A new school year brings new students — and new questions.

The Daily Lobo asked new students what daunting questions they had prior to starting the semester, and we did our best to answer them.

How do I navigate campus?



The University of New Mexico is split up into three campus in Albuquerque — central campus, where most students will attend classes, north campus and south campus. North campus is where the UNM School of Law and UNM School of Medicine can be found. South campus is where students can find University Stadium, the Pit and other buildings.

As the new semester is beginning, students will find UNM Alumni is running ‘Ask Me’ stations, where students can ask for directions and campus maps. Main campus has several stations.

However, if students still have questions about navigating campus they can reference the online map provided by UNM at Campus Maps. This website has maps for the central campus, north campus and south campus. Students can also find branch campus maps here.

How do I manage my time?

The UNM of New Mexico Center for Academic Success (CAPS) offers various workshops throughout the year helping students with school and organization. Anyone looking to become better at time management can visit the CAPS website.

The UNM Student Health and Counseling also offers workshops and events throughout the year. These often focus on stress reduction and other helpful life skills every student can benefit from. Visit the SHAC website throughout the year to stay updated on upcoming events.

What resources are available on campus?

As previously mentioned CAPS and the SHAC are excellent on-campus resources. However, there are numerous other ones that students can utilize as well.

The Women’s Resource Center (WRC) is the UNM on-campus center for women. The WRC offers many services, including advisement, a free study space and workshops throughout the year. Visit the website Women's Resource Center.

The LGBTQ Resource Center also offers a host of services. Located on campus, the LGBTQ Resoruce Center hosts social events, counseling and an LGBTQ+ Library. Other services are also offered, see the full list at LGBTQ Resource Center.

How do La Posada and dining dollars work?

La Posada is UNM’s main dining center. Visitors can eat at La Posada, or LaPo, and pay for their meal like they would any other. However, students can also purchase meal plans. Meal plans vary and students should view the full list at La Posada Meal Plans.

LoboCa$h comes with some of these plans. LoboCa$h can be used in the UNM Student Union Building, which has several restaurants and cafes. Check out their list of “good eats” on the SUB’s website.

There is a difference between dining points and Lobo Cash, learn more about this on the LoboCard office FAQs page.

How safe is UNM?

According to U.S. Department of Education Campus Safety and Security website, in 2016 UNM had zero murders, zero negligent manslaughters and zero cases of incest. However, in 2016 — which is the most recent data — UNM had 14 rape cases, 10 fondling incidents, five robberies, 11 aggravated assaults, 28 burglaries, three arson cases and over 100 auto thefts. UNM had 10 cases of domestic violence, 23 cases of dating violence and 25 stalking cases.

This data has not been verified by an outside party. The report can be viewed at Campus Safety and Security 2016 report.

UNM has several campus safety programs including LoboAlerts, UNM’s system for notifying students, faculty and staff that provides safety and weather alerts for students. The number for the service is on the back of your UNM I.D. cards. Another program allows students to request a UNM police escort at any time. A full list of campus safety programs can be found at Crime Prevention.

Megan Holmen is the assistant news editor at the Daily Lobo. She can be contacted at news@dailylobo.com, culture@dailylobo.com or on Twitter @megan_holmen.