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Points of Pride

All about Discovery

NMSU transforms lives through discovery. Here, students find themselves, who they are and what they want to be. We are New Mexico's land-grant institution, a comprehensive research institution of higher education dedicated to teaching, research and public service and outreach. 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. Whether it is in the classroom, a laboratory or out in the community performing public service, we take pride in the accomplishments of NMSU's students, faculty and staff.

Excellence in Teaching

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. The Teaching Academy is just one of the many resources that keep our professors at the top of their game. Take a look at professors talking about their passion for teaching, research and service.

NMSU has a long-standing commitment to meeting contemporary needs of our students. Among institutions of higher education in New Mexico, we alone offer:

  • aerospace, industrial and surveying engineering
  • engineering physics
  • engineering technology
  • information and communication technology
  • professional golf management
In response to industry demand, the College of Engineering developed a bachelor's degree in Information Engineering Technology, preparing graduates for careers in information security, eCommerce, data mining and networking.


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. Our student population on the Las Cruces campus is 45 percent Hispanic; other minorities that make up the student body include American Indians, Asians and African-Americans. Historically, NMSU has supported minorities in their academic goals--in fact, we admitted an African-American woman in 1928, well ahead of most other institutions of higher education. The university offers a multitude of support services to all students; interested minorities may also take advantage of the American Indian Program, Black Programs and Chicano Programs offices.


  • NMSU ranked first in the country for federal obligations for science and engineering activities for minority-serving institutions according to a report from the National Science Foundation’s National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics in 2017. A high-Hispanic enrollment institution, NMSU led the nation in receiving $48.8 million in federal science and engineering obligations during the 2015 fiscal year. The majority of the funds, 84 percent, were in the research and development category, and 62 percent of the science and engineering total came from the Department of Defense ($11.6 million), NSF ($9.6 million) and NASA ($9 million).
  • In a 2017 report from the Brookings Institution, NMSU was listed as a leader in equal access to higher education. The report 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.
  • NMSU is consistently honored as a top university for awarding bachelor's and master's degrees to Hispanic students. In the 2017 rankings, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education lists NMSU in the top 10 in five bachelor's degrees awarded to Native Americans (agriculture, agriculture operations and related sciences; finance and finance management services; business/commerce, general; engineering; and biological and biomedical sciences) and Hispanics (communications technologies/technicians and support services; foreign languages, literatures, and linguistics; agriculture, agriculture operations and related sciences; hospitality administration/management; and marketing).
  • In master's degrees awarded to Hispanics, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education ranks NMSU fourth in foreign languages, literatures, and linguistics, 16th in English language and literature/letters and 17th in engineering.
  • New Mexico State University has been recognized as one of America’s best institutions for Hispanics, according to Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education magazine. In its February 2016 issue, The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education ranked NMSU-DACC as 22nd on its Top 25 Community Colleges for Hispanics list for associate degrees granted.


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National Recognition

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has recognized NMSU’s commitment to community impact. In 2015, the foundation selected NMSU to carry its Community Engagement Classification.

NMSU is one of 361 colleges and universities nationwide — and the only one in New Mexico — to carry that designation. It acknowledges NMSU’s partnerships around the community, across all disciplines, from work in rural communities to highly specialized scientific research.
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Forbes has recognized NMSU as one of America's Top Colleges in 2018. NMSU ranked 195th for American’s Best Value Colleges.


NMSU received accreditation through the 2027-28 academic year from the Higher Learning Commission. NMSU evaluated the quality of its academic programs, operations and support services through the accreditation process. The HLC awarded NMSU its first accreditation in 1926, with the last accreditation process occurring in 2007. This new, 10-year accreditation includes the Las Cruces campus as well as NMSU Grants.

The HLC offers stronger institutions the chance to stay on the open pathway, which allows institutions the opportunity to pursue improvement projects that meet the institution’s current needs and aspirations. NMSU plans to remain on the open pathway over the next 10 years.


NMSU has been ranked in the top 2.3 percent of institutions of higher education worldwide according to the 2017 Center for World University Rankings list. With more than 27,000 degree-granting institutions of higher education worldwide evaluated, NMSU ranked 620th this year. The Center for World University Rankings distributes the only global university performance tables that gauge both the quality of education and training of students along with prestige of faculty members and the quality of their research without the use of surveys and university data submissions.


Our Creative Media Institute is ranked by Animation Career Review as number 49 among more than 400 schools considered for the 2013 Top 100 U.S. Schools for Animation and Game Design. We are third among schools in the Southwest, just behind Brigham Young University and the University of Texas-Austin. Criteria includes academic reputation, admission selectivity, depth and breadth of the program and faculty, and value as it relates to tuition and geographic location.


