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Admissions/Transfers

Undergraduate Admission to the College of Engineering

Admission to the School of Engineering

Students who meet certain criteria may be admitted to the School of Engineering in one of three ways: as freshmen in pre-major status; as internal or external transfers or as readmits in a pre-major status; or as internal or external transfers or readmits in department major status.

Freshman students admitted to the University of New Mexico who declare engineering or computer science as a major and meet the criteria listed below are eligible for enrollment in the School of Engineering in a pre-major status. Their academic records are maintained by the Engineering Student Programs Office. To be admitted in pre-major status, a student must have:

ACT math score of 25 or higher;
ACT English and Science scores of 19 or higher; and
ACT Reading score of 18 or higher.

Freshmen who do not initially meet the above criteria or any student wishing to transfer from University College, from other degree-granting colleges, from non-degree status or from other accredited institutions to the School of Engineering in the pre-major status must meet the following requirements. Their academic records are maintained by the Engineering Student Programs Office.

MATH 150 and MATH 123 or equivalent with a grade of "C" or better;
Minimum 2.20 cumulative grade point average for all courses presented;
Minimum 2.50 grade point average in classes required in the curricula, including prerequisite classes;
Completion of no more than 24 credit hours that count toward a major in the School of Engineering, exclusive of credit hours in communications skills, humanities, social and behavioral sciences, fine arts and foreign languages; and
Accumulation of no more than 9 attempted credit hours with grades of D+, D, D-, F, WF or NC other than those subject to removal by academic renewal or use of the repeat policy.
Any courses required for a School of Engineering curriculum cannot have been attempted more than three times. An attempt includes receiving any letter grade (A through F), WP, WF, W, WNC, CR, NC, I or AUDIT. For the purposes of this requirement, course work taken at other institutions is treated the same as course work taken at the University of New Mexico.

Undergraduate Admission to an Engineering Department

To be eligible for admission to one of the five departments in the School of Engineering in a department major status, students must, as a minimum, meet the following requirements. Some departments have stricter admission requirements. Academic records are maintained by the respective departments.

Completion of 26 credit hours of acceptable credit for a degree in the School of Engineering. Of these 26 hours of credit, at least 18 must be from the courses required in the first year curricula, excluding English, humanities, social and behavioral sciences, fine arts and foreign languages.
In addition to requiring a 2.20 grade point average for all courses presented, it is required that the 18 credit hours also yield at least a 2.50 grade point average and a grade of "C-" or better in each course.
Any courses required for a School of Engineering curriculum cannot have been attempted more than three times. An attempt includes receiving any letter grade (A through F), WP, WF, W, WNC, CR, NC, I or AUDIT. For the purposes of this requirement, course work taken at other institutions is treated the same as course work taken at the University of New Mexico.
Any specific program requirements, as noted in the departmental sections of this Catalog.

For additional information about pre-major status or other aspects of admission, contact Engineering Student Services, Centennial Engineering Center, Room 2080, (505) 277-4354.

Entrance Requirements for Foreign Students

International Undergraduate Admission Requirements

1. Secondary Education. Completion of the equivalent of an American upper-secondary school education (approximately 12 years of formal education beginning at age six) as well as the appropriate diplomas or satisfactory results on leaving examinations.

2. Academic Preparation. Strong academic preparation or a U.S. equivalent grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (for freshman applicants) or 2.0 on a 4.0 scale (for transfer students).

3. English Proficiency. If English is not the first language of the student or not the official language of the country, the student must submit results of either the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - minimum score 6.0; the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - minimum score 520 paper-based, 190 computer-based or 68 Internet-based; the University of Cambridge Examinations Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) or Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) - minimum score C. Students who are academically admissible, but whose scores are less than the required minimum, may enroll in the intensive English program offered through UNM’s Center for English Language and Culture (CELAC). Contact CELAC (celac@unm.edu) for additional information.

Limited Special Admission category: Students classified by the University as Beginning Freshman who do not qualify for the above criteria may appeal for special consideration. A combination of quantitative and subjective factors is used in making these admission decisions.

