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First Time Freshmen

You are eligible for regular admission to NMSU if you are a graduate of an accredited high school, have met the High School Course Requirements listed below and meet one of the following GPA (Grade Point Average) / Test Score Requirements.

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
  • Ranked in the top 20 percent of their graduating class, or
  • ACT composite score of 21 or SAT score of 1060 (SAT score of 990 for old format)

NMSU use combined scores front the evidence-based reading, writing and math sections of the SAT for admission and scholarship purposes. All entering freshmen must submit official ACT or SAT scores before final admission is granted.

Applicants who have graduated from an accredited high school, meet the high school course requirements and one of the GPA/test score 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 additional information 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.

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, see the Aggie Pathway to the Baccalaureate Program website.

Home school students

Students enrolled in a home school program may be accepted to NMSU if they meet the requirements for regular admission. 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.

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.


Eligibility for high school graduates prior to 2016

If you graduate from high school before January 1, 2016, you qualify for regular admission if you:

  1. Are a graduate of an accredited high school.
  2. Meet one of the following GPA (grade point average) or test score requirements:
    • High school cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher
    • ACT composite score of 21 (990 for the SAT) or above
    • High school cumulative GPA of 2.0 and an ACT score of 20 (950 for the SAT) or higher
  3. Meet all of the following high school curriculum requirements:

Minimum high school course requirements

Course Units
English (must include at least 2 units of composition, one of which must be a junior or senior level course) 4
Mathematics (from Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, trigonometry or advanced math) 3
Science (beyond general science) 2
Foreign Languages or Fine Arts 1