New Mexico State University

2850 Weddell Street, Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001

School Details

New Mexico State University was founded in 1888 as Las Cruces College. It is the land grant University of the state of New Mexico and is classified as a four-year, public institution that awards Associate's degrees, Bachelor's degrees, Post baccalaureate certificates, Master's degrees, Post-master's certificates and Doctor's degrees. 

In 1889, the New Mexico territorial legislature authorized the creation of an agricultural college and experiment station and Las Cruces College became the New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts. Due to rapid growth, in 1960 University status was awarded and the New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts became New Mexico State University. 

The school's mission is to serve the educational needs of New Mexico’s diverse population through comprehensive programs of education, research, extension education, and public service. New Mexico State University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition to the school's overall accreditation, many independent programs at New Mexico State University have also received specialized accreditation. The programs with specialized accreditation include:

  • Teacher Education
  • Counseling Psychology 
  • Music
  • Nursing
  • Dietetics
  • Speech-Language Pathology
  • Public Health Programs 

New Mexico State University offers campus is located in the Las Cruces, New Mexico. There are also other numerous campuses located throughout New Mexico in the cities of Alamogordo, Carlsbad, Doña Ana County and Grants.

When applying to New Mexico State University, potential students are required to pay a $20 application fee as well as submit their GPA, official transcript and SAT or ACT scores. New Mexico State University has an acceptance rate of 80%. Students who are granted acceptance ultimately decide to attend New Mexico State University at a rate of about 43%. Students who decided to attend New Mexico State University come back for a following year of classes at a rate 70% for full-time students and 47% for part-time students. Students at New Mexico State University graduate within the four years it is expected to earn a bachelor’s degree at a rate of 15% and graduate within six years at a rate of 46%.

There are 18,024 students currently enrolled at New Mexico State University, of these students, 14,495 are undergraduate students and 3,529 are graduate level students. Under graduate students at New Mexico State University are mostly full-time enrollments, with 77% of students taking at least 12 credits per semester. Like undergraduate students, graduate students are mostly full-time enrollments with a slight majority of 51% of the total graduate enrollment. 

The gender ratio of the student body is 54% female students and 46% male students. There is some racial diversity with the largest represented race being Hispanic students making up 49% of the student population. The other racial groups, African American, White, American Indian and Asian, make up 3%, 34%, 3% and 1% of the student body respectively. In the student population there are 6,863 adult learners who are over the age of 24.

Students have a variety of options academically at New Mexico State University. There are nine colleges in which students can find a program to interest them. The colleges include:

  • Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences
  • Arts and Sciences
  • Business
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Extended Learning
  • Graduate School
  • Health and Social Services
  • Honors College

Within these colleges, students have the choice between a variety of 87 Bachelor’s degree programs, 51 Master’s degree programs and 21 Doctoral degree programs.

There are a total of 1,122 faculty members and 999 graduate assistants, all of which are part of the instructional faculty with the exception of 130 research and public service faculty members. These faculty members typically hold their highest degree in their specific field and place a heavy importance on student’s interaction and personalized attention. Classes are typically of average size with a 18:1 student-to-faculty ratio.

For students wanting to complete a degree but have a hectic schedule, New Mexico State University offers programs that can be completed through its distance learning program. The distance learning program offers different options to meet the varying needs of a diverse group of students. New Mexico State University offers seven Bachelor’s degree programs, 17 Master’s degree programs, three Doctoral degree programs and seven certificate programs or licensure programs that can be completed entirely online.

Students can find many ways to stay busy outside of class. One way for a student to spend free time while gaining valuable leadership and personal growth skills is through participating in extracurricular activities. There are 249 official student organizations recognized at New Mexico State University. The types of extracurricular activities available New Mexico State University includes:

  • Cultural
  • Departmental
  • Fraternity
  • Governing
  • Graduate
  • Honorary
  • Political
  • Professional
  • Publication/media
  • Religious
  • Social
  • Sorority
  • Special interest
  • Sports

Student at New Mexico State University also have the option to become involved in athletics. There are 16 intercollegiate sports teams all competing in the Western Athletic Conference of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, division I.

New Mexico State University offers a tuition payment plan and the assistance and guidance of its financial aid office to help students with the cost of higher education. The financial aid office can help students find and apply for grants, scholarships and loans. Currently, 77% of the student population accepts some form of grant or scholarship aid. Students can also take on loans for extra assistance, 43% of students have student loans.


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission


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    4-year, Public
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctor's degree
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