Freshmen

University College is the entering college for all freshmen admitted to UNM except for a small number of students who are admitted directly to the School of Engineering , College of Fine Arts, and the BA/MD program. 

The University Advisement Center guides freshmen toward meeting the requirements for their desired degree-granting college.  The advising staff has been trained on requirements for all undergraduate academic programs as well working with undecided students as they explore various options. 

Advisors pay particular attention on helping UNM students maintain their scholarship status, by guiding them toward taking the required credit hours and in advising on strategies for achieving the desired GPA.

UAC offers

Resources

FAC website

Interactive Student Success Plan 2012

This handbook is designed to help guide you through your academic success throughout your entire
college career at the University of New Mexico. You are encouraged to utilize the following sections
as helpful tools for your continued college achievement. Click Here

Responsibilities of advisors and students

Students should understand that establishing a successful advising partnership requires responsible planning. Before entering an advisement session, students will need to have questions and/or materials prepared to discuss with their academic advisor. For example, bringing a completed schedule proposal, copy of LOBOTrax, and academic based questions will better help assist advisors in providing essential information for students.

Advisement holds will be placed on students; accounts every semester, while they are in University College and the requirement to visit a UAC advisor coincides. Advisement sessions are not designed to simply remove holds. It is opportunity for advisors and students to address methods of accomplishing future goals. Schedule proposals and core sheets can be located under academic forms on our website.

Questions to ask an advisor

  • When can I register?
  • What do I need to take and do to apply to my degree granting college?
  • Is this a good schedule?
  • Am I in good academic standing?
  • Where can I find a mentor?
Compass Placement Test
 

The COMPASS Placement Test is a test for students who have never taken an ACT or SAT exam or for students who wish to challenge their class placement for English, Math, and Reading based on those scores.

Please note that UNM always uses your most recent Math score for placement; so if you have placed above IS Math 100 with your current test scores, taking COMPASS could place you in a lower Math course then currently required.

 The UNM Testing Center is located on the UNM Main Campus,


 compass placement table

 For additional information you can contact the Testing Center at 277-5346, or visit them online at http://test.unm.edu.

ACT/SAT Course Placement

ACT/SAT Scores are used to place a student into the appropriate English and Math courses.  Check the tables below for initial placement based on ACT or SAT scores.

 ENGLISH PLACEMENT

ACT

ENGLISH SCORE

SAT

VERBAL SCORE

UNM REQUIRED COURSE

0 – 18

200 - 440

Engl 100

19 – 25

450 - 600

Engl 101

26 – 28

610 - 640

Engl 102

29+

650+

Exempt from 102

 

 Caution: the most current math score will be used for placement even if there is higher placement on a previous exam.

 

 Math Placement

ACT/SAT MATH PLACEMENT TABLE

ACT Score

SAT Score

Math 100

Math & Intro. To Algebra

11 – 18

200 - 440

Math 120

Intermediate Algebra

19 – 21

450 - 500

Math 121*

College Algebra

22 – 24

510 - 560

Math 123

Trigonometry

25 – 27

570 - 630

Math 129*

Survey of Mathematics

22 – 24

510 – 560

Math 150*

Pre-calculus

25 – 27

570 – 630

Math 162*,**

Calculus I

28+

640+

Math 180*

Elements of Calculus

26+

600+

Stat 145*

Intro to Statistics

22 – 24

510 – 560

*Counts for UNM Core                                 ** Must also complete Trig placement exam

READING PLACEMENT

ACT/SAT READING PLACEMENT TABLE

ACT

Reading

0 -17  

0-18

IS-Reading 100*

Science

IS-Reading 100*

SAT

Composite

400 – 900

IS-Reading 100

*exempt from ISR if the combined ACT Science and Reading scores are greater than 38

COMPASS PLACEMENT

SUBJECT

SCORE

PLACEMENT

Reading

0 – 77

IS- Reading 100

 

78 – 100

Out of ISR

Writing

0 – 74

IS-English 100

 

75 – 100

English 101

Pre-Algebra

0 – 55

IS-Math 100

 

56 – 100

Math 11,120

Algebra

0 – 54

Math 111, 120

 

55 – 100

Math 121, 129, Stat 145

College Algebra

0 – 54

Math 121, 129, Stat 145

 

55 – 58

Math 123, 150

 

59 – 66

Math 123, 150, 180

 

67 – 100

Math 180, 162

Trigonometry

0 – 59

Must take Math 123

 

60 – 100

Out of Math 123

 

Introductory Studies

Students whose ACT or SAT scores fall below specified levels must enroll in certain college-preparatory courses prior to taking certain freshman-level courses. Students who feel their ACT scores may not be accurate may contact the Testing Center to take the Compass Exam. Students who need college-preparatory course work should consult with a University College advisor.

An operating agreement exists between The University of New Mexico and Central New Mexico Community College founded on the recognition of the need and opportunity to provide quality college-preparatory courses and services to University of New Mexico students in the most positive and convenient manner. Under this agreement, the following Introductory Studies courses are offered and taught by Central New Mexico Community College School of Adult and General Education faculty.

Language Placement Test

Spanish  Placement 

REQUIRED FOR COURSE ENROLLMENT

All UNM students who choose Spanish to fulfill their language requirement(s) must take a Spanish Placement Evaluation for placement at the appropriate level.

 The Spanish Placement Evaluation is now available online at:

https://esurvey6.unm.edu/opinio/s?s=31824

 Continuing students who are following the sequence of Spanish language courses:

 Any student enrolling in a Spanish language course (100 & 200 level) should know:

 THE DEPARTMENT OF SPANISH AND PORTUGUESE HAS TWO SPANISH LANGUAGE PROGRAMS

For more information about the Spanish Placement Evaluation, visit the Department of Spanish and Portuguese website or call 505-277-5907.

French Placement Evaluations

All UNM students entering French 101 or French 275 are required to take the French placement exam for placement at the appropriate level. This exam is administered in the Language Learning Center located in Ortega 124.  You can call (505) 277-3106 for more information. Your placement evaluation results must be turned in to your instructor during the first week of class. Students entering French language classes beyond 101 may take the exam for placement advisement. If you would like assistance in interpreting the results, please call the lower-division language coordinator at (505) 277-0525.

German Placement Evaluations

All students enrolling in German 101, 102, 275, 201, 202 and 276 who have not already taken German courses at UNM are required to take an online placement test. The exam results must be turned in to your instructor during the first week of class. For information about German placement, call the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at (505) 277-4771.

Other Languages

For information on other foreign languages, contact the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, Ortega Hall, Room 229, (505) 277-4771.

NSO Quiz

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