New Student Information

Welcome to the College of Business!

There are things you can do before and after Aggie Welcome & Orientation (AWO) that will help you transition into college.


AWO: Aggie Welcome & Orientation
COB: College of Business
NMSU: New Mexico State University

About the College of Business (COB)

New students are required to attend the COB presentation at AWO. We will:

  • Help you with course selection and registration.
  • Show you the curriculum structure, course selection, how to register for classes, and the requirements for COB majors.
Courses for most COB majors are identical until lower division courses are completed or until your junior year. This gives you time to decide on your major. See Business Administration and Accountancy majors, degree plans, and sample schedules at Academic Programs.

BEFORE attending Aggie Welcome & Orientation (AWO)

Please do the following items before you arrive. They are related to orientation and registration.

NMSU provides a New Aggie Checklist on their AWO page. At the bottom of that page is a printable checklist.

  • Select Download this Checklist, print it, and complete the steps.



Watch this video. It explains how to register for classes.


Order your transcripts and have them sent directly to Undergraduate Admissions:

  • Include your official ACT or SAT scores, all college transcripts, advanced placement (AP) credits, dual credits, CLEP, DANTES, and international baccalaureate.


Check your Math and English placement.

Placement is based on your high school GPA and ACT or SAT scores.

Math Placement Exam (MPE) information is at

The College of Business requires you take the Math Placement Exam (MPE) if:

  • you are a transfer student who is not required to submit your high school transcript and ACT and/or SAT scores to NMSU,
  • and you have not successfully completed the equivalent of Math 120-Intermediate Algebra or a higher level math course.

The College of Business recommends you take the MPE if you:

  • are not satisfied with your math placement.
  • have taken additional math classes since taking the ACT or SAT.
  • have not taken a math class in a while.


International Students: The Math Placement Exam (MPE) and English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) are required upon arrival at NMSU.