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. For videos of professors talking about their passion for teaching, research and service, click here.
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.
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.
- For a second consecutive year, NMSU received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity award by INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.
- A National Science Foundation academic research and development expenditures survey (2010 statistics, the most current issued by the NSF) ranked NMSU 3rd nationally in research and development expenditures at Hispanic-serving institutions--we're #1 in that category among universities without medical schools.
- Forbes ranks NMSU 13th in the nation among the best colleges for helping minorities to succeed in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.
- For the fifth year in a row, NMSU has been honored as a top university for awarding bachelor's and master's degrees to Hispanic students. In rankings released September 2014, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education lists NMSU in 7th place for bachelor's degrees awarded in education to Hispanics. Additionally, we ranked 25th in bachelor's degrees in engineering and 28th in bachelor's in business management, marketing and related support services to Hispanics.
- In master's degrees awarded to Hispanics, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education ranks NMSU 16th in engineering, while social sciences and education followed in 33rd and 40th, respectively.
National, International Recognition
- Forbes has recognized NMSU as one of America's Top Colleges in 2014. On the list of 650 institutions, we ranked 104 in the South, 135 in best public research and 165 in best national research. The ranking is return-on-investment focused and is calculated using five categories: student satisfaction, academic success, graduation rate, post-graduate success and student debt.
- NMSU is in the top 2.2 percent among more than 22,000 degree-granting institutions of higher education worldwide, according to the Center for World University Rankings 2014 list. CWUR 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 relying on the use of surveys and university data submissions.
- Our College of Business is one of the country's leading business schools according to the Princeton Review's 2014 edition of "The Best 295 Business Schools." The educational services company based its ranking on surveys of students along with institutional data covering five areas: academic experience, admissions selectivity, career, and how interesting and accessible students find their professors.
- 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.
- For the fourth consecutive year, NMSU is listed among the best colleges in the country according to the Washington Monthly National Universities rankings for 2014. We are the highest-rated institution in the state. 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.
- NMSU's education graduate school program is ranked as one of the top 125 programs in the nation, coming in at number 116 on the U.S. News & World Report 2014 Best Graduate Schools rankings.
- U.S. News and World Report also recognizes NMSU as a leading producer of online degrees. NMSU has been ranked as one of the Best Online Programs for Veterans. We rank 45th in Best Online Bachelor's Programs, 21st in Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs and 28th in Best Online Graduate Education Programs.
- 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.
- StateUniversity.com places us in the top 40% of 2,000 public colleges and universities nationwide.
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).
In fiscal year 2013, NMSU's sponsored awards totaled just over $115.2 million. In terms of research and development expenditures, the National Science Foundation's Higher Education R&D 2011 survey (the most recent available) ranks NMSU in the top 15% of all institutions; we are third among institutions with high-Hispanic enrollment, and in the top 10% of all institutions in three fields-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. 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.