Prospective undergraduate students who meet one of the exceptions below are exempted from submitting English proficiency exam results:

Completion of four years of U.S. high school with a 2.5 GPA or higher.
ACT English score of 19 or higher (Test NOT required for admission).
SAT Critical Reading Score of 470 or higher (Test NOT required for admission).
One year of full-time study (minimum of 24 credit hours) at a regionally-accredited U.S. college or university with a 3.0 GPA or higher completed within the last two years.
Completion of two semesters of freshman English composition (English 110 and 120 equivalents) with a GPA of 2.0 or higher at a regionally-accredited U.S. college or university.
Bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited U.S. college or university or recognized university in English-speaking Canada, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Australia or New Zealand.
Attendance in the Center for English Language and American Culture (CELAC) program at UNM with a TOEFL score of 520 and a recommendation from the CELAC program director.

4. Financial Resources. All international applicants are required to submit documentation verifying adequate funding to meet study and living expenses for themselves and any accompanying dependents, if applicable, while in the United States. A minimum amount of approximately $36,443 U.S. dollars is required (based on 2015â€"2016 rates). Proof of support includes a Certification of Financial Responsibility Form completed for all years of study, and proof of funds available for the first year of study.

5. Health Insurance. International students who attend the University of New Mexico and any dependents who may accompany them are required to have medical insurance as offered through the University of New Mexico. Students who demonstrate that they have equivalent health insurance policies may be granted waivers.

Entrance Requirements for Non-Resident Students

Requirements for out-of-state U.S. residents are the same as for in-state students.

Residency Requirements

Residency
Summary of Regulations for New Mexico Residency for Tuition Purposes

A student who enters and remains in this State principally to obtain an education is presumed to continue to reside outside this state, and such presumption continues in effect until rebutted by clear and convincing evidence of bona fide residence. A student determined to be financially dependent on an out-of-state parent or guardian also assumes the residency of that parent or guardian. The burden of proof is on the student. The student must secure and file the residency petition with the appropriate documents of evidence in the manner described herein. All documents submitted for this purpose are kept confidential. Residency petitions are accepted until the second Friday of each Fall and Spring semester (and Summer term for Nursing students) in the Mesa Vista Hall North One-Stop.

To become a legal resident for tuition purposes of the State of New Mexico, the student must meet four basic requirements. Each person must individually meet the requirements.

The 12-Month Consecutive Presence Requirement
A student must physically reside in the state for 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the term for which the student submits a petition.

The Financial Independence Requirement
A student who is financially dependent on parents or legal guardians who are not residents of New Mexico cannot be approved for residency. At the time the student petitions for residency (if under 23 years of age), a copy of the parents’ or guardians’ 1040 or 1040A U.S. income tax form for the previous year must be submitted with the petition. If shown to be a dependent on that tax form, the student is not eligible to establish residency apart from the parents or guardians.

The Written Declaration of Intent Requirement
The student must sign a written declaration of intent to relinquish residency in another state and to establish it in New Mexico (included in residency petition).

The Overt Acts Requirement
Overt acts are required to evidence support of the written declaration of intent to establish permanent residency in New Mexico. Documentation of two of the following is required:

If the applicant is financially dependent, a copy of the parents’ or guardians’ previous year income tax form showing the applicant as a dependent and the parents’ address as New Mexico;
A New Mexico high school transcript issued in the past year confirming attendance at a New Mexico public or private high school within the past 12 months;
A transcript from an online high school showing a New Mexico address confirming attendance within the past 12 months;
A New Mexico driver’s license or ID card with an original date of issue or a renewal date issued prior to the first day of the term or semester;
Proof of payment of New Mexico state income tax for the previous year;
Evidence of employment within the state of New Mexico;
New Mexico vehicle registration;
Voter registration in New Mexico;
Proof of residential property ownership in New Mexico;
A rental agreement within New Mexico;
Utility bills showing the applicant's name and a New Mexico address;
Other evidence which would reasonably support the individual’s intent to establish and maintain New Mexico residency.

Any act considered inconsistent with being a New Mexico resident will cause the request for resident classification to be denied. As such, other relevant factors may be considered in addition to the items listed above.

NOTES:

A person who has moved to New Mexico and has obtained permanent full-time employment (sufficient documentation is required) and his/her spouse and dependent children shall not be required to complete the 12-month durational requirement. However, all other requirements must be satisfied.
Active duty military members stationed in New Mexico, their spouses and dependents are eligible for waivers of non-resident tuition. Members of the National Guard, their spouses and dependents are also eligible for waivers of non-resident tuition. A form must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar by the second Friday of the term to obtain these waivers.

