IAIA - Institute of American Indian Arts

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Thunderbird Days (T-Bird Days)

T-Bird Days are a great opportunity to visit the IAIA campus before the start of the semester. You will learn more about your degree path; get registered for classes; meet students, staff and faculty; and get to know some of your fellow new students. There are lots of fun activities planned, so don’t miss out! Please see your admissions packet for the link to register for one of the dates to choose from between now and the start of your semester.

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First Year Student

A week-long comprehensive program that provides transitional and foundational support for students beginning their first year of college.  (All students entering with fewer than 24 transferrable credits will attend this orientation.) Information and schedule: www.iaia.edu/academics/ssc/programs/first-yearnew-freshman-orientation

Transfer/Certificate Student

A two-day program that provides information about resources available at IAIA for students transferring from another higher education institution and arranges for transfer students to meet with their advisors and register for courses, meet other new students, and learn about IAIA and Santa Fe. Information and schedule: www.iaia.edu/academics/ssc/programs/first-yearnew-freshman-orientation/transfer-student-orientation

Learning Lab

The Learning Lab offers one-on-one and group supplemental instruction. The Learning Specialists are experienced teachers of Writing and/or Math who are familiar with the courses and assignments students encounter at IAIA . Group sessions in the Lab are required for some Essential Studies English and Math courses, but drop-in hours and regularly scheduled appointments are also available.

Essential Studies Essay Assessment (ESEA)

This essay-writing exam, scored by English instructors and Learning Specialists, helps ensure that an in-coming student is placed into an appropriate English course. In addition, students take the ESEA at the end of the semester in each of their Essential Studies English courses as a measure of their progress during their writing careers at IAIA.


At designated times, the Student Success Center offers prospective IAIA students the opportunity to take ACCUPLACER® tests in Arithmetic and/or WritePlacer® for a fee of $5 per test. At those same designated times, students who have not taken the ACCUPLACER® Arithmetic exam within the past month may attempt to place into a higher level Math course by re-taking the ACCUPLACER® test prior to registration or during the Drop/Add period.

For more information about ACCUPLACER® testing visit: http://accuplacer.collegeboard.org/students

Download Sample Questions (provided by ACCUPLACER®)

Dual Credit

The Dual Credit Program at IAIA provides New Mexico high school students the opportunity to take college courses and earn both high school and college credit.

Early Alert

A retention program that assists with the early detection and intervention of students who are doing poorly in class, chronically absent from class, or experiencing other kinds of problems that affect academic performance.


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Talking Circle

A weekly dinner gathering of students who, throughout the semester, provide each other support as they respectfully listen and share with others their college experiences.

Peer Mentoring

A program that links accomplished IAIA students with students new to the IAIA college experience.

Blue Corn Mornings

A mid-term and finals week support event that nourishes students, faculty and staff with servings of warm blue corn meal cereal.

First Year Advising

First Year students work with specific faculty and staff advisors to create their academic path through careful placement in courses required to earn a college degree or certificate from IAIA.

Kitchen/Living Room

The Student Success Center offers other IAIA groups (e.g. campus clubs, academic departments) the chance to utilize its full kitchen,comfortable living room style seating, and large dining tables.