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Chances of getting into New Mexico State University Main Campus

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
63%
Admission Difficulty for New Mexico State University Main Campus
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Very Easy 
Applicant Competition Low 
How hard is it to get into NMSU and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at NMSU is 63%.  It ranks #3 in New Mexico for lowest rate of acceptance. NMSU is a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements. Last year, 8,595 out of 13,715 applicants were admitted.

The school has very easy admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 69 percent (SAT 950/1150 ACT 17/23). New Mexico State University Main Campus typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.54. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top half of their high school class. 25% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The NMSU application fee is $20 and applications are due by Mar 1.

Testing Requirements

You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. New Mexico State University Main Campus is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to confirm the most up to date testing requirements.

NMSU SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
950-1150
Applicants Submitting SAT 
30%
SAT Scores for New Mexico State University Main Campus
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 480
SAT Math 25th 470
SAT Composite 25th 950
SAT Scores for New Mexico State University Main Campus
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 580
SAT Math 75th 570
SAT Composite 75th 1150
Average SAT Score 1050

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to New Mexico State University Main Campus?

New Mexico State University Main Campus typically prefers applicants to be in the top 69 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 950 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 850. The average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1050 out of 1600. NMSU ranks #4 in New Mexico for highest average SAT composite score. 30 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

New Mexico State University Main Campus admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1150 and Above Good >76%
1050 to 1150 Avg + 63%-76%
950 to 1050 Avg - 47%-63%
850 to 950 Reach 32%-47%
Less than 850 Low <32%
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NMSU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
17-23 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
78%
ACT Scores for New Mexico State University Main Campus
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 16
ACT Math 25th 17
ACT Composite 25th 17
ACT Scores for New Mexico State University Main Campus
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 23
ACT Math 75th 23
ACT Composite 75th 23
Average ACT Score 20

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into NMSU?

Admission data indicates that NMSU regularly accepts students with ACT's of 17 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 69 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 14 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 20 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 23 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #4 in New Mexico for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 78 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to New Mexico State University Main Campus.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

New Mexico State University Main Campus admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
23 and Above Good >76%
20 to 23 Avg + 63%-76%
17 to 20 Avg - 47%-63%
14 to 17 Reach 32%-47%
Less than 14 Low <32%
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NMSU GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.54
Typical High School Grades 
B+

What GPA do you need to get into New Mexico State University Main Campus?

Applicants require very good grades in high school to get into NMSU. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at New Mexico State University Main Campus was 3.54 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #3 in New Mexico for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as NMSU accepts 63% of students who apply.

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GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

81% of New Mexico State University Main Campus freshman were in the top half of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted New Mexico State University Main Campus students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 22%
Top 25% of class 49%
Top 50% of class 81%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

New Mexico State University Main Campus admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 8,156 5,491 13,715
Accepted 5,191 3,368 8,595
Acceptance Rate 64% 61% 63%
Enrolled 1,258 911 2,169
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 24% 27% 25%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Mar 1, 2023
Days left to Apply
88

Applicants have 88 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Mar 1, 2023.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to New Mexico State University Main Campus is $20.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to New Mexico State University Main Campus and what student information is used for admission decisions?

New Mexico State University Main Campus Application Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Considered but not required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at New Mexico State University Main Campus
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=188030 IPEDS survey data for New Mexico State University Main Campus.

FAQs

Does New Mexico State University Main Campus prefer SAT or ACT?

30% of students submit their SAT scores to NMSU. 78% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into New Mexico State University Main Campus?

63% of those who apply are granted admission to NMSU. Admission competition is low and the college has very easy admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for New Mexico State University Main Campus?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 950 and 1150. 30% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for New Mexico State University Main Campus?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 17 and 23. 78% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.