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UNM Admission Requirements

Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Chances of getting into University of New Mexico Main Campus

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
96%
Admission Difficulty for University of New Mexico Main Campus
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Average 
Applicant Competition Very Low 
How hard is it to get into UNM and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at UNM is 96%.  It ranks #5 in New Mexico for lowest rate of acceptance. University of New Mexico Main Campus is an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission requirements. Last year, 10,054 out of 10,436 applicants were admitted.

The school has average admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 62 percent (SAT 1030/1250 ACT 17/25). University of New Mexico Main Campus typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.42. 28% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The UNM application fee is $25 and applications are due by May 1.

Testing Requirements

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

UNM SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1030-1250
Applicants Submitting SAT 
1%
SAT Scores for University of New Mexico Main Campus
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 520
SAT Math 25th 510
SAT Composite 25th 1030
SAT Scores for University of New Mexico Main Campus
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 630
SAT Math 75th 620
SAT Composite 75th 1250
Average SAT Score 1140

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

University of New Mexico Main Campus typically prefers applicants to be in the top 55 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1030 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 920. The average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1140 out of 1600. UNM ranks #2 in New Mexico for highest average SAT composite score. 1 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

University of New Mexico Main Campus admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1250 and Above Good >98%
1140 to 1250 Avg + 96%-98%
1030 to 1140 Avg - 93%-96%
920 to 1030 Reach 87%-93%
Less than 920 Low <87%
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UNM ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
17-25 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
99%
ACT Scores for University of New Mexico Main Campus
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 17
ACT Math 25th 17
ACT Composite 25th 17
ACT Scores for University of New Mexico Main Campus
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 25
ACT Math 75th 25
ACT Composite 75th 25
Average ACT Score 21

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

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

Admission data indicates that UNM 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 13 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 21 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 25 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #2 in New Mexico for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 99 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of New Mexico Main Campus.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

University of New Mexico Main Campus admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
25 and Above Good >98%
21 to 25 Avg + 96%-98%
17 to 21 Avg - 93%-96%
13 to 17 Reach 87%-93%
Less than 13 Low <87%
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UNM GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.42
Typical High School Grades 
B+

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

Applicants require above average high school grades to get into UNM. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at University of New Mexico Main Campus was 3.42 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #6 in New Mexico for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.42 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as UNM accepts 96% of all applicants.

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High School GPA's for admitted University of New Mexico Main Campus students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 13.44% Good
3.75 to 3.99 18.05% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 22.07% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 13.54% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 16.23% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 15.25% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 1.37% Reach
1.00 to 1.99 0% Reach
less than 1.00 0.0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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Admission Statistics

University of New Mexico Main Campus admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 6,311 4,125 10,436
Accepted 6,101 3,953 10,054
Acceptance Rate 97% 96% 96%
Enrolled 1,629 1,161 2,790
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 27% 29% 28%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
May 1, 2023
Days left to Apply
157

Applicants have 157 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on May 1, 2023.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to University of New Mexico Main Campus is $25.

Application Requirements

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

University of New Mexico Main Campus Application Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at University of New Mexico 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=187985 IPEDS survey data for University of New Mexico Main Campus.

FAQs

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

1% of students submit their SAT scores to UNM. 99% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

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

96% of those who apply are granted admission to UNM. Admission competition is and the college has average admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

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

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1030 and 1250. 1% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

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

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 17 and 25. 99% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.