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University of New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Located at the foot of the Sandia Mountains and in the heart of the city of Albuquerque, the University of New Mexico is the state's largest institution of higher learning. Nationally recognized for programs in Latin American Studies, anthropology, photography, medicine, biology, nuclear pharmacy, laser optics, and environmental studies, the university offers nine associate degrees, 137 bachelors, 133 masters, 12 educational specialist certificates, and 69 doctoral degrees, as well as degrees in law and medicine.

UNM has one of the largest enrollment of Hispanic and Native American students of any university in the nation-21.94% and 3.5% respectively- and bilingual education is a special emphasis. UNM serves a growing number of older and part-time students by offering more than 40 percent of all classes, and several complete degree programs through its evening and weekend degree program. Undergraduate enrollment is around 20,000 and graduate enrollment is over 4,900.

UNM is a major source of Hispanics engineers for the nation, with large companies recruiting at the university specifically seeking graduating Hispanic engineers. Already touted as an excellent place to study the American Southwest, the university is making a concerted effort to be recognized as a "University for the America", known for teaching, research, and public service related to western hemispheric issues.On-campus housing is available for single men and woman as well as married students. Overview

Type of school: Public institution
Year founded: 1889
Affiliation: None
Academic calendar: Semester
Undergraduate student body: 18,554
Environment: Urban
Endowment: $385,725,190
Admissions Address

1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001



Admissions E-mail



Selectivity: Selective
Average high school GPA: 3.3
Send application by: June 15
Admissions Contact Information
Admissions director: Terry Babbitt
Admissions office telephone: (505) 277-2446
Fall 2008 Admissions Deadlines Regular decision
Send application by: June 15
Decision sent by: Other
Accept offer by: No set date
Early decision
Not offered
Early action
Send application by: N/A
Decision sent by: N/A
Application fee: $20
Is the fee refundable? No
Can fee be waived for students with financial need? Yes
Does school have a waiting list? No
Can admission be deferred? Yes
Accepted application formats:
Applications on floppy disks: No
Applications via E-mail: No
Electronic application:
http://www.unm.edu/preview/na_online.htm Tuition deposit: N/A
Room deposit: $100 (Partially refundable)
Admissions Requirements
High school completion requirement: High school diploma is required and GED is accepted
General college-preparatory program: Required
Distribution of high school units required and/or recommended*
  Units Required Units Recommended
English 4 N/A
Mathematics 3 N/A
Science 2 N/A
Lab 1 N/A
Foreign language 2 N/A
Social studies 1 N/A
History 1 N/A
Academic electives N/A N/A
Total academic units 13 N/A

*One unit equals one year of study or its equivalent.
Campus visit: Recommended
Admissions interview: Neither required nor recommended
Off-campus interview: Not available
Does the college use SAT or ACT scores in admissions decisions for first-time, first-year applicants? Yes
SAT/ACT requirements: Either SAT or ACT required.
SAT/ACT scores must be received by: June 15
Tests accepted for Fall 2008 entering class: ACT without writing
SAT Subject Test scores must be received by: June 15
Open admission policy? No
What is the relative importance of specific academic factors in admission decisions?
Rigor of secondary school record: Very important
Class rank: Important
Academic GPA: Very important
Standardized test scores: Important
Application essay: Considered
Recommendation: Considered
What is the relative importance of specific nonacademic factors in admission decisions?
Interview: Not considered
Extracurricular activities: Considered
Talent/ability: Not considered
Character/personal qualities: Considered
First generation: Considered
Alumni/ae relation: Not considered
Geographical residence: Not considered
State residency: Not considered
Religious affiliation/commitment: Not considered
Racial/ethnic status: Not considered
Volunteer work: Considered
Work experience: Considered
Level of applicant's interest: Not considered
2006-2007 Admissions Statistics
Selectivity: Selective
Overall acceptance rate: 73%
Early-decision acceptance rate: N/A
Early-action acceptance rate: N/A
Acceptance rate (excluding early-action and early-decision students): 73%
Total applicants: 6,981
Total acceptances: 5,123
Total freshman enrollment: 3,026
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision: N/A
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision is not available for graphing.

Male applicants: 3,221
Male acceptances: 2,323
Male freshman enrollment: 1,371
Female applicants: 3,760
Female acceptances: 2,800
Female freshman enrollment: 1,655
Out-of-state freshmen: 10%
Qualified applicants offered a place on waiting list: N/A
Applicants accepting a place on waiting list: N/A
Students enrolled from waiting list: N/A

 2006-2007 Freshman Class Profile
Top 10 percent of high school class: 20%
Top 25 percent of high school class: 46%
Top 50 percent of high school class: 79%
First-year students submitting high school class standing: 89%
Average high school GPA: 3.3
First-year students submitting GPA: 3%
First-year students submitting SAT scores: 24%
SAT scores (25/75 percentile):
Critical Reading: 470 – 600
Math: 470 – 590
Combined: 940 – 1190

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  SAT Critical Reading SAT Math
700-800 5.5% 2.4%
600-699 22.9% 22.3%
500-599 39.1% 40.1%
400-499 26.0% 28.1%
300-399 6.0% 6.3%
200-299 0.6% 0.7%

First-year students submitting ACT scores: 91%
ACT scores (25/75 percentile):
English: 17 – 24
Math: 18 – 25
Composite: 19 – 25

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  ACT Composite ACT English ACT Math
30-36 2.6% 5.9% 2.4%
24-29 30.4% 27.9% 29.4%
18-23 52.7% 43.6% 42.9%
12-17 14.3% 20.7% 25.2%
6-11 0.0% 1.8% 0.1%
Below 6 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%


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