alternatives for solving problems
  • Measure your success potential
  • Improve your management skills
  • Access a wealth of business resources

Specialized Consulting

SBDC staff is available for specialized consulting to help business owners develop an individual plan for your business. Staff will help create alternatives to solve business-related marketing problems and offer assistance for effective record keeping, accounting, and inventory control.

Business Education

The SBDC offers individualized counseling in accounting, marketing, and various aspects of management that can help you avoid costly mistakes. Counseling can take place at the SBDC Center or the business location. Seminars and workshops are available to improve business and management skills. For more information, contact the SBDC at (505) 287-6688.

Small Wonders Child Care Center

This private daycare operates on the NMSU Grants Campus and is available for student, faculty, and staff families as well as the public. There is frequently a waiting list for all ages and you are encouraged to contact the Director as early as possible. For more information, call Small Wonders Child Care Center at 287-8373.

Student Accessibility Services

Students Accessibility Services (SAS) in Las Cruces coordinates university efforts, to provide access and opportunity to students with disabilities, including students who have disabilities that are apparent and non-apparent. Students wanting to learn more about services or accommodations available to those with a documented disability should contact the SAS office. Advanced notice in planning services is strongly encouraged. NMSU is committed to providing an accessible institution to all individuals.

NMSU Grants students may contact the Vice President for Student Services at (505) 287-6628. Petition Request forms are available and will be processed for students at the start of each new semester.

Las Cruces students must contact SAS:

Students Accessibility Services (SAS)
Corbett Center, Room. 208
MSC 4149, PO Box 30001
Las Cruces, NM 88003-0001
(575) 646-6840
sas@nmsu.edu
http://sas.nmsu.edu

Student Social Code of Conduct

The policies and procedures related to student social conduct are published in this Catalog, Student Social Code of Conduct. The Vice President for Student Services serves as the NMSU Grants Discipline Officer for student non-academic misconduct. The Vice President for Academic Affairs serves as the Hearing Officer for academic misconduct.

Children on Campus

Children should not be left unattended anywhere on campus, including the Cyber Café, Library, and  Student Lounge. Refer to the Computer Usage Guidelines for additional information. Occasionally faculty may permit children in the classroom, however the student must discuss this with their instructor prior to class and this would be an exception. NMSU Grants offers childcare opportunities (at cost) to students, faculty and staff. Children ages 2–12 may be enrolled in the campus-based child care facility. For more information on child-care, please phone Small Wonders Child Care Center at 287-8373.

Student Government/Student Activities

The Associated Student Government (ASG) has been established to provide students with a vehicle to provide input to administrators, organize and support student activities, and assist with various campus events. Clubs, based on various student interests and activities, are established each year. Examples include Phi Theta Kappa, Native American Club, Student Business Club, and others. To find out more about getting involved in student government or the various clubs, go to grants.nmsu.edu or Student Services office at 287-6678.

Testing Services

Testing Services at NMSU Grants: The Testing Center upholds the mission, vision and core values of NMSU Grants; through, testing services offered by providing responsible quality assurance testing for the faculty, students, and community members.

  • Accuplacer: College Board Assessment for College Placement, including remote proctoring
  • ACT Work Keys - ACT National Career Readiness Exam - Certificate
  • College Proctored Exams; all NMSU class exams, including remote proctoring for non-NMSU exams
  • GED - Pearson VUE GED Testing Service for the High School Equivalency
  • Hi-Set - Educational Testing Service for the High School Equivalency
  • Pearson VUE IBT Site: Professional Licensure and Certification Exams
  • Prometric IBT SITE for the ASE: Professional Certification in Automotive Service of Excellence
  • HESI  Assessment - RN entrance exam for NMSU School of Nursing BSN program
  • FREE TO NMSU GRANTS STUDENTS: HESI Practice Test - RN entrance exam

For more information, call us at (505) 287-6691 or stop by Martinez Hall room 125.  To set up a proctor request or see the hours of operation visit our webpage under the campus services tab.