Your first year on campus is exciting! FIRST-YEAR EXPERIENCE is designed to help you feel at home on campus, connect you with resources, and help build your skills for success at UNM.

Learning Communities

Two Courses LInked Together in Content or Theme

Big Questions

Use the World's Biggest Questions as Opportunities to Develop the Future

Transition Communities

Courses to help You Navigate the College Experience

Meet Faculty

Meet Faculty Members

Making connecting with your faculty members is one of the most important relationships first year students should develop.  Your faculty will help you transition to college expectations, serve as a point of contact as you develop your studies, and can someday provide a letter of recommendation for graduate studies or the workplace.  Over 100 instructors at UNM are committed to helping first year students make this transition successfully.  Click here to learn more about Academic Communities faculty. 
Learn how to study for college

How to Study for College

Classes in college will have fewer graded assignments, but the kinds of assignments you complete will be a strong indication of the kinds of work you can do in graduate studies and on your future career path.  Instructors in Academic Communities create their classes to help you adapt to the study skills that will make you successful in college.

Make New Friends

Make New Friends

College will be the place where you make friends for life.  Everyone starting college is hoping to find people with whom they can develop  friendships.  Being active on campus helps by joining clubs and engaging in co-curricular programming.  But, many of your closest friendships will be people who will study in your field.  Academic Communities are a great place where you can start connecting with people interested in the same fields of study and ways of learning.

The 4 C's: Skills Employers Want

Skills Employers Want

The skills you will learn in college directly relate to all of your post-college aspirations.  Employers are clamoring for four essential skills you should learn in college: critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity.  Academic Communities courses expose you to these essential skills from day one of your college experience.