Admissions to the Honors College
The Honors College at UNM welcomes applications from motivated students seeking a rigorous liberal arts experience. The Honors College admission process is a holistic decision made after review of the applicant’s high school curriculum and GPA, standardized test scores, and evidence of leadership and community involvement.
Transfer or current UNM students should ideally apply to the Honors College by the end of their freshmen year. Acceptance is on a rolling basis.
In recognition of their academic achievements, National Merit Scholars and Finalists, National Hispanic Scholars, National Achievement Scholars, American Indian Scholars, UNM Presidential Scholars, and UNM Regents Scholars will be admitted to the Honors College following submission of the Honors College application that includes a copy of their scholarship award letter.
While the Honors College has no absolute admissions criteria, incoming freshmen with an ACT composite test score of 28 or higher or an SAT score of 1320 or higher (or 1900 or higher if taken prior to January 2016) AND a high school cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 will be automatically admitted following submission of an application. Additionally, freshmen who are National Merit Scholars and Finalists, National Hispanic Scholars, National Achievement Scholars, American Indian Scholars, and recipients of UNM's Presidential and Regents’ Scholarships will be automatically admitted following submission of an application.
Students who do not meet the criteria for automatic admission may still be admitted on a provisional basis. Students should see Provisional Acceptance.
Transfer or current UNM students need a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher and must have completed English 101 or its equivalent with a grade of B or better to be considered for admission to the Honors College. Transfer students who meet these requirements will be admitted on a rolling basis.
Students who do not meet all criteria for automatic admission may still be accepted to the College on a provisional basis. To be considered, the applicant should submit a recommendation letter from a teacher or counselor who will address why the student is an excellent candidate for the College.
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.
Honors College New Student Orientation
All newly accepted students must attend an Honors College New Student Orientation. Students starting in the fall semester are required to attend the Fall Orientation which is held on the Thursday before classes start. Students starting in the spring will be notified of an orientation date and time.
For more information on Honors NSO registration and dates visit http://honors.unm.edu/nso.