Student Life

The excitement of student life is essential to the NMSU experience. We are collaborating with students through ASNMSU and at our community colleges to determine how to engage students in all aspects of campus life, including how to maintain a healthy environment.


Aggie Student Life
(Updated: 09/02/2020)

Public Health restrictions on gathering sizes guide our plans regarding everything from club meetings to attendance at sporting events. Our Student Life office is working to create safe ways for all students to engage in the activities that make college life vibrant.

Clubs, lectures, fraternities, sororities, study sessions, intramurals, and other activities that occur in person will be limited in size and are expected to observe precautions such as physical distancing and face coverings based on guidance from state and local public health authorities, university guidance, and the space used.

Lap swimming will be available at the Aquatic Center for full-time students beginning Aug. 26. Students who would like to reserve a lap lane can do so by signing up and logging in at using their NMSU email.

NMSU will provide in-person activities to the extent that it is safe and practical to do so. While study abroad and student exchange activities are not possible at this time, such activities will resume as soon as possible. Similarly, field trips and other experiential learning activities will occur where possible. We expect all of these activities to adhere to the precautions recommended by state and local health authorities.


Athletics Readiness
(Updated: 08/19/2020)

The NMSU system takes great pride in Aggie Athletics and supports the university’s resumption of athletics in the 2020–2021 academic year. Timing and format depend on ongoing evaluation of conditions and direction from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). Strength and conditioning training will resume in phases, as allowed by national and regional athletics governing bodies, and with protective equipment in use when social distancing is not possible.

Fall sports, including volleyball, soccer, cross country and football, have been postponed until the spring and decisions about sporting events, including the presence of spectators at events, will be made in accordance to guidance from the NCAA, WAC, and state and local officials.


Aggie Health and Wellness
(Updated: 6/23/20)

The Aggie Health and Wellness Center continues to offer health and wellness services to the NMSU community. This includes counseling services for students provided by counselors and psychologists who can assist with crisis, mental health, and personal growth and well-being issues. Services are free and confidential to NMSU Las Cruces campus students, and we have increased our counseling staff to provide additional support.

In an effort to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19, the Aggie Health and Wellness Center offers both in-person and telehealth services for access to medical and counseling providers, laboratory, and pharmacy services. Appointments for telehealth screening are available at 575-646-1512 from 8 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Appointments can also be made for in-person laboratory services and pharmacy refills.


Housing & Residential Life Readiness

NMSU’s Housing & Residential Life office supports a healthy on-campus living environment, and is committed to providing students with a positive, engaging, safe, and supportive campus experience. We are looking forward to welcoming residents to campus housing in August. To prepare, we are implementing practices that adapt to a COVID-19 world. Our practices are based on advice from NMSU health experts, New Mexico Department of Health, CDC and other resources. We will provide training and education for our students and expect they will do their part to stay healthy and protect the health of the NMSU community.

Because we believe in the importance of a structured living environment, NMSU is not waiving the first-year residency requirement. However, we have added an exemption specifically for COVID-19, according to certain eligibility criteria.

Visitors & Holiday Travel

Students living in Rhodes Garrett Hamiel, Juniper Hall, Garcia Hall, Piñon Hall, Chamisa Village, Vista del Monte and Cervantes Village will not be permitted day or overnight visitors in those housing facilities, including their rooms. This does not apply to student family housing.

Residential living students are strongly discouraged from leaving the university area for the duration of the semester, including Thanksgiving, to limit exposure. If students do leave the residence hall and suspect they have been exposed to COVID-19, the student will be required to report this exposure to the appropriate resident director and may be required to self-quarantine in accordance with CDC and state guidance.

Move-in Schedule
(Updated: 7/22/20)

Move-in for each resident will be by scheduled appointment from August 14 to 16 for first-year residents and from August 16 to 18 for upperclassmen, to allow for social distancing and to limit the number of people in a facility at any given time. Resident directors will contact residents with information on how to sign up for a move-in appointment. Each resident will be limited to two helpers during their scheduled move-in time. Face coverings will be required, along with social distancing and frequent hand-washing.

Resident students traveling to the Las Cruces campus from out of state, including El Paso/Juarez, are asked to arrive for early move-in by August 1, 2020. While students commuting daily from communities outside New Mexico are expected to follow mask-wearing and social distancing guidelines the entire time they are on campus, our resident students join the housing community – their Aggie family – when they make a home on our campus. For the protection of all of our resident students, quarantine requirements outlined by the New Mexico Department of Health will apply to all campus housing arrivals from out of state. These students will need to fill out an “Early Arrival Request – Fall 2020” on their myHousing portal, and provide documentation of travel so we can best coordinate their living spaces with their travel plans.

Protecting Health
(Updated: 8/4/20)

Housing & Residential Life supports healthy habits for resident students. Operations desks at Garcia Hall, Chamisa Village and South Campus will be open and staffed. Guidance on expected health protocols will be provided to residents and placed prominently throughout housing facilities. Signs will be placed on the premises that direct residents to entrances and exits, and provide instructions for foot traffic flow and maximum occupancy in certain areas. Because of the importance of physical distancing while in the community, common spaces such as lobbies, game rooms and study rooms may not be available.

Isolation housing is available as needed, in housing units that are private and separated from other residential areas. Meal delivery service will be available if required. A team of staff members will support students while in isolation housing through regular phone calls, errands, and meal delivery.

Residents are responsible for keeping their living spaces (rooms, restrooms, and shared areas) clean. Shared or frequently touched surfaces should be disinfected after use by each individual. Residents must supply their own cleaning supplies and materials. We recommend cleaners that disinfect or a bleach and water solution. Residents should not occupy the restroom or shower at the same time to reduce the potential for virus spread. 

In addition to regular cleaning of rooms, restrooms, and shared areas (where applicable), residents should wipe down or spray shower, toilet, sink and counter surfaces with disinfecting cleaner frequently and leave restroom door(s) open for ventilation to dry the restroom.

Residents are responsible for removing trash and placing it in parking lot dumpsters. Community spaces, including lobbies, community bathrooms, patios, etc. will undergo enhanced cleaning and disinfection by the custodial team on a regular schedule.

More specific information for residential students can be found at


Dining Readiness
(Updated: 09/02/2020)

Food service around campus will be ready to serve the NMSU community with additional choices in ordering and delivery, consistent with the current quality, standards, and regulations. During late July and early August, employees will undergo rigorous training on enhanced cleaning protocols.

In accordance with New Mexico’s Public Health Order dated Aug. 27, 2020, all dine-in service will be limited to a maximum of 25 percent capacity. Additional food service will be provided utilizing carryout and mobile ordering pickup.

A Dining Sanitation Team of frontline staff designated by yellow vests will sanitize all customerside touch surfaces every 20 minutes and as needed. The team will act as information experts to help answer questions on COVID-19 procedures, navigation, and daily menus, and help to politely remind patrons about COVID-19 safety procedures such as social distancing and mask usage.

Technological and physical accommodations designed to reduce the spread of and exposure to COVID-19 will include:

  • Mobile app ordering
  • Barriers and social distancing signage to control lines
  • Touchless cashiering and acrylic barriers at cashier stations
  • Elimination of self-service and buffet options
  • Menu adaptations to accommodate to-go and delivery items
  • Signage, maps, and menus at the entrance to facilities
  • Flexible and layered protective equipment for all employees
  • Additional shaded and cooled outdoor seating for dining near Corbett Center Student Union