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Pathway Programs


The Gateway Program is a cooperative program with our neighboring community college partners and UNM branch campuses designed to ensure a participating student's success in college. Only New Mexico residents applying for admission as freshmen to UNM may be invited to participate in the Gateway Program. Upon successfully completing 24 credit hours of core curriculum at a partner campus, students continue their education on the UNM main campus with guaranteed admission to the University of New Mexico and without having to reapply for admission. Participating in the Gateway does not guarantee admission to limited access majors.

Early Start Program

The Early Start program (ESP) provides students with a highly supportive initial college experience designed to create academic momentum, a less stressful transition to the college environment, and academic success. Any new freshman admitted to UNM may choose to participate in the ESP program. Freshmen admitted with an ACT composite score of 16, or 790 SAT (Critical Reading and Math combined) or below, must participate in the ESP program in order to enroll at UNM in freshman status.

First to Finish

The College Enrichment Program (CEP) is a resource for all first-generation students at the University of New Mexico. We have four advisors that you can make an appointment with at any time to discuss your transition and adjustment to college, financial issues and concerns, academics, finding a community on campus, and even issues that happen outside of your studies at UNM. Call our front desk at 277-5321 to make an appointment with us or find us through Lobo Achieve.

Building Futures & Foundations

The College Enrichment Program (CEP) is responsible for providing leadership in the development, implementation and coordinator of student support services and activities which are designed to assist CEP students’ academic achievement and their personal, cultural and social development.  This commitment extends to young adults who have experienced foster care and are continuing their education at UNM.