How to Apply

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The Fall 2019 application is open! The Spring 2020 application will open Summer 2019. We will update the website as soon as we have the dates.


1. Complete an Online International Student Application

CNM offers three admissions applications to meet the needs of your educational intent and status in the United States. Feel free to email  or  if you need assistance deciding which application is for you.

Online International Student Application

International New Students

If you will require an F-1 visa to study in the United States, please choose the International New Student Application.

International Transfer Students

If you currently have an F-1 or M-1 visa to study in the United States and are interested in transferring your visa to CNM full-time, please choose the International Transfer Student Application.

International Students who are Concurrently Enrolled at Other U.S. institutions

If you currently have an F-1 or M-1 visa to study in the United States and are interested in taking only one or two courses at CNM, please choose the International Concurrent Student Application and inform your home institution.

Dependents in the United States on an F-2 visa may also apply using the International Concurrent Student application.

If you have any visa type other than F or M, please contact 

The Final Step: Pay the Application Fee

The final step to complete your application checklist is to pay the Non-refundable Application Fee of $75. Once paid your application will be complete and ready to submit.

For questions about your payment contact the Cashiers Office at (505)224-3471 or


2. Send Academic Records 

Send the transcripts and/or the diploma you received from the high school and college (if any) that you attended. If you would like credit for prior coursework, those transcripts must be translated and course-by-course evaluated through a NACES approved company and sent directly to CNM. Verifications times vary. Send transcripts to a NACES company early. This has to be done prior to submitting your transcripts to the Records Office. There is a fee for services sought through NACES, for which you will be responsible.

If your former school(s) prefer to mail your official transcripts, they may be sent in a signed, sealed envelope to:

Central New Mexico Community College
Admissions Office
525 Buena Vista Drive SE
Albuquerque, NM  87106

Your former school(s) may also email transcripts to:

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3. Verify English Proficiency

Take one of the following English exams and have the scores sent to CNM.




*Minimum score: 61.  School ID: B444. Please note that we will not accept TOEFL scores older than 2 years.

**Minimum score: 6.0+

***Minimum score: B2

If you have taken the SAT or ACT, please also submit these test results to, as it will help your advisor recommend the best course levels for you.

Only after you are accepted to CNM may you apply for a visa application.

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4.Provide Supporting Documents for I-20

Once you are accepted to CNM, you will be prompted to provide:

  • A copy of the photo page of your valid passport and copies of any previous or current U.S. visas
  • An International Student Verification Form
  • An International Student Certification of Finances
  • Proof of health insurance from at least the start date of your first semester through the last day of your first semester. All international students studying at CNM are required to maintain health insurance coverage during all semesters of study. We recommend you maintain this coverage at all times in the United States. Read more about how health insurance in America works. Some suggestions for plans to purchase:

International Student Insurance
(four plans available)



*Guidelines for Submitting Proof of Financial Support

The U.S. government requires that all international applicants provide proof of ability to pay tuition, all living expenses, Books, Health Insurance, and travel for the academic year they are attending. This requirement is for themselves and their dependents (if applicable) before an I-20 can be issued.

All Financial Documents Must Have:

  • Current date (no earlier than 3 months)
  • Account holder’s name
    • Documents for banks, scholarships, etc. must be on official letterhead and include signature/stamp of an administrative officer or official
  • Must state the available final balance/total scholarship amount
  • Certified, professional translations for all financial documents not issued in English
  • If account holder is someone other than student, include Sponsorship letter OR Affidavit of Support. The letter must state the account holder’s and student’s name, current date, and relationship between student and sponsor. We will need copy of Driver's License or copy of Passport to verify signature.

Types of Financial Support that are Normally Accepted*

  • Bank letters/statements from savings and checking accounts (if a monthly bank statement is provided, only the closing balance of the most recent date will be counted)
  • Funds in investment accounts
  • Approved educational loans
  • Employer and government sponsorships/scholarships

Types of Financial Support that are NOT Accepted*

  • Tax returns
  • Salary/Payroll statements
  • Chartered Accountant portfolio
  • Pending or provisional educational loans or scholarship documents
  • Retirement funds, pension, life insurance policies
  • Investments in fixed assets such as property, mortgages, automobiles, etc.

 *These are the most commonly submitted documents. The Global Education Office will make the final determination as to what constitutes an acceptable financial statement.