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2009-2010 Academic Catalog 
2009-2010 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Student Services

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Cadet Store

The NMMI Cadet Store, managed by Follett, has everything for current cadets and alumni. All required textbooks for NMMI courses are stocked as well as a full line of military uniforms and accessories. A collection of NMMI logo apparel and gifts, school supplies and computer accessories are available. Laundry and dry cleaning services are also offered through the Cadet Store; ask an associate for more information. Visit the Cadet Store downstairs in Bates Hall or contact them at (505) 624-8215. Cadet Store

NMMI Golf Course

The NMMI golf course is a regulation 18 hole facility, equipped with a large driving range and putting green.
The course plays 6639 yards from the back tees, 6315 yards from the middle tees, and 5275 yards from the forward tees.
The greens are bent/poa annua and are usually fast. We over-seed in the fall to provide the golfers with lush green fairways, tees, green aprons.

NMMI Food Services

The NMMI Food Services page contains links on the menu, facilities and hours of operations. Food Services runs the dining facility, Post Exchange snack bar and Game Room snack bar and lounge.

Confidence Course

NMMI Auxiliary Services

The NMMI Bowling Alley is located in Hinkle Hall, provides 10 lanes, with sound system and cosmic bowling available.

NMMI’s Internet Café/Game Room is located in Hinkle Hall. It provides wireless Internet service, a game room which includes Xbox games, a Pool Room, and 42” plasma TV’s for the entertainment of the cadets.

The NMMI Barbershop is located in Hinkle Hall and open five days a week. Two barbers/cosmetologists are employed at the Barbershop to provide professional service.

NMMI’s Post Office is located on NMMI campus in Hinkle Hall and provides services to all cadets and NMMI administrative offices.

NMMI Infirmary

The campus Marshall Infirmary has a capacity of 38 beds and the capability of treating cadets for minor illnesses and injuries. A nurse is on duty 24 hours a day and is available during the school day and for sick call. Morning sick call begins at 7:00 a.m. Monday through Friday.

Routine medical and dental care should be arranged by you during school breaks with your local provider. Minor illnesses are treated or referrals are made to Roswell physicians if deemed necessary by the medical staff. There is no charge for an office call or for confinement at the Infirmary, however, you will be billed for any lab tests. Prescribed drugs are charged to the cadet account; copies are available for insurance purposes.

In instances of sudden serious illness or accident, cadets are transported to Eastern New Mexico Medical Center in Roswell by ambulance.

Registrar’s Student Actions

Confidentiality of Student Records (FERPA)

Student records are released only for use by faculty and professional staff for authorized academic-related purposes. The release of student records for off-campus use occurs only with a student’s knowledge and consent, or when required by law.

A student’s high school record is open for inspection by the student’s parents or guardians. College students fall under FERPA regulations and can limit access to their record as specified in federal law. Financially, New Mexico Military Institute considers all students, whose parents provide any portion of their expenses, as “dependent” as defined by Internal Revenue Code of 1954, Section 152 (for form 1098s). The cadet must provide proof of “independent” status to the Registrar prior to the start of the third academic week. College cadets must elect whether or not their grades go to their parents.

The Registrar is the custodian of the student’s academic record. A student’s academic record may include application for admission information, residency certificate, immunization certificate, date of school entry, student schedules and schedule changes, academic work completed, standardized achievement test scores, transcripts from previous schools attended, and various Veteran’s Administration forms.

Public information which may be released upon request includes a student’s name, local address, telephone number, date and place of birth, area of concentration, dates of attendance, height, weight, scholastic and/or athletic achievement, degree (if any), previous schools attended and date of graduation. If a student does not wish for this public information to be released, he/she must so notify the Registrar during the first two weeks of classes in each semester. This is normally done during matriculation.

Cadets have the right to inspect and review their educational records within 45 days of the date of their request, but must specify which educational records. They also have the right to request amendment of the records they believe to be in error. They also have the right to file a complaint with the US Department of Education if they determine their rights have been violated. The address for such complaints is at the Registrar’s Office.

Name Changes

Name changes are only accepted with proper legal/court documents. NMMI will add the changed name to the transcript with the original name to track such changes unless otherwise requested.

Transcripts and transcript requests

Transcript requests must be in writing. For cadets over 18 or enrolled in college work, the request must come from the individual whose name is on the transcript. Parents may request transcripts on high school cadets who are not enrolled in college. Transcript requests may be printed from the web at the registrar web site - or by following links from the NMMI home page.

VA Benefits


NMMI enrolls a number of cadets who also drill with New Mexico National Guard and reserve units making them eligible for Chapter 1606 VA benefits. NMMI also grants credit for basic and advanced training, and for certain MOS training applicable to NMMI coursework. Chapter 30, 35 and 1607 benefits are also available.

