New Mexico State University-Main Campus (NMSU)

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NMSU can be found in Las Cruces, NM, a public college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. There are around 16,000 students enrolled per year at NMSU.

The majority of students accepted into NMSU had an SAT score in the range of 950 to 1150, or got accepted with an ACT composite score within the range of 18 to 23. By applying sampled GPA data from over 150 schools, we are able to estimate that the NMSU average GPA ranges from 2.89 to 3.18 for accepted students. 55% of all applicants are granted admission to NMSU, from which 34 percent choose to enroll. Using acceptance rate data from previous years, we can project that the NMSU acceptance rate in 2021 is going to be around 56%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall NMSU Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for New Mexico State University-Main Campus was reported as 54.6% in Fall 2020 with over 11,900 applications submitted to this school. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • NMSU ACT Scores: 18 - 23
  • NMSU Average GPA: 2.89 - 3.18

How Hard Is It to Get into New Mexico State University-Main Campus?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

When determining how difficult it is for students to get into New Mexico State University-Main Campus, ACT/SAT test scores and high school average GPA ranges of accepted students of previous years can help estimate the selectivity of a school.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2023 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2023-2024 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for New Mexico State University-Main Campus has been getting lower when compared to averages from previous years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 59.6%
  • 2017-2018: 63.8%
  • 2018-2019: 65.7%
  • 2019-2020: 54.6%
  • Projected NMSU Acceptance Rate 2023-2024: 55.9%

How Does NMSU Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for New Mexico State University-Main Campus is four percent lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus58.3%
The University of Texas of the Permian Basin88.3%
West Texas A & M University69.0%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to NMSU (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading480 - 580
Math470 - 570
Total Score950 - 1150
ACT®Score Range
English16 - 23
Math17 - 23
Composite Score18 - 23
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