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New Mexico Acceptance Rate

So, you’re thinking about applying to the University of New Mexico, and you’re curious about your chances of admission. Well, we’re here to help! Of course, there are a lot of factors in the admissions process, and it’s impossible to accurately predict whether you’ll be admitted or not. However, the most important factors in the admissions game are your GPA and test scores. So, using those as a measure, we can give you an estimate of your chances.

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SAT Score: 1600
GPA: 4

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With an acceptance rate of 58%, admission to New Mexico is fairly competitive. Based on our analysis, to have a good chance of being admitted, you need to be at the very top of your class and have an SAT score of close to 1200, or an ACT score of around 22.

Not quite there? Try taking our SAT prep course and you’ll still have a chance of getting in, but it’s in the single digits. Let’s take a closer look at New Mexico admission statistics.


New Mexico Admissions Statistics

New Mexico’s acceptance rate in 2017 was 58%. For students applying to the class of 2021, out of 15,582 applicants, New Mexico admitted about 9,003. The average GPA of admitted applicants was 3.38, the average ACT score was 22, and the average SAT score was 1160.

For students who took the ACT, the 25th percentile score of successful applicants was 19, and the 75th percentile score was 25.

For students who took the SAT, the 25th percentile score was 1030. The 75th percentile score was 1290.


If you’re somewhere in the middle of these numbers, remember that a high test score can compensate for a slightly lower GPA, and vice versa. If you’re at the lower end, it helps if you’re a diverse applicant, the child of an alum, or have incredible personal achievements. Still, at the 25th percentile, your chances of getting in are in the low single digits.

Other aspects of your application, such as athletics, extracurricular and recommendations, are important, but will likely only make a difference for admission if you’re in the 75th percentile range for your GPA and SAT/ACT scores.

As we said, admission to New Mexico is very competitive. Even if New Mexico is your dream school, and even if you’re in the 75th percentile, you’ll still want to make sure you apply to a wide variety of schools to ensure you’ll gain admission somewhere.

Generally, you should have at least three safety schools (where you are in the 75th percentile of GPA/test scores), three reach schools (where you are in the 25th percentile of GPA/test scores) and three target schools (where you are near the average for GPA/test scores) on your list.

OK, so you’ve decided to apply. We took a look at New Mexico’s admissions requirements to help you get everything in order.


New Mexico Application Requirements

To apply to New Mexico, you’ll need to fill out the Online Application, submit an ACT or SAT score, pay the $25 application fee, and submit your high school transcript. Everything should be submitted by May 1st for Fall Semester, and November 15th for Spring Semester.

Here’s a full list of application requirements:

  • Fill out the Online Application
  • Submit an ACT score or SAT score
  • Pay the $25 application fee
  • Submit your high school transcript

The application deadline is May 1st for Fall Semester, and November 15th for Spring Semester.

Have you been admitted to New Mexico? Congratulations! Below is a glimpse of what your classmates will be like.


New Mexico Admitted Students Profile

If you matriculate at New Mexico, you’ll be joining a diverse class, with students from all over the U.S. and the world, and have a chance to study in dozens of fields.

Here are some interesting facts about the recently admitted class:

  • Roughly 45% are male and 55% are female
  • 1.4% of students are international

New Mexico has a diverse class, as well, with a large number of people of color. The ethnicities of admitted applicants are:

  • International: 1.4%
  • Underrepresented minority: 1.5%
  • Two or more races: 3.5%
  • White: 36%

What do these admitted students plan to study? New Mexico offers dozens of majors, and students matriculating there pursue a wide number of subjects. Here is a list of some of the top programs:


  • Business
  • Psychology
  • Biomedical Sciences

Now, how are you going to pay for this?

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New Mexico Tuition Figures

At $36,339, New Mexico’s cost of attendance is astronomical. But, don’t panic! Most incoming students receive some form of financial aid, and the average award is $11,315.

Here’s a fuller look at New Mexico tuition and financial aid in 2017:

  • Total budget: $36,339
  • Average financial aid package: $11,315
  • The average student debt of a New Mexico graduate is $21,404

Now, what is life like at New Mexico? Let’s take a look.


New Mexico Location

UNM’s main campus is located in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The campus is noted for its Pueblo Revival architectural style, with many of the buildings designed by architect John Gaw Meem.

Remember, you’re going to New Mexico for its excellent academics! Below is a look at what academic life will be like.


New Mexico Academics

New Mexico has dozens of majors. Some of the school’s more interesting majors are:

  • Architecture
  • Biochemistry
  • Community Organization and Advocacy
  • Digital Arts
  • Engineering Science
  • Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies
  • General Studies
  • Humanities
  • International/Global Studies
  • Journalism
  • Linguistics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science and Government
  • Rhetoric and Composition

Now, let’s take a look at life outside the classroom at New Mexico.


Student Life at New Mexico

New Mexico has hundreds of student organizations, covering academic interests, creative and performing arts, cultural and racial initiatives, gender and sexuality affinity groups, government and politics interests, and various media and publications.

Here’s a sampling of New Mexico’s student activities:

  • Advancing Women in Science
  • Biking Better at UNM
  • Chess Club
  • DREAM Team (UNM)
  • Exercise Science Club
  • Fencing Club
  • Global One to One
  • Hobbit Society
  • Intellectual Property Matters
  • Jitterbugs Anonymous
  • KUNM Generation Listen
  • Lobo Gardens
  • Minorities and Philosophy (UNM)
  • Navigators
  • Operation Smile (UNM)
  • Peers for Advocacy, Wellness, and Safety
  • Queer Student Alliance

Are you an athlete? New Mexico’s got plenty of options for you.


New Mexico Athletics

New Mexico offers a large number of intercollegiate sports, with extensive varsity, as well as club, offerings, for both men and women. So, if you’re not up to varsity level, remember there are plenty of club and intramural sports to try out for, too.

New Mexico’s sports include:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Cross-Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Track & Field
  • Tennis

Who might you become with a New Mexico degree? Let’s take a look at some well-known and successful alums:


Notable Alums

New Mexico has produced politicians, business tycoons, entertainers, musicians, media figures, and leaders in dozens of other fields.

Here’s a list of some particularly well-known alums:

  • Composer Mike Palter
  • NFL player Hank Baskett
  • PGA golfer Charlie Beljan
  • MMA fighter Holly Holm
  • Art photographer Anita Douthat
  • Author Janice Gould
  • Architect Bashirul Haq
  • Author Brian Jay Jones
  • Artist Melissa Miller
  • Essence Communications CEO Edward Lewis
  • New Mexico Attorney General Gary King
  • New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson

And this is only a partial list!


Getting into New Mexico is very competitive. Don’t despair if you get a no. If you have a strong GPA and high test scores, you have a great chance of getting into at least one of the more competitive schools. And if you don’t, remember: where you go is NOT who you are. If you work hard, you’ll end up at a school that’s right for you, and still get a great education.

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Dr. Shaan Patel MD MBA

Written by Dr. Shaan Patel MD MBA

Prep Expert Founder & CEO

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