Apply to Central New Mexico Community College

Identify your student type, submit an application, and join NM's premier community college.

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Becoming a CNM student begins with knowing your student type. Identifying your student type is important because the application process may differ, based on this.

Refer to the grid below to learn more about each student type, or--if you already know your student type--fill out an application. 

Student Types and Applications

All current CNM students who need to reapply and any current applicants who need to finish an application in progress can login as a Returning User.

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Beginning Freshmen

This is your first time going to college.

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Transfer Students

You attended another college or university before.

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Returning Students

You’ve taken classes at CNM or Albuquerque TVI before.

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Dual Credit Students

You’re in high school now and want to take a college class.

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Visiting Students

You want to just take a class or two at CNM.

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International Students

You’re from outside the US and want to take classes at CNM.

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Adult Basic Education

You want to learn English or finish your high school equivalency.

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Online Classes at CNM

Regardless of what student type that you enroll as, there are many remote learning options at CNM, whether you are pursuing a degree or just taking a class.

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Steps to Take After Applying


Set Up Your myCNM Account

Your myCNM account is primarily used to register and pay for classes, but it houses much more. You can set up your myCNM account with the ID number you'll receive at the end of the application process. For particular steps, read our page on accessing myCNM.

Apply for Financial Aid and Scholarships (optional)

Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for financial aid, learn about our scholarships and applying for them, or visit our Financial Aid site for further resources.

Complete a New Student Orientation

You may be required to attend a new student orientation, depending on your student type.

Know Your Placement/Testing Options

Get familiar with your options for testing and placement at CNM:

  1. Take the Accuplacer placement exam.
  2. Provide ACT, SAT, or TOEFL scores to CNM.
  3. Take a placement exam for Biology, Spanish or French.
  4. Take a challenge Exams (e.g., BCIS 1110).
  5. Take the Directed Self-Placement tool (Math Accuplacer still required).
  6. Submit PARCC Scores.
  7. Enroll in the required prerequisite courses at CNM and pass with a grade of CR or C or higher.
  8. Complete the required prerequisite courses at another institution with a grade of C or higher and provide a transcript to CNM.
  9. Provide confirmation through the admissions process of an advanced degree:
    • Associate degree meets IRW courses and ENGL 1110
    • Bachelor’s degree or higher meets all developmental courses: ENGL 1110, BCIS 1110, MATH 1101, MATH 1215, BIOL 1140, BIOL 1140L, CHEM 1120 and CHEM 1120LL
  10. Demonstrate Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) in Military Training, Standardized Exam (e.g., AP, DSST, etc.), Challenge Exams, Industry Certification and Licensures, CNM Ingenuity Training, Community Partnerships and Portfolio Assessment.
  11. Graduating from high school:
    • High School GPA must be a 2.5 or greater
    • Student must have graduated with conferred diploma
    • An official transcript must be submitted to CNM or unofficial reviewed by an Academic Coach
Meet With an Academic Coach (optional)

Meet with an Academic Coach in person or by email, online chat, or phone. An Academic Coach will help you choose a program of study and create your academic plan.

Select Your Classes

After browsing through our programs, course catalog and receiving guidance from an Academic Coach, consult our Schedule of Classes to view class availability, campus location, times and by whom the class is taught. If you want to know more about the Schedule of Classes, visit our page on it.

Register for Classes

After you've selected your classes in the Schedule of Classes, it's time to register for them. View the Register for Classes tutorial.

Pay Your Tuition

View our tuition rates and how to pay for your classes.

Get Ready for Your First Day

Read about obtaining your student ID, parking at CNM, purchasing textbooks and more on our Getting Ready for Your First Day at CNM page.




The Clery Act and the US Department of Education’s regulations require Title IV participating institutions to publish an annual security report (ASR) containing safety and security related policy statements and crime statistics. This report must be distributed to all current students and employees. Institutions must also inform prospective students and employees about the availability of the report, which you will find on the Security webpage.