Non-degree Admission Requirements

Non-degree Admission RequirementsWhat Is Non-degree?

Non-degree admission is designed to meet the needs of mature, part-time students who do not wish to pursue a degree at this community college.  Non-degree status makes a student ineligible for financial aid, student employment, veterans benefits and participation in intercollegiate athletics and student government.  Furthermore, courses taken while enrolled in a non-degree status may not be used to meet NMSU admission requirements.  Transcripts from previous institutions (including high school) and/or results of college entrance exams may be required to assure readiness for university-level courses.  Non-degree students are subject to the same regulations as regular students.  They may not transfer more than 30 credits that were taken while in this status to any degree program.  Admission requirements include an admissions application indicating non-degree status and a non-refundable $20 application fee.

Changing From Non-degree to Degree-Seeking Status

A non-degree student in good academic standing with a GPA of 2.0 or better may apply for a change of status (COS) from non-degree status to regular (degree-seeking) status.  Requirements for regular admission must be met, including submitting official high school transcripts as well as official transcripts from all previously attended institutions of higher education.  The status will be effective on or before the census date of the semester in which all official transcripts are received.  If all official transcripts are received after the census date of the current semester, the change of status will take effect in the next immediate term.

Former non-degree DACC and NMSU (includes Alamogordo, Carlsbad & Grants campuses) students who have been out of school for more than 12 months before re-entering are required to complete another application for readmission.  A student who has attended other educational institution(s) during an absence from DACC/NMSU must have official transcripts mailed directly to the DACC Admissions Office by each institution and must be eligible to return to that college or university last attended.  If your college/university is able to send official transcripts electronically, we will accept them through eSCRIP-SAFE as long as your school is a memberSENDER.  Transcripts must be received prior to the date of registration.  DACC does not accept transcripts sent or carried in hand by applicants themselves or transmitted by fax.  Admission status at the time of readmission will normally be determined by previous DACC/NMSU academic standing.  However, academic performance at other institutions attended during the applicant’s absence from DACC/NMSU will be taken into consideration in determining the student’s academic readmission status.


Application Process

Follow these procedures when applying for non-degree admission to Doña Ana Community College.

1.  Complete the undergraduate admission application ONLINE if this is your first time applying online.  You will be directed to New Mexico State University’s application website.  Please create a PIN # and Password to gain access and be sure to choose “Doña Ana” in the section“Campus Where You Plan To Enroll.”  Submitting your online application is a one-time option and you will not be able to re-submit it for any future terms of enrollment.  If you previously applied online please download and print the admission application (PDF) HERE.

2.  Submit a $20 non-refundable application fee.


All required documents and fee must be sent to:

Office of Admissions

Doña Ana Community College
MSC – 3DA, PO Box 30001
2800 N Sonoma Ranch Blvd
Las Cruces, NM  88003-8001
Toll Free:  1.800.903.7503
Direct:  575.527.7710
Fax:  575.527.7763

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