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About NMSU

We are a comprehensive research land-grant university excelling in teaching, research and public service. NMSU is truly a reflection of the region’s vibrant communities – an exciting place to tackle challenges, find answers to important issues and prepare for the future.

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NMSU is All About Discovery

New Mexico State University sits on a 900-acre campus and enrolls more than 15,000 students from 49 states and 89 foreign countries. NMSU is a NASA Space Grant College and is home to the very first Honors College in New Mexico. A Hispanic-serving institution, NMSU serves a multi-cultural population of students and community members across the state at five campuses, a satellite learning center in Albuquerque, cooperative extension offices located in each of New Mexico's 33 counties, and 12 agriculture research and science centers. Plus, distance education programs give students maximum flexibility.

Our Honors College, the very first one established in New Mexico, offers qualified undergraduates the opportunity to further enrich a challenging academic program via rigorous classes taught by master teachers. NMSU is truly a reflection of the region's vibrant communities - an exciting place to tackle challenges, find answers to important issues and prepare for the future. For generations, our researchers have made important discoveries in agriculture, engineering, science and many other fields. Our Cooperative Extension Service discovers ways to help the state's residents meet the everyday challenges facing them.

Our Mission

New Mexico State University is the state’s land-grant university, serving the educational needs of New Mexico’s diverse population through comprehensive programs of education, research, extension education, and public service.

Points of Pride

Teaching Excellence ▸

Our dedicated professors provide the resources our students need to achieve their best and meet their academic and personal goals. Inside and outside of the classroom, NMSU's professors actively engage with undergraduate and graduate students, offering individual attention in a learning-centered environment.

Celebrating Diversity ▸

NMSU is classified as a Hispanic-serving institution by the U.S. Department of Education and is a member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities. For a second consecutive year, NMSU received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity award by INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

Leadership in Research ▸

NMSU has established interdisciplinary research clusters that build on institutional strengths and respond to local, regional, and national needs in areas such as natural resource sustainability, information sciences and security, space and aerospace programs, biosciences, and border-related programs.

National Recognition ▸

NMSU is No. 1 in the state for contributions to the public good in social mobility, research and service, according to Washington Monthly’s 2014 National Universities rankings.

Cooperative Extension Service ▸

NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service (CES) is central to carrying out our land-grant mission of delivering research-based information and practices to the diverse population of New Mexico. CES provides the people of New Mexico with practical, sound science and programs to improve their quality of life.

Serving through Outreach ▸

NMSU is the lead institution in the state for the NASA New Mexico Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research and the New Mexico Space Grant Consortium. Through these programs, we are charged with encouraging cooperative programs among universities, the aerospace industry, and local, state and federal governments.

Our History

NMSU was founded in 1888 as Las Cruces College. The Territorial Legislature of 1889 established the land-grant Agricultural College and Experiment Station, which officially opened on January 21, 1890. During its first full academic year, the college became known as the New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, the first degree-granting institution in the Territory. Under the provisions of the Morrill Act of 1862 and subsequent federal legislation, the special mission of land-grant institutions has been to provide a liberal and practical education for students and to sustain programs of research, extension education, and public service.

New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA)

Written more than 100 years ago, the New Mexico State Constitution called for “a department of agriculture [under] the board of regents of the college of agriculture and mechanic arts.” That explains the collaborative relationship that still exists between the New Mexico Department of Agriculture and New Mexico State University, as well as why NMDA is located on the campus of NMSU.

Today, NMDA works to promote local food and agriculture, to protect the health of large and small animals, to ensure high-quality dairy products, to advocate for farmers and ranchers’ reliance upon natural resources, to promote the approved use of agricultural inputs like plant seeds and fertilizer, and to ensure fairness in the marketplace.

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