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At New Mexico Highlands, we’re proud to be a part of your student’s journey and congratulate you on the work you’ve done to lead your student to college.

At Highlands, we believe in the power of dreams, ideas and goals. We believe in the potential of each of our students and share your joy.

Advice to Parents

The following are some suggestions for making the transition to college as smooth as possible.

  • A new family dynamic is created when a student leaves for college. This is especially true if it is your only child or first child leaving home. Understanding and accepting this is important to everyone involved.
  • Your student might be away from home for the first time; living in a new environment and experiencing life with a roommate other than a sibling. The key to successful shared living is open communication and mutual respect. Although roommates do not need to be best friends, they are expected to take responsibility for their own behavior and to be fair and considerate of each other. Living with roommates, possibly from different cultural backgrounds, offers tremendous potential for learning and positive personal growth. Encourage your student to take advantage of these opportunities.
  • Discourage your student from coming home too soon or too often. While it is hard to know your student is lonely, homesickness is a natural and normal part of leaving home and becoming an independent adult. Bringing homesick students home on weekends may seem comforting at first, but it ultimately inhibits their ability to develop relationships with other students and only prolongs their adjustment to being away. Although students meet each other throughout classes during the week, it is on the weekends that many of the important informal communications occur- the interactions in which friendships are built.
  • As parents, you might face your own separation anxiety, but resist the temptation to tell your students how sad and lonely you are. While you want your students to know they are missed, it is important for you to be positive and encourage them in this new chapter of their lives.
  • Be available to listen, but always affirm the importance to them of reaching out, making new friends and contacts, and developing new interests and skills.
  • College life is busy and demanding at Highlands University. Students who have always been high academic achievers now find that they are part of a community of equally intelligent and talented students. Some can become overwhelmed and unsure of how to manage it all. This is normal. They need your love, reassurance, and time to adjust.
  • Here at Highlands University, there is a variety of academic, emotional, and physical support services available to help students succeed. Make sure your student knows about Highlands University’s official student handbook, available on our website.
  • Students need parental support- both financial and emotional. They need patience, understanding and love as they adjust to university life. Keep the lines of communication open, and be reassuring when they call. As they become more independent, you may find that the parent-child bond strengthens and mutual appreciation deepens.
  • Remember that students need time and space to grow and explore. E-mails work well for keeping in touch since messages can be sent and answered any time without interrupting study. Keep the messages short and interesting.

New Student Orientation

The New Mexico Highlands University experience begins with participation at the university’s orientation program, which takes place during the months of June, July and August, for those beginning in the fall semester and in January, for those starting in the spring; for freshmen and their families. New Student Orientation offers academic advising and assistance, interaction with staff and faculty, a campus tour, a presentation by the Academic Support staff, a luncheon, and a barbeque. Student advisers help students enroll in the various learning communities. The program is led by the Academic Support staff who are assigned to a learning community representing the various majors. The New Student Orientation, which focuses on the various needs of freshmen and their parents, paves the way for academic and social success at Highlands University.

The Academic Support staff also meets with parents during orientation to address issues and concerns directly related to families of new freshmen. The program runs concurrently with the students programs.


Convocation officially welcomes incoming freshmen and transfer students to the New Mexico Highlands University family, marking the beginning of a student’s academic career. The ceremony, held in our historic Ilfeld Auditorium, begins with a formal procession of administrators and faculty clad in regalia and students sporting class T-shirts to the music of Pomp and Circumstance. It includes welcome remarks from the president and provost. Students attending Convocation learn what to expect during their time at Highlands, gain a sense of identity and what it means to be a Cowboy or Cowgirl, and form bonds with their fellow classmates, faculty, and staff that will continue with them for a lifetime. Family and friends are encouraged to attend this event that individually recognizes students and is followed by a picnic celebration.

Highlands University Policies

Like other colleges and universities in the United States, New Mexico Highlands believes our students are adults entitled to rights and responsibilities. Students are expected to act in accordance with the University and are held responsible for their actions. New Mexico Highlands University is committed to taking swift and appropriate action against any of its officials, employees, or students who violate any portion of this policy. The information obtained as a result of this policy is confidential and will not be disclosed except to personnel with a legitimate need to know or by order of a court. This means that, even though you pay for your child’s tuition, you are not allowed to see their grades without their written permission. Students experiencing sexual or other forms of harassment should report incidents to the Office of Student Affairs, located in the Student Center, (505) 454-3020. The following paragraphs summarize the university policies that might affect your child.

Class Attendance

Students may not be allowed to attend classes without being registered for them. Students whose names do not appear on class rosters are to contact the Office of the Registrar to resolve the matter. Students are expected to attend all class meetings. Those who are absent because of circumstances beyond their control may be required to make up work that was missed during the period of absence. Excessive absences may be expected to affect a student’s grade adversely or even result in an F. If a student’s conduct in class interferes with others, is disruptive of teaching, or is contrary to the established class practices, the instructor may ask the student to leave class and such cases are treated as unexcused absences.

