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New Mexico State University

Dual Credit and Early Admission

Dual Credit

Students must be either a junior or senior in high school and enrolled in a public school district during the fall and winter in one-half or more of the minimum course requirements approved by PED for public school students in order to participate in dual credit courses.

Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and an ACT composite of 23 or an equivalent SAT score. Students who have not taken an ACT may submit PSAT or PLAN scores for review of eligibility for admission—ACT or SAT scores must be submitted by the next semester to continue in the dual credit program.

The Institution has final discretion to approve/disapprove eligibility of a student for admission and/or enrollment in courses for dual credit.

To apply

Students interested in enrolling in dual credit courses should submit the following forms:

The Dual Credit Request Form must be submitted each semester when registering for dual credit courses. Copies of the forms are also available in the high school counseling offices and by contacting University Admissions at 575-646-1055 or admissions@nmsu.edu.

In addition to these forms, students should submit an unofficial high school transcript and ACT/SAT scores. If no ACT, submit PSAT or PLAN scores for review of eligibility. Completed forms and required documents may be submitted to University Admissions in person, by US mail, by email, or faxed to 575-646-6330.

Course selection

Course selection will vary based on the Master Agreements with each school district. Generally speaking, dual credit students may enroll in 100 and 200 level courses, if they meet pre-requisites for the course. Students enrolling in courses through the Department of Mathematical Sciences will be required to take the Math Placement Exam to determine course placement. Enrollment in upper division courses will be reviewed on a case by case basis. Students are required to meet with an academic advisor prior to enrolling in any course at NMSU. Up to 8 credits per semester may be taken as a dual credit or early admission student. See the Dual Credit Course List for more information.

Dual Credit vs. Early Admission

Students interested in enrolling in Dual Credit status should be a junior or senior in a public high school, locally chartered and state chartered charter school, state-supported school, or bureau of Indian education-funded high school whose school district has a Statewide Dual Credit Master Agreement in effect with NMSU. High school junior or senior students enrolled in a private school, home school and have not earned a GED may be admitted in Early Admission status.

Those public high school students who would like to take college courses but do not want the courses recorded on their high school transcripts, or who wish to take courses not approved by their high school as a Dual Credit course may enroll in Early Admission status. The Institution has final discretion to approve/disapprove eligibility of a student for admission and/or enrollment in any courses. Early Admission students are responsible for all costs related to enrollment, including textbooks.

Children of NMSU employees may be eligible for a special tuition rate. Contact Benefit Services at 575-646-8000 or see the Reduced Tuition Program for Dependent Children information on the Office of Human Resources website.

Before you start

Not sure if this program is right for you? Here are a few things to discuss with your high school counselor and parent or guardian prior to enrolling in courses:

  • Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the NMSU campus. Students parking a car on campus are responsible for the purchase of a NMSU parking sticker.
  • The NMSU academic calendar starts and ends at different dates than most high school calendars. Students are expected to attend NMSU courses even if their high school is not in session for a particular day.
  • Students who take courses that are not part of the approved course list with their high school will be responsible for the costs of tuition, fees, and textbooks.
  • Enrolling in college courses is a commitment of your time and energy! Please consider whether enrolling in dual credit courses is a realistic option based on your extracurricular activities and family schedules.
  • Grades earned through dual credit enrollment are part of your permanent academic record at NMSU.