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

  1. Degree-seeking student or
  2. 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:

  • Formal application for admission, accompanied by a one-time $20 nonrefundable application fee.
  • An official transcript of the student’s high school credits is to be sent directly from the high school to the NMSU Grants Admissions Office. Students who attended a college or university while in high school must request to have official transcripts(s) forwarded directly to the NMSU Grants Admissions Office by the Registrar of each college or educational institution previously attended.
  • American College Testing Program (ACT) or Scholastic Aptitude (SAT) are not required for admission into NMSU Grants, but may be sent directly from the Testing Centers of the Undergraduate Admissions Office.

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.

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 GED or HiSET can be considered for admission upon satisfactory scores on the General Education Development (GED) test or HiSET and the American College Program (ACT) test, and a review of minimum high school unit requirements.

Students must complete the GED and HiSET in English.

Aggie Pathways

Student applicants who do not meet NMSU Las Cruces 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. Each student will follow an individualized study plan developed in partnership with an academic advisor that 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, 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 Public Education Department in a New Mexico public school district, locally chartered and state chartered charter school, state-supported school, or being 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 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 2.0 or an ACT Comp 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 a language other than English or a unit of fine art.

Consult with the NMSU Grants Student Services for more information and waivers.

Early Admission

Currently enrolled high school students, home-schooled, or Adult Education of high quality academic ability may be admitted as non-degree students prior to earning a high school diploma or equivalency. Students are responsible for all tuitions, fees, and books. Requirements include:

  • NMSU Application;
  • Written permission from the high school principal (or Adult Education Director), counselor, and parent/guardian;
  • Official home school/high school transcript;
  • College Placement Exam;
  • Interview with Vice President for Student Services who will verify admission and approve courses;
  • Limit to 7 credit hours

Minimum 16 years of age or equivalent of a high school student, with appropriate approval.

Readmission (Degree Seeking)

Former students of NMSU, or of one of its community colleges, who have been out of school for more than two consecutive terms are required to make a formal application for readmission. Applications should be submitted to NMSU Grants at least two weeks before the opening of the semester or summer session for which the student plans to enroll.

A student who has attended other institutions during an absence must have official transcripts forwarded directly to NMSU Grants 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 mature, 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 recertification in a new field need to contact the College of Education. Also students who wish to take a course without a graded credit 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; nor are they eligible 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, non-degree 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.

Application Materials

All documents submitted as part of the 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 as a regular student should be sent to the NMSU Grants Admissions Office at least 30 days before the beginning of the regular semester or summer session for which the student intends to enroll.

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 or state court in New Mexico.

NMSU Graduation and Retention Rates

These rates may be found on the NMSU Institutional Research web site at:

Contact Information

For more information, contact:

NMSU Grants Admissions Office
1500 Third St.
Grants, NM 87020
Phone: (505) 287-6678