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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 4 units**
Science 2 units beyond general science
Foreign Languages 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.

GPA/test score requirements

  • A cumulative high school GPA of 2.75 or above, OR
  • Ranked in the top 20 percent of their graduating class, OR
  • An ACT composite score of 21 or above (SAT of 990* or above)

Applicants who meet all the requirements listed above will be offered admission to NMSU. An applicant who does not meet all the requirements may also be offered admission if a review of their application indicates that the student would be successful at NMSU.

We encourage all students to apply for admission to NMSU. When reviewing the admissibility of students, 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, in support of their application.

*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.

Aggie Pathway

In the Aggie Pathway to the Baccalaureate Program, our system of five campuses works together to navigate you toward a bachelor’s degree – even if you initially don’t meet admission’s requirements to the university. Aggie Pathway students may transition to the Las Cruces campus after successful completion of:

  • 24 credits, in addition to any required developmental courses
  • 2.50 cumulative college GPA

Students participating in the Aggie Pathway program can attend academic, cultural and athletic events on the NMSU Las Cruces campus. Students enrolling through NMSU Doña Ana have access to on-campus housing and dining. For more information, please visit our website at aggiepathway.nmsu.edu or call 575-646-8011.

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.