Language Testing and Orientation

English Language Testing

Language testing (the NMSU English Language Placement Test or ELPT) is conducted as part of each semester’s orientation activities. Depending on the results, students may be placed into one or more English-language courses during their first semester. Waiving or deferral of these requirements is not allowed. New students may be required to take the ELPT depending on the conditions of their admission.


Upon arrival to Las Cruces, new international students are required to check in at the ISSS office (in the Garcia Annex building, Room 246), with all appropriate documents. At that time, they may be scheduled for the appropriate language testing, and receive the schedule of orientation and new student requirements and activities.

Orientation as conducted by the ISSS office is required of all new international students, and focuses on student visa status requirements in the U.S., new student processes, campus resources, and other helpful topics. Orientation will also include a visit to the on-campus Student Health Center to have the required tuberculosis (TB) testing and purchase mandatory NMSU health insurance.

In addition, new and transfer international students are required to attend the orientation session. Academic advising and course registration follows orientation sessions. At NMSU, undergraduate students receive academic advising in their college advising centers, and graduate students from their advisor in their academic department.

New Student Checklist and Registration

Before registering for classes the first semester, all new international students must report to the ISSS Office and check in, and bring their passport and immigration documents. They will receive at that time, a checklist of requirements that need to be completed prior to class registration. The requirements include but is not limited to: the language testing and placement described above (if required), international student orientation, academic advising, health insurance purchase, and tuberculosis (TB) testing. It is important for new students to arrive early to have these tasks completed before the start of classes.

  • NMSU International & Border Programs: ISSS
  • (575) 646-2834
  • Garcia Annex, Room 246
  • MSC 3567 / P.O. Box 30001, Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001