University-Sanctioned Absences

University-sanctioned absences include absences related to student participation in university-sponsored activities such as field trips, conferences, intercollegiate competition, etc. As soon as practical, students participating in these events are required to submit a notice, signed by the event sponsor, documenting the dates of these absences to each of their instructors. University-sanctioned absences do not absolve students from any missed class assignments, exams, deadlines, etc. Therefore, prior to each absence, your student should remind their professors of these absences and make arrangements for any class assignments or make-up work that might be required.

Equal Educational Opportunity Policy Statement

New Mexico Highlands University strives to maintain diversity in its student body and provides equal educational opportunities to all students. This policy is intended to further New Mexico Highlands University’s efforts, as well as comply with its obligations under state and federal law.

Equal Educational Opportunity

It is the policy of NMHU to prohibit unlawful discrimination and harassment against its students and applicants for admission on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, ancestry, physical or mental disability, serious medical condition, spousal affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, veterans status or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

This policy applies to all aspects of the educational process, including admissions, recruitment, extracurricular activities, financial assistance, housing, counseling, guidance, course offerings and housing.

Any student who feels that he or she has been discriminated against or harassed should report the incident to the affirmative action/equal employment opportunity officer, a department chair, a student adviser, a director, a dean, or campus police.

The current AA/EEO Officer is: Denise Montoya, director, Office of Human Resources, 505-454- 3308, Box 9000, Las Vegas, NM 87701.

Student Educational Records

Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), New Mexico Highlands University students have, among other rights, the right to consent to disclosure of personal identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes exceptions without consent. Exceptions are a school official with a legitimate educational interest; compliance with a judicial order or a lawfully issued subpoena; official audit or evaluation purposes; and emergency involving the health or safety of a student or other person; and directory information.

Student Conduct

New Mexico Highlands University is committed to providing our students the very best education and has the right and obligation to support its educational function as well as to provide the equal opportunity of all students to pursue education. Therefore, it is the university’s responsibility to establish standards of conduct that uphold appropriate classroom decorum, safety and orderliness in campus life, and the rights and privileges of all members of the university community. The code should be read broadly. It does not define nonacademic misconduct in exhaustive terms. The purposes of the University’s Code of Student Conduct is to inform NMHU students of prohibited nonacademic conduct; to protect and preserve a quality educational environment at NMHU; to outline the due process procedures that will be followed in cases of student misconduct. For the campus to function as a university community, it is essential that students assume their individual responsibilities to behave in a manner compatible with the NMHU Code of Student Conduct.

Tobacco Use Policy

In compliance with the New Mexico Clean Indoor Act, as amended, smoking of tobacco products and e-cigarettes is prohibited in university buildings, facilities and vehicles. Smoking is allowed only in designated areas. Smoking is prohibited except in designated areas. Those areas will be well posted and will not be near air conditioning or other ventilation systems that can carry the smoke to other sites. Ashtrays are provided in smoking sites. Smoking is prohibited in university vehicles. Smoking is prohibited within 25 feet of any building. Smoking is prohibited near windows or air intakes. This policy applies to all university visitors, students, and employees. It is the responsibility of every member of the university community to conduct himself or herself in compliance with this policy. Enforcement is the shared responsibility of the entire campus. The success of this policy depends upon the courtesy, respect and cooperation of smokers and nonsmokers of the NMHU community.

Alcohol, Drugs and Other Substances.

New Mexico Highlands University is committed to establishing and maintaining an environment that fosters mutually beneficial interpersonal relations and a shared responsibility for the welfare and safety of others. The University prohibits the illegal or irresponsible use of alcohol and other drugs. This includes the acquisition, consumption, possession or distribution of any form of alcoholic beverages, marijuana, narcotics, other drugs or any drug paraphernalia at any university sanctioned or related, on or off campus, business, activity or event.

Highlands is committed to maintaining an environment of teaching and learning that is free of illicit drugs and alcohol. The university has in place a policy to assist those with substance abuse, and a list of agencies available to support faculty, staff, and students. The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 require that New Mexico Highlands, as a recipient of federal funds including federally provided student financial aid, notify its students and employees annually that the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol on university property is prohibited.

Sexual Harassment Policy

It is the policy of New Mexico Highlands University to maintain a community in which students, faculty, staff and administration are free to work, study and reside without being subjected to sexual harassment. Such behavior subverts the mission of all involved. Sexual harassment is a form of discrimination on the basis of sex and is, therefore, prohibited on campus and in programs and activities sponsored by New Mexico Highlands.

Sexual harassment can take many forms, including unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature and conduct that is not necessarily sexual in nature, but which is unwelcome and directed at a person because of his or her gender.

Policy on Emergency Contact

If university staff members have reasonable cause to believe a student is a danger to himself, herself, or others, contact may be made with the person(s) designated by the student as the emergency contact. This information may be taken from the housing application or any other university document requiring the student to list an emergency contact person.

Policy Regarding the Prevention of and Response to Self-Destructive Behavior

Suicide, attempted suicide, suicidal gestures, and self-destructive behavior have detrimental effects on both the involved student and other students in the campus community. The purpose of this policy is to highlight preventive measures taken by New Mexico Highlands University to create awareness and education on these issues and to outline the protocol for reporting incidents involving self-destructive behavior. Self-destructive behavior shall be understood to mean and include attempts or threats on the part of an individual to end his or her life, or to inflict serious bodily harm on himself/herself by any means capable of producing such results.

