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Be Bold. Shape the Future.

New Mexico State University (main campus) sits on a 900-acres and enrolls more than 14,000 students from across the U.S. and 89 foreign countries. NMSU is a NASA Space-Grant College and 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 four 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. 


The strategic goals outlined in NMSU LEADS 2025 reflect the university’s mission and vision and are vital to NMSU’s success. These include advancing student success; elevating research and creativity; amplifying extension and outreach; and building a robust NMSU system. The strategic goals are designed to be broad enough for each unit within the university system to find a way to contribute. Additionally, the university will focus on a number of grand challenges facing the state and communities around the globe. These include creating healthy borders, modernizing critical infrastructure and transforming education in New Mexico.

Our Mission

The mission of the New Mexico State University system is to serve the diverse needs of the state through comprehensive programs of education, research, extension and outreach, and public service. As the state’s land-grant and space-grant university, and as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, NMSU fosters learning, inquiry, diversity and inclusion, social mobility, and service to the broader community.

Our Vision

By 2025, the NMSU system will excel in student success and social mobility for our diverse student populations, achieve the highest Carnegie research status (R1), and maintain our Carnegie Community Engagement classification.

Our Values

Leadership: Promoting and creating the ability for Aggies to shape the future

Excellence: Providing the highest level of education, research, outreach, and service

Access: Welcoming diverse populations to higher education and to the NMSU community

Diversity & Inclusion: Embracing our differences as an asset and actively seeking to include wide-ranging perspectives

Student-Centered: Supporting the education of our students through every aspect of our university, every day

These values are encapsulated as: BE BOLD. Shape the Future.

Serving through Outreach

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.