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The University of New Mexico - 2016

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General Admissions

Entrance Requirements and Recommendations


Admission Requirements for Fall 2016

(subject to change)

Freshmen applicants may be offered admission by meeting one of the following criteria:

Criterion I: Completion of the following 16 specific high school college preparatory units (two semesters of class work equals one year-long unit) with a minimum 2.5 GPA. The Admissions Office will calculate an admission GPA for each applicant.

Four units of English with at least one unit earned in the 11th or 12th grade in composition;*
Three units of social science (one of which must be U.S. History).
Four units of mathematics from the following list: Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Trigonometry, or higher mathematics;
Three units of natural science (two of which must be a laboratory science in Biology, Chemistry or Physics); and
Two units of a single language other than English;**
* To meet the composition requirement, any English course taken during the junior or senior year of high school in which 50% or more of the curriculum emphasized correct and clear composition will be accepted. Speech courses will not satisfy the composition requirement; however, up to two semesters of speech will be accepted in the remaining requisite English courses. While considered good augmentation to classic, liberal arts English, courses such as drama, journalism and yearbook will not be counted toward the four unit English requirement.

** Exemption from the freshmen admission requirement for two years of a language other than English will be approved under these conditions:

Applicants who speak a language other than English that is offered by the University of New Mexico will have the opportunity to test out on the basis of performance on a native speakers examination administered on campus by the University of New Mexico language department. This examination will be available on an ongoing basis during early registration periods to accommodate the University’s continuous admission policy.

Applicants who speak a language other than English will be eligible for exemption on the basis of certification of fluency in their native languages by an appropriate school or tribal official. Students must request consideration on the basis of testing or exemption by arranging to have certification of proficiency sent directly to the Office of Admissions.

Criterion II: A formula based on a composite ACT or a combined score using SAT Critical Reading/Verbal and Math sub-scores in combination with a high school grade point average, calculated by the Admissions Office. In general, the higher the standardized test score, the lower the required grade point average.

The College Board implemented a new SAT effective 2016. Scores for the 2016 version will be determined at a later date and will be concordant with current scores.

Criterion III: (A limited “Special Admissions” category) Students who do not qualify for admission under Criterion I or II may request “special consideration” through an appeal. A combination of quantitative and subjective factors is used in making these admissions decisions.

1. Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in the United States or its equivalent in another country. (See also: International Applicants Special Admission Process.)
2. Minimum of 12 sem hrs of upper division course work (300-level courses or higher) in the proposed major field or in cognate areas. Certain departments require more extensive or more specific preparation (consult individual graduate unit requirements).
3. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B) in last 2 undergraduate yrs and in major.
Exceptions to the above will be considered in special cases.


Although some academic units at the University of New Mexico will admit students with a bachelor’s degree directly into a doctoral program, most admit only students who have earned a master’s degree within the same or a different program at the University of New Mexico or at another accredited institution. Applicants must present satisfactory evidence of adequate preparation in their major field. (Consult individual departmental sections of the catalog for specific requirements.)

Application Process " Domestic and International Applicants

Transcripts, test scores and letters of recommendation submitted to the University of New Mexico for admission become the property of the University and will not be sent elsewhere or returned to the student.

The online application can be found at the Admissions Web site. A $50 non-refundable Application Fee is charged by credit card with the online application.

In addition, students must submit one official transcript (unopened) from each non-UNM academic institution previously attended to the UNM Office of Admissions (domestic) or to the UNM Global Education Office (international) by the academic unit’s published deadline.

NOTE: Do not list study abroad programs separately on the application form, if they are included as part of a transcript program from an accredited U.S. institution.

Materials required by the academic unit (letters of intent, writing samples, etc.) should be uploaded as part of the online application.

Application fee waivers are available under certain circumstances. Please see the Graduate Studies Web site for more information.