New Mexico Highlands University strives to create a campus community that is free from personal abuse, directed at oneself or others. NMHU commits resources to the following: 1) to educate and promote discussion about self-abuse and violence and 2) to coordinate crisis intervention. NMHU – typically through prevention initiatives, personal counseling, Campus Police, and/or the dean of students – will attempt to respond to incidents of self-destructive behavior quickly and through referral to campus behavioral health services and/or local care facilities. If behavior of concern warrants, campus police and/or local law enforcement will be contacted.

Academic Information

Our Faculty

There’s one word that sums up New Mexico Highlands University’s professors: passionate. Our professors have a passion for their fields and share that passion with their students. Many of our faculty have been recognized for their research and work by agencies like the National Science Foundation, National Geographic, NASA, and many professional organizations. And, unlike larger research universities, our professors teach at every level from freshmen to graduate courses.

General Education Requirements

NMHU encourages its students to pursue both breadth of study and a deeper understanding of one specific discipline. In the first year or two of college, students should choose courses that help them develop strong intellectual and communication skills. Even if students have specific academic expectations and goals, exploring elective courses in a variety of fields will enrich their educational experiences. Advisers are available to assist students with their academic choices. As soon as students have been accepted to NMHU, they should learn requirements needed to earn their bachelor’s degree.

Students are admitted to NMHU with the assumption that they will be able to carry a full-time course of study. Within these limits, there are several views on how many units a first-year student should take. While many are able to handle a full load from the beginning, some take a lighter load the first semester to allow themselves time to adjust to student life and the rigor of NMHU classes. Each student should chose the number and combination of courses after thorough discussion with advisers. Students are expected to maintain, at least, minimum grade-point average prescribed by their college or school to remain in good academic standing.

Choosing Majors and Minors

Students should base the important choice of a major on their own interests, abilities and career goals. Individuals who study what they enjoy are more likely to do well in their classes and be happier and more successful in their careers.

Advisers can help students identify the major that best suits their academic and career goals. At Highlands, students have a choice of many majors. Field majors are also options for students who want to explore the possibilities of interdisciplinary majors.

Taking classes in a variety of disciplines allows students to explore many fields before selecting a major. It is not uncommon for students to begin undergraduate work with a clear direction, only to discover an area of study for which they are better suited. While students are encouraged to declare their majors as soon as possible, it is equally important that they pursue the field that most fulfill them, even if it means taking more time to complete their education.

Many students finish their undergraduate work in four years. However, others, such as those who change majors, chose dual majors, or have majors with more than a four-year curriculum schedule, might require more time to complete their requirements. Students who work often find that need to stretch out their course load in order to manage both their employment and academic responsibilities.

Listen to your student and talk with them about their interests and aspirations. Encourage them to seek the help of the professional advisers on campus. It is the students’ interests, talents, and goals that are the essential ingredients in determining appropriate majors and career goals.

Student Services

Accessibility Services

Felix Martinez Building, (505) 454-3252 Disabilities@nmhu.edu

Accessibility Services is responsible for coordinating services to students with physical, learning, and psychological disabilities under the auspices of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act. At the university level, the student bears primary responsibility for registering his or her disability, following procedures, and following through on the implementation of their accommodations. Students requesting reasonable accommodations should provide written documentation of their specific disability and follow all the policies and procedures outlined in the Accessibility Services Handbook, available separately at the above address. Official accommodations cannot be provided to students with disabilities without prior approval from the Accessibility Services. To ensure accommodations are in place, students are strongly encouraged to contact this office as soon as possible about their disability. Students who have specific request for housing due to a disability must contact Accessibility Services.

Office of the Dean of Students

Student Center, Room 324

(505) 454-3020

The Office of the Dean of Students answers questions or concerns related to academic advising, athletics, career services, disability services, financial aid, health services, housing, registration, etc. Questions and concerns, however, should be addressed first to the office responsible for the particular service. If the initial contact fails to bring about a satisfactory response or resolution, a student may want to present the concern to the dean of students. A written statement of the concern and an indication of the expected outcome are desirable. The dean of students or a designee will address the student’s concern within 30 days.

In addition to handling student concerns, the dean of students works to improve campus and community life by serving as a student advocate, assisting in campus emergencies, distributing and enforcing the NMHU Code of Student Conduct, and supervising the student affairs staff. To schedule an appointment with the dean of students, call 454-3020.

The Library

The Thomas C. Donnelly Library supports the teaching, research and community activities of New Mexico Highlands University. It acquires, organizes, preserves and makes accessible pertinent information and scholarly materials that advance the curricular needs, intellectual pursuits and personal enrichment of its clientele. It promotes programs and services that emphasize the diversity of the university’s multicultural community and heritage. In accordance with New Mexico Highlands University’s overall educational commitment, it elicits an environment of respect and understanding for its diverse population in an intellectually stimulating atmosphere that is conducive to academic achievement.

