Underage Appeals for Admission Process

The appeal process for CNM applicants who are either a homeschool student (and under the age of 15) or a public/private high school student below a sophomore level.

Now Accepting Fall 2018 Underage Admissions Appeals

Please note it is CNM’s policy to not admit below a ninth (9th) grade level.

If you are under 18 and attending a public, private or home-based high school program within New Mexico, you may apply for the Dual Credit program for sophomores, juniors and seniors at any partner high school district or state charter school.

New Mexico home school applicants under the age of 15 (or New Mexico public/charter/private school students below a sophomore level) will need to follow the Appeal Process below to request an exception to the admissions policy. 

You are strongly encouraged to complete all the possible course work within your school district before pursuing classes at Central New Mexico Community College. College level course work may not be appropriate for non-college aged students. 

The committee will make every attempt to review requests and make decisions at the earliest available opportunities. However, students may expect the entire process to take up to three weeks before a decision is made.

It is the ultimate decision of the CNM Admissions Appeals Committee to approve exception requests. There is no guarantee that requests will be approved.

Step 1:  Initiate the Appeal

You will need to submit the following:

  • A Letter of Appeal for Admission written by you which should address:
    • Why you want to enroll at CNM
    • Areas of academic interest
    • An understanding of the academic and non-academic challenges of being in a college environment
    • How you plan to be successful with college level coursework
    • Any other relevant information
  • Test Scores: ACT, SAT, or Accuplacer with Math, Reading and English scores
    • Appeal applicants must test into college-level coursework on first test attempt to be eligible for Dual Credit
  • Proof of current enrollment in high school level courses or, for Home School students, proof of current high school level coursework
  • High School Transcript or sample of curriculum used in home study program
  • Other Supporting Documentation (optional):
    • Letter(s) of recommendation from your school counselor or administrator, which addresses both academic and behavioral preparedness for an adult learning environment
    • Letter(s) of support from someone other than your parent or guardian that addresses behavioral preparedness for an adult learning environment
    • List of honors / awards
    • Other reasonable documentation to demonstrate college readiness

Submit your appeal in-person at the CNM Admissions Office. You may also mail the appeal to:

CNM Admissions Office
525 Buena Vista SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106

The documents received will be evaluated by the committee to determine if you are eligible to continue the Appeal to Step 2. If your appeal is denied at this step, the college will provide notification in writing of the reason for denial. The decision will be final until you can demonstrate that the reason for denial has been remedied. In the case of a denied appeal, you will be able to re-appeal for the next term unless otherwise stated by the CNM Underage Admissions Appeals Committee in your denial letter.

Step 2:  Interview/Conference with You and Your Parent(s) or Legal Guardian(s)

As the student requesting the admissions exception, please be prepared to answer some questions for the committee. We will also ask your parent/guardian a few questions. The following topics will be discussed:

  • FERPA / Authorization to Release Educational Records
  • Academic support at home and at CNM
  • Permanency of grades received and impact on future educational opportunities
  • Codes and Policies:
    • Student Code of Conduct
    • Important Dates and Deadlines
    • Parental (Guardian) Acknowledgement of College Policies
    • Instructional Methods (Online, Traditional, Independent Study, etc.)
    • Expectations for student responsibilities and accountability
    • Course program fees not covered under the General Dual Credit Agreement

Step 3: Notification of Appeals Decision

You will be notified in writing of the decision within 10 business days.

  • If the Appeal is Denied, you will not be able to submit another Appeal until set time recommended by the appeal committee.
  • If the Appeal is Approved, you will be notified and can proceed with the enrollment process.

Step 4: Enrollment

  • Submit an official Application for Admission and DC Student Parent Agreement.
  • Sign the Special Admissions Agreement.
  • Schedule and attend New Student Orientation.
  • Meet with an Academic Advisor.
  • Register for courses (note: please review course program fee requirements and payments).