New Mexico State University Main Campus

New Mexico State University Main Campus

New Mexico State University was established in 1888. It was initially founded as an agricultural institute called 'Las Cruces College. 'In 1960, the name was changed to New Mexico State University. The main campus of NMSU is in Las Cruces, New Mexico. The main campus of this university currently enrolls over 15,000 students in its associate, bachelors, masters, and doctoral degree programs. Students can also pursue post-masters certifications at the NMSU main campus.

The athletics teams of New Mexico State University are nicknamed the Aggies. This name was probably inspired by the university's agricultural beginnings. The team colors are crimson and white and the mascot is 'Pistol Pete'.

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New Mexico State University-Main Campus
2850 Weddell Street
Las Cruces , NM 88003-8001
General Phone: (575) 646-0111

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New Mexico State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching542education, curriculum and instruction, educational administration, special ed, education of speech impaired, school counseling, elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, early childhood education, ...
Liberal Arts486women's studies, foreign language and literature, Spanish language, English, creative writing, speech and rhetoric, English language and literature, liberal arts and sciences, general studies, ...
Business and Management461business, business management, accounting, finance, international business, marketing
Engineering277engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, engineering physics, environmental engineering, mechanical engineering, systems engineering, industrial engineering, ...
Family and Social Work220family resource management, food and nutrition, family studies, community organization, public administration, social work
Nursing and Emergency Medicine214registered nursing
Security and Law Enforcement192criminal justice and safety
Science165biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, plant pathology, bacteriology, ecology, astronomy, chemistry, geology, ...
Computer Science and Engineering83computer and info science, information technology
Medical Administration68environmental health, public health education
Hospitality66hospitality management
Therapy and Counseling65psychology, school psychology
Engineering Technician50engineering technology, surveying tech
Animal Science and Care49animal science
Agricultural Science and Management48agriculture, agricultural operations, agricultural economics
Landscaping and Horticulture37turf management, agronomy, horticultural science, range management, soil science
Conservation and Resource Management31environmental studies, environmental science, wildlife management
Art Studies28visual and performing arts
Mathematics28mathematics, statistics
Construction Trades18apparel and textiles
Drama and Performing Arts14dance, drama
Religion and Philosophy11philosophy
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy7athletic trainer
Music5music performance
Fine Arts5fine arts
Architecture and Planning1urban planning

Number of programs and degrees for New Mexico State in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree2,25579
Master's degree83651
Doctor's degree7223
Associate's degree217
Post-master's certificate264
Postbaccalaureate certificate182

New Mexico State Student Body

In 2007-2008, New Mexico State had a total enrollment of 16,722 students (13,603 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 46%
Women 54%
Full-Time 99%
Part-Time 1%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 77%
Graduate 23%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 35%
Black 3%
Hispanic 39%
Asian 1%
American Indian 3%
Unknown 10%
(Foreign Students) 8%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 20%
20-21 21%
22-24 22%
25-29 14%
30-34 7%
35-39 5%
40-49 6%
50-64 4%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New Mexico80%
State unknown1%
(International Students)1%

New Mexico State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 73 %
Part-Time 52 %

New Mexico State Room and Board (2007)

New Mexico State offers campus housing for 3,612 of its 13,603 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Las Cruces, New Mexico for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other New Mexico Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

New Mexico State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal430560
SAT Math430560
SAT Writing430550
ACT Verbal1724
ACT Math1723
ACT Composite1824

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT25%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT85%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

New Mexico State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 4,758
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 14,740
Room and board $ 7,526
Room charge $ 3,422
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,554
Books and supplies $ 998
Other expenses $ 3,660

Financial Aid:
New Mexico State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 265700)

New Mexico State Faculty

New Mexico State has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track11687
Non-tenured and not on tenure track4569

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year60$100,19323$95,826
Associate professorcalendar year28$82,81318$86,946
Assistant professorcalendar year23$67,24512$64,502
Instructorcalendar year2*1*
No academic rankcalendar year1*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year114$87,99255$84,759

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year113$82,27731$74,535
Associate professoracademic year113$69,26670$64,216
Assistant professoracademic year85$59,89692$53,288
Instructoracademic year3$42,47513$42,397
No academic rankacademic year1*0*
All faculty totalacademic year315$71,120206$59,511

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

New Mexico State Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Western Athletic Conference
Basketball Western Athletic Conference
Baseball Western Athletic Conference
Track Western Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports19103122

New Mexico State Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations
Agricultural Economics
Agriculture, General

Animal Science And Care
Animal Sciences, General

Architecture And Planning
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning

Art Studies
Visual and Performing Arts, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General
Finance, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Information Technology

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management

Construction Trades
Apparel and Textiles, General

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Agricultural Teacher Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education, General
Education/Teaching Individuals - Speech or Language Impairments
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Secondary Education and Teaching
Special Education and Teaching, General
Teacher Assistant/Aide
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Levels & Methods, Other

Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering, General
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering Physics
Engineering, General
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Geological/Geophysical Engineering
Industrial Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Systems Engineering

Engineering Technician
Engineering Technology, General
Surveying Technology/Surveying

Family And Social Work
Community Organization and Advocacy
Family Resource Management Studies, General
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General
Human Development and Family Studies, General
Public Administration
Social Work

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Hospitality Administration/Management, General

Landscaping And Horticulture
Agronomy and Crop Science
Horticultural Science
Range Science and Management
Soil Science and Agronomy, General
Turf and Turfgrass Management

Liberal Arts
Creative Writing
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
General Studies
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General
Statistics, General


Medical Administration
Environmental Health
Public Health Education and Promotion

Music Performance, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer

Religion And Philosophy

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology
Molecular Biology
Physics, General
Plant Pathology/Phytopathology

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General
School Psychology

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% of degrees in family and social work
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