International Students

New Mexico Junior College welcomes your application as an international student, and our staff will make every effort to assist you. Our admission requirements conform to the regulations of the United States government for issuing F-1 visas. In compliance with F-1 visa requirements, New Mexico Junior College will only award Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees to Regular Degree-Seeking On-Campus international students.

Prospective students who wish to receive an F-1 visa must complete the International Student Application and submit the required documents to the Registrar's Office.

Click here for the New Mexico Junior College International Student Application

Mail the following items to us to complete your application:

1.       English Proficiency: Proof of proficiency in the English language is required for enrollment into academic programs. The following may be used as proof of proficiency:

·  Completion of four years of US high school with a 2.0 GPA or better

·  Completion of high school in English-Speaking Canada, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Australia, or New Zealand.

·  ACT English score of 19 or better (test not REQUIRED for admission)

·  SAT Verbal score of 480 or better (test not REQUIRED for admission)

·  1 year of full-time study (minimum 24 credit hours) at a regionally-accredited US college or university with a 3.0 GPA or higher

·  Completion of one semester of freshman English composition with a GPA of 2.0 or higher at a regionally-accredited U.S. college or university.

·  Bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited US college or university or a recognized institution in English-Speaking Canada, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Australia, or New Zealand.

* Official report on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 500 (paper-based), or 173 (computerized), or 72 (Internet) with a minimum score of 18 on each section on the International version.

To receive information about the TOEFL, call 609-771-7100 or write: Educational Testing Services, P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, NJ 08541-6151 USA.

2.       Academic Records: New Mexico Junior College requires official copies of high school, secondary, and university transcripts. Notarized, faxed copies or photocopies of these documents are not acceptable. Certified copies must contain the original signature(s), stamp(s) or seal(s) of the issuing institution’s designated official. Students who have no prior college or university credit must submit evidence of graduation from an acceptable secondary school and must be eligible for admission to a recognized university in their home country. Start by having your transcripts evaluated by a credentials evaluation agency, such as the World Education Service (www.wes.org). We will waive the WES requirement if your official transcripts are in English from an accredited school and on a four-point scale.

3.       Financial Documents: Complete and return the I-134, Affidavit of Support with required supporting documentation. The applicant must provide proof of adequate financial support for at least one full year of study at NMJC. Budget guidelines established by the student financial aid officer will be used to determine the adequacy of support.

Students who are receiving scholarships, including athletic scholarships, must provide that information. (Coaches will turn in the GIA).

4.       Health / Shot Record: Students must have a current shot record showing proof of required immunizations including immunizations against diphtheria and tetanus within the last ten (10) years, a negative result on a tuberculosis test, and evidence of good physical and mental health are required.

5.       Photocopy of student’s passport.

Once all requirements for admission have been satisfied, an I-20 will be issued to the eligible student.

General Information & Policies affecting 1-20 VISA holders:

  1. Students seeking the AA and AS degrees will be considered for admission.
  2. Holders of F-1 student visas must enroll for a full load of study. Twelve semester hours is the minimum load.
  3. Employment Restrictions: Students on F-1 visas do not normally have employment privileges. Government regulations require international students to certify that they have finances deemed sufficient by the College while pursuing their degree without employment. Thus, international students should not expect to support themselves through employment while attending NMJC.
  4. Curricular and optional training opportunities are not permitted for international students at NMJC. No exceptions to this policy can be made.Employment Restrictions: Students on F-1 visas do not normally have employment privileges. Government regulations require international students to certify that they have finances deemed sufficient by the College while pursuing their degree without employment. Thus, international students should not expect to support themselves through employment while attending NMJC.

Transfers from U.S. Institutions: If currently “in status” under a F Visa, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services must be notified when an international student transfers from one U.S. institution to another. Once a student is admitted, NMJC will provide a “transfer-in form” that will need to be completed by the previous U.S. institution and submitted to NMJC to release the active Visa information for update. However, if a student is “out of status” with USCIS, that student should reinstate him/herself with USCIS prior to enrolling at NMJC. Questions regarding a student’s immediate immigration status must be directed to the international registrar. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain the correct visa and to maintain the appropriate immigration status while in the United States.

Application Deadlines for International Students:

April 1: Fall Semester which begins in August

September 1: Spring Semester which begins in January