Center for English Language Programs

NMSU’s Intensive English language program is called the Center for English Language Programs (CELP) Intensive English, and allows applicants to NMSU with low or no TOEFL/IELTS scores to be admitted to the university ‘tentatively,’ subject to additional testing (the NMSU English Placement Test) and coursework upon arrival at NMSU. CELP has three levels of study, and upon satisfactory completion of the academic level students are able to attend regular NMSU degree courses as regular students.

The CELP English Placement Test:

The CELP English Placement Test is offered at the start of each session and is required for all new students. Level placements may vary following the test (which evaluates students’ abilities in speaking, writing, grammar listening, reading and vocabulary).

CELP Level Placement:

Level placements following the NMSU English Placement Test (which evaluates students’ abilities in speaking, writing, grammar listening, reading and vocabulary): 

  • Beginning English: This level focuses on survival and social English. It is intended for those beginning fluency in English.
  • Intermediate English: This level emphasizes social and some academic kills. It is designed for students who speak, write, and understand some English.
  • Advanced English: This level prepares students to communicate effectively in the academic environment of the university.

As a general rule, students should plan for sixteen weeks of CELP Intensive English enrollment per level, therefore intensive English students should not plan to begin their study at NMSU for at least one semester.


For more information, please see our FAQs, and visit the CELP webpage.


  • NMSU International & Border Programs: ISSS
  • (575) 646-2834
  • Breland Hall, Room 152,
  • 1525 Stewart Street,
  • MSC 3567 / P.O. Box 30001,
  • Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001


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