New Mexico State University (Main campus)

601–800 th
World University Rankings 2020
501-600 th
US Rankings 2020
PO Box 30001, MSC 3A, Las Cruces, New Mexico, 88003 8001, United States

About New Mexico State University (Main campus)

New Mexico State University is a land-grant research university and NASA space Grant College

It was founded in 1888 as Las Cruces College. It became the first place of higher learning in New Mexico, which was still a US territory at the time.

Situated in Las Cruces, or "The City of the Crosses" in the Mesilla Valley, the university’s main 900-acre campus is located close to major geographical landmarks that include the Organ mountains and the White Sands National Monument, the world’s largest dune field.

At its inception, New Mexico state authorities called for the establishment of a faculty of agriculture that incorporated architecture and mechanical arts. To this day the university still works closely with the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, which is located on campus, with the university providing support for state residents in areas such as education, energy and water, farming, ranching and gardening.

New Mexico State University is known as a Hispanic-serving institution with a student population that is 45 per cent Hispanic. It is renowned for its progressive approach towards diversity and first admitted an African-American woman to its student body in 1928, when many other universities in the US were several years away from doing the same.

Five of the university’s buildings were designed by the pioneering southwestern architect, Henry C Trost, in the early part of the 20th Century. They were built in what Trost called "Spanish Renaissance architectural style" in a horseshoe design, something he hoped would promote “an appearance of unity and harmony rarely found in like institutions”.

The university is also renowned for its courses in animation and game design, as well as animal sciences and conservation. It is the only institution in the state to offer a degree in professional golf management.

Its alumni association dates from 1898 and comprises over 120,000 living members, including president of Skymall, Christine Aguilera, and Alvy Ray Smith, the co-founder of computer animation film studio, Pixar.

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  • $8,686
    On-campus Room and Board
    (1)
  • $33,600
    Salary after 10 years
    (1)
  • $21,022
    Out-of-state Tuition and Fees
    (1)
  • 54 : 46
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
    (2)
  • 16.5
    No. of students per staff
    (2)
  • 8%
    Percentage of International Students
    (2)
  • 12,753
    Number of FTE Students
    (2)
Based on data collected for the (1) 2020 US Rankings and (2) 2020 World University Rankings

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