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New Mexico State University

New Mexico State University

2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog


A student may be accepted for undergraduate admission to NMSU as either:

  • A degree-seeking student or

  • A nondegree student under the policies and conditions as set forth in this section.

Regular Admission Domestic Students

Requirements for admission as a regular student include the following:

  • A formal application for admission, accompanied by a one-time $20 nonrefundable application fee.

  • An official transcript with the student’s high school credits is to be sent directly from the high school to the Undergraduate Admissions Office. Students who attended a college or university while in high school must request to have those official transcripts(s) forwarded directly to the Undergraduate Admissions Office by the Registrar of each college or any post-secondary educational institution previously attended.

  • Official results of the American College Testing Program (ACT) or Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) are to be sent directly from the Testing Centers of the Undergraduate Admissions Office. All freshman applicants are required to submit scores from either the ACT or the SAT before a final admission is granted.

Qualifications for undergraduate admissions to NMSU are as follows:

  • Graduation from any state high school or academy in the United States accredited by a regional accrediting association or approved by a state department of education or state universities.

  • Students must meet one of the criteria below and meet the minimum high school requirements listed in order to be admitted:

    • Cumulative high school grade point average of at least 2.75

    • Ranked in the top 20% of their graduating class

    • ACT composite score of 21 or SAT composite score of 990

Minimum high school requirements:


4 units*


2 units beyond general science


4 units**

Foreign language or fine arts

1 unit

*Must include at least 2 units of writing-intensive courses one of which must be a junior or senior-level course.

**Completion of Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, and one additional math course.

When reviewing a students application, we consider many factors, including: high school GPA, test scores, dual credit coursework, leadership experience, community involvement and other accomplishments. Applicants may be asked for additional information, including academic letters of recommendation to support  their application.

Home School Students

Students enrolled in a home school program may be accepted to NMSU if they meet the requirements for regular admission as previously stated. In addition, the home school educator must submit a signed transcript or document that lists the courses completed and grades earned by the student, as well as, indicate the date the student completed or graduated from the home school program. Home school students who are New Mexico residents and wish to participate in the Lottery Success Scholarship program are required to submit official New Mexico GED or HiSET test results in English.

Admission by GED or HiSET

Any student that has successfully completed the General Education Development (GED) test or HiSET test can be considered for admission. Satisfactory scores either the GED or HiSet tests and the American College Program (ACT) test are required; as well as, a review of minimum high school unit requirements.

Students must complete the GED and HiSET in English. Students are required to submit an official high school transcript showing the student’s academic progress prior to the completion of the GED or HiSET, along with the GED or HiSET scores.

Provisional Admission

A provisional student in his/her semester, earning less than a 2.0 grade-point average, but more than a 1.0 grade-point average in at least the minimum number of credits as stated above, may continue for one additional semester. However, a provisional student who fails to attain a 2.0 grade-point average during their second semester will be denied further attendance. Students who are denied further attendance may reapply to NMSU after they have completed a minimum of 24 credits with a 2.0 GPA at another regionally accepted institution.

Aggie Pathways

Applicants who do not meet NMSU–Las Cruces campus admission requirements may apply to participate in the Aggie Pathway to the baccalaureate program at any of the NMSU community colleges. Aggie Pathway students may transition to the NMSU–Las Cruces campus after successful completion of any required developmental education courses and 24 degree credits with a 2.5 cumulative college GPA. Then he/she will follow an individualized study plan developed in partnership with an academic advisor. The plan typically includes study skills courses, developmental education courses and/or general education courses.

Aggie Pathway students enrolling through NMSU–Dona Ana have access to NMSU–Las Cruces on-campus housing, dining, and activities. For more information, go to http://aggiepathways.nmsu.edu, or call 575-646-8011.

Dual Credit for High School Students

The Dual Credit Program is designed to give high school students an opportunity to enroll at NMSU prior to high school graduation. Students must be either a junior or senior in high school and enrolled in one-half or more of the minimum course requirements approved by the following:

  • Public Education Department in a New Mexico public school district;
  • Locally chartered and state chartered charter school;
  • State-supported school;
  • Be in physical attendance at a bureau of Indian education-funded high school at least three documented contact hours per day.

