Student Policies

The following regulations apply to all campuses of NMSU and are effective with the publication of the NMSU Carlsbad Catalog. Tuition amounts, fees, and similar items are subject to annual review and changes are effective with the current catalog or published in the current class schedule.

University Credits

The unit of university credits is the semester hour, which is the equivalent of one hour’s recitation or a minimum of two hours of practice per week for one semester.

Class Rank (Classification)

A student’s classification depends upon the number of credits completed toward graduation. Sophomore rank is achieved with successful completion of 28 credits; junior rank, 62 credits; senior rank, 94 credits.

Class Load

The normal load in a regular semester is 16-18 credits in all colleges of the university. An overload is more than 18 credits. A normal load in summer school is the same number of credits as there are weeks in the session. Written permission for the student to register for an overload must be obtained from the Vice President for Student Services at NMSU Carlsbad or the dean of the student’s college at NMSU Las Cruces. To be eligible to take an overload, the student must have a cumulative grade- point average for the two preceding semesters of 2.5, with no grade less than C. A one-credit course in physical activity may be taken without being included in the calculation for determining an overload. No freshmen will be permitted to assume an overload.

Basic Academic Skills

NMSU requires all students to demonstrate basic academic skills in both English and mathematics to ensure that they have the abilities to succeed in upper-division courses numbered 300 or higher. First-time students must meet both of these requirements before enrolling in any upper-division courses. Transfer students with 45 or more credits will be allowed to enroll in upper-division courses for one semester. After that point, they must meet both of these requirements before enrolling in upper-division courses. The options for satisfying basic skills in English and mathematics are listed below. Completion of basic skills requirements will not necessarily satisfy university general education requirements in English and mathematics.