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Admissions Policies

At The University of New Mexico College of Nursing, we aim to provide you with all the information you need for a successful application. Please review the policies below before submitting your application.


Applications are processed and the files are managed through the College of Nursing’s Student Services Office. Admission decisions are made by the Faculty Admissions Committee.

Applicants who are offered admission will receive notification of their decision by email via NursingCAS. Applicants will have a deadline by which to accept or decline the offer of admission.

For most undergraduate programs, the response deadline is within 1 week of admission. For graduate programs, students will typically have 3-4 weeks.

The College of Nursing offers admission with the expectation that students will enroll in courses in the semester for which they are admitted, unless a deferral is granted.

All admission decisions rendered are final and cannot be appealed.

Reapplication: Applicants who are not admitted in the current admissions cycle are welcome to reapply in the future and must adhere to College of Nursing admissions policies and application requirements. Reapplications are treated as new applications for the purposes of evaluation and are considered without reference to the initial application decision.

Admitted applicants may request to defer admission for up to one cycle from the semester for which they were admitted. Decisions regarding deferral requests are made on a case-by-case basis with the Program Director and Admissions and are formally communicated to applicants by the Student Services Office via email.  Financial aid and tuition support are not deferrable. Any financial aid will be reassessed prior to the deferred semester.

If you wish to request a deferral, you must submit a written request and explanation by email or within your admissions offer response.

For questions regarding deferrals, please contact Student Services at

Each year, a number of applicants may be placed on an alternate/waitlist for admission to each program. Applicants on this list are notified by email of their alternate/waitlist status. 

Notifications for alternate/waitlisted applicants are sent as soon as space becomes available. The majority of applicants are notified at least 1 month prior to the start of the program, but it can be a few days before the start of the program depending on when a seat becomes available.

Rankings within the alternate/waitlist for each program are not disclosed, and there is no guarantee that applicants will be offered a seat in the entering cohort.

Alternate/waitlisted applications are not carried over to the following year, nor is special consideration given to those applicants if they choose to reapply in a future year.

You are responsible for ensuring that all required documents are received by the Office of Student Services and that your admissions file is complete. You will be notified by email when your documents are received. If you are missing any documents, you will be notified by email or phone to provide the missing information.

Submitted applications and documents become the property of The University of New Mexico College of Nursing and will not be returned.

Students who withdraw the UNM College of Nursing in good standing may be considered for readmission. The student must complete the application process.

Students will be notified by email by the Student Services office of their readmission status.  For additional questions regarding readmission policies, please contact

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