The Round Up’s guide to NMSU’s move-in day

August 15, 2019

New Mexico State University is expected to gain about 1,400 first-year students during move-in day this Friday, Aug. 16.

Signs and volunteers will be posted on campus to help freshmen and their families find their designated check-in parking lots. Students are asked to know their room assignments prior to Friday to ensure an easy move-in process, and keys will not be distributed to students who fail to bring photo identification. According to the NMSU Housing and Residential Life webpage, all residence hall community meetings will be held at 7 p.m.

Juniper Hall

The brand new $15 million residence center is expecting to see around 235 students come this weekend. 

Juniper Hall will offer amenities such as a secure bike garage, a third-floor full kitchen, streaming television and shaded courtyards. Rooms available include double occupancy suites along with a handful of triples and quads. Certain rooms are ADA compliant. 

Students were expecting a delay before administration gave an all-clear early Wednesday morning.  

Though the hall’s construction isn’t complete, NMSU administration assured students the building is safe for their arrival. 

The move-in schedule for Friday begins at 9 a.m. and runs until 4 p.m. Students who arrive after 4 p.m. must check-in at the Garcia Hall service desk. Normal check-in will resume on Saturday morning. 


Garcia Hall

Garcia Hall, first built in 1968, followed the construction of Rhodes-Garrett-Hamiel Hall in 1955. In contrast to its slightly older counterpart, Garcia Hall’s community is known for being more social and engaging, a characteristic that may be due to its high student capacity.

According to the NMSU Housing website, Garcia’s two sections, Garcia West and Garcia East, are each built to hold roughly 400 students, 800 overall. Both sections are home to several Living Learning Communities such as Honors, Criminal Justice, Engineering, Nursing, Pre-Pharmacy and more. Garcia West and Garcia East are further split into two patios. Students residing in Garcia West will be located either in Patio A or B, and those in Garcia East in Patio C or D.

Students involved in a Living Learning Community should visit the NMSU Housing website to verify the patio that their LLC is located in. First-year students will be allowed to move in beginning on Friday, August 16 at 9 a.m. Students arriving between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. must visit the Garcia Hall Service Desk in order to check-in. Regular check-in will resume Saturday at 9 a.m. and follow similar hours as Friday.

Pinon Hall 

Constructed in 2006, Pinon Hall is the most recent residence hall to precede Juniper Hall. The 305-bed two-block hall is designed suite-style with two students per bedroom, with roommates sharing a bathroom with the adjoining room. Pinon is ADA compliant and features an elevator in each block. 

The northernmost residence hall offers amenities such as a full kitchen in each block, enclosed grassy courtyards and a Volleyball court. 

Move-in for Pinon Hall will take place Aug. 16 and 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with carts available for check out on a first-come basis. 





Rhodes-Garrett-Hamiel Hall is the oldest residence hall on campus and the least-expensive first-year living option. RGH is also the sole residence hall with a communal bathroom option.

Because many of the rooms in RGH were originally constructed for triple and quadruple occupancy, some of the rooms are twice the size of a normal dorm room. Only two students are assigned to each room, currently.

RGH recently underwent renovation, according to Ophelia Watkins, interim director of housing and residential life at NMSU.

The flooring was replaced throughout the dormitory, Watkins said. Room doors were also refinished.

In addition, the roof of the building will be replaced during the Fall 2019 semester.




Driving directions and other information regarding NMSU’s move-in day can be found on the housing and residential webpage

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