Colleges under fire for admission changes

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Two of New Mexico’s largest universities are under fire from Latino civil rights groups for trying to raise admission standards.

The Hispano Round Table of New Mexico and LULAC spoke out Friday saying the school’s plans could lower Hispanic student enrollment.

NMSU wants to raise the qualifying GPA from 2.5 to 2.75 starting fall 2016.

Officials say the move would improve graduation rates and strengthen the NMSU brand.

The University of New Mexico has made similar changes.

It raised its minimum GPA gradually over the last few years.

UNM officials say the change enhances their ability to market the school. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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