Advising


1157 County Road 110
Ranchos de Taos, NM 87557

Phone: (575) 737-6202

Advising: Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I need to see an Academic Advisor?
An Academic Advisor will guide you and make sure you are on the right path with your educational goals. 

How do I have a mandatory advisement hold removed?
You can make an appointment to speak with an Academic Advisor by calling 575-737-6202. 

How often should I see an advisor?
Students should meet with an Academic Advisor at least once per semester. 

How many credit hours do I need to take to be a full time student?
Students need to take a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester and 6 during the summer to be considered full time. 

How do I know if a class is full?
You can search the class schedule by

  1. log on to http://taos.unm.edu
  2. Click on ‘select class schedule’ under ‘Academics’ at the bottom of the page.
  3. Select ‘Taos’
  4. Search the class listings for availability.

What is a course prerequisite?
A pre-requisite is a course that must be completed before enrolling in another course. 

What is a co-requisite?
A course that must or can be taken concurrently with a given course. 

How do I change majors/degree programs?
Fill out a Change of Status Form available at the Student Enrollment Office.

Link: Change of Status Form PDF Format

What is the difference between a Certificate and an Associate’s Degree?
A certificate is a 1-year program (may take longer depending on placement) intended to prepare a student for a specific area of study.  An Associate’s Degree is a two-year program (may take longer depending on placement) with academic requirements that not only focus on a specific area of study but also includes general academic basics that can be used towards a Bachelor’s Degree and Beyond. 

What do I do if I am on Academic Probation?
Make an appointment to see an Academic Advisor by calling (575) 737-6202. 

*How soon should I petition for graduation?
Students should petition the semester before the expected graduation date.   The established graduation petition deadlines are:

                  Summer Session                    April 1rst

                  Fall Semester                          June 1rst

                  Spring Semester                    Novembeer 1rst

Link: http://taos.unm.edu/student-success/graduation.html

*How do I become a part of the graduation ceremony?
Make an appointment to see an Academic Advisor by calling (575)737-6202.

 Link: http://taos.unm.edu/student-success/graduation.html

What is a degree summary?
A degree summary will show what courses a student needs to take to complete a certificate/degree.  The summary will also show the requirements that have been completed, and those requirements yet to be completed.

What is a LOBO tracks degree audit?
A LOBO tracks degree audit is a computerized report that will show what courses a student needs to take towards the completion of a degree.  It also will show which courses have been transferred from another institution.

*What is the UNM Core-Curriculum?
The core curriculum is a list of ‘basic’ courses that can be used as a basis for the completion of many Associate’s Degrees and Bachelor’s Degrees.  They are courses that are also the most easily transferrable to other degree granting institutions.

http://advisement.unm.edu/academic-forms/Core%20Sheet%202011.6.9.pdf  PDF format

What resources does UNM-Taos have in order to help student’s succeed. 
*CASA-Free tutoring, Workshops, and COMPASS Placement Testing.

http://taos.unm.edu/student-success/casa/index.html

*ADVISING- Guidance to make sure you are on the right path with your educational goals. 

http://taos.unm.edu/student-success/advising/index.html

*DEPARTMENT CHAIRS- Assistance for students so that they can obtain goals either professional or academic.

http://taos.unm.edu/academics/instruction/index.html

HELP CENTER- HONORING AND ENHANCING THE LEARNING PROCESS—
Offers Professional and Academic mentoring to students.

 No link provided yet.

*LIBRARY-
The UNM-Taos Library is here to help you get the information you need to be successful in your educational pursuits and to supplement and support the learning process.

http://taos.unm.edu/library/index.html

*STUDENT GOVERNMENT-  
Encourages and supports student participation, advocates on behalf of students, builds constructive relationships among faculty, students, and community.

http://taos.unm.edu/student-success/studentgov/index.html

I would like to register for a class but the system says I am not yet a student.  What can I do?
Contact the Admissions Office at (575)737-6215.

http://taos.unm.edu/common/documents/admissions-application.pdf PDF Format