In recognition of its commitment to economic engagement, NMSU has been designated an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and its Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness and Economic Prosperity. The designation acknowledges universities working with public and private sector partners in their states and regions to support economic development through a variety of activities, including innovation and entrepreneurship, technology transfer, talent and workforce development, and community development. Part of NMSU’s role as an IEP University includes providing mentorship to other university economic engagement leaders and participating in a community of learners that share experiences during the designation’s 10-year period.



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New Mexico State University has been recognized as a top-tier university in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges for 2018 National Universities rankings. NMSU has been on that list five times in the past six years.


The U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings are based on seven factors: assessment of excellence (22.5 percent), graduation and retention rates (22.5 percent), faculty resources (20 percent), student selectivity (12.5 percent), financial resources (10 percent), graduation rate performance (7.5 percent) and alumni giving (5 percent).

NMSU also received recognition for its graduate programs from U.S. News and World Report. In the 2018 rankings, NMSU’s College of Education graduate programs led the way for the university’s programs and tied for 101. An additional 13 NMSU graduate programs are ranked in the top 200.


NMSU has been acknowledged for its contribution to the public good in Washington Monthly’s National Universities rankings for 2017.

When making its evaluations, Washington Monthly ranks institutions based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility, which includes recruiting and graduating low-income students, research and service.


For the second consecutive year, New Mexico State University has been ranked on the Military Times Best: Colleges 2018 list. In addition to an exhaustive, 150-question survey colleges were evaluated on data from the federal Education, Defense and Veterans Affairs departments in five categories: university culture, academic quality and outcomes, policies, student support and cost and financial aid. NMSU was recognized as a Military Advanced Education & Transition 2018 Top School. NMSU also has named a top military-friendly school since 2010 by Military Advanced Education.


For the fifth consecutive year, GI Jobs magazine lists NMSU in the top 15 percent of schools in the country for "welcoming military veterans and enhancing their experience as students." NMSU also was named a top military-friendly school for the fourth straight year by Military Advanced Education.


Diverse: Issues in Higher Education places NMSU among the top 100 undergraduate and graduate degree producers for minority students.

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 (such as health, education, and economic development).

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In fiscal year 2014, NMSU's sponsored award expenditures totaled approximately $128.8 million. In terms of research and development expenditures, the National Science Foundation's Higher Education R&D 2012 survey (the most recent available) ranks NMSU in the top 20 percent of all institutions; we are third among institutions with high-Hispanic enrollment, and in the top 20 percent of all institutions in four fields: agriculture, engineering, mathematics and physical sciences.

Our Minority Access to Research Careers, a research training support activity of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, prepares minority students for research careers and helps to increase the number and skills of scientists from underrepresented minority groups who are engaged in biomedical research.

Our Physical Science Laboratory (PSL), working with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, developed a signal-jamming apparatus that keeps improvised explosive devices from detonating. Working with the Federal Aviation Authority, PSL has established unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) flight test center facility. PSL has also helped NASA’s balloon program break records in achieving height and flight duration.

NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service and Agricultural Experiment Station have been cited as exceeding expectations in research and public service by the New Mexico Commission on Higher Education.

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.

Woman and child gardening in a greenhouse in Farmington, NM


CES works with business people, growers, livestock producers, foresters, youth and community leaders to discover and address the most challenging issues of the day. With direction from local advisory boards, CES faculty collaborate with scientists at NMSU, ensuring that research is focused on the real issues important to residents. Results from that research enhances the lives and livelihoods of community members through Extension programs. Program areas include economic development, energy and water, farm and ranch, health and family well-being, exercise and nutrition, yard and garden, 4-H, and youth development and education.

Serving through Outreach

NMSU is the lead institution for the New Mexico Space Grant Consortium (NMSGC). NMSGC is a member of the congressionally funded National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program, administered by NASA and charged with establishing and maintaining a national network of universities and encouraging cooperative programs among universities, the aerospace industry, and local, state and federal governments.



We are also the lead institution in the State of New Mexico for the congressionally funded NASA New Mexico Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research. The goal of NASA EPSCoR is to provide seed funding to enable New Mexico to develop academic research directed toward long-term, self-sustaining, nationally-competitive capabilities in aerospace and aerospace-related research. EPSCoR contributes to the overall research infrastructure, science and technology capabilities, higher education, and economic development of New Mexico.

The Arrowhead Center assists entrepreneurs by identifying markets, verifying new technologies, writing business plans and locating financing.

The College of Education’s Gadsden Math Initiative, funded by the National Science Foundation, is helping students in elementary and middle schools understand and build math concepts, thereby raising test scores.