Forbes has recognized NMSU as one of America's Top Colleges in 2018. NMSU ranked 195th for American’s Best Value Colleges.
Higher Learning Commission
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.
Center for World University Rankings
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.
Animation Career Review
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.
APLU: Innovation and Economic Prosperity University
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.
U.S. News & World Report
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
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education places NMSU among the top 100 undergraduate and graduate degree producers for minority students.