Testing Services

Felix Martinez Building, (505) 454-3252 TestingServices@nmhu.edu

The Office of Testing Services is responsible for overseeing the COMPASS placement exam and a few departmental exams. Other tests offered include the ACT, LSAT, and GED. Some other exams may be offered on an ad-hoc basis. Please contact the office for listing of scheduled exams.



Highlands University’s website contains helpful information to the campus community and the public (campus directory, campus calendar, and online document for forms and information). To receive help with using computers or setting passwords students should go to www.nmhu. edu > my nmhu > Student Technical Help. Students can also view their class schedule and upper classmen can add or drop classes, change their address and other information in Self Service Banner. As students, they can also access their student e-mail, which is used for official communications mechanism.

Academic Enrichment Programs

Engineering Building, Room 100

Academic Enrichment Programs is responsible for overseeing the Freshman Experience Program. The program’s Learning Communities link classes that are needed so students get started right away, have fun, and make connections – and a wide variety of communities are available to fit their interests! The program’s Freshman Forum course (typically included in a learning community) is a class that supports students in the transition to college. Students will apply the principles learned in Freshman Forum to the content of other courses and to their life – setting them up for success in college right away! For more information, visit www.newmexicohighlands.com/FEP.

ARMAS in Education

Engineering Building, (505) 426-2010


The ARMAS Center provides comprehensive support to students in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) disciplines as they work toward their academic and professional goals. Services include supplemental instruction in STEM gateway courses, math tutoring during all center hours, academic coaching, a math and science textbook library (for use at the center), computer lab and printing, local STEM internships and research fellowships. All students are welcome to participate in the support services offered by ARMAS, regardless of major, and its services are free. During the fall and spring semesters, ARMAS is open from 8 am to 10 pm on Mondays through Thursdays, 8 am to 5 pm on Fridays and Sundays from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.


101 Student Union Building, (505) 454-3598

Click here for the bookstore's webpage

Students will make the Highlands Bookstore their first stop each semester, as the bookstore stocks the required course textbooks. The bookstore also offers supplies, gifts, novelty items and access to a fax machine. Regular business hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Hours of operation are extended during early semester rush periods.

Honors Societies

New Mexico Highlands University has a number of honor societies that elect students in recognition of academic excellence. Among the national societies are Psi Kappa Psi, Delta Mu Delta, Psi Chi, Phi Beta Sigma, Sigma Tau Delta, and Sigma Xi. They provide a wide array of community service experiences, as well as opportunities for personal growth and leadership development. There are also national and campus societies related to specific academic disciplines.

Information Online

A rich array of information is available to students online. It can be accessed from the NMHU home page, which links to other campus servers that offer textual material, maps, forms, periodicals, and additional material covering a broad range of general campus information, such as news, directories, and events calendars.

Some online services include admission, registration, and degree audit; information about campus services fundamental to student life; and resources that can help students with academic work. The campus library website also maintains a growing selection of online journals and other discipline-related resources, as well as guides to the library and general interest material.

Office of the Registrar

The Office of the Registrar at New Mexico Highlands University is committed to our past, present, and future students. It assists students with registration, degree checks, final clearance for commencement, transcripts and other student records.

Purple Pub Computer Lab

The Purple Pub Computer Lab is a student-only lab located in the Student Center. Computers are available and equipped with Windows software. Additionally, the lab offers laptop rental to students. Internet access is also provided.

Four computers are designed and equipped for use by individuals with disabilities. The lab is open year round and offers extended, evening and weekend hours. Hours may vary from semester to semester. Call the lab at (505) 426-2225 or Campus Life for information at (505) 454-3590. Valid Highlands IDs are required.

Educational Outreach Services (EOS)

Sininger Hall

(505) 426-2270, Toll Free (877) 248-9854

EOS provides regional telecommunications access and educational opportunities to all students and communities. EOS provides off-campus instruction, televised instruction (ITV) and web-based instruction. Help desk business hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Title V (EOS)

Highlands University, in collaboration with Northern New Mexico College, is a recipient of a Department of Education Title V grant. Funding provides numerous outreach activities including:

  • Expanding distance education infrastructure
  • Expansion of student services to off-site centers and other statewide educational sites
  • Professional development for staff and faculty

Campus Computers and E-mail Information

New Mexico Highlands University provides access to a full range of distributed computing capabilities. Most of the campus’s computers are connected to the Internet, which also provides access to the online library systems, NMHU website, and other online information resources.

Computing facilities provide access to workstations and printers at a variety of locations on campus. The Language Learning Center, the Learning Center, the Writing Center, and the Purple Pub Computer Lab; which has four computers designed and equipped for use by individuals with disabilities and offers laptop rental, and other departments have extensive computing facilities.

Information Technology (IT) on Campus

Information Technology Services is responsible for the acquisition, maintenance, and security of computers, software, telephones, and the network on campus. ITS maintains a helpdesk to address problems with access to university computer resources or to report problems with university computers.

