Welcome to the Academic Communities Program!

Courses in the Academic Communities Program serve as your academic gateway to UNM and provide the tools you need to succeed in higher education. 

Academic Communities are community-based classes dedicated to helping first-year students develop:

  • Academic and social community
  • A sense of engagement in their education
  • The skills necessary for academic success
  • An understanding of the culture of higher education
  • Connections to UNM resources and support systems
  • Close relationships with University faculty and staff

In your very first semester, you get to take classes in your degree, learn the skills employers want you to learn in college, meet new friends, get a great academic start at UNM and have a fun time!

There are no special requirements for freshmen to participate in Academic Communities courses. First-year students elect to participate by registering for the courses on a space-available basis at their Orientation. There are no additional costs to participate.

There is an Academic Community for everyone! Browse Academic Community Course Offerings by navigating the Programs tab above!

Transition Communities

A Transition Community is a one or three-credit first-year seminar that helps students excel in their first year at UNM by learning college success skills and building community. Twenty-five students enroll in a community-oriented seminar where they will learn how to better navigate the University and have an overall, smoother transition to university life. A primary goal of the seminar is to excel in the other core or academic courses while learning about majors, careers, and college success skills. There are several Transition Communities created for the general student population as well as courses designed for unique cohorts at UNM by major, affiliations, or interest areas.

Academic Foundations

Academic Foundations courses prepare students for college-level work by offering introductory-level courses in math and reading. Students taking these courses will be better prepared for success in UNM core curriculum courses and their rigorous academic majors. The courses count toward graduation but do not fulfill core curriculum requirements.