Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

Specific admission requirements for Associate's, Certificate and non-degree programs are listed below:

  1. Associate of Science/Associate of Applied Science/Associate of Arts Degrees
    • Application for Admissions
    • $15.00 non-refundable application fee
    • Official High School transcript with graduation date or GED ® transcript
    • Official College transcript(s) from all accredited post-secondary institutions attended in any status
    • Open admission for all persons age 17 or over who have a high school diploma or GED ® or 26 transferable credits (these credits must be applicable to the Associate's degree) or ACT composite score of 29.
  2. Certificate Programs
    Complete UNM Gallup application; plus open door to those 18 years of age or older or whose high school class has graduated. For those younger than 18 without a high school diploma or GED ®, approval of parent, guardian, and/or school officials will be required. For students pursuing a certificate, each program may establish entrance requirements beyond the minimum.
  3. Non-Degree Status
    Complete UNM Gallup application; plus currently possesses a bachelors degree or higher, or be enrolled in concurrent enrollment program, or permission of Registrar for special circumstances.
  4. Unclassified Status
    Complete UNM Gallup application; plus 18 years of age or older and not in high school; or under 18 years of age with:
    • Letter from parents approving college coursework;
    • Permission of last high school attended;
    • Not currently enrolled in high school.

A UNM degree-seeking student who stops attending for two or more regular semesters and a summer term must file an application for readmission. There is no application fee to apply for readmission. If a student has attended another post-secondary institution since leaving UNM, have an official transcript mailed to the Admissions Office.

  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 the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The minimum required score is 520 on the paper test or 190 on the computerized. Students who are academically admissible but whose TOEFL score is below 520/190 may enroll in the intensive English program offered through the UNM Center for English Language and Culture (CELAC). (For additional information on this dual admission program, contact the Office of International Programs and Studies at e-mail or .) Transfer students who have satisfactorily completed the equivalent of UNM's two freshman English composition courses (ENGL 101 & 102) are not required to submit TEOFL scores.
  4. Financial Resources
    All international applicants are required to submit documentation verifying adequate funding to meet study and living expenses while in the United States. A minimum amount of approximately $21,700 U.S. is required(based on 1999-2000 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 UNM 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.

    Any student entering the United States with a Form I-20 from a university other than the University of New Mexico must attend that university for a minimum of one semester before becoming eligible to transfer to UNM.

  Fall Semester, May 1
  Spring Semester, October 1
  Summer Session, March 1

Applications and all supporting credentials must be submitted by these dates. Only complete applications will be reviewed for admission.

  1. Completed application form;
  2. $30 non-refundable application fee; (Must be in U.S. currency and paid by International Postal Money Order or certified check drawn on U.S. Bank);
  3. Evidence of English language proficiency; (TOEFL results must be sent directly to the University of New Mexico [code 4845] by Educational Testing Services, P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, N.J. 08541-6151 US, phone(609) 771-7100)
  4. Academic Records
    (All records and supporting documents must be official.) If only one original is available, an attested or certified copy may be submitted. If the original document is not in English, the packet must include a certified, literal English translation

* NOTE: A student who wants any information concerning the applicant file released to any third party must submit a letter of authorization directly to the International Admissions Office. This release must include the student's name and signature.

Submit all documents to:
Office of Admissions
International Admissions
Student Services Center 140
Albuquerque, NM 87131-2046

Note: Students applying for graduate programs (beyond the bachelor's degree) must also submit all required documents (except secondary academic records) to the Office of International Admissions by the published deadlines.

Admission to UNM Gallup does not guarantee entrance into all courses or associate's degree programs. The University of New Mexico Gallup offers Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, and Associate of Applied Science degrees. All of these programs of study are planned sequences of courses leading to a specific goal and involve some required courses. Students may enroll in one of these programs of study or simply take individual classes of their own choosing from various departments. Students who have met the University requirements for admission to degree-seeking status may also be required by their respective program or department to meet special departmental admissions criteria. The specific requirements can be obtained in an interview with the associate's degree departmental chairperson. Students who intend to pursue their education beyond the associate's degree level, at UNM Albuquerque or another four-year institution, should be aware that they must meet the admission requirement of those institutions.

To be considered for concurrent enrollment it is necessary for the student to meet the following minimum requirements. Meeting the criteria listed does not mean the student will be automatically admitted. The final determination of admission rests with the admissions officer.

  1. The student must be a high school senior or junior with an expected graduation date within two calendar years (twenty-four months).
  2. The student must have the certification and unconditional recommendation of the high school principal or guidance counselor.
  3. Minimum qualitative requirements:
    1. In the top 25 percent of high school class in grade point average, or
    2. Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale for ninth, tenth, and eleventh grade in subjects counted toward graduation, or
    3. ACT composite score of 23, or an SAT total score of 1100.

A concurrent enrollment student at UNM is subject to the same academic regulations as other UNM students in non-degree status, including those governing attendance, minimum grade point average, change of program, and withdrawal.

The concurrent enrollment student's high school counselor must submit the following materials as a package to the UNM Gallup Office of Admissions:

  1. A completed UNM Gallup Application clearly indicating that it is for concurrent enrollment.
  2. An official high school transcript showing courses completed and in progress.
  3. Either the Concurrent Enrollment Recommendation form or a letter of recommendation from the high school principal or guidance counselor. Either one must indicate the UNM Gallup course or courses for which the student wishes to enroll, as well as clearly provide information on the student's admissions qualifications.