The university provides student e-mail and accounts so students can access university computers or log on to university resources. General computer help or getting their username is available at www.nmhu.edu > CURRENT STUDENTS > Technical Help or by typing “help” (no password) on any university computer. To have full wireless access on campus, computers require a certificate that can be obtained by taking the computer to ITS. Computers used in the residence halls must be registered with ITS. The ITS office is on the ground floor of the Donnelly Library building.

Financial Information


The Business Office offers an array of services including student payment plans, disbursement of payroll and financial aid checks.

Statements/e-bills are available monthly during the semester by clicking “My NMHU” on the university’s website nmhu.edu. E-mail notifications are sent to students’ NMHU e-mail address when they have a new student statement and when disbursement is available. Online payments may be made at www.nmhu.edu; click My NMHU.

Students’ financial aid disbursements may be sent to their financial institution via direct deposit. Students who would like to enroll in this service should complete and submit the direct deposit enrollment form no later than the first Friday of the semester. Forms are available at www.nmhu.edu/Business_Office/index.aspx.

Financial Aid

New Mexico Highlands University is committed to helping all students attain an affordable education. The philosophy of the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships is to award funding to as many qualified students as possible. The office tries to distribute resources equitably and makes sure every student in need has the necessary resources to go to school. Using a combination of family support, grants, loans, work programs, and scholarships, the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships works so that each student has a personalized financial aid package.

The financial aid package is prepared for the student after all components of his or her application are reviewed by a financial aid adviser. A student’s package might be different from another’s, as the financial aid process is individualized based on their particular living and financial circumstances. The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships will ensure your student has a financial aid package that best fits his/her situation. Advise your student to use these funds wisely, as they are intended to help him/her for the duration of the semester. They should plan a budget ahead of time.

Applying for financial aid is simply a matter of accurately completing forms and getting paperwork submitted. Students can get help with the process, so they should not let the application forms scare them away. They should remember: the process is largely created through paperwork; therefore, they should keep copies of everything they send or deliver and records of the relevant dates. They should not give the Financial Aid Office the originals of income tax forms or other important documents. They should make copies and have the copies dated by the Financial Aid Office for additional assurances that materials have been received. They should make sure all documents are complete, accurate and signed by all required to sign.

Foundation and Alumni Affairs

(505) 454-3199

Highlands Foundation is responsible for raising private-sector funds for student scholarships and assisting the university administration with special projects. The foundation also acts as fiduciary agent for the funds of university departments and student organizations. The Alumni Affairs Office maintains correspondence and contact with Highlands’ graduates. It maintains the alumni database, publishes the alumni newsletter and sponsors alumni events such as homecoming and regional gatherings. The Alumni Office is charged with promoting goodwill between the university and its alumni.

Student Life

Campus Life and Conferences

301 Student Union Building, (505) 454-3590, Campuslife@nmhu.edu

Campus Life assists in making student life fun, lively and educational. The office provides a number of services including coordination of university events such as Welcome Week, club fairs, the Student Leadership Recognition Dinner, dances, Family Fun Day, homecoming events, and the Family Holiday Party. Service to student organizations includes charters, a handbook, mailboxes, leadership training programs and scheduling of university facilities. This office also provides student identification card services for university students, staff and faculty, oversees the campus vending operation, and administers the canteen fund. The director of campus life welcomes volunteers to assist with events or to join campus organizations or the Activities Board.

Outdoor Recreation Center


The Outdoor Recreation Center provides equipment to explore Las Vegas’ surrounding area and organizes student activities to optimize the enjoyment of the outdoors.

The student-driven center provides equipment for daily and extended use and conducts various clinics for students to learn the skills associated with various outdoor activities.

Housing and Dining

New Mexico Highlands University offers a variety of housing and dining options. A high number of students live in university residence halls and family student housing, only a small number live in rooms and apartments in the community.

Students should acquaint themselves with the various living options and deadlines for submitting applications. Those seeking housing in the community consult with lasvegasoptic.com. Wherever your students live, they should be particularly alert to safety. Remind them to be cognizant of earthquake and fire safety features.

Housing and Student Conduct

328 Student Union Building, (505) 454-3193

Life in the residence halls is often an important part of the total college experience. Students interested in making new friends, being close to classes, the library and on-campus activities, should consider living on campus in the residence halls. Students have a variety of choices when considering an on campus residence. There are suite style residences and more traditional halls with both private and shared rooms; something for everyone. Students who have specific request for housing due to a disability must contact Accessibility Services.

Housing is guaranteed to all new, incoming fall freshmen and transfers who apply by the deadline. The university makes every effort to accommodate students’ preferences. Students living on campus are expected to adhere to the residence hall/campus apartment policies.

Residence Halls

Each residence hall is unique. Most offer study rooms and most are located within a few blocks of campus. The following equipment, features, and services are standard in most residence halls:

  • Twin beds, dressers, desks, closet, carpets, and mirrors in all rooms.
  • Computer network connections in every room gives students access to the Internet.
  • In-room telephone lines. Students must supply their own telephones.
  • Basic cable TV service, free of charge.

Students should bring their pillows and bedding. They should also bear in mind that most rooms are double occupancy and have limited space.

