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Office of Admissions
P.O. Box 4895
Albuquerque, NM 87196-4895

1-800-CALL UNM (225-5866) ext. 1
(505) 277-8900
Fax (505) 277-6686

International Admissions Guidelines

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Admissions Information

Undergraduate

Graduate

The University of New Mexico welcomes applications from international students who have earned distinguished academic records and have demonstrated English proficiency. At UNM we are proud to claim one of the most ethnically diverse student bodies among universities anywhere in the United States.

Our academic programs consistently rank among the top in universities across the US, year after year. UNM's faculty is distinguished by Nobel Laureates, Fulbright recipients, and nationally recognized academians.

Undergraduate Admission Requirements

  1. Secondary Education

    Completion of the equivalent of an American upper secondary school education (approximately twelve years of formal education beginning at age six) and have the appropriate diplomas or satisfactory results on leaving examinations. Please follow the instructions in the section titled Academic Records.

  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 your first language, or if English is not the official language spoken in your country, the student must submit results of either the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the University of Cambridge Examinations Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE), or Certificate of Advanced English (CAE). The minimum acceptable score for the IELTS is 6.5; and for the TOEFL is 520 on the paper test, 190 on the computerized version, or 68 on the internet-based test. The minimum score for the CPE or CAE is a C. Students who are academically admissible but whose IELTS, TOEFL, or Cambridge scores are less than the required minimums may enroll in the intensive English program offered through UNM's Center for English Language and American Culture (CELAC). Contact the Office of International Programs and Studies (oips@unm.edu) for more information on CELAC.

  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. Proof of support includes Certification of Financial Responsibility Form (below) completed 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 can demonstrate that they have an equivalent health insurance policy may be granted a waiver.

Graduate Admission Requirements

To be eligible for graduate study at the University of New Mexico, graduate applicants must satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Have earned a degree that is equivalent to the American bachelor's degree.For example: some bachelor's degrees are based on three-year programs and are not considered equivalent to the U.S. bachelor's degree. Also, completion of upper secondary or high school education and is not equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree. Please follow the instructions in the section titled Academic Records
  2. Have earned a minimum of a 3.0 gpa (on a U.S. 4.0 scale) or comparable grade point average in upper-division (junior and senior level) work and in any graduate work already completed.
  3. Have earned a satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) as required by the major academic department or college.
  4. Have completed adequate subject preparation for your proposed graduate major. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission since some graduate programs have higher standards and may have limited space. Therefore, it is very important that you also contact the department to which you wish to be admitted.
  5. Demonstrate proficiency in English. If English is not your first language or if English is not the official language spoken in your country, you must submit results of either the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the University of Cambridge Examinations Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE), or Certificate of Advanced English (CAE). The minimum acceptable score for the IELTS is 7; and for the TOEFL is 550 on the paper test, 213 on the computerized test, or 79-80 on the internet-based test. For the CPE or CAE the minimum score is a C. International students whose native language is not English and are seeking graduate teaching assistantships, may also be required to submit an acceptable score on the Test of Spoken English (TSE). Applicants who have received a bachelor's or graduate degree from an accredited institution in the United States, English-speaking Canada, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Australia, or New Zealand are exempt from submitting IELTS, TOEFL, CPE, or CAE scores. Please contact this office if you require additional information.

Applying for Admission

Academic Calendar

The academic calendar includes two semesters, each consisting of fifteen weeks of classes and one week of final examinations. The summer session consists of eight weeks of classes and final examinations.

The fall semester begins in mid-August and ends in mid-December; the spring semester begins in mid-January and ends in mid-May. The summer session begins in early June and ends in early August.

Application Deadlines

For priority consideration apply by the following dates:

  • May 1: Fall Semester (August)
  • October 1: Spring Semester (January)
  • March 1: Summer Session (June)

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

All academic records and supporting documents must be official.

Required Documents

  1. Completed application form (below)
  2. $50.00 application fee
  3. Evidence of English language proficiency - IELTS, TOEFL, or Cambridge.
  4. Academic records - certified copied of official documents
  5. Financial guarantee (These documents are not required until after admission has been offered).

Mail all materials to:
Office of International Admissions
MSC 06 3720
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
USA

  1. Application Form

    Complete and sign the application (below) for undergraduate admission. Use the list of degree programs to help you enter your intended major. If you do not have a particular degree in mind, we suggest that you list "undecided" as your intended major field of study.

  2. Application Fee

    All applicants must pay a nonrefundable application fee of $50.00 in U.S. currency. The fee, made payable to the University of New Mexico, must be paid by International Postal Money Order or certified check drawn on a U.S. bank. Application fees cannot be waived nor transferred to future expenses or enrollment. Applications will not be reviewed until the fee is received.

  3. English Proficiency Results

    If English is not your first language or if English is not the official language spoken in your country, you must take either the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or Cambridge CPE or CAE. The minimum score on the IELTS is 6.5; and for the TOEFL is at least 520 on the paper based test, 190 on the computerized test, or 68 on the internet-based test. The minimum score for the Cambridge CPE or CAE is a C. Official test results must be sent directly to the University of New Mexico. results to be sent directly to the University of New Mexico. The TOEFL code for UNM is 4845. To receive information about the TOEFL, contact them by telephone (609-771-7100),or write:

    Educational Testing Services
    PO Box 6151
    Princeton, NJ 08541-6151
    USA

  4. Academic Records

    All academic transcripts and secondary school leaving certificates submitted must be official copies or certified copies bearing the original stamps, seals, and signatures of the issuing institution's designated officials. Transcripts and test scores 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.

  1. Financial Documents

    Complete and return the UNM Certification of Financial Responsibility Form (below) along with required supporting documentation.

  2. Departmental Requirements (For Graduate Students Only)

    Individual departments may require additional credentials or higher IELTS, TOEFL, or Cambridge scores. Some departments may require GRE scores and/or letters of recommendation. Graduate applicants must fulfill department requirements in addition to general International Admission requirements. Contact the department in which you intend to study for specific information. Send the required documents to the International Admissions Office and department of interest before the earlier deadline.

PLEASE NOTE: I-20 Statement
The Immigration Form I-20 is valid up to the first day of class for the semester or summer session to which you are admitted. If you are not able to attend, you must immediately return the I-20 form to the International Admissions Office.

* If you want any information concerning your applicant file released to any third party, you must submit a letter of authorization directly to the International Admissions Office. This release must contain the individual's name and your signature.

The mail-in application and the Certification of Financial Responsibility are in Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format (PDF). To be viewed, these files require Acrobat Reader. To read PDF files in your Web browser, Internet Explorer version 6.0 or later is recommended.

We encourage you to visit educationUSA on the web for more information about studying abroad in the United States.

Office of Admissions
International Admissions
MSC06 3720
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
Tel (505) 277-5829
Fax (505) 277-6686

email: goglobal@unm.edu