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Getting started is easy!

Ready? Set? Let’s go! We want to make your transition to New Mexico Highlands as easy as possible. If you follow the steps below, you’ll be in class and making new friends in no time:

  • Register for Orientation
  • Submit your FAFSA
  • Contact the Office of Financial Aid to see if you are eligible for scholarships, loans, grants or other aid.
  • Apply for and secure your room and meal plan
  • Contact our Business Office to set up a payment plan
  • Find a friend to give you a high five; you’re ready to go!

Financial Aid

  • Begin to complete your FAFSA October 1 of every year for priority awarding of state, federal grants, and work study funds. Apply on the FAFSA website at www.fafsa.ed.gov (NMHU School Code: 002653).
  • For priority awarding of freshman scholarships, you should complete your admissions application packet no later than March 1. For additional scholarship opportunities, you should complete a the NMHU scholarship application beginning March 1 of every year.

Questions? Contact the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships at: 800.379.4038 or by email at financialaid@nmhu.edu


(Mandatory for First Time Freshman)

Living in a residence hall is a great experience. While New Mexico Highlands offers a variety of living arrangements, each has one thing in common: they’re a great way to meet new lifelong friends, create unforgettable memories, and be a part of a vibrant campus community.

For a virtual tour of our residence halls, go to NewMexicoHighlands.com/#virtualtour.

For more information on how to apply for on-campus housing, residence hall information and more, click here


What’s the best way to start off right as a Highlands Cowboy? New student orientation, where advisers provide an introduction to Highlands University and its renowned academic programs, extensive services, and rich traditions. All new students must go through the orientation process.

To reserve your spot for orientation, click here.

For additional details contact Academic Support at 505-454-3188

Advisement & Registration

Student academic advisement is a shared responsibility between the Office of Academic Support and faculty. First-time freshmen are advised by an adviser in Academic Support and transitioned to a faculty adviser during their second year. Your assigned adviser in Academic Support will continue to provide support through financial aid counseling, tutoring referrals, and to provide assistance with other questions you may have.

Your adviser can help you change your major, review degree requirements, explain academic standards and regulations, and teach you how to use Degree Works. Advisement is an important part of your academic success at NMHU!

For additional details contact Academic Support at 505-454-3188.

First-Year Experience Learning Communities

Highlands' First-Year Experience Learning Communities create academic experiences based on what research shows about how we learn best. Our communities combine courses to guide you in making connections between seemingly unrelated content, the basis of meaningful learning. You will also apply what you learn in the classroom to real-world situations through field experiences, case studies, and other hands-on activities. The faculty work together to help you make connections, and a peer mentor and adviser are linked to your community to support you in your success.

Your LC will be determined based on who you are and what you like, and all the same students are in the three courses together so you make friends with people who share your interests. Each community is part of a Highlands Hacienda, a group of learning communities that share a common brand and goal to win the First-Year Competitions. This structure makes it easy for you and your friends to build relationships and enjoy your first year as Highlands Cowboys and Cowgirls!

For more information on First-Year Experience Learning Communities, click here

Business Office

The Business Office. Sounds scary, right? Actually, it’s not. The Business Office is here to help you set up tuition payment plans so you can continue sailing through your classes like a champ. There’s one catch, though: communicate! They’re nice people who want to help you succeed, too. To find out how to pay your student account or set up a payment plan, click here.

We're looking forward to seeing you!

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