Most residence halls are closed during semester break. Students are asked to vacate their rooms within 24 hours of their last final examination. Accommodations during break periods are not included in the contract. Special arrangements may be made for an additional fee for student’s residing in residence halls between semesters. However, accommodations can only be made if there is space available in another hall that remains open during the break. If no housing is available, students will have to seek accommodations elsewhere.

House Apartments

Arrott and Gregg House apartments afford families the opportunity to live on campus. These two-bedroom unfurnished apartments are an economical alternative for students with families. Married couples (with or without children) single parents, siblings or grandparents in guardianship of dependent minors, are all encouraged to apply. A student and spouse having more than two children cannot be accommodated. Official documentation of all relationships is required.


When students sign their room and board (meal plan) contract, they are making a financial commitment. ALL students living in the residence halls are required to have a meal plan, NO EXCEPTIONS! Should a student have dietary needs that require an accommodation, he or she must provide medical documentation, which will be verified, and meet with the director of food services to explain his or her dietary needs. The director will outline how dietary needs can be accommodated. The meal plan portion of their contract will not be cancelled. The student has signed a contract and are expected to fulfill his or her financial commitment. A student may make changes to her or his meal plan the first two weeks of the fall and spring semesters only. Meal plan charges will not be removed from their student account should they choose not to use their meal plan.

Once meal service has started for a given semester, students wishing to terminate the meal plan must petition the food service director, or his/her designate, for approval of meal plan cancellation.

Failure to participate in the meal plan does not release the student from this contractual obligation. All approved cancellations of the meal plan will be subject to the refund schedule. For more information on the refund schedule please refer to the cancellation refund schedule on the Residence Halls Handbook on Policies and Procedures available at www.nmhu.edu.

Students will have access to the dining hall throughout the day with meals deducted from their NMHU student ID card. To-go boxes can also be purchased from the dining area for meals on the go. Student meal plans come with options of flex dollars that will also allow students to make purchases at Einstein’s Bagel Bros., Purple Brew, and the campus convenience store.

Campus Post Office

The Campus Post Office is the mail processing facility for New Mexico Highlands University main campus and is responsible for processing incoming, outgoing, and inter-campus mail in a timely and responsible way in accordance with the rules and regulations of the U.S. Postal Service and the University. Mail is received and distributed on schedules established by the NMHU Campus Post Office based on a structured route system. Due to frequent changes in technology, terminology, rules, and regulations current U.S. Postal Service information may be obtained by visiting the U.S. Postal Service website at www.usps.com.

Ilfeld Auditorium

The university’s Ilfeld Auditorium is the place for entertainment on campus. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the 727-seat auditorium is home to concerts, lectures, free movies and the annual Homecoming Pageant. A list of each month’s upcoming events is online at www.nmhu.edu/ilfeld.

Campus Police

Hewett Hall-123

Routine calls, (505) 454-3278/3274

Emergency Calls, 911

The campus police are responsible for enforcing university regulations, city ordinances and state and federal laws. Police are trained in first aid and other emergency procedures. The department maintains the campus parking system, lost and found, and weapons safekeeping. Police are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at the Police and Information Center on National Avenue. During nonbusiness hours and holidays, police answer telephone calls made to the university.

There is More to Life than Studying

Students can find enrichment and support through a variety of student groups. Beside sports, cultural, and other activities sponsored by Associated Students of New Mexico Highlands University (ASNMHU), there are more than 50 registered student organizations on campus serving special interests and needs. Student groups include academic and professional, ethnic and cultural, political and social action, recreational, religious, and service oriented organizations as well as student publications. Encourage your students to get involved in some of these activities. They are wonderful ways to explore new interests and make friends.


Students have access to campus physical education, sports, and recreation facilities. Gymnasiums, swimming pools and various courts for indoor and outdoor activities.

Wellness Program

131 Wilson Complex, (505) 454-3122

New Mexico Highlands University’s Wellness Program offers a variety of physiological and fitness testing services to faculty, staff, students, and members of the community. The goal of these services is to provide educational information and ongoing personalized instruction for exercise, nutrition, and other wellness related topics. Many services are available through the Highlands Wellness Program, including cardiorespiratory testing, flexibility testing, muscular fitness testing, body composition testing, nutritional recommendations, and personalized exercise programs based on these analyses. A confidential file is maintained on all clients tested. Therefore, when clients choose to be re-tested, a comparison of pre- and post-testing can be performed to track improvements and maintenance of the client’s physiological profile.

Before anyone can be tested in the Highlands Wellness Program, individuals must undergo an initial screening, including a health history questionnaire, Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire, and an informed consent for the testing. The subject should understand the tests in which they will participate, as well as the pre-testing instructions. Any individual that has a significant medical condition must obtain a doctor’s release prior to testing. This is in strict accordance with ACSM Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription.

Other Things Your Students Should Know

Student ID

All Highlands students are provided with photo ID cards that officially identify them as NMHU students. Newly admitted students can have their photograph taken as soon as they register. This student ID is permanent and nontransferable. The multipurpose digital cards combine multiple card technologies. In addition to serving as your student’s photo identification card, which is required for students to use campus services such as computer labs, athletic events and get into their residence halls, the card also serves as a meal card for students on a meal plan.


