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2850 Weddell Street
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001
p. 575-646-0111
w. www.nmsu.edu/

New Mexico State University-Main Campus

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Introduction

The main campus of New Mexico State University is located in the city of Las Cruces, leading to its nickname NMSU-Las Cruses. The largest 4-year university in New Mexico thanks to a total enrollment of over 18,000 students, this land-grant institution also has campuses in Alamogordo, Carlsbad, Dona Ana, and Grants, along with teaching and research centers scattered throughout the state.

Accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the Las Cruses campus awards bachelor’s, master’s, specialist, and doctoral degrees while associate degrees and two-year programs are offered at the branch campuses.

The university defines its mission as “serving the educational needs of New Mexico’s diverse population to comprehensive programs of Education, research, extension education, and public service.” Its Carnegie classification is Doctoral/Research University-Extensive.

History

The institution now known as NMSU was founded as an agricultural land grant college in 1888. Then called the Las Cruces College, the school was renamed New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts just one year later. It received its current name in 1960 when it achieved university status.

Academics

The university is made up of several colleges and schools, as well as a Graduate School and Honors College. These include:

  • Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences
  • Arts & Sciences
  • Business
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Health & Social Services

Bachelor’s degrees are awarded in over 80 different disciplines, including accounting, animal science, biology, community health, education, engineering, English, horticulture, management, music, philosophy, range land resources, soil science, theater arts, and wildlife science.

Master’s degrees are awarded in more than 50 areas, including agriculture, anthropology, education, English, criminal justice, agronomy, geology, engineering, astronomy, and family and consumer studies, among others. There is a Master of Business Administration (MBA), a Master of Public Administration (MPA), a Master of Public Health (MPH), a Master of Arts in Teaching, a Master of Social Work (MSW), a Master of Science in Nursing, and a Master of Fine Arts (MFA), including a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing.

Graduate students may also pursue more than 20 doctoral degrees, in fields such as education, the sciences, engineering, and rhetoric and professional communication. Some of the doctoral programs have concentrations in particular areas, such as the specialist in education degree (Ed.S.) with specializations in diagnostics, education administration, special education, school psychology, and special education for the deaf or hard of hearing.

Associate’s degrees, vocational and technical training, as well as continuing education programs are offered at the four branch campuses.

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Unique Programs

NMSU is the only land-grant university to be identified by the federal government as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and also a Carnegie Research-Extensive institution. Students are encouraged to undertake their own research projects during the course of their academic career.

The department of International and Border Programs, established in 1972, is responsible for coordinating programs related to relations along the United States-Mexico border. The department is responsible for leading the internationalization of NMSU, providing specific programs for international students, and implementing an international outreach policy.

The Honors College, which allows academically talented students to enrich their studies at a higher level, was the first Honors College in the entire state.

Admissions

Undergraduate Admissions

Prospective freshmen must complete an application for admission, which can be submitted online. The application must be accompanied by the required application fee, which can also be paid online. Applicants must submit official high school transcripts and standardized test scores. Minimum high school course requirements include four units of English, two units of science, three units of mathematics, and one unit of foreign language or fine arts. Although each application is reviewed on an individual basis, many students are admitted with a minimum high school GPA of 2.5, or an ACT score of 21 (970 SAT), or a combination GPA of 2.0 and ACT composite score of at least 20.

Graduate Admissions

Graduate students must have a baccalaureate degree; doctoral program applicants must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. In addition to the required graduate school application and fee, students must also submit official copies of transcripts and any additional application materials that are required by the department or program, such as GMAT or other standardized test scores. Prospective graduate students are advised to contact their academic department directly for full requirements, which may vary greatly by program of study.

Requirements may also vary for international students and transfer students.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available for eligible students. To apply for financial aid, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each academic year. The FAFSA is available online beginning every January 1. Some types of aid are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, so students are encouraged to file their FAFSA as soon as possible.

Common types of aid include both need- and merit-based grants, student loans, and work-study programs. NMSU also offers a variety of institutional and state scholarship opportunities, including the President’s scholarship, New Mexico scholars opportunities, Regents scholarship, New Mexico Lottery scholarship, and tuition scholarship opportunities for transfer students. Out-of-state students also have the opportunity to apply for special aid consideration.

Student Financial Aid Details

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Students

Student Body

The main campus has an enrollment is nearly 18,000 and approximately half of the student body is comprised of minority students. The school has been ranked as one of the top colleges in the country with “effective practices for increasing the number of Latino recipients” of bachelor’s degrees in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). New Mexico State at Las Cruces has also been deemed LGBT-friendly by the website CampusPride.