Residency and Residency Requirements

Enrollment at NMMI is in itself not sufficient to change residency, and NMMI will classify a cadet based on his/her residency at the time of admission. Per state law, any action which will bring into question residency must be resolved by the Registrar.

An individual is considered a resident if he/she has lived in New Mexico for over one year (with property). An individual may become a resident of New Mexico through certain steps, but must complete those steps and one year residency before the cadet status changes to resident from nonresident.

Legal residency is the person’s permanent home, which requires a physical presence coupled with an intent to remain and make that location/state ones permanent home. One only has one residence at a time, and retains the former residence until all items are met in the new residence.

At the time of first enrollment, residency is determined by the census date and anyone not meeting residency requirements will be classified as a nonresident. An individual’s classification remains as determined at first enrollment, as long as he/she is a continuing cadet, unless the registrar’s office has knowledge of a circumstance calling for a reclassification.

Requirements to establish NM residency are:

  • Twelve month residence in New Mexico (consecutive).
  • Financial independence to establish residency.
  • Written declaration of intent to relinquish residency in any other state.
  • Overt Acts (at least two of these items):
    1. If employed, employment within New Mexico
    2. Payment of NM income taxes
    3. NM drivers’ license
    4. NM vehicle registration
    5. NM voter registration
    6. No act inconsistent with being a NM resident, e.g., voting in another state

Course numbering system

All NMMI high school courses are numbers from 001 to 099, e.g. ENG 011, ENG 012, MTH 021 etc. All NMMI junior college courses are numbered from 100 to 2999 and are “lower level” college courses designed to meet basic college educational requirements. NMMI is undergoing conversion to the New Mexico Common Course Numbering System (NMCCN) over the next two years. NMMI currently links NMMI course numbers to the NMCCN, but will use the NMCCN whenever possible. College courses so renumbered will have four characters and four numbers assigned by level, course sequence and credits awarded as in ENGL 1113.

Graduation Procedures


The semester prior to graduation, after scheduling starts for their final semester a cadet must apply for graduation. Those planning to graduate must signup at that time. All graduates are expected to participate in the graduation exercise unless specifically excused by the Academic Dean.

Midyear graduates have their own formal ceremony in December and will not participate in the May ceremony.

Graduates who have attained certain levels of academic excellence will be recognized in the graduation exercises according to the following scale:

Graduation with Highest Honors   3.75-4.00
Graduation with High Honors   3.50-3.74
Graduation with Honors   3.25-3.49

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All NMMI cadets are required to reside in the barracks.

Academic Resources


J. Penrod Toles Learning Center

Opened in 1985, this modern facility combines the traditional architecture of the campus with modern functions, aesthetics, and technology. As a focal point of the Institute’s academic life, the Learning Center is the home of the Paul Horgan Library, Franklin Student Assistance Center, Writing Center, and Information Services.

For more information and an introduction to our resources, please visit the Library’s website:

Writing Center

The Writing Center provides assistance to every cadet who needs assistance with his/her writing. Cadets learn about the writing process and receive instructions on how to improve their writing skills. They receive instruction on any part of the writing task - from planning to write to checking on correct grammar and usage conventions. The center is open during night study hall, and in the mornings from 0715 to 0750.

Franklin Student Assistance Center

The Franklin Student Assistance Center, located in the J. Penrod Toles Learning Center, houses the Academic Advising and College Placement Department, the Career Lab, and the High School Principal’s office. The Division serves as a focal point for all high school academic advising, career development and testing information. Additionally the Cadet Counseling Center, staffed by licensed counselors and the NMMI chaplain, provides personal and crisis counseling and handles referrals made by advisors and/or other faculty and staff. The Career Lab houses an extensive collection of college catalogs, viewbooks and brochures, college videos, testing information, test preparation programs and applications as well as several computers and printers connected to the Web for on-line applications and searches. The Career Lab Coordinator assists cadets with applications online, searches using the “ACT’s DISCOVER” college, career and financial aid search web based software, and with print media.

Academic Advising and College Placement

New Mexico Military Institute has a centralized advising system for high school cadets located in the Franklin Student Assistance Center (SAC), and a faculty advising system for college cadets. A system of developmental advising is implemented for high school cadets whereby the advisor assists through a series of advising sessions the cadet in identifying personal and educational goals. Beginning in the Sixth Class year, advisors introduce cadets to time management and study skills, goal-setting and interest inventories, advancing to the Fifth Class to begin standardized test taking with the mandatory PLAN test. The Fourth Class begins the college planning process, identification of potential majors and search for appropriate colleges. Additionally, juniors take the PSAT, ACT, TOEFL and SAT, if desired. College plans and applications are finalized in the Third Class year culminating in final college choices, applications, scholarship searches and final testing.

Each cadet is assigned an academic advisor upon enrollment at New Mexico Military Institute. Each high school advisor/counselor is responsible for one high school grade level, moving progressively with that class from sixth class to graduation. Advising of college cadets is coordinated through SAC.