There is an ATM from Southwest Bank on campus located on the first floor of the Student Union Building (SUB).

Storing Possessions

The university does not have on-campus storage facilities, but recommends using the various storage facilities in town. Students and parents should consider the relative locations, rates, and security for each facility before selecting one.

Advising, Counseling and Health

Academic Advising and Support Services

Career Services Center

Felix Martinez Building Room 230, (505) 454-3048

The Career Services Center offers current students a variety of career planning services including job search strategies, résumé preparation, interview skills, career fairs, job listings for summer jobs/internships/research programs and career opportunities, employer information sessions, workshops, and on-campus recruitment. Most of these services are also directly available online at www.nmhu.edu/careerservices. All students, including freshmen, are encouraged to utilize these services early in their education. Paid internships offer students the opportunity to gain work experience related to their field of study while in college.

Writing Center

Douglas Hall Room 115, (505) 454-3537

The NMHU Writing Center serves the campus community by supporting undergraduate writers of all disciplines in identifying and developing tools and strategies to meet goals for their writing in and out of the classroom. The Writing Center provides tutoring in a non-evaluative, supportive environment centered on the belief that all writers benefit from sharing work in progress with informed, attentive readers. During sessions, students plan, write, or revise with the guidance of a trained tutor. Our collaborative, flexible methods reflect our respect for the individual writer, whose voice and goals are central to all our endeavors. Contact the Center for an appointment.

Our tutors are experienced writers, often with professional publications. They are professors, instructors, and English graduate students skilled in advanced tutoring techniques and dedicated to the empowerment of independent thinkers and writers.

Academic Affairs

The Division of Academic Affairs is responsible for the instructional program of the university. This division includes a vice president, associate vice president, academic deans, department chairs, and faculty. Students may contact one or more of these individuals for information specific to academic programs.

Academic Support

Felix Martinez Building, (505) 454-3188

The Office of Academic Support offers an array of services with special emphasis on academic advisement. The academic support staff is available to ensure you receive assistance in assessing your interests, skills and abilities and point you in the right direction to help get you through college. The department provides assistance with peer advising, academic and social workshops, accessibility (physical, mental, and emotional disability related issues) and testing services, retention and intervention, academic advisement and new student orientation.

Summer Jobs /Internships /Research Programs/ Part-Time Jobs

Career Services Center, Felix Martinez Building, Room 230, (505) 454-3048

The Career Services Center provides employment listings for summer jobs, paid internships, summer research opportunities for students seeking to gain work experience related to their fields of study. Full-time career opportunities for graduating students are also posted and updated daily on the Career Services website: www.nmhu.edu/careerservices. Job postings are available throughout New Mexico, nationwide, and internationally.

Counseling – Individual and Group

Teacher Education Building

(505) 454-3564

Highlands University offers free counseling for children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families to help with problems related to abuse, addictions, self-esteem, relationships, anger, and other areas of life. The services are confidential and private and are conducted by graduate interns of Highlands’ Counseling and Guidance Program and supervised by a licensed professional counselor on the faculty.

Center for Advocacy Resources Education & Support (CARES)

306 Student Union Building, (505) 454-3529

The Center for Advocacy Resources Education & Support (CARES) provides collaborative services and support to students who have experienced domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. NMHU CARES also provides services and support for students who struggle with suicide or have had past suicidal ideation. Our program also supports students who are facing substance abuse issues. Services include advocacy, counseling referrals, academic and housing assistance, and student discipline advocacy. Resources and guidance are provided to those who are supporting others. The NMHU Center for Advocacy Resources Education & Support (CARES) provides educational outreach and coordinates trainings for the campus community.

University Health Center

Stu Clark Building, (505) 454-3218

The Student Health Center provides primary medical care to Highlands students and their dependents. The center posts a regular schedule with reduced hours during the summer semester. Highlands’ students may take advantage of the many services provided by the Health Center, which include prescription discounts and a small per-visit fee for dependents of eligible students. The Health Center accommodates walk-ins, but scheduled appointments are preferred.

Visiting Las Vegas, New Mexico

How to get here

Meadow City Express

Meadow City Express provides all citizens of Las Vegas, NM with reliable, safe, and affordable transportation.

Location: City of Las Vegas intermodal facility 500 Railroad Avenue. Also known as the railroad depot.

Office Hours:

Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Operation Hours:

Monday – Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Phone: (505) 454-8583, Fax: (505) 425-3773

Service area: MCE provides public transportation to the general public within the city of Las Vegas and immediate outlying areas.


• Cost per trip is 75 cents for each boarding (correct fare is required, drivers do not provide change)

• MCE offers discount bus passes at $5 for 10 rides and $10 for 20 rides. Passes may be purchased from Meadow City Express Transit Drivers or at the MCE office.