According to the University of New Mexico’s tuition policy:

Non-resident, degree-seeking graduate students enrolled for six or fewer credit hours in their first two semesters are charged resident tuition rates.

Students enrolling for the summer session are charged resident tuition rates regardless of residency classification (except those in the College of Nursing).

The residency petition and a brochure that explains requirements for establishing New Mexico residency for tuition purposes and special tuition status waivers are available from the Mesa Vista Hall North One-Stop. For more information, visit the Registrar's Office Web site.

Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

Admission Requirements

The minimum requirement for admission as a transfer student to the University of New Mexico is a grade point average of “C” (2.00) in all transferable college work attempted. However, most degree granting colleges at the University require a higher grade point average for the acceptance of transfer students (see the appropriate sections of this Catalog for specific requirements).

The University of New Mexico operates on a semester credit calendar. Therefore, classes from quarter system institutions will be recalculated to semester hours (one quarter hour equals .666 semester hour).

Applicants with fewer than 24 acceptable transferable hours are considered transfer freshmen and must therefore submit high school credentials and also meet freshmen admission requirements (see Beginning Freshmen above).
Previous Suspension

A student under academic suspension from another college or university may not enter the University of New Mexico during the term of suspension. In cases of unspecified suspension periods, the University of New Mexico’s suspension term will apply. Upon termination of the suspension, the student is eligible to request special consideration for admission to the University of New Mexico.

In general, students under disciplinary suspension are not admitted to the University of New Mexico. However, because the reasons for disciplinary suspension vary among institutions, a student may be suspended from one school for infractions that would not be actionable at another. Therefore, the University of New Mexico reviews such cases individually and, when justified, makes exceptions and allows the student to be considered for admission.
Transfer of Credits

The University of New Mexico evaluates without prejudice courses from post-secondary institutions that are regionally accredited or are candidates for regional accreditation. Course work completed with a minimum grade of “C-,” provided the classes are similar or equivalent to courses offered at the University, may be accepted as transfer credit. (Transferable courses with grades of “D” from New Mexico state institutions are accepted.)

The University of New Mexico does not accept technical/vocational, remedial, personal development or dogmatic religion courses. Credit is not awarded for work or life experience, cooperative education or for courses from out-of-state in which the grade received was lower than “C-” except by petition to the Director of Admissions.

Transferable credits from an accredited junior college will be accepted up to a maximum determined by the University of New Mexico college in which the student enrolls.

Grades earned in courses taken at other institutions are not included in calculation of the University of New Mexico grade point average. This grade point average will reflect only classes taken at the University of New Mexico.
University College

Admissible students with fewer than 24 semester hours or undecided about their major will ordinarily enroll in University College. See the Undergraduate Academic Advisement section of this Catalog.

Students with more than 24 semester hours, with an area of interest or a definite major in mind should refer to the appropriate college or program section of this Catalog.
Transfer Student Advisement

The Office of University Advisement is responsible for establishing and administering policies and procedures related to transfer student advisement. Once transfer students have been admitted to UNM, they should schedule an appointment with their assigned advisor through LoboAchieve. Prospective transfer students are able to locate their appropriate advisor by visiting the UNM Advisement Web site. Advisors are available to assist transfer students with navigating their way through UNM, answering questions or concerns regarding course equivalencies, and helping students interpret the transfer course evaluations through general academic advisement to ensure a seamless transition into UNM. For more information regarding transfer advisement, please visit the UNM Advisement Web site, or email ucac@unm.edu.

Transfer Among New Mexico Higher Education Institutions

To facilitate transfer of students and course credits among New Mexico’s colleges and universities, the state’s public institutions of higher education are required to accept any transfer courses taken within approved modules of lower-division course work and apply them toward degree requirements. Several transfer guides have been developed through collaboration of New Mexico’s public post-secondary institutions, consistent with requirements of state law (21-1B, NMSA 1978). Students enrolling for first-year or second-year study at a New Mexico institution and wishing to prepare for possible transfer into a degree program at another institution are advised to take these courses during their freshman and sophomore years.