Academic Advisors work closely with Troop Officers to mentor counsel, advise and advocate for the cadets, establishing a rapport and a caring attitude toward them and providing support for them as they learn to deal with the obligations in academics and in the Corps of Cadets, as well as the pressures of being away from home. Academic Advisors act as a resource person providing information on a myriad of topics such as course requirements, learning resources, job markets and selection of colleges after NMMI. They are a liaison between the parents and the teaching faculty, Commandant’s Office and Counseling Center to help assure that the cadet is given every avenue available to succeed. Finally, they coordinate preparation of the cadet’s graduation plans and provide guidance to the cadet in the achievement of individuals academic goals.

Specialists in personal counseling and academic guidance and counseling are available to all cadets. They provide cadets with career and educational information as well as administer and interpret achievement tests and interest inventories. The New Mexico Military Institute serves as a regional test center for Educational Testing Service’s testing programs (PSAT, SAT I, SAT II, GRE. TOEFL AND CLEP) and the American College Testing Program. (PLAN and ACT). The Student Assistance Center maintains these regularly updated materials for cadet use: general and specialized college guides and directories, a computerized “ACT’s DISCOVER” program on colleges, careers and financial aid; college catalogs and view books, books and pamphlets; video cassette materials; general and specialized financial aid guides and directories; college admissions and recruiting materials; admission application materials for schools regularly attended by New Mexico Military Institute graduates; and specialized guidance materials for preparation for professions.

In the library and associated with the advising center is the NMMI Liaison for the service academies. This individual works with cadets who desire to transfer to the five service academies (USAFA, USCGA, USMA, USMMA, and USNA)

Cadet Counseling Center

The Cadet Counseling Center (CCC) provides cadets advice, counsel, and encouragement in the areas of human interaction, interpersonal relationships, personal growth, spiritual growth, social awareness, and intellectual achievement. It provides cadets with a person who will listen and give feedback on a wide variety of issues.

The personnel of the CCC help the cadets deal with family matters, roommate problems, tobacco/alcohol involvement, homesickness, personal attitude, Corps life, authority, ethical/moral issues, depression, anxiety, eating problems, isolation, conformity to discipline and basic adjustment problems. If the cadet needs more specialized or long term counseling than the Cadet Counseling Center can provide, referrals are made to appropriate medical, legal or social professionals at the Cadet’s expense. Psychiatric services are not available through the CCC.

The CCC is part of the Commandant’s Crisis Action Team, a team of various professionals who work together in the event of a crisis. They also are available to counsel cadets in the case of death in the family, loss of home to fire, or various other crises which may arise.

The CCC staff maintains close cooperation and coordination with the Academic Advisors, Commandant’s staff which includes the Deputy Commandants for Operations and Support, Squadron Officers and most importantly Troop Officers, Staff and Faculty, and Cadet Regimental Staff in addressing concerns of the cadet’s educational, social, and personal development.

Each week the CCC staff, the Commandant, and the Deans meet or exchange information to identify ways to help cadets succeed.

ACT/SAT Program

NMMI offers an ACT/SAT preparatory program each semester. These courses give the cadet a knowledge base as well as the opportunity to develop skills used in the testing process. The courses cover ACT/SAT test content, test-taking techniques and concentrates on practice tests in order to make the cadet more comfortable and familiar with the examination

College Level Examination (CLEP)


College credit is allowed for successfully completing the various CLEP tests. CLEP credit may be transferred to the Institute to meet graduation requirements, although the Institute does not use CLEP scores in computing a cadet’s grade point average. A cadet must attain a CLEP mean scale score equivalent to a final course grade of “A” or “B” on a scale published by the College Entrance Board. Credit for CLEP General Examinations will be awarded if the cadet attains a “B” grade. English Composition with Essay is the only CLEP General Examination that will generate credit for the NMMI courses English 1113 and/or English 1123. CLEP SCORES As posted on the College Board web site. Some courses NMMI does not accept for transfer credit. See the CLEP administrator or Registrar for current passing scores and transfer.

Challenge Examinations

With the Academic Dean’s approval, a cadet may challenge a course offered at NMMI. If successfully challenged, usually by passing a test prepared by the academic department concerned, credit for the course will be shown on the transcript. Challenge actions are initiated by the cadet with the approval of the head of the appropriate academic department. A fee for the challenge examination will be required in accordance with current Board of Regents’ policies. Challenge examination results are reported on a “Credit” basis on the transcript. Challenge credits do not affect grade point averages. Neither challenge nor CLEP credits satisfy minimum load requirements to maintain cadet status. A challenge exam may not be attempted if the cadet has already received a grade (to include audit, W, WF, X or WP) for the attempted course, nor during the last three weeks of academic classes without special permission.

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