NMSU Lingo

Withdrawal Deadline (W vs. F)

The last day to drop a class with a W. Important because a W won’t impact your GPA! If you stop attending class, but don’t drop it you may be setting yourself up for an F in the class.

Apply for graduation

Graduation does not happen automatically. You must apply to graduate in your final semester. Applying for graduation does two things:

  1. It triggers the mechanism for the Registrar/college/department to certify that you have met all the degree requirements so that a diploma may be awarded.
  2. It also allows you to participate in the commencement ceremonies.

Early Commencement Petition

Students graduating during the summer may petition to participate in the Spring Commencement. Students completing bachelor degree requirements in the summer may petition to participate in the spring commencement ceremony by meeting the following conditions:

To be eligible to petition, students must:

  1. Be pursuing a Main campus undergraduate degree. This option is not available to Graduate students.
  2. Need 12 or less credits at the end of the Spring Term to complete the degree.
  3. Meet the minimum GPA graduation requirement for the degree being pursued.
  4. Degree course deficiencies must be offered during the Summer Session directly following Commencement participation.
  5. Submit an Undergraduate Early Commencement Participation Petition Request and Summer Application for Degree by the last day to apply for a degree in the Spring Semester. Early Petitioners will not be charged the spring late application fee.

2014  Early Petition Information

The Registrar will  start accepting Early Petitioner forms as soon as the Summer 2014 schedule has been released. The tentative date for the schedule is February 14, 2013. The deadline for degree applications for the Spring 2014 semester is March 3, 2013.

Early Commencement Participation Petition document

Common Core Courses

General Education at NMSU provides all students with a broad foundation and common framework upon which to develop knowledge and skills, social consciousness and respect for self and others, thus enabling them to function responsibly and effectively now and in the future. The New Mexico General Education Common Core are designated general education courses guaranteed to transfer to any New Mexico public college or university. To find the Common Core Courses: go to Catalogs under Academics on the homepage, choose your catalog year and type “Common Core Courses” in the search box. These courses are also found in your STAR Degree Audit.


A measurement that gives weight to the value, level or time requirements of and academic course at NMSU. A three credit course normally meets about 3 hours per week. NMSU bachelor degrees require a minimum of 128 degree credits to graduate. Most courses are 1, 3 or 4 credits. Estimated study time per credit during a 15 week semester is 2-3 hours per week for each enrolled credit.

Crimson Scholar

A recognition program for academically superior students with an overall grade point average of 3.5 or higher offered through the Honors College. Students who qualify, receive a number of benefits including early registration, notation on transcript, etc. These students are also eligible for honors courses.


The learning management system that NMSU uses.  Most instructors use it for their classes. All online courses are run through here. Anytime you need to reach an instructor use the Inbox area. There is an orientation on the login page that you can review.

  • Just use you NMSU user name and password to login here:  https://learn.nmsu.edu/
  • Instructors must publish before students can see them.

Degree Plan

A listing of required courses and academic requirements a student must complete to earn a specific degree. Degree plans may provide a specific sequence for requirements to be completed.


An enforceable entry requirement for a particular course. For example,  you must have completed your required English courses before taking any 300 level courses.

STAR Degree Audit

You can use this system to track your academic progress or to explore different degrees if you are thinking of changing your major. You will choose the college and degree program and the system will match your academic record to that degree plan. This will show you what requirements have been met and the course still needed. NOTE: You should always talk to an advisor if you are thinking of changing your major.