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New Mexico State University

First Time Freshmen

You are eligible for regular admission to NMSU if you are a graduate of an accredited high school, have met the minimum high school course requirements listed below and meet one of the following GPA (grade point average)/test score requirements.

Minimum high school course requirements

Course Units
English 4 units*
Mathematics 3 units**
Science 2 units***
Foreign Languages or Fine Arts 1 unit
*Must include at least 2 units of composition, one of which must be a junior- or senior-level course.
**From Algebra I, algebra II, geometry, trigonometry or advanced math.
***Beyond general science, preferably lab sciences.

For students graduating high school in 2016 or later, see NMSU’s new minimum high school course requirements.

GPA/test score requirements

  • A cumulative high school GPA of 2.5 or above, OR
  • An ACT composite score of 21 or above (SAT of 990* or above), OR
  • A cumulative high school GPA of 2.0 or above and an ACT score of 20 or above (SAT of 950* or above)

*NMSU uses combined scores from the critical reading and math portions of the SAT for admission and scholarship purposes.

Note: All entering freshmen must submit official ACT or SAT scores before final admission is granted.

ACT and SAT testing

  • NMSU’s ACT code is 2638 – see the ACT website for information and upcoming test dates.
  • NMSU’s SAT code is 4531 – see the SAT website for information and upcoming test dates.

Provisional admission

Students who meet one of the regular admission GPA and/or test score requirements but are missing one of the minimum high school course requirements are eligible for provisional admission. Students who complete all course units and have a 2.25 GPA and 19 ACT (SAT 910) are eligible for provisional admission. Students who have received a GED may be considered for admission.

Home school students

Students enrolled in a home school program may be accepted to NMSU if they meet the requirements for regular or provisional admission as previously stated. In addition, the home school educator must submit a transcript or document that lists the courses completed and grades earned by the student.  This transcript or document must also indicate the date the student completed or graduated from the home school program.