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Interstate Passport Network

Earn or use a Passport to help streamline your pathway to a degree!

The Interstate Passport Network enables successful transfer of completed lower-division general education requirements between participating institutions based on learning outcomes versus course-by-course articulation. Students who complete all institution general education requirements and the Passport will not be required to take additional courses except as required by state statutes when transferring to or from a participating institution or New Mexico State University. The successful completion of Passport courses and learning outcomes will be noted on students' transcripts. 

Enabling successful transfer of credits from other institutions, especially community colleges, supports student mobility. NMSU looks forward to welcoming Passport holders in the future.

— Carol Parker, Provost & Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs 

Frequently Asked Questions

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A Passport awarded by New Mexico State University signifies you have not only completed your lower-division general education requirements at NMSU, but will be recognized as having completed the lower-division general education requirements of every institution participating in the Interstate Passport Network. 

The Passport is accepted by other Network schools because it means you have achieved the general education learning outcomes that all NEtwork schools agree are an important foundation for upper-division coursework, career, and civic life, even though the courses and credits may be different. It is also a milestone of completion representing approximately 25-30% of a bachelor's degree. 

NMSU has a menu of course options (General Education Program) that meets our own lower-division general education requirements and simultaneously covers the areas all of the Interstate Passport Network schools have agreed are important in general education. You must earn a C or better in each course used for your Passport. 

Contact NMSU Advising for more information.

With a Passport, you will have a strong academic foundation upon which to build as you advance in your studies. Many of the skills and knowledge you acquire in earning the Passport are those sought after by employers. Documentation of that achievement may also be helpful in early work force positions. 
If you have a Passport, your lower-division general education requirements will be met at all institutions that are members of the Interstate Passport Network. Each school displays the Network's official logo on their website to let students know their Passports will be valued there.
To transfer your Passport from another Network participating institution, start the transfer process by applying to NMSU. Request official transcripts from the institution you received your Passport at and have it sent to NMSU. For more information on transferring to NMSU visit the Transfer Student Admissions webpage. 
When you are admitted as a transfer student to another school participating in the Interstate Passport Network, your lower-division general education requirements will be considered complete. 

Find out which colleges and universities participate in this student-friendly national program. Then reach out to the student contact listed on the school's profile of your choice or talk with one of their advisors.