NMSU: 2020 Requirements, Scores & GPAs

This is the go-to guide for getting into New Mexico State University-Main Campus. We suggest you read until the end... Not only will we layout the exact GPA and test scores you should aim for when applying to NMSU, but we’ll also offer creative ways to help your application stand out from the pack. We breakdown NMSU statistics better than any article out there and show you how these have changed over time. Also, make sure to check out New Mexico State University-Main Campus on CampusReel to see what it’s really like here. If you're interesting in transferring to NMSU, the read our transfer guide. You can also use the below calculator to help determine your likelihood of acceptance at NMSU

What are your chances at NMSU?

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  • Your GPA*
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    *gpa score is required

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    Please note all chances are estimates based on test score and GPA averages.

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    What GPA do you need to get into New Mexico State University-Main Campus?

    New Mexico State University-Main Campus’s average GPA is 3.52. New Mexico State University-Main Campus does require GPA. This average GPA means New Mexico State University-Main Campus is very selective. Often times, schools in this range are trying to increase their selectivity and “prestige”. We can’t read the minds of NMSU application readers, but they likely want to increase the average GPA from 3.52 to 3.7 this year - to play it safe, we recommend striving for the 3.7 GPA.

    *BEFORE CONTINUING PLEASE NOTE: GPA and “prestige” DO NOT mean a college is right for you. New Mexico State University-Main Campus may seem amazing on paper, but you may hate it... That’s why 700,000 students transfer colleges every year - they end up going to the wrong school. It’s crucial to watch the videos on CampusReel and make sure you can envision yourself on NMSU’s campus. These NMSU admission statistics do not sufficiently tell you what a college or university is like.

    What is New Mexico State University-Main Campus’s acceptance rate?

    Last year New Mexico State University-Main Campus’s acceptance rate was 65.76. However, check out how the acceptance rate has changed over time.

    2016 2017 2018
    Acceptance Rate 60.0 % 64.0 % 65.76 %

    As you can see, New Mexico State University-Main Campus is a little easier to get into than last year.

    Acceptance rate alone does not indicate your likelihood for getting into NMSU - it’s a very high level understanding of the true competition. Use the acceptance rate as a general guide for curating a list of 10-15 schools that fall into different ranges of competitiveness. Then, use the below data to get a deeper understanding of how your application will compare to the rest of the pool.

    What are your chances at NMSU?

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  • Your GPA*
    on a 4.0 scale

    *gpa score is required

    This free college chances tool calculates your acceptance chances at NMSU or any other U.S. college

    Please note all chances are estimates based on test score and GPA averages.

    *or select a school above for a specific calculation

    Need chances at another college?

    Does New Mexico State University-Main Campus Require Test Scores?

    New Mexico State University-Main Campus requires that you either take the SAT or ACT. See the table below for how New Mexico State University-Main Campus’s accepted students have performed on both tests. You may be wondering how many test scores should you submit. Generally, don’t freak out about taking the test too often. Industry consensus is that you can submit up to 6 tests as a reasonable limit.

    New Mexico State University-Main Campus SAT Requirements

    New Mexico State University-Main Campus’s average SAT score is 945 - this is the sum of the math and reading portions of the SAT (the 1600 scale). Check out the below table for a deeper look into how students performed - it’s also very interesting to look at the average test score over time. The trend over time helps give insight into whether New Mexico State University-Main Campus is getting more or less competitive.

    25th Percentile 75th Percentile Average
    Math 420 540 480
    Reading 400 530 465
    2019 Total 820 1070 945
    2018 Total - - -
    2017 Total - - -

    New Mexico State University-Main Campus’s average SAT score is 945. To be a competitive applicant for New Mexico State University-Main Campus your SAT score should come close to the average. If you’re closer to the 820, you’re likely going to have a tougher time getting accepted. To consider New Mexico State University-Main Campus a “target” school (one that you are likely to get into) you should aim for a score of 1070.

    New Mexico State University-Main Campus ACT Requirements

    New Mexico State University-Main Campus’s average ACT score is 61. To be a competitive applicant for New Mexico State University-Main Campus your ACT score should come close to the average. If you’re closer to the 51, you’re likely going to have a tougher time getting accepted. To consider New Mexico State University-Main Campus a “target” school (one that you have a good chance of getting into) you should aim for a score of 72.

    25th Percentile 75th Percentile Average
    Math 17 24 20
    Reading 16 24 20
    Writing 18 24 21
    2019 Total 51 72 61
    2018 Total - - -
    2017 Total - - -

    New Mexico State University-Main Campus Requirements

    Now you know where you need to be for getting into New Mexico State University-Main Campus from a grade and test score perspective. Let’s quickly outline what else you’ll need to provide for your application to get reviewed, and then we’ll move onto the most important section: differentiating your app.

    Recommendations Status
    School Rank Considered but not required
    GPA Required
    School Record Required

    How to get into NMSU

    Follow these steps to maximize your chances of getting into NMSU. Everything you read above will help prepare you for what you need to achieve to have a shot at NMSU, but these steps will take you even further in applying that knowledge and differentiating your application.

    Main Academic Excellence that is in line with NMSU admission standards.

    1. Score at least a 945 on the SAT or 61 on the ACT.
    2. Maintain a GPA of at least a 3.52.

    Join Extracurriculars that Align with NMSU’s Values.

    1. Join your school band, a sports team or another group activity. If New Mexico State University-Main Campus values music heavily, for example, then try to participate in an organization related to that topic.
    2. Volunteer in your hometown. Las Cruces has tons of ways to be involved beyond just the college. New Mexico State University-Main Campus wants applicants that are also good ambassadors for the school - they want students who will give back to the local community and broader Las Cruces area in general.
    3. Spend your summer doing something that speaks to your values, personal growth, leadership qualities and other less quantifiable characteristics. NMSU needs to see past your test scores and grades - they need to know that you will be a valuable and contributing member of their community. You are more than grades and test scores - your experiences should demonstrate that.

    Prepare Your Application

    1. Write a stellar essay that shows New Mexico State University-Main Campus something they can’t figure out from the other parts of your application. For a detailed guide on writing the best college essay, check this out.
    2. Get teacher recs that speak to your character. If you know what you’re majoring in and include that in your NMSU app, try to have at least 1 recommendation from a teacher in that department.
    3. Apply Before the Deadline. Too many students wait until the last minute to submit their application, and too much can go wrong during this precious time window. Since many students are applying on the last day, it’s possible that NMSU’s own system crashes. Don’t risk the added stress this can cause - submit your app a few days early.

    What are your chances at NMSU?

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    *gpa score is required

    This free college chances tool calculates your acceptance chances at NMSU or any other U.S. college

    Please note all chances are estimates based on test score and GPA averages.

    *or select a school above for a specific calculation

    Need chances at another college?

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