Schedule/Demand Response Service

  • Because MCE is a small but growing public transportation service, scheduling is done on a first come first serve basis.
  • MCE provides demand response service. Demand response service requires customers to call a day in advance to schedule ride(s). Permanent scheduling is also available upon request.
  • To cancel a ride, please call and cancel at least one hour prior to the scheduled pick-up time.

Accessibility/Riders with Disabilities

MCE fully supports the needs of the disabled community by ensuring that our transit vehicles are accessible through wheel chair lifts or ramps.

Rider Policy

  • It is recommended that the rider be ready for pick-up at least 15 minutes prior to scheduled pick-up time.
  • There is a three-minute waiting period for rider pick-ups, after three minutes, the driver will leave.
  • If a passenger is scheduled for two rides for a particular day, and misses the first ride, the second ride will be cancelled. Passenger must notify the MCE office if they wish to confirm the second ride.
  • For permanent schedules, MCE has three no-show policy. If the patron misses three rides in a row, the patron will be removed from the permanent schedule. It will be the patron’s responsibility to then reschedule their pick-up times.

Transportation options to the Highlands University campus

Transportation to the university campus from the surrounding states can be handled in a number of ways if you don’t have your own transportation.

Albuquerque, NM

Arriving from Albuquerque airport to connecting ground transportation services

If you are arriving via the Albuquerque airport (on weekdays only), use the Airport Express Route 250 to get from the airport to the Albuquerque Alvarado Transportation Center to access ground transportation connections.

From the Alvarado Center, you can choose any one of the following ground transportation options:

Amtrak train runs from the Alvarado Center (ABQ) to Las Vegas seven days a week. The train code for Las Vegas is LSV, and the train code for Albuquerque is ABQ. Make sure you chose the Las Vegas, New Mexico station and not Las Vegas, Nevada stations.

Once you arrive at the Las Vegas train station, call the Meadow City Express, Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Phone: 505.454.8583 Website: www.lasvegasnm.gov/community/meadow_city_express/index.php

• If you arrive during non-business hours, call the New Mexico Highlands University Campus Police, and they will pick you up as long as you are a student attending Highlands University.

Phone: 505.454.3278

Sandia Shuttle Express

If you take the Sandia Shuttle Express from the airport to Santa Fe, you will still need to find connecting transportation to Las Vegas. The only service available from Santa Fe to Las Vegas is by bus, which only operates on weekdays except for holidays. To get to Las Vegas from Santa Fe you can take the New Mexico Park and Ride, instructions below.


Phone toll free: 888.775.5696

New Mexico Park and Ride Bus Service

This service provides ground transportation between Santa Fe and Las Vegas NM. This service is only provided during the week except for holidays and the hours are very limited.

New Mexico Park and Ride website: click here. Choose the Northern New Mexico schedule. This will have fare and time schedules posted. Denver, CO

From Denver to Las Vegas, there are two ground options.

Bus and train option

From Denver International airport you can take a Regional Transportation District (RTD) bus to the Denver Union Station. On the RTD website, select landmarks from the menu options, then select, airport as origin and select the destination as rail and then submit. The route will display.

Amtrak website go to www.amtrak.com. Train from Denver Union Station to Las Vegas. This train makes a stop in Raton.

Bus option you will need to call the bus company to make arrangements. Their website does not give you the option to make travel plans.

Los Angeles to El Paso Limousine Express bus option.

Make sure you specify Denver to Las Vegas, New Mexico.



Departure Location: 2215 California Street, El Paso, TX.

The bus is the most reasonable option. Traveling by train is more expensive than flying, and there is not a reasonable direct route. Example to get to the campus: you would need to travel by train from El Paso to Los Angeles and then from there to Albuquerque and then to Las Vegas. El Paso-Los Angeles Limousine Express Make sure you specify El Paso to Las Vegas, New Mexico. Website www.eplalimo.com Phone: 915.532.4061 Departure location: 720 S. Oregon, El Paso, TX

Los Angeles, CA

If you are coming from Los Angeles, you have two ground options. You can take the Amtrak train to Las Vegas, NM or travel by bus through El Paso – Los Angeles Limousine Express.

Train option you will need to enter the codes for the Los Angeles Union Station (LAX) to Las Vegas NM (LSV). Make sure you select Las Vegas, NM. Amtrak website: www.amtrak.com

Bus option El Paso-Los Angeles Limousine Express Make sure you specify Los Angles to Las Vegas, New Mexico. El Paso – Los Angeles Limousine Express website: www.eplalimo.com Phone: 213.623.2323 Departure location: 260 E. 6th St., Los Angeles, CA

NM Rail Runner Express

Connection to the Rail Runner Express:

1. You must take the NM Park and Ride to Santa Fe, NM to connect to the Rail Runner Express; The Rail Runner Express is a train that travels from Santa Fe, NM to Albuquerque, NM and from Albuquerque, NM to Santa Fe, NM

Where to Stay/What to do

Las Vegas’ tourism website, www.visitlasvegasnm.com, maintains a current list of accommodations and things to do in and around the town. Additionally, the Las Vegas-San Miguel Chamber of Commerce’s website, www.lasvegasnewmexico.com/lvsm-chamber, lists many of the city and county’s businesses.

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