FAQ

Where is Albuquerque, New Mexico?

New Mexico is between Texas and Arizona. New Mexico became a state in 1912 and is part of the continuous 48 United States of America. Albuquerque is the largest city in the state and is located almost in the middle. We are part of the Mountain time zone.

What can MWP do for me or my son?

MWP's mission is to help young men be evaluated by colleges for recruitment. Also, we help players improve in the classroom in a college setting and on the football field. We teach respect and responsibility on and off the field as well as in the classroom.

Does MWP offer scholarships?

No, MWP does not give scholarships; we follow the NCAA hand book so when we get the player recruited to a school, their playing clock does not start until then.

Do I have to be an athlete to join MWP?

Yes, our program is to help young people maintain their athletic skills while they improve their academic scores for acceptance into college.

Can a player bring his car or truck?

Yes, a player can bring his vehicle here. MWP staff does not transport any player to class or personal activities with the exception of travel to/from out of town games. It is the responsibility of the player to find transportation to and from school, study hall, practice, gym and all other MWP events.

Is Central New Mexico an accredited school? And can my grades transfer to the next school??

Yes CNM is an accredited school. Most credits transfer to other Colleges and Universities as long as you are taking college courses.

When does my NCAA clock start?

As long as a player does not go over 11 credit hours per term, their clock does not start. At age 21 their clock automatically starts..

What do players need fulfill entrance to CNM??

All players must go online to fill out the application for CNM, which can be found on our website. They must fill out the FASFA for school and use the school code. When the players get to Albuquerque, they must go to CNM and take the Accuplacer Exam.

What happens if player does not pass entrance exam for CNM? ?

If a player does not pass the Accuplacer Exam, they can take college prep classes (they are pass/fail). These classes do not transfer and the player's options are now down to D 3 schools and lower.

About the Accuplacer Exam ?

The Accuplacer Exam tests your skills in reading, sentence skills (English) and math to determine which classes you are prepared to take.

What GPA do I need to play college football?

What is a "Post Graduate Year?"

A "Post Graduate" year, or "PG Year" as it is often called, is a full academic year of study; generally taken between graduation from high school and enrollment at a college or university. A PG year is offered at many independent schools throughout the country.

Who might be interested in a "Post Graduate Year?"

Reasons for pursuing a PG year are almost as varied as the interests, personalities, and ability range of any college bound students. A student-athlete may need more time after high school to develop basic academic skills. A student-athlete may have put more emphasis on athletics and less on academics in high school. A student may have discovered an athletic talent too late in his high school career to gain the notice of college coaches. Another might have graduated a year younger than most of his classmates, and feels the need for additional maturation before college. Others find their college choices may no longer match their needs, academics or field of study and they are beyond the point at which it is feasible to begin a new college search and still meet deadlines. Rather than commit to an inappropriate college choice, such students might use the postgraduate year as a second chance at the college admission process.

Actually, the most common characteristic of all postgraduate students seems to be their common desire to improve themselves in preparation for a college education. Students who successfully complete a postgraduate year invariably enter college directly after the postgraduate program. Further, the traditional PG year's lessons in personal organization and confidence building, combined with development of academic skills have lifelong value which transcends the college years.

How do colleges view students who complete a postgraduate year?

College admission offices generally appreciate any program or course of study which enhances the probability that students will be well prepared to succeed upon entrance at their institutions. Hundreds of colleges across the nation enroll students each year from postgraduate programs and have done so for a long time. The concept of a postgraduate or "prep" year between high school and college is not new. Admissions departments across the country appreciate young freshmen students who have completed similar programs.

How do students benefit from a postgraduate year?

The environment of a residential, college preparatory program provides the key to the success of a PG year. Some of the benefits are small classes, Faculty who care and are available throughout the day and most evenings, facilities that mirror those of a college campus and programs designed to develop the skills to meet the challenges of a college experience. MWP specializes in college preparation for young men through the postgraduate experience. MWP is able to tailor the environment to the needs of the student-athlete in transition from high school to college. At MWP the daily class schedule mimics that of a college or university with classes being in the morning at CNM. The student-athlete lives in an apartment with other participants and the athletic programs are designed to reflect what the student-athlete might expect in college. In addition, the fact that all student-athletes begin their year at MWP as new students provides them with the opportunity to progress through the postgraduate year as a common experience.

Are students in a postgraduate year able to compete in sports?

Yes, participation in sports during a PG year does not affect NCAA eligibility. Athletes actually enhance their chances to continue their sports career at the collegiate level by way of scholarship. Since student-athletes at MWP are postgraduate, athletic competition frequently involves collegiate opponents in contest with college junior varsity teams. Student-athletes at MWP gain the valuable experience of competing at the college level and having the opportunity to perform in front of college coaches while still preparing for the academic challenges of college.

How and when does a student apply for postgraduate year of study?

Most students who consider a postgraduate year are concurrently exploring college options. Some students apply for admission to college, wait for the results of the process, and then decide to apply for admission to a PG year in the spring for their senior year. Others may incorporate the option of a postgraduate year within the college admission process and apply to a school offering the PG year at the same time as completing college applications,. This latter plan is preferable, for it allows the student to make decisions with a clearer view of all available options and, hence to have more confidence in establishing his plans for the future.

Applying for admission to MWP is much like completing a college admission application. MWP uses CNM as the educational program. CNM requires: a completed application form with fee, letters of recommendation, an official high school transcript, results of SAT and/or ACT (if it has been taken), and a personal interview. A parent reference is optional.

What makes a postgraduate year at MWP different than those offered by other prep programs?

The characteristics of many college preparatory programs include: challenging academics, a diverse student body, highly qualified staff, small classes, and individual attention. MWP offers all of these characteristics as well; which makes MWP the preeminent transitional experience between high school and college.

College Retention

The United States Department of Education reports that more than half of all male students who begin college never complete it, with most withdrawals occurring during the freshman year. Of those who do complete a bachelor's degree, only 34 percent do so in four years; the average amount of time students earn these degrees is 6 years.

At MWP, our goal is to help our student-athletes develop the academic skills, study skills, self-discipline, maturity, and self-confidence necessary to succeed in college, rather than just to survive it.

Camaraderie

Since all of our student-athletes are postgraduates entering in July, they share the postgraduate year experience, and progress from Orientation to recruitment together. No one is a newcomer entering a senior class in which friendships have been established and experiences have been shared during the past few years. Everyone must make new friends, learn to navigate the campus, and familiarize themselves with the faculty and culture of the program. United by a clear, similar purpose, and a shared commitment to our program necessary to achieve it, our students develop a strong camaraderie among themselves and life-long friendships are made. Positive peer pressure to achieve success in academics, athletics, extracurricular activities, and citizenship is widespread, and students help each other in all aspects of the program.

Since our student-athletes are all postgraduates, our athletic teams compete against all divisions from D 1 to Junior colleges. The benefits from this type of exposure and interaction, particularly with college coaching staffs, are for our student-athletes as they prepare for college competition. Upon finishing at Mountain West Prep, our student-athletes have five years to play four in college.