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Admissions

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The University of New Mexico Honors College seeks to admit students who will contribute to the college community in meaningful ways. The student body is made up of intellectual and social interests covering the entire spectrum of UNM degree programs. The Honors College provides opport for high achieving students to: 

  • discover connections among disciplines, analyze, and evaluate primary and complex texts across diverse genres and styles from different historical periods;
  • complete courses from a broad range of disciplines that will prepare them for careers or advanced study beyond their undergraduate degree;
  • engage in research and to produce original work that integrates ideas and methods from different disciplines;
  • have intercultural knowledge and competence; and
  • develop personal and social responsibility, including civic knowledge and engagement both locally and globally.

The College admits students by using a holistic approach. A combination of numerical and non-numerical factors will be considered when making the final admission decision.

Factors Considered

  • Cumulative GPA
  • ACT/SAT Composite Score
  • Extracurricular Activities
  • Leadership
  • Awards
  • Written Responses

Application Timeframe

Applications are accepted between October 1st and July 1st.

Notification

Applicants are notified of admission decisions 2-3 weeks upon receipt of application.

Eligibility for Automatic Admission (upon receipt of application)

  • National Merit
  • National Hispanic
  • National American Indian
  • Regents Scholars
  • Presidents Scholars
  • Woodward Scholars
  • UNM Scholars

Admission Committee

The Honors College Admission Committee consists of Honors College faculty, staff, and administration.

Appeal Process

  • Applicants denied admission may appeal the Admission Committee’s decision.
  • Applicants wishing to appeal must submit a letter to the Dean of the Honors College describing reason/s for the appeal or may request a meeting with the Dean of the Honors College to discuss circumstances.
  • The Dean of the Honors College may require additional information from the applicant including references and/or a written essay. 

Requirements

Active Status

  • Students must enroll in and complete a minimum of one Honors course each academic year (fall/spring) to maintain active status.
  • Students who do not enroll in an Honors class for two consecutive semesters (fall, spring) will no longer be eligible to maintain active status. 

Good Academic Standing

  • Once admitted to the Honors College, a minimum of a 3.2 cumulative GPA is required to remain in good standing.
  • If a student’s cumulative GPA falls below a 3.2 for two consecutive semesters, they are no longer academically eligible to remain in the Honors College.

Priority Registration

  • Active Honors College students who are in good standing will receive priority registration for upcoming semesters.
  • Students dismissed for inactivity or academic ineligibility, will not receive priority registration for upcoming semesters.

Diversity

The Honors College is committed to inclusive excellence. The admissions practices are aimed at creating a diverse class in terms of underrepresented racial groups and/or first generation college students, international students, and students from different regions of the country.