Advising at New Mexico Tech
Welcome to the advising page at New Mexico Tech! Here you can find information regarding the advising process, changing your major and minor, and much more! The advising website exists to help current, incoming, transfer, and international students gather information to help them in their pursuit of academic excellence.

 

What is Academic Advising?
Academic Advising is a collaboration between advisors and students; the advisor provides information and resources for the student's academic, professional, and social development.

NMT's strength is that students are advised by faculty in their major. The relationship that develops between the faculty advisor and student can be academically and professionally beneficial.

What is the advising process at NMT?
After a student accepts admission to NMT, the Office for Student Learning (OSL) advising coordinator contacts the appropriate department chair to request a faculty advisor be assigned for the new student. The faculty member is notified of their new advisee and sent the student's Math and English placement information and transfer credits evaluation (if any). The student should be contacted by the faculty advisor (generally by email) within a few days - check your NMT student Gmail account!
Once the advisee has been in contact with their advisor, the two of them discuss, either in person or by email, what the student hopes to achieve by the end of the upcoming semester. This gives both the student and the advisor an understanding of what classes the student needs to take. At this point, a schedule is drafted by the student, with the help of the NMT advising coordinator; the student then submits the proposed schedule to the faculty advisor. Once the advisor approves the schedule, he or she will send the student the Alternate PIN (APIN) needed for online registration.

Student Advisee Responsibilities
Know degree requirements, relevant school policies, and deadlines.
Be open to developing and clarifying academic and professional goals.
Research university programs and courses.
Regularly consult faculty advisor and degree audit systems.
Use campus academic, social, and professional resources.
Be respectful: be on time and prepared for scheduled meetings.

 

Faculty Advisor Responsibilities
Uphold the integrity and value of the degree by maintaining University standards and policies.
Listen carefully and respect the student’s questions, concerns, and problems.
Collaborate with the student to develop academic and personal goals.
Communicate core, major, and minor degree requirements.
Provide appropriate referrals and resources.
Say “no” when that’s the appropriate answer.

 

Advising Vision and Mission

Vision
Academic advising at New Mexico Tech prepares students for their future and enables them to make a positive contribution to the STEM community. Such advising will foster leadership, professional competence, and high ethical standards. Faculty advisors will work to guide and mentor students through the most current advances in their respective fields.

Mission
New Mexico Tech’s academic advising enhances education by inspiring diverse students to challenge themselves through setting goals, making informed decisions, developing professionally and personally, and taking ownership of their education.

 

NMT Math Placement
Your success at New Mexico Tech is very important to us. We want you to be successful in your math courses and confident in your math skills. Math is integral to all science and engineering disciplines. A strong math foundation can contribute substantially to both your time at college and your future career.


Entry Math Level
Which math subjects students have been taught before coming to Tech depends on which school they attended and whether they took advanced placement courses. Math classes for incoming students are ranked by how advanced the subjects are. The least to most advanced entry level classes are: MATH 101 - MATH 103 - MATH 104 - 131. This is important because the level of math class you take in your first semester affects which other classes you can take. When you look in the course catalog, you will see that many courses have a math pre-requisite or co-requisite. The general courses in Chemistry, Physics and Engineering Science have specific math requirements. For example, you need to be co-registered in MATH 103 Pre-Calculus in order to take Introduction to Engineering. You need to place into MATH 104 Trigonometry or higher to take General Chemistry I. General Physics I requires MATH 131 Calculus I placement or above. You have the most course options when you start at MATH 131 Calculus I. Math placement is initially determined by your ACT/SAT scores. This is listed in the next block.

Class ACT Score SAT (Old) Score SAT (Revised) Score
Math 101 (College Algebra) less than 20 less than 500 less than 520
Math 103 (Pre-Calculus) 21-25 500-580 530-600
Math 104 (Trigonometry) 26-29 590-660 610-690
Math 131 (Calculus I)  30 or above 670 or above 700 or above
Class Math 101 (College Algebra) Math 103 (Pre-Calculus) Math 104 (Trigonometry) Math 131 (Calculus I) 
ACT Score less than 20 21-25 26-29 30 or above
SAT (Old) Score less than 500 500-580 590-660 670 or above
SAT (Revised) Score less than 520 530-600 610-690 700 or above
Class Math 101 (College Algebra) Math 103 (Pre-Calculus) Math 104 (Trigonometry) Math 131 (Calculus I)  Class ACT Score SAT (Old) Score SAT (Revised) Score
ACT Score less than 20 21-25 26-29 30 or above Math 101 (College Algebra) less than 20 less than 500 less than 520
SAT (Old) Score less than 500 500-580 590-660 670 or above Math 103 (Pre-Calculus) 21-25 500-580 530-600
SAT (Revised) Score less than 520 530-600 610-690 700 or above Math 104 (Trigonometry) 26-29 590-660 610-690
Class Math 101 (College Algebra) Math 103 (Pre-Calculus) Math 104 (Trigonometry) Math 131 (Calculus I)  Class ACT Score SAT (Old) Score SAT (Revised) Score Class ACT Score SAT (Old) Score SAT (Revised) Score
ACT Score less than 20 21-25 26-29 30 or above Math 101 (College Algebra) less than 20 less than 500 less than 520 Math 101 (College Algebra) less than 20 less than 500 less than 520
SAT (Old) Score less than 500 500-580 590-660 670 or above Math 103 (Pre-Calculus) 21-25 500-580 530-600 Math 103 (Pre-Calculus) 21-25 500-580 530-600
SAT (Revised) Score less than 520 530-600 610-690 700 or above Math 104 (Trigonometry) 26-29 590-660 610-690 Math 104 (Trigonometry) 26-29 590-660 610-690

Note: You may also start at Math 131 if:

 

 

Should I try to move ahead in my math placement?
How can I move ahead in my math placement?
First, you need to evaluate how comfortable you are with your math placement. If you feel that the placement is an accurate representation of your math skills, then stay in the course that corresponds to your math placement. If you think that your math skills correspond to the next level, take the math placement test. If you want to get ahead on math before you arrive at NMT, take a math course over the summer: either on campus at Tech, through a distance education course offered by Tech (there are scholarships to subsidize these courses), or at your local community college:


Math Placement Test:
New Mexico Tech offers a free, optional, online math placement exam. Email mathplacement@nmt.edu to request access to the test. Use your NMT student Gmail to send the request (test information is sent ONLY to NMT student email accounts), and include your name and NMT Banner Student ID Number (aka 900#). Take the test as soon as possible, as this will leave you with the option to enroll in a summer math course if you don't pass the test. If you do not know your NMT Student Gmail login information, please contact the Office for Student Learning (OSL) at osl@nmt.edu.

Summer Math Course:
Take a Pre-Calculus , Trigonometry, or even a Calculus course over the summer either on campus at Tech, through a distance education course offered by Tech (there are scholarships to subsidize these courses), or at your local community college to move ahead in your math placement. Earn at least a 'C' to be able to transfer the credits. Contact Titia Barham in the Registrar's Office to find out which math course at your local college meets NMT Academic Requirements.

You are now a member of the NMT community and the greater communities of science and engineering. We are confident that you are on the path to academic success and a fulfilling college experience. Please let us know how we can help along the way.

 


Contact Information

If you can't find the answer to your questions on this website or on the NMT Main website, contact OSL staff at Email.

First try to contact someone in the department that relates to your question. If it's about your living situation, contact Residential Life Email. If it's about classes you need to take, try to contact your faculty advisor. If you have questions about tutoring, contact someone at the Office for Student Learning. Regardless of what your question is, we will work hard to make sure that it is answered properly and in a timely manner.