Student Clubs

Students can participate in more than 30 campus-recognized clubs, groups, teams, and organizations, including the Rodeo Association, Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow (ACT), Collegiate 4-H, Horsemen’s Association, Hotel Restaurant Tourism Management Association, and more.

Student government is active on campus, as is Greek life with several social fraternities and sororities as well as Greek academic honor societies.

Campus Features

Campus is rich with amenities for students, faculty, and the local community. In addition to the numerous classroom, dormitory, and administration buildings, NMSU has public outdoor art, several historic buildings, museums and galleries, an animal husbandry barn, and an observatory, among other features. Other attractions and features on campus include the university museums, a professional theater for musical performances and a full symphony, both PBS and NPR stations on campus, an 18-hole golf course, tennis center, swimming pools, and an activity center. The university’s library offers electronic catalogs and on-line databases, in additional to physical volumes stored on site or available through interlibrary loan and even maintains its own bindery.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Athletics

The Aggies are a member of the Western Athletic Conference, previously competing in the Sun Belt Conference. The NCAA Division I has baseball, basketball, cross-country, diving, football, golf, and tennis teams for men. Women’s teams include basketball, cross-country, equestrian, golf, softball, swimming, tennis, track & field, and volleyball.

The teams receive support from the school’s marching band and cheer squad. At football games, “Smoki the wonder dog” retrieves the kicking tee following each kickoff. Fans can listen to football and basketball games on radio stations throughout the state. Women’s basketball games are broadcast on one station and on the Internet, as are baseball games.

The Aggies’ biggest rivals are the University of New Mexico and University of Texas at El Paso.

Facilities

Sports facilities include the Pan American Center and the Aggie Memorial Stadium as well as a tennis center, basketball arena, swim center, baseball complex, equestrian center, softball complex, golf course, and track and field facility.

Local Community

Las Cruces is located in southwestern New Mexico, just west of White Sands National Monument. The second-largest city in the state, over 100,000 residents call the city home.

Like much of New Mexico, Las Cruces is becoming a favorite vacation destination. The local ethnic culture, a fusion between Native American and Mexican American cultures, combines well with the modern tourist industry. Golf is a favorite pastime, as is sightseeing amongst the traditional craftsmen and shops in town. Las Cruces has been recognized by Forbes and Money magazine for its affinity for business.

Alumni

Notable New Mexico State alumni include Alvy Ray Smith, who co-founded Pixar, and the President of SkyMall, Christine Aguilera,

Information Summary

Ranks 3rd in New Mexico and 732nd overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 11 0.06
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 3 0.02
Robbery 1 0.01
Arson 1 0.01
Burglary 76 0.42
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 9 0.05
Arrest 57 0.32

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 336 0.34
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 3 0.00
Forcible Rape 17 0.02
Robbery 68 0.07
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 1,120 1.13
Larceny 3,164 3.21
Vehicle theft 262 0.27

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001
Surrounding communityMidsize suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. between 100,000 to 250,000)
Total Population1,614 (1,614 urban / N/A rural)
Households4 (4.75 people per house)
Median Household Income$80,488
Families2 (8.50 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Research Universities (high research activity)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, high graduate coexistence
GraduateComprehensive doctoral (no medical/veterinary)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District3502

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 1204th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $4,910 $4,910 $18,334
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,310 $1,310 $1,310
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $205 $205 $764
FT Graduate Tuition $5,398 $5,398 $18,821
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,310 $1,310 $1,310
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $225 $225 $784
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $18,255 $18,255 $31,679
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $18,255 $18,255 $31,679
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $10,520 $10,520 $23,944

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $5,827 $6,040 $5,825 $6,040 $18,266 $19,068
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,038(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,044(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,987(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,044(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,987(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,987(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$20
Graduate Application Fee$40
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 5,365 (2,427 male / 2,935 female)
Admitted 4,571 (2,035 male / 2,533 female)
Admission rate 85%
First-time Enrollment 1,918 (888 male / 1,030 female)
FT Enrollment 1,902 (881 male / 1,021 female)
PT Enrollment 16 (7 male / 9 female)
Total Enrollment16,765

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. Completion
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Division I Independents
NCAA Basketball Conference Western Athletic Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Western Athletic Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Western Athletic Conference

ACT Test Admission

805th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 84%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 16 / 24
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 17 / 24
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 24

SAT Test Admission

917th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 23%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 410 / 540
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 420 / 540
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 830 / 1080

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity3,385
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$3,946
Board Fee$3,346

