CNM Specialized Dual Credit Admissions Pathways

CNM welcomes applicants who are not yet high school age or current students whose high school does not participate in the dual credit program.

Underage Admissions Process

This specialized admissions pathway is designed for younger learners who are at least 13 years of age or are enrolled in at least 8th grade, have the support of their parent(s)/guardian(s) and can demonstrate the ability to succeed in a college-level classroom.

This is an alternative admissions process for students who do not qualify for dual-credit admissions. Underage students will not be eligible for tuition waivers or high school credit.

If you are under 18 and attending a participating Dual Credit public, private or home-based high school program within New Mexico, you may apply for Dual Credit admission. 

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

Application Process

Note: The application review process may take up to two (2) weeks. Once the review is completed, you will be contacted by staff regarding your status and next steps in the process.

Applicants may begin the admission process by completing the Underage Admissions Application and provide the following documents listed below:

  • Complete the Underage Admissions Agreement Form
  • Current school transcript or other verification of grade level
  • Letter of intent specifying educational goals/courses
  • Additional documentation such as letters of support from teachers, counselors etc.
  • Placement test scores from Accuplacer or another recognized CNM placement instrument (ACT, SAT) at the college level

Applications with the above supporting documents should be submitted to CNM Records or may be emailed to askrec@cnm.edu. Admission requests are reviewed in the order received. Determinations may be delayed if applications are missing any of the above documentation.

Interview/Conference

Applicants with completed application packets that meet the minimum requirements will be invited, with their parent/guardian, to attend an interview. The interview will discuss student rights, responsibilities, and determine the student's acceptance.

Topics to be discussed in the underage admission conference include:

  • 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

High School Age Admissions Process

Non-Dual Credit Participating

Students currently attending a participating high school or does not have a signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with CNM will follow the application process.

Application Process

Note: The application review process may take up to two (2) weeks. Once the review is completed, you will be contacted by staff regarding your status and next steps in the process.

Students need to complete the Dual Credit application admissions process and submit the following documents listed below:

  • Complete the Non-Dual Credit Request Form
  • Complete the Dual Credit Agreement Form
  • Current school transcript or other verification of grade level
  • Letter of intent specifying educational goals/courses
  • Additional documentation such as letters of support from teachers, counselors etc.
  • Placement test scores from Accuplacer or another recognized CNM placement instrument (ACT, SAT) at the college level

Applications with the above supporting documents should be submitted to CNM Records or may be emailed to askrec@cnm.edu. Admission requests are reviewed in the order received. Determinations may be delayed if applications are missing any of the above documentation.

Interview/Conference

Applicants with completed application packets that meet the minimum requirements will be invited, with their parent/guardian, to attend an interview. The interview will discuss student rights, responsibilities, and determine the student's acceptance.

Topics to be discussed in the underage admission conference include:

  • 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

Dual Credit Participating w/Restrictions

Students who attend participating high school (MOU with CNM), and wish to take courses not approved by their high school, may be eligible for classes via the Non-Dual Credit Process.    

Application Process

Students need to complete the Dual Credit application admissions process and submit the following documents listed below:

These forms can be submitted to CNM Admissions or emailed to admissions@cnm.edu.