NMSU Rankings

Explore why New Mexico State University is consistently ranked among the nation's top university

A land-grant institution that excels in teaching, research and public service, NMSU searches for innovation in classrooms, laboratories and throughout our communities. We deliver solutions for the future and create change.

U.S. News & World Report

A top-tier university

For the fifth time in the last six years, New Mexico State University has been recognized as a top tier university. The rankings are based on assessment of excellence, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance and alumni giving. Read more.

National Science Foundation

No. 1 in the nation among peers for science and engineering funding

NMSU leads all of America’s minority-serving institutions in federal obligations for science and engineering activities, according to a report from the National Science Foundation’s National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics. Read more.

Brookings Institution

No. 2 nationally for research and improving lives

NMSU has been listed as a leader in equal access to higher education, according to a report that gave NMSU the second-highest score in the nation as a public university that provides opportunities for social mobility to students and produces valuable research. Read more.

U.S. News & World Report

Graduate programs earn national distinction

NMSU features some of the best online programs, with the College of Education leading the way. U.S. News & World Report ranks the College of Education’s programs as 101st nationally in its Best Graduate Schools 2018 list — that’s an improvement of 45 spots from last year. Read more.

U.S. News & World Report

Online programs among the nation’s best

Eleven NMSU programs have been recognized as part of the top 150 programs in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools 2017. Read more.

Carnegie Foundation

New Mexico’s only Community Engagement Classification recipient

In recognition of its institutional commitment to serving communities across the state, NMSU received a 2015 Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Read more.

Brookings Institute

Boosting economic earnings with the nation’s best

A recent Brookings Institute report places NMSU in the top 10 percent for value-added mid-career salary. NMSU was listed as 89th of 863 institutions across the nation for value added mid-career earnings, which is the difference between a college’s predicted and actual student economic outcomes. Read more.

Business Insider

One of the 50 most underrated colleges in America

NMSU ranks as 42nd on Business Insider’s list of most underrated colleges in America, based on reputation and future earnings. Read more.

Social Mobility Index

Ranked in the top 12 percent for improving students’ social mobility

According to CollegeNET’s Social Mobility Index ranking, NMSU ranks in the top 12 percent for schools that help improve their students’ economic status. The rankings are based on tuition, economic background, graduation rate, early career salary and endowment. Read more.


Consistently listed among America’s Top Colleges

On Forbes’ most recent annual list of America’s Top Colleges, NMSU ranks 419th overall and 91st in the South. Forbes’ rankings are based on student satisfaction, post-graduate success, student debt, four-year graduation rate and academic success. Read more.

Center for World University Rankings

Ranked among the top 4 percent of global institutions

The 2018/19 Center for World University Rankings place NMSU in the top 4.3 percent of institutions of higher education worldwide. With 18,000 degree-granting institutions of higher education worldwide evaluated, NMSU ranked 770th and earned a national rank of 184th this year. Read more.

The Hispanic Outlook for Higher Education

A top 100 university for Hispanics

NMSU is one of the best institutions for Hispanics in the United States. In the Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education’s Top 100 Colleges and Universities for Hispanics list, NMSU ranks 21st in total first major master’s degrees granted and 26th in first major bachelor’s degrees granted. Read more.

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

A leader in awarding degrees to Hispanics and Native Americans

NMSU is a leading university for awarding degrees to minority students. In several disciplines, NMSU ranks among the top 10 nationally for bachelor’s degrees awarded to Hispanic and Native American students. Read more.

College Values Online

Ag college ranked sixth-best value in America

New Mexico State University’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences is rated as one of the nation’s best values among agriculture colleges, beating out several larger institutions. Read more

G.I. Jobs magazine

One of America’s most military-friendly universities

New Mexico State University is a top 50 Military Friendly school in degree programs within areas of telecommunications and security/corrections, according to G.I. Jobs magazine. Military Friendly schools represent the top tier of institutions that provide the best educational opportunities for military service members and their dependents. NMSU has been designated a Military Friendly school since 2010. Read more.

National Science Foundation

NMSU engineering professor looks to nature for new solutions

NMSU consistently ranks in the top seven percent of all U.S. institutions for engineering based on National Science Foundation Research Expenditures. One of NMSU’s NSF endeavors is partnering on the new Engineering Research Center through an $18.5 million award to develop advances in geotechnical engineering that will provide solutions to some of the world’s biggest infrastructure development and environmental challenges. Read more.

National Science Foundation

NMSU astronomy professor studies sun to help forecast weather

According to National Science Foundation Research Expenditures, NMSU consistently ranks in the top 20 percent of all U.S. institutions for physical sciences that includes disciplines such as astronomy, chemistry and physics. One NMSU professor is using a nearly $600,000 NSF award to the sun’s and other stars’ interior using seismology. Read more.