Admissions Process

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Step 1: Apply for Admission

As a new student (or if you’re transferring from another college, or if you’re a prior student and requesting to be re-admitted), you’ll need to complete the admission application process before you can register for classes.

If you plan to complete a certificate or degree program you are classified as a degree seeking student. If you don’t plan to complete a program, you’re considered a non-degree seeking student. This is important because if you plan to apply for financial aid or veterans benefits, you must apply as a degree seeking student.

Before you can apply, you must have graduated from high school or successfully passed the GED exam.

The preferred way to apply for admission to NMSU Grants is to complete the online application form. Go to the NMSU Apply Online page and select the appropriate link for Entering Freshmen, Transfers, Readmissions, or Non-degree.

Or if you prefer to apply with paper you can download and print the undergraduate application form. After you’ve completed the form, include a non-refundable admission fee of $20 and mail to NMSU Grants, 1500 N. Third Street, Grants, NM 87020.

After submitting your admissions application, you need to contact your high school and all previously-attended colleges and order official transcripts. They must be mailed directly to NMSU Grants, 1500 N. Third Street, Grants, NM 87020. If you have a GED, all transcripts must be ordered through Diploma Sender at www.diplomasender.com.

Once all of your official transcripts are received, you be will accepted and receive a letter of congratulations from NMSU Grants. If you are missing items, you will receive a letter indicating what we need. If you have questions, call the Admissions Office at 505.287.6678. If you attended a prior college and have a GPA of less than 2.0, you must submit a Letter of Petition, explaining your GPA and requesting admission to NMSU Grants. Send the letter attention to Beth Armstead, Vice President for Student Services. You may then be admitted on Academic Probation. Your Admission letter will include a very important identification number known as your Aggie ID. You’ll need this number to create your NMSU account and register for classes.

Step 2: Apply for Financial Aid

Go to www.fafsa.ed.gov  to begin the process of applying for Federal Student Aid. Follow the instructions carefully. If you’re just starting the process and haven’t obtained your personal identification number (PIN), go to the PIN Web Site, obtain your pin, then you can sign in.

Notes
  • The NMSU Grants Federal School Code is 008854. You will need this number for your student loan application.
  • To receive a federal student aid, you must be seeking a degree (as explained above).
  • Students complete FAFSA every year, during the early Spring. It is best to submit your FAFSA early so that you have time to provide any required documents to NMSU.  The Department of Education requires official tax transcripts, which is best provided by using the IRS Tax Transcript retrieval on FAFSA.
  • Feel free to contact the NMSU Grants Financial Aid Specialist, Nicole Kormick, at 287-6621 or by email.

Step 3: Take the Compass Placement Test

All first-time students are required to take the ACT Compass Placement test and provide a short writing sample. The results of this test will indicate your proficiency in Math and English and determine which classes will be best for you. If you took the ACT Test in High School, provide your scores and an advisor will determine if you may benefit from re-testing in Math and English. See an Advisor in Student Services to pick up your “Test Ticket”.

To avoid having to take pre-college developmental courses,  you are strongly encouraged to study prior to taking the test. Here are some preparation guides and study materials:

When you’re ready to take the Compass Placement Test, go to the NMSU Grants Student Success Center, Room 125 in Martinez Hall. Staff will encourage you to take Compass Practice Tests to prepare you for the exams. To take the test you must provide a photo ID, such as a driver’s license, campus ID, government or military ID.

Step 4: Create Your NMSU Account

After you’ve received confirmation that your admissions application has been accepted, you can prepare to register for classes.

Create Your NMSU Account Username and Password

In your letter of congratulations from NMSU Grants, you will be assigned an identification number that is referred to as your Aggie ID. Once you have this number you can create your NMSU account and email address.

  1. Go to http://my.nmsu.edu .
  2. On the left side of the screen click on the New User? Create an account badge.
  3. Enter your identification number, your date of birth, then press the Submit button.
  4. Next you’ll be asked to enter a username of your own choosing, as well as your unique password.
  5. This username will become your NMSU email address, as in yourusername@nmsu.edu.
  6. Once you’ve created your username and password, you won’t have to do it again. However, you will be asked to change your password every 120 days.

Step 5: See an Academic Advisor

  1. Advisors are available in Student Services, Martinez Hall, on a Walk-in basis. You may call ahead if you need an appointment. Call 505.287.6678 and request to speak with an available advisor.
  2. The earlier you prepare for the semester, the more time you will have when you meet with an advisor. During the months of August and January, we are very busy and you may need to be seen for a briefer time.
  3. Once you have your Compass Math and English scores, you are ready for academic advising. Advisors will speak with you about your academic and career goals, your availability for classes, and how to best succeed in college.  Early preparation is very important.
  4. Advisors will help you select courses and provide you with a Course Catalog, Course Schedule, and degree sheet. With the exception of a few classes which may require an advisor override, students are expected to register for all classes themselves at my.NMSU.edu.
  5. Congratulations! Now you’re ready to register for classes.