Admission and Registration Checklist

Step 1: Apply for Admission and Financial Aid

Student Services and Financial Aid, Room 111. Admissions: 234-9222, Financial Aid: 234-9230

  • Apply for admission at or by downloading and completing this application. (Please submit your completed paper application to the Student Services office in Rm 111.) Paper Applications are also available in Student Services, room 111.
  • Send official high school or GED and college transcripts to NMSU Carlsbad, Attn: Student Services Office, 1500 University Dr., Carlsbad, NM 88220. Students who have completed 30 credit hours or more (45 quarter hours) at a university other than NMSU are not required to submit high school or GED transcripts. Apply for financial aid online at Visit the Financial Aid Office, room 111, for questions about veteran’s benefits, if applicable.

Step 2: Complete Placement Testing

Testing & Assessment, Room 221, 234-9322 Special Needs, Room 107, 234-9321 TEAM Center, Room 253, 234-9315

  • Call Testing & Assessment Services to sign up for the Compass test*.
  • If needed, talk to the Special Needs Coordinator about testing accommodations for students with disabilities.
  • Review test prep material in the TEAM Center or view sample questions at

*Compass may be waived for students who have completed the ACT within the last year; are transferring in math, reading or English courses; or pursuing certain vocational programs. Talk to an academic advisor in the Counseling & Student Development Center for more information. Compass Testing will be held April 1 through August 29 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. in Room 221.

Step 3: Register and Pay

Counseling & Student Development Center, Room 107, 234-9337 Business Office, Room 108, 234-9200

  • Create a myNMSU account at
  • Meet with an academic advisor in Room 107 to select classes and register.
  • Pay tuition and fees by mail, phone, in person, or online at

Step 4: Begin!

Barnes & Noble Campus Bookstore, Room 105, 234-9240 Learning Technology Center, Room 211, 234-9263

  • Sign up for New Student Orientation at the Counseling & Student Development Center.
  • Get your student ID in the Business Office, room 108.
  • Purchase textbooks and supplies.
  • Attend a Canvas workshop in the Learning Technology Center.

Additional steps as needed

  • Make arrangements for classroom accommodations with the Special Needs Services Coordinator, Room 107.
  • Set up a tutoring schedule in the TEAM Center, Room 253, if enrolled in a tutoring class.
  • Apply for work study jobs if awarded work study funds.
  • Check your financial aid status and award through your myNMSU account.