First Year

ENMU recognizes that your potential is based on more than just numbers, and we look at each individual for a range of qualities – from intellect, imagination, compassion, respect, generosity and decency, to diversity of background and experience, strength of character and determination to conquer challenges. We want you to be a member of our learning community which includes the very best students from New Mexico, the other 49 states, and more than 100 countries around the world.

You're considered a freshman for application purposes if you're applying to ENMU for the academic year immediately after you graduate from high school.

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First-Year Adult Learner Application Process

You're also considered a freshman if you haven't attended college since your high school graduation. Your age also affects how you apply, so if you're 25 or older, check out the adult learner application process to find out how to apply.

Find out more about the adult learner application requirements >

Dual Enrollment Application Process

If you are a public high school junior or senior, you may be eligible to enroll in dual enrollment courses. Homeschooled students are also eligible to participate in this program. The application process for Dual Enrollment students is not the same as a student who already completed high school.

Learn more about the dual enrollment application process >

Application Requirements and Deadlines

Coming to Eastern is easy! Best of all, applying to ENMU is free! Our admission process requires submitting the following documents:

Send your application materials to:
Office of Enrollment Services
ENMU Station 7
1500 S Ave K
Portales, NM 88130

Advanced Placement and International Credentials

Eastern encourages prospective students to challenge themselves and welcomes those who have gone above and beyond in their high school academics by taking Advanced Placement courses. As a result of having already successfully completed college-level work, some students can be admitted with advanced standing at the university.

We do not currently offer credit for or international undergraduate courses.

Learn more about AP credits >

Homeschooled Students

You need a composite ACT score of at least 17 or an SAT score of at least 810 for regular admission.

In addition to your home schooled transcript and your ACT with Writing or SAT score, we strongly encourage you to submit subject tests, AP exam scores, or grades from an accredited secondary or post-secondary institution in the academic subjects required for admission.

Learning Communities

A learning community is a group of 20-25 students who enroll in two or more courses together to explore a common interest or theme. You do not have to know what you want to major in to join a learning community. Learning communities are offered in a wide variety of themes and interests and include courses that meet general education requirements.

All entering freshmen are enrolled in a learning community when they register for classes. When you visit the Advising Center, you and your advisor will decide which learning community is best for you. You must register for all the courses offered in the community.

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Helpful Links

Still have questions about the ENMU experience?

Our President's Ambassadors are available to answer any questions you may have. Send them a short note.

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About ENMU, Portales

Students choose Eastern New Mexico University for our personal touch, accredited academic programs and affordable costs. ENMU offers a variety of services to help students succeed in their academic, personal and professional lives. That's why our slogan is "Student Success–that's what it's all about!"