New Mexico State University

Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001
United States

All About Discovery!

New Mexico State University is a comprehensive research institution and an exciting place to tackle challenges, find answers to important issues and prepare for the future. NMSU prepares students for success, helps drive the state’s economy, and makes important discoveries in agriculture, engineering, science and many other fields. Whether in the classroom, laboratory or out in the community performing public service, we take pride in the accomplishments of our faculty, staff and students.

Founded in 1888, NMSU is the state’s land-grant institution, dedicated to teaching, research and service. In addition, we are a space-grant and Hispanic-serving institution. NMSU is ranked by U.S. News and World Report in the top tier among Best National Universities. Forbes magazine ranks us 13th in the nation for helping minorities succeed in the STEM fields.

NMSU serves a vibrant, multi-cultural population of students and community members at five campuses, a satellite learning center in Albuquerque, Cooperative Extension offices located in every county and 12 agriculture research and science centers. Plus, distance education programs give students maximum flexibility. Our Honors College offers qualified undergraduates the opportunity to further enrich a challenging academic program via rigorous classes taught by master teachers.

Student enrollment in the NMSU system as a whole is more than 28,000. The Las Cruces campus is home to 17,651 (14,276 undergrads, 3,375 graduate students), hailing from all 50 states and 85 foreign nations. With an average undergraduate class size of less than 30 and a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1, we pride ourselves on offering students the attention they need to achieve their goals. The gender makeup of the Las Cruces campus student body is 54.9 percent female and 45.1 percent male; ethnicity is 48.5 percent Hispanic, 32.6 percent white and 6.8 percent international, with the remainder being Black or African American, American Indian/Alaskan Native and Asian. (Statistics from the 2013-14 academic year)

Vision 2020

NMSU’s Vision 2020 Strategic Plan illustrates our dedication to five areas of focus:

  • Academics and Graduation – Provide stellar programs, instruction, and student services to achieve timely graduation
  • Diversity and Internationalization – Provide a diverse academic environment supportive of a global society
  • Research and Creative Activity – Promote discovery, encourage innovation, and inspire creative achievement
  • Economic Development and Community Engagement – Drive economic, social, educational, and community development
  • Resource Stewardship – Optimize resources to effectively support teaching, research, and service

Research that Makes a Difference

Ranked by the Carnegie Foundation as a Research University with high research activity institution, NMSU's research expenditures exceeded $133 million for FY13. In addition, according to National Science Foundation statistics, NMSU ranks third among all Hispanic-serving institutions (based on the FY11 research expenditures).

From the immensity of the sun to the microscopic inner workings of DNA, NMSU researchers are constantly seeking new discoveries that can lead to transformations in fields as far removed as astronomy, cell biology and desert ecosystems.

NMSU has demonstrated strengths in four key areas based on the number of researchers actively working in the area, the graduate curriculum and number of advanced degrees awarded, and the impact of NMSU evidenced by publications and external funding. Some are emerging strengths, areas in which there are a number of funded projects and a large number of investigators working, but have not yet matured with significant publications or doctoral programs.

  • Agricultural and Life Sciences
  • Computer Science and Computer and Electrical Engineering
  • Space Science and Aerospace
  • Sustainability

Degrees and Certifications

NMSU offers more than 70 undergraduate programs, 50-plus master's degrees and more than 20 doctoral programs in seven different colleges, as well as opportunities to earn credit through the National Student Exchange and Study Abroad programs.

Bachelor and graduate degree programs are available through the following colleges based in Las Cruces: Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences; Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Engineering; Distance Learning; Health and Social Services; Honors and the Graduate School. Certificates, licensure programs and associate degree programs are available from the colleges in Alamogordo, Carlsbad, Doña Ana County and Grants, and the College of Arts and Sciences in Las Cruces.


NMSU is a member of the NCAA Division 1-A Western Athletic Conference in 15 of its 17 sports. As of 2014, the Aggie football team began playing in the Sun Belt Conference. NMSU sponsors a wide variety of intercollegiate sports for men and women. Our Pan American Center can accommodate 12,590 and Aggie Memorial Stadium seats 30,000.

Arts and Recreation

The university offers a wide variety of arts and recreational activities. Museums and art galleries, professional theater, music ensembles and symphony, visiting artists, national performers, professional road shows, on-campus public radio and TV stations, a student-run radio station, an aquatic center, an 18-hole golf course, and tennis and activity centers are available at NMSU’s Las Cruces campus.

About Las Cruces

NMSU is located in Las Cruces, nestled between the majestic Organ Mountains and the meandering Rio Grande. The beautiful Mesilla Valley area features multiple unique attractions, including cultural and historical sites, the Dripping Springs Natural Area, and the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks and Prehistoric Trackways National Monuments. In “The City of the Crosses,” you will find superb weather year round (perfect for golfing!), world-class Mexican food and an abundance of fairs, festivals and other events.

Many inviting destinations are an easy drive away, including:

• 45 minutes from Spaceport America

• 45 minutes from El Paso and the Texas border

• 45 minutes from Mexico

• 1 hour from White Sands National Monument

• 1 hour from Elephant Butte Lake State Park

• 2.5 hours from the Village of Ruidoso and the Sacramento Mountains

• 2.5 hours from historic Silver City and the Gila National Forest

• 3 hours from Carlsbad Caverns National Park

• 4 hours from Albuquerque, N.M.

• 4 hours from Tucson, Ariz.

• 6 hours from Phoenix, Ariz.


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