New Mexico State University: Academics, Admissions & Tuition

Learn about New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. Read about its admission info, financial aid and degree programs to make an informed education decision.

About New Mexico State University

New Mexico State University (NMSU) was founded as Las Cruces College in 1888. It's located in southern New Mexico in the suburban setting of Las Cruces. The university offers students a variety of educational programs, including cooperative extension and distance education opportunities. NMSU has the distinction of being one of the few colleges in America that has attained the platinum level of service as part of NASA's Space Alliance Technology Outreach Program.

New Mexico State University in Las Cruces is also the only federally classified Hispanic-serving land-grant institution in the U.S. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching rated NMSU as a research-extensive university, which is the highest possible rating for research institutions. Students can visit several on-campus museums, as well as the Zuhl Geology Collection and the University Art Gallery.


New Mexico State University's main campus is located within Las Cruces, and the university also has community college/technical education campuses located in Alamogordo, Carlsbad, Doña Ana and Grants. NMSU has 8 colleges, including Extended Learning and the Honors College. Students interested in attending NMSU can choose from a wide variety of degree programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Current offerings include 86 bachelor's and 53 master's degree programs, as well as a plethora of certificate, associate's and PhD degree programs. Education doctorate and education specialist degrees are also available.

Total enrollment at the 5 campus locations for the 2011-2012 academic year was 30,493, and the main NMSU campus in Las Cruces had 18,024 students enrolled. About 45% of these students were of Hispanic origin and 34% were white. International students comprised nearly 6% of the student body. Sports enthusiasts will enjoy the 18-hole golf course, swim center and tennis center. Athletics events are held at the Pan American Center and the Aggie Memorial Stadium.


The admissions application deadline for incoming students at NMSU is a minimum of 30 days prior to the beginning of the semester for intended enrollment. However, as of 2012, students who are interested in applying for the President's Associates Honors Scholarship must submit all required forms and materials by December 1st, and the application deadline to apply for other scholarships is February 15th.

When completing the application for admissions, students must have an official high school transcript sent directly from their high school to the admissions office at NMSU. Test scores for either the ACT or the SAT must also be forwarded directly to admissions. Of the 7,402 applicants for Fall 2011 admission, 80% were accepted.

Tuition and Financial Aid

The cost of tuition and fees for the 2012-2013 academic year for in-state undergraduate students is $6,041. Total expenses for room and board for the same period are $7,848. Additional expenses include books and supplies at $1,084 for the year, personal expenses at $2,286 and transportation expenses at $1,782. Graduate in-state students pay $6,514 in tuition and fees for the academic year. The additional expenses for in-state graduate students for room and board, books and supplies, personal expenses and transportation are the same as those for undergraduate students. Out-of-state undergraduate students pay $9,134 for tuition and fees, and the tuition and fees for out-of-state graduate students total $9,360.

There are a variety of resources that students can use to pay for college expenses. Traditional federal student loans and Pell Grants are available, and students can also apply for scholarships in addition to federal and state work-study programs. Future teachers can apply for the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, which can provide up to $2,000 in grant aid per semester.

Degrees Offered Certificates, as well as associate's, bachelor's, master's, doctoral and specialist degrees*
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Midsize suburb**
Student Body Enrollment during the 2011-2012 academic year was 14,495 undergraduates and 3,529 graduate students*
Student Housing 4 residence halls*
Colleges and Programs 8 colleges; 86 bachelor's programs and 53 graduate programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 18:1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Bachelor's: Criminal Justice (147), Registered Nursing (126), Elementary Education and Teaching (103), Business Administration and Management (65) and Journalism (64)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 46% in 6 years**
Admission Rate 80% admitted in Fall 2011*
First-Year Retention Rates 70% for full-time students; 47% for part-time students for 2010-2011**
Average SAT Scores of Admitted Students Middle 50% SAT scores: 410-530 in critical reading, 430-540 in math for Fall 2011**
Undergraduate Application Due Date 30 days before a semester or session starts*
Tuition Undergraduate tuition and fees for 2012-2013 are $6,041 for in-state residents and $9,134 for out-of-state students*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving It) For 2010-2011: Federal grants (50%), state and local government grants or scholarships (76%), student loans (40%), school grants or scholarships (31%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 95% for 2010-2011**

Sources: *New Mexico State University at Las Cruces **National Center for Education Statistics, College Navigator.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Undergraduate Admissions, New Mexico State University, Educational Services Building, Suite A, MSC 3A / P.O. Box 30001, Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001
  • Phone: (575) 646-3121
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