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 231 87 1,463 48 90 1,271 226 3,456
Accounting 3 2 31 2 2 37 7 86
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering 51 9 1 11 1 73
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations 5 17 22
Agricultural Economics 1 1 3 1 6
Agricultural Teacher Education 7 1 19 27
Agricultural and Extension Education Services 1 1 3 5
Agriculture, General 2 1 3
Agronomy and Crop Science 1 2 1 7 1 12
Animal Sciences, General 1 15 1 24 1 42
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects 1 7 10 1 19
Anthropology 2 8 2 26 8 48
Apparel and Textiles, General 1 4 1 8 2 16
Applied Economics 1 2 1 4
Astronomy 4 1 5
Athletic Training/Trainer 1 5 1 5 12
Biochemistry 2 9 2 1 5 19
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 2 2 40 2 4 29 4 86
Business Administration and Management, General 9 4 55 2 3 42 10 127
Business/Commerce, General 3 52 5 44 5 111
Chemical Engineering 11 7 3 1 23
Chemistry, General 7 1 8 1 19
Cinematography and Film/Video Production 29 19 2 50
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning 1
Civil Engineering, General 5 14 4 14 37
Community Organization and Advocacy
Computer and Information Sciences, General 13 1 9 1 15 4 43
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 1 7 6 1 16
Creative Writing 1 5 4 10
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 3 7 143 4 8 44 11 223
Curriculum and Instruction 1 1
Dance, General 2 1 3
Dietetics/Dietitian 2 10 4 1 17
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 1 6 3 1 11
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 1 18 4 1 24
Ecology 1 1 2
Economics, General 6 3 3 1 1 8 22
Education, General 7 1 44 1 1 47 6 108
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Speech or Language Impairments 22 22 8 53
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 14 1 5 1 21
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 15 19 2 2 11 1 50
Elementary Education and Teaching 1 45 1 2 27 1 77
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics 1 2 1 5
Engineering Technology, General 2 1 27 1 27 1 60
English Language and Literature, General 1 3 31 4 19 3 61
Environmental Health
Environmental Studies 3 1 1 5
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering 2 1 3
Family Resource Management Studies, General 1 5 5 1 12
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education 2 2
Finance, General 8 2 26 2 19 2 59
Financial Planning and Services 1 1
Fine/Studio Arts, General 1 1 1 2 4 9
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General 1 36 1 11 2 51
General Studies 11 44 1 1 58 10 126
Genetics, General 2 1 2 5
Geography 1 1 12 9 4 28
Geological/Geophysical Engineering
Geology/Earth Science, General 6 2 8
History, General 9 2 23 3 38
Horticultural Science 2 5 1 2 1 11
Hospitality Administration/Management, General 2 39 1 1 34 8 86
Human Development and Family Studies, General 32 1 1 8 1 44
Industrial Engineering 6 6 21 3 2 28 6 72
Information Technology 2 2 22 2 1 22 5 56
International Business/Trade/Commerce 2 12 3 4 21
Journalism 4 3 26 2 13 3 51
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 2 1 19 1 1 18 4 46
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 1 34 13 1 49
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 1 32 3 5 35 9 85
Mathematics, General 6 4 5 16
Mechanical Engineering 7 1 17 1 26 1 53
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology 7 1 3 1 12
Molecular Biology 1 1 2
Music Performance, General 1 4 1 7 2 15
Music Teacher Education 12 1 1 14
Natural Resource Economics 1 1
Philosophy 3 2 1 6
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Physics, General 7 1 3 1 1 1 14
Plant Pathology/Phytopathology 1 3 1 6 11
Political Science and Government, General 3 2 16 24 1 47
Psychology, General 5 3 47 4 46 3 111
Public Administration 9 1 1 3 15
Public Health Education and Promotion 2 19 1 3 14 5 45
Range Science and Management 1 2 1 10 1 15
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 4 2 50 4 5 58 10 134
Rhetoric and Composition 2 4 6 17 4 33
School Psychology 4 4 1 9
Secondary Education and Teaching 1 21 9 2 33
Social Work 3 62 5 27 5 103
Sociology 1 6 23 1 2 32 6 71
Soil Science and Agronomy, General 5 6
Spanish Language and Literature 2 13 11 2 28
Special Education and Teaching, General 3 1 1 5
Statistics, General 3 1 1 1 6
Surveying Technology/Surveying 4 1 3 8
Systems Engineering 1 3 1 2 1 9
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other 1 1 5 8
Turf and Turfgrass Management
Visual and Performing Arts, General 1 2 24 19 3 49
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management 1 14 1 23 9 48
Women's Studies 1 1

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 910th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $76,355 ($82,196 male / $63,730 female)
Number of FT Faculty 700 (391 male / 309 female)
Number of PT Faculty 985
FT Faculty Ratio 0.7 : 1
Total Benefits $20,342,925
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