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Information for Transfer Students



Continuing your education at New Mexico Highlands University is a great investment in your future. With great programs and the lowest tuition in the western United States, a degree from Highlands puts you closer to your dreams without breaking the bank. See more about steps for transferring to Highlands today to move your education to the next level.

Transfer of Credits

New Mexico Highlands accepts academic credits for transfer from institutions of higher education that are regionally accredited or are candidates for regional accreditation. Transfer students will receive full credit for coursework completed with an appropriate grade, provided the classes are appropriate to a degree at the university.

Course by Course

The course-by-course plan is for students who do not plan to complete an associate’s degree. The course articulation matrix compiled by the Higher Education Department and transfer guides in place with New Mexico two-year colleges serves as a guide for this purpose.

Degree Completion

Students transferring from a regionally accredited institution of higher education with an associate’s degree will have New Mexico Highlands University proficiency, extended core, and minor requirements waived.

However, all other university requirements, including the university’s state-mandated, 35-hour common core, program, residency, and the 45 upper-division credit requirements must be met before receiving a bachelor’s degree.

Transfer Student Document Checklist

In order to best serve you, the transfer student, the following checklist is provided. Submitting the following items provides for a smooth transition and accurate advisement on course placement:

  • An official transcript sent to the Highlands Admissions Office.
  • An unofficial or student transcript in your possession when meeting with Highlands’ academic advisers.
  • If you are a New Mexico Lottery Scholarship recipient, request a New Mexico Scholarship Transfer transcript from your current university/college financial aid office and have it sent to the Highlands Financial Aid Office.

In the event the Registrar’s Office cannot determine transferability of a course, you will be asked to submit syllabi or other information to assist our analysis.

Transfer Student Checklist

Transfer students from other accredited colleges and universities interested in applying to New Mexico Highlands University, need to:

  • Pay a $15, one-time, nonrefundable application fee.
  • Submit a completed application for undergraduate admission.
  • Send a complete official transcript from each previously attended college or university to the Highlands Admissions Office. Students under suspension from another college or university may not be admitted until they have served the required suspension at that institution.

Applications will not be processed until all the required items are on file with the Office of Admissions.

Admissions Status

  • Transfer students are admitted into regular, probationary, or non-degree status as follows:
  • Transfer students who have completed fewer than 16 semester credit hours of postsecondary schooling will be treated the same as new freshmen in the admissions process. These students must submit their high school transcripts (or GED records), ACT (or SAT) scores, if taken, and college/university transcripts.
  • Transfer students who have completed 16 or more semester credit hours of post-secondary schooling will be admitted in regular status provided they have at least a C or 2.0 cumulative grade point average in all college or university coursework.
  • Degree-seeking probationary admission will be considered for transfer students with a cumulative grade point average below C through the individual review process as defined for probationary admission.
  • Transfer students are also eligible for non-degree admission status. Under this status, students are not eligible for any type of financial aid.