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Learn about our offerings and create your future at New Mexico's leading community college, today.

Getting Started at CNM

Ready to become a CNM student? Read about the process on our Getting Started page or apply at the bottom of this page.

Whether you're starting or returning to college, we're honored that you're considering Central New Mexico Community College (CNM). 

With the largest undergraduate student enrollment in New Mexico, CNM ranks nationally among 1,100+ 2-year colleges: No. 1 for number of associate degrees and certificates earned by Native Americans; Top 5 for associate degrees/certificates earned by Hispanics; and Top 10 overall for degrees and certificates.

As the premier community college of New Mexico, we'll ensure you have a quality education. No matter your age, educational background or financial well-being, you will have a home at CNM.


Begin Your University Degree

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The best place to begin your higher education is a community college. At CNM, you'll find many of the same courses you would at a four-year institution, but at a fraction of the cost. After earning your Associate's from CNM, you can transfer to a four-year institution. Why burden yourself with debt when New Mexico's best community college is a step away? Choose from 150+ associate degrees, certificates, and training options at affordable costs.

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Prepare for a New Career in One Year or Less

In addition to Associate Degrees, CNM offers several Certificates of Achievement and Completion. With a Certificate you can enter a new occupation in a short amount of time. Look over our Certificate options and get started.

Our non-profit, CNM Ingenuity, provides accelerated educational opportunities in key workforce areas. In learning focused skillsets, you can quickly enter the job market.

Transfer to CNM or Get College Ready

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We acknowledge the needs of all adult learners. Develop skills to pass the High School Equivalency Exam (HiSET or GED) or transfer to CNM and change your career.

CNM has a strong presence of transfer students, students returning to college after several years away and adult learners preparing for college for the first time. 

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Use CNM's Resources on Your Journey

Unlike a larger institution, your voice will be heard at CNM. Our goal, from your first day, is to help you graduate, and we'll be there to support your goals long after you stay with us.

We provide several resources to help you along the way, including Academic and Achievement Coachesinstructional support and tutoring services; and personal counseling and financial aid guidance