Commonly Asked Questions

Here are some of the most commonly asked questions
which can also be used as quick talking points:

Where is the University of New Mexico?
The University of New Mexico (try not to say UNM) is in Albuquerque.

Ask: Have you ever been to Albuquerque?
If not—Albuquerque is the southern tip of the Rocky Mountains at 5000’ feet elevation in Rio Grande River Valley, not extremely hot or extremely cold, 2” or 3” of snow 2 or 3 times a year. Only national athletic championship—Skiing!!

What does it take to get into the University of New Mexico?

Ask: What is your overall GPA? What grades have you been getting?
UNM needs a 2.5 cumulative GPA on the college prep coursework.

How much is tuition? How much does it cost?

Total annual cost approximately 34K.
UNM has several scholarships for students w/ 3.0+ GPA ~ chat up the scholarships!

Estimated Costs
Tuition & Fees, full-time $20,688
Room & Board, traditional $8,580
Books & Supplies $1,064
Transportation $1,792
Miscellaneous $2,010
Total $34,134

When are applications due?

Applications for admission are reviewed on a rolling basis. (The University starts reading the applications and making admissions decisions as the applications roll in). Admission decisions are issued by mail after all application materials are complete. Students are advised to apply early in the event of the need for additional information or supporting documentation. Seniors apply online NOW. Juniors can apply the summer before their senior year of high school as early as June! For priority consideration, apply by the following dates:

Fall May 1
Spring November 15
Summer May 1

Ask: Have you applied to any other schools? At the University of New Mexico we accept applications all year—12 months! Give a paper application to all juniors and seniors! Circle with a highlighter the UNM web site on the application! Seniors apply online NOW; juniors can apply the summer before their senior year of high school as early as June!


Yes, UNM has student housing! Not required for freshman.

Study Abroad?

Yes, over 45 countries / 100 programs and UNM has a campus in Rome! For more information contact: The University of New Mexico, Global Education Office (GEO), Albuquerque, NM 87131, (505) 277-4032 or

The National Student Exchange (NSE)?

The NSE provides opportunities for the undergraduate, to study for up to one calendar year at another NSE member college or university. With more than 160 colleges and universities from which to choose, students should be able to find a campus with just the right combination of courses, facilities, and environment to meet their personal and academic needs and interests. NSE extends beyond the borders of the United States to include U.S. territories. For more information on the participating schools and to review the school catalogs, please visit the Students link on the National Student Exchange website.


Yes, Army – Air Force – Navy – Navy with Marines option.


Ask: “What sport?” UNM is D1 (Division 1) — Mountain West Conference: more info on athletics at

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