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Admission Requirements

UNM encourages applications from students with a variety of academic backgrounds, interests and goals. Your application and preparation for success in college will be carefully considered using your total high school record, including grades, curriculum and standardized test scores. Most students are admitted using these criteria. Applicants from a home-school or non-traditional background are encouraged to apply.

Admission Requirements

Curriculum - A college preparatory curriculum is an important part of both your success in college and the admission process. Your curriculum should include the following courses:

  • English - 4 units with at least 1 composition course in the 11th or 12th grade.

  • Mathematics - 4 units: Typically college preparatory courses at the Algebra I content/skill level and higher. Courses such as Algebra-I, Geometry, Algebra-II, Statistics, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus and Calculus are considered traditional college preparatory courses. A course in which content/skill levels fall between Algebra-I and Geometry, or Geometry and Algebra-II, will be evaluated to determine if the course satisfies content requirements.

  • Social Science - 3 units: one unit should be U.S. History, other courses might include additional history courses, sociology and psychology.

  • Physical Science - 3 units: two courses should be laboratory science such as Biology, Chemistry or Physics. Other courses might include Earth Science, Geology, Physical Science, anatomy, and astronomy.

  • Foreign Language - 2 units of a single language other than English or demonstrated proficiency equal to a typical second level course.

Grade Point Average - A weighted academic unit grade point average emphasizing college preparatory courses is an important component of the admission decision. An admission GPA will be calculated using courses in the 5 core academic subject areas. Consideration is given for courses such as Honors and Pre-Advanced Placement. Additional weight is given for Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and Dual Enrollment courses.

Standardized Test Scores - You must submit an official score from either the ACT or SAT as part of your admission application. No preference is given to either score type and the Writing sub-section of the SAT is not considered. You may take the tests as often as you wish, send all scores to UNM. The highest of your available ACT Composite scores, or the highest SAT Total scores (Critical Reading and Mathematics sub-scores), are used for admission purposes.

Applicants with Dual Credit - Applicants who have earned college credit while in high school (regardless of the amount of credit) should apply for admission as freshmen. Applications will be reviewed using freshmen admission criteria. Having your application reviewed for admission as a freshman retains our ability to consider you for freshmen scholarships. Be sure to send your college transcript along with your high school transcript when you apply for admission, and again after you graduate from high school in order to finalize your admission.

Home-School & Non-Accredited Schools - Students from a home-school background or who have attended a non-accredited high school (minimum age of 16) will be considered for admission using official ACT or SAT scores as well as an official transcript from the school. Although not required, students from a home-school or non-accredited school background are encouraged to submit GED scores.

Non-Traditional Students - If you did not graduate from high school, we encourage you to take the GED and either the ACT or SAT. Official GED and standardized test scores will be used to consider your application for admission.

Send Final Transcripts - If you were provisionally admitted to UNM pending final credentials, please have your final transcripts or other necessary credentials mailed to the Admissions Office as soon as you finish: Office of Admissions, PO Box 4895, Albuquerque, NM 87196-4895. Transcripts must be in a sealed envelope from the issuing college / school, or transmitted through an accepted provider.

Admission Process
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Office of Admissions

Mailing Address:

PO Box 4895
Albuquerque, NM 87196-4895

(505) 277-8900

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Physical Location:
Student Support and Service Center

1155 University Blvd, SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106