Under Senate Bill 158 signed by the Governor and effective July 1, 2014, support for dual credit privileges at post-secondary institutions is now available for private and home school-eligible students. Under a Statewide Dual Credit Master Agreement between NMSU and the school district, students enrolled in approved dual credit courses are eligible to have the full cost of tuition and general fees waived.

Dual credit students must complete: the Undergraduate Admission Application; provide official high school transcript and official ACT or SAT scores to the Undergraduate Admissions Office; and complete the State of New Mexico Dual Credit Request Form. Requirements to be admitted to the dual credit or early admission programs are high school grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 and an ACT composite of 23 or equivalent SAT score and substantial progress toward completion of the following high school courses: 4 units of English, 4 units of Math (Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, and one additional math course), 2 units of Science (beyond General Science), 1 unit of foreign language or a unit of fine arts.

Readmission (Degree Seeking)

Former students of the NMSU system, who have been out of school for more than two consecutive semesters are required to make a formal application for readmission. Applications should be submitted to the Undergraduate Admissions Office at least 30 days before the opening of the semester or summer sessions for which the student plans to enroll.

A student who have attended other institutions during an absence must have official transcripts forwarded directly to the Undergraduate Admissions Office by the Registrar of each institution and must be eligible to return to the college or university last attended. Transcripts must be received prior to the date of registration. Admission status at the time of readmission will normally be determined by previous NMSU academic standing. However, academic performance at other institutions attended during the applicant’s absence from NMSU may be taken into consideration in determining the student’s admission status.

Nondegree Admission

Nondegree admission is designed to meet the needs of non-traditional, part-time students who do not wish to pursue a degree at this university. Courses taken in this status may not be used to meet university admission requirements. Students interested in using nondegree credit for initial teacher certification or certification in a new field need to contact the College of Education. Also students who wish to take a course without receiving a grade may choose to audit courses with the consent of the instructor, provided the facilities are not required for regular students.

Students on nondegree status are ineligible to receive financial aid or student employment; and are ineligible to participate in student government or intercollegiate athletics. They are also ineligible to receive benefits from any veterans’ program.

Transcripts from previous institutions, high school, and/or results of college entrance exams may be required to assure readiness for university-level courses. A $20 one-time, non-refundable, nondegree application fee is required.

Nondegree students are subject to the same university regulations as regular students.

Changing from Nondegree Status

A nondegree student in good academic standing at NMSU must submit a formal application for a change of status from nondegree to degree seeking. Requirements for regular admission must be met. Nondegree students may not transfer more than 30 credits from this status to any undergraduate degree program with the exception of students participating in a high school concurrent enrollment program.

New Student Orientation

At New Student Orientation events students will attend information sessions, meet with an academic advisor and register for classes. Students will also learn more about college life and campus resources.

For information, please contact the Aggie Welcome and Orientation Office at (575) 646-4496 or (575) 646-8038 and can be reached via email at awo@nmsu.edu or http://awo.nmsu.edu/.

Western Undergraduate Exchange Program (WUE)

The Western Undergraduate Exchange Program (WUE) offers U.S. Citizen or permanent resident and nonresidents of New Mexico a reduced tuition rate. Students from participating WUE states, who are eligible for regular admission to NMSU, will be charged 100% regular resident tuition rate, plus any fees that all students are required to pay. WUE states include Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Students must be classified as degree-seeking students at the NMSU - Las Cruces campus and be in good academic standing.

Application Materials

All documents submitted as part of the official admissions process become property of NMSU and will not be returned to the student. Application materials are retained for one calendar year for students who apply but do not attend.

Application Deadlines

Applications for admission should be sent to the Undergraduate Admissions Office at least 30 days before the beginning of the regular semester or summer sessions in which the student intends to enroll. The deadline for application to NMSU's Nursing Program is February 1st for the fall semester and September 1st for the Spring semester.

Out-of-State Students and Legal Jurisdiction

By applying for admission/enrollment, both the student and parents agree that New Mexico law prevails and all litigation will be in federal court in New Mexico or in state court in Doña Ana County, New Mexico.

NMSU Graduation and Retention Rates

These rates may be found on the NMSU Institutional Research web site at: http://oia.nmsu.edu/data-reports/oiareports/.

Contact Information

For more information, contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office, MSC 3A; New Mexico State University; PO Box 30001, Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001
(575) 646-3121; http://admissions.nmsu.edu/