Advising for Prospective Students

ETSE provides students with advising for degree completion, career choices, and life choices. Together, you and your mentor can develop your degree plan consistent with your major and areas of interest, including minors and concentrations and fulfilling NMSU and State of New Mexico General Education requirements. Working with your mentor will help you to make timely and satisfactory progress toward your degree. Your advisor acts as a guide, helping you plot the course of your degree.

Be sure to stay up to date of when class begins, when registration is open, or the last day to drop a course.


Centralized Advising

NMSU has centralized advising. Students have have the option to schedule their academic advising appointment online in addition to calling (575-646-2941) or coming in-person (Garcia Center 129). Students can go to Find Your Advisor/Book An Appointment to select the appointment time. We encourage all students to meet with an academic advisor at least once a semester.

First Time Registration

Begin by reviewing the Prepare For College page. You can reach out to ETSE faculty advisors/mentors. The program coordinators can advise you and recommend what courses to take. You can setup an individual tour or a take a virtual tour of the campus. It’s important to review and apply for Financial Aid, research the programs, and develop your career goals, Once you are ready to apply, you can start by registering a MyNMSU account.

Financial Aid

NMSU offers scholarships and financial aid options to help fund your education. To apply for financial aid, you go through the Federal Student Aid, FAFSA. Eligible students can be awarded different types of aid, which include grants, aid that does not need to be repaid, loans, and work-study, which provides part-time employment to undergraduate students. The Scholar Dollar$ is an online scholarship application and awarding system that also provides scholarships.

Different Types of Aid
  • Grants – financial aid that doesn’t have to be repaid (unless, for example, you withdraw from school and owe a refund)
  • Scholarships – award of financial aid for a student to further their education, awarded based upon various criteria
  • Work-Study – a work program through which you earn money to help you pay for school
  • Loans – borrowed money for college or career school; you must repay your loans, with interest

Online Registration

You can register your classes online though yout My NMSU account. On the “Student” tab, they can click “Registration” and choose the semester to view all the available classes and register. Under “Look Up Classes,” you can select a subject, or select multiple subjects by holding down CTRL on the keyboard. After you search, all classes for the selected semester that fit your search will come up (even if registration is closed for that class). You can then click the checkbox for the selected class and choose “Register”.

From the Registration page, choose the term by clicking “Select Term”. Then choose “Registration Status”. It will bring up the dates you may register for the selected term and also information about any holds you may have that prevent registration

Viewing Your Schedule

There are several different ways to view your course schedule from the Registration page.

  • “Week at a Glance” shows your classes for the current week and you can search for a different week from that page as well.
  • “Concise Student Schedule” shows your basic information as well as all of your classes. The meeting times and locations are included on this schedule as well.
  • “Student Detail Schedule” shows you a very detailed schedule of your classes for the selected term. It shows all information about the class including meeting times and the location of the classroom.


On, click on the “Student” tab and then “Registration” from the list. Select the semester from the dropdown box. Click “Order Books from Barnes & Noble”, then “Go to Bookstore Website”. You aren’t forced to order from it, but it will bring up a list of books and other materials your professors have requested that you get.

Student Responsibilities

  • Contact and schedule appointments with your advisor/mentor if you have questions
  • Check your NMSU email account regularly to stay up to date with current information, (the NMSU email is your official communication method)
  • Create a proposed schedule for this semester and following semesters,
  • Pay close attention to co- and prerequisites for each course; also if they are fall, spring, or summer only offered courses
  • Consider your career goals when choosing electives, concentrations, or Minors,
  • Track your individual progress by logging into the STAR Audit System,
  • Be aware of important dates and deadlines i.e., drop/add, scholarships etc. – see the link: NMSU Advising
  • Seek your faculty mentor if you have any questions or concerns regarding your progress.

Mentor Responsibilities

  • Provide you with accurate academic information including general education requirements and NMSU policies
  • Help you design a realistic degree plan that is consistent with your area of interest as well as your career and personal goals
  • Refer you to the appropriate service or department based on need
  • Help with career and life choices

Additional Help

If you have any additional questions that aren’t addressed, you can contact the Registrar’s Office at and 575-646-3411. You can also contact the Office of Engineering Technology & Surveying at and 575-646-2236. You can reach out to your advisor.