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New Mexico State University
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Prospective Students

Early Admission Enrollment

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Early Admission enrollment is designed to give high school students an opportunity to enroll at NMSU prior to high school graduation and take college level courses concurrently with their high school courses. Students attending a private high school or home school and have not earned a GED may be admitted in Early Admission status. Public high school students who would like to take college courses but do not want the courses recorded on their high school transcript, or who wish to take courses not approved by their high school as a dual credit course also may enroll in Early Admission status.


Students must be either a junior or senior in high school and have a cumulative 3.0 GPA and an ACT composite of 23 or an equivalent SAT score. Students who have not taken an ACT or SAT may submit PSAT or PLAN scores for review of eligibility. If approved for admission by the Director of Admissions, ACT or SAT scores must be submitted by the next semester and will be reviewed for continuation in early admission status.

Apply for Early Admission

Students interested in applying in Early Admission status should submit the following forms:

Copies of these forms are also available by calling the NMSU Admissions Office at 575-646-1055 or email to

In addition to the above forms, students should submit an unofficial high school transcript and ACT/SAT scores. If no ACT or SAT, submit PSAT or PLAN scores for review of eligibility. Completed forms and required documents may be submitted to the Undergraduate Admissions Office in person, by US mail, by email or faxed to (575) 646-6330.
The Institution has final discretion to approve/disapprove eligibility of a student for admission and/or enrollment in any courses.

Course Selection

Early Admission students will select from NMSU undergraduate courses (usually 100 and 200 level) which are listed in the course catalog and in which they meet the course pre-requisites. Requests for accelerated courses will be considered on an individualized basis. Placement in math courses will be determined by either the ACT/SAT math score and high school GPA, or the results of the Math Placement Exam. In addition,

  • Courses must be taken for a letter grade (no audits or S/U grades).
  • All coursework attempted is recorded on the student's permanent academic record at NMSU.
  • Students must earn a minimum 2.0 grade point average at NMSU to continue in Early Admission status.
  • Up to 8 credits per semester may be taken as an Early Admission student.
  • Students enrolled in Early Admission status are subject to all University academic regulations found in the NMSU Undergraduate Catalog.


Students in Early Admission status are responsible for all costs related to enrollment, including textbooks. Students whose parents are employees of NMSU may be eligible for a reduced tuition rate. Contact Benefit Services at 575-646-8000 or see the Reduced Tuition Program for Dependent Children information on the Office of Human Resources website.
Early Admission students are admitted in non-degree status and are not eligible for financial aid or scholarships.


The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, also known as the Buckley Amendment, governs the confidentiality of student records. FERPA applies to all admitted students at New Mexico State University. Students enrolled in Early Admission status will give written consent to the university to release information to their parents and their high school at the time of application.

Early Admission policies are subject to change.

  • Student Affairs and Enrollment Management: Undergraduate Admissions
  • (575) 646-3121 or (800) 662-6678
  • Educational Services Building, Suite A
  • MSC 3A / P.O. Box 30001, Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001