Advising Learning Outcomes for New (First-Year) Students
This page covers various aspects of starting at New Mexico Tech as a first-year student.
Click on each topic below to learn more.
Tech Terminology A guide to NM Tech's abbreviations, acronyms, and mysterious names (Banweb? ITC? APIN? etc.) Download the UPDATED guide here!
New Student Checklist To help new students keep track of what needs to be taken care of for a great start at NM Tech, download the UPDATED checklist here!
ID Number (aka 900#) Everyone, including students, at NM Tech is issued a unique nine-digit ID number that identifies them as an NM Tech student or employee. It is not "sensitive information" - it's used in place of security-sensitive information such as your Social Security or phone number. Your 900# is printed on your Student ID card, used as your Banweb User ID, and should be included in every email you send to NM Tech faculty or staff.
Banweb PIN Used to access your student records, financial aid information, and online registration site through the Banweb portal. Your Banweb user ID is your 900#, and your password is available by emailing the Registrar's office (include your name, 900#, and attach a photo/scan of your photo ID for security purposes). See more information at the Registrar's Banweb page.
APIN - (NOT THE SAME AS BANWEB PIN OR TCC LOGIN) To register online for classes, you will need an APIN (Alternate Personal Identification Number), a 6-digit number that you receive from your Faculty Advisor after they approve your proposed class schedule every semester. The APIN is your advisor's digital signature of approval - make sure to check with them before making any schedule changes even after you receive the APIN.
NMT Academic (Computer) Account (aka TCC or ITC account) Used to log in on all school computers (classrooms, library, labs) login; it's set up by Information Technology and Communication (ITC). On Orientation Day, or once you arrive on campus, go to the ITC Help Desk, Gold Building Room 101, for your username and password. They can also help you with wireless access.
Canvas access Canvas is the Course Management System - like Moodle or Blackboard - used at NMT. Some, or many, of your professors will use Canvas for your classes - to post the syllabus, announce upcoming assignments, and keep track of grades. After the semester starts, go to the NMT Canvas login page, which includes information about how to log in.
Remembering every college deadline can be difficult, so we have compiled a list of important deadlines that ALL students should know. Click on each to learn more.
Add/Drop dates let you make changes to your class schedule during the first part of the semester. Either you need more credits for a scholarship, or you decided you need to switch to a different section of a class. Regardless of the reason, you cannot add or drop classes after these days. To find out the details for each semester, visit the Registrar's page or check your NMT email often - the Registrar sends out emails in advance of all academic deadlines.
Grade options let you change how a class is graded. Standard Letter grade is the default for most classes. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (Pass/Fail) and Audit are the two other kinds of "grades" a student can select. However - changing your option to S/U or Audit may change your status for scholarship/funding requirements. You may have to retake a class if you need it as a prerequisite for another class. Talk with your Faculty Advisor, the Registrar's Office, and Financial Aid before changing any grade option. After the the Grade Option deadline, your grade type remains unchangable. For more information on grade option changes and deadlines, visit the Registrar's webpage.
These dates and deadlines are extremely important to help you get a great start at NM Tech. If you have any questions regarding these deadlines, please contact Rebecca Clemens.
Communicating with your Faculty Advisor is extremely important and very helpful for your academic success at NMT. Incoming new students are notified through their NMT email account of their advisor's name and contact information. It is important to familiarize yourself with your advisor and who they are so you can feel comfortable approaching them for help with academic and career questions.
Below is a list of items students should keep in mind when communicating with their advisor:
If, for some reason, you are unable to reach your advisor, contact the Department Chair or the Department Secretary. Usually they will be able to help you with any issues you may have, or they can put you in contact with your advisor.
If all else fails, contact Rebecca Clemens in the OSL. She will help you get you in touch with your advisor, the chair, or a temporary advisor, if necessary.
The LLC Program is designed to give first-year students the opportunity to participate in research most undergraduates normally wouldn't be able to their first semester. Each Learning Community project has a small cohort (~20) of students who participate in a research project overseen by a faculty member. Students in the LLCs form lasting friendships and relationships with peers and faculty, increasing research or design opportunities throughout their undergraduate degree program.
To visit the LLC page, with information on this year's projects and an application for Fall 2017, click here.
To visit the Financial Aid page, click here.
New Mexico Tech offers Financial Aid, in the form of scholarships, grants, or loans, to any eligible student who needs it. NMT accepts external scholarships, allowing students to bring financial aid from external funding sources. NMT also offers a variety of University Scholarships based on academic performance for both current and new incoming students.
Visit the Residential Life page here. You can find housing options, rates, requirements, and "what to bring/what not to bring" lists there.
NMT Residential Life offers all students university housing both on and off campus. There are two housing styles: dorms and apartments. Dorms have either community or suite-style bathrooms. Apartments are available both on and off campus. First-year residents are not required to live in NMT student housing, however it is highly recommended as it allows you to become more familiar with the NMT campus and your peers.
Housing assignments are prioritized in order by when the housing deposit was received - so submit your housing application sooner, rather than later, if you want to live in student housing.
It is mandatory for all undergraduate students living in NMT housing to purchase a Meal Plan - various levels and combinations are available.
The NMT Schedule of Classes lists all the courses that will be offered in the upcoming semester.
The 2016-2017 Course Catalog includes all degree requirements, course offerings, and pre-/co-requisites for every class.
Remember - you must have submitted your proposed schedule to your faculty advisor for approval before you try to register. Once your advisor approves your classes, he or she will provide your APIN (Alternate PIN) that you need as a second-level password in Banweb to register online. Every semester's APIN is different!
Navigating the NMT Banweb online registration system can be confusing the first few times. To help, a step-by-step guide for registering online has been created here.
If you get an error code you don’t understand (“Prereq error? I have the prereq!”), check this list of Banweb Registration Error Codes for a possible explanation. If you’re not able to get it figured out and fixed, or the error isn’t on the list, contact Rebecca Clemens in the OSL or staff in the Registrar’s Office for help.