First Time College Student
The instructions below will take first-time college students step-by-step thru the process of applying for admission to Southeast New Mexico College. First-time students are defined as students who have never attended college from any institution. If you have attended college from another institution, you are considered a transfer student.
In July of 2021, House Bill 212 became law making NMSU Carlsbad an independent college named Southeast New Mexico College (SENMC). SENMC is in the process of transitioning from NMSU to SENMC. Due to the transition process, all degree and non-degree seeking students will temporarily remain with an NMSU status. Upon full completion of the transition, students will officially have a SENMC status.
Attention: While we transition, students will apply for SENMC admissions through the NMSU Online Admissions Application.
1) Have official transcripts (from high school, GED® , HiSET® , and/or previous college(s) sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org OR NMSU Carlsbad/SENMC, 1500 University Dr., Carlsbad, NM, 88220. We accept official transcriptions in print and digital format.
Official transcripts must come directly from the institution where you obtained your diploma. If the document is delivered to us from anyone, other than the institution, it is not considered an official transcript.
Processing of financial aid takes around 4-6 weeks. It is recommended, but not required, that you take the Accuplacer placement test while you wait for processing.
Note: You may be asked to provide a variety of information. Click here for tips that may help you successfully complete the form. To check the status of your financial aid application, please login to your myNMSU account .
You may qualify for additional financial aid of scholarships, such as:
Veterans Affairs Benefits
Testing may be waived for students who have finished High School within the last 5 years or for those that have completed the ACT/SAT within the last three years; are transferring in math, reading, or English courses; or pursuing certain career technical programs. For those that graduated after the 5 year period stated above, you will need to take placement exam if they have not taken Math or English courses in the last two years and do not have a degree. Call (575) 234-9220 to inquire.
To complete testing:
1) Contact the Learning Assistance Center at (575) 234-9315, Room 253
2) Check for testing availability (Contact Melissa Dunaway at (575) 234-9319)
3) Complete the math, reading, and/or English placement test as needed. Please have the following information with you: Aggie ID number and photo ID.
Optional: You may review test prep material on the Learning Assistance Center, room 253, or try the Online ACCUPLACER practice tests.
If applicable, talk with the Student Accessibility Services Coordinator about testing accommodations. Visit room 111 or call (575) 234-9321.
To schedule an appointment, visit our Online Scheduler , call the Student Services office at (575) 234-9225, or visit the SENMC campus at 1500 University Drive (Room 111), Carlsbad, NM 88220.
Please select Virtual as the location and New Student Advising as the service when scheduling your appointment.
For step-by-step instructions on how to schedule/cancel an appointment with an advisor, click here.