Academic Advising FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions about Advising

I have  hold.  How do I get it taken off?

Each year, Biology, Microbiology, Conservation Ecology, and Genetics Majors will be asked to go through our departmental advising process.   Until the process is complete a hold will be placed on your registration.   Upon completion of the advising process, we will be happy to lift your hold.  Please note, it may take up to 48 hours to have your hold removed even after you have completed the advising process.  Please plan ahead and call (575) 646-2941 to make an appointment with an advisor.

How do I get advised?

You must see an Advisor in the the Center for Advising and Academic Success (CAAS) in Garcia Annex. Please call (575) 646-2941 to make an appointment with a member of the life sciences team! Here is a link to the website:

How do I know if I need to be Advised?

If you have a hold on your account, you probably need to be advised. You can check your holds on mynmsu.

Do I need to make an appointment for advising?

It is highly recommended you make an appointment for advising. If you try to walk-in you may experience a long wait time and your advisor will not be as prepared to speak with you.

But I already know what I need to take, do I still need to be advised?

Many times we have students come in proclaiming that they “know what they need.”  Indeed, sometimes this is the case.  However, many students come away tidbits of useful (and sometimes critical) information that they would not have know otherwise.  Advising is geared toward your success – we want to make sure you are on track to graduate,  and don’t have any surprises at the end!!

When does advising for the next semester begin?

Advising will begin 4-6 weeks prior to registration, and anytime you have questions or concerns!