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UNM Honors College Admissions Application

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 opportunities 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
  • Extracurricular Activities
  • Leadership
  • Awards
  • Written Responses

Additional Helpful Information

Standardized Test Scores – Standardized scores (ACT or SAT) are not required to be considered for admission but may be helpful in some cases. If you choose to provide scores they should be sent from the testing service, however scores reported on the high school transcript will be accepted. No preference is given to either score type and the Writing sub-section of the SAT is not needed/considered. You may take the tests as often as you wish. The highest of your available ACT Composite scores, or the highest SAT Total scores (Critical Reading and Mathematics sub-scores), are used when necessary.

Application Deadlines and Notifications

Application Deadline: October 1

Student Notification: November 1

Application Deadline: January 2

Student Notification: February 1

Application Deadline: April 1

Student Notification: May 1

Application Deadline: June 30

Student Notification: July 30

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.

Active Status

  • Students must enroll in and complete a minimum of one Honors course every other semester, not including summer, 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.


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.

Attend an Honors Open House