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New Mexico State University - Main Campus Overview

New Mexico State University - Main Campus is a public institution situated in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Las Cruces is a good match for students who enjoy the safety and convenience of the suburbs.

What Is New Mexico State University - Main Campus Known For?

2,434 Undergraduate Awards
$26,843 Avg Cost After Aid
63% Acceptance Rate
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at NMSU Main Campus.
  • In 2017-2018, 74% of the faculty were full-time.

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New Mexico State University - Main Campus Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at NMSU Main Campus.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Most Popular Other English Literature Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Most Popular Romance Languages Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#17 Most Popular Sociology Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#21 Most Popular Linguistics & Literature Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#41 Most Popular Special Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#46 Most Popular History Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#63 Most Popular Liberal Arts & Humanities Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#63 Most Popular Liberal Arts General Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#85 Most Popular Law Enforcement & Firefighting Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#112 Most Popular Foreign Languages & Linguistics Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards NMSU Main Campus has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#1 Best General Studies Doctor’s Degree Schools College Factual
#1 Best Value Bachelor’s Degree Colleges for Plant Pathology/Phytopathology College Factual
#1 Best Value Doctor’s Degree Colleges for English Literature (Other) College Factual
#1 Best General Studies Doctor’s Degree Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#4 Best Value Colleges for Astronomy College Factual
#6 Best Value Colleges for Astronomy & Astrophysics College Factual

Where Is New Mexico State University - Main Campus?

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Contact details for NMSU Main Campus are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 2850 Weddell Street, Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001
Phone: 575-646-0111
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newmexicostateuniversity
Twitter: https://twitter.com/nmsu

How Do I Get Into NMSU Main Campus?

You can apply to NMSU Main Campus online at: app.applyyourself.com/AYApplicantLogin/fl_ApplicantConnectLogin.asp?id=nmsu-u

Admission Requirements for NMSU Main Campus

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank considered but not required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into NMSU Main Campus?

63% Acceptance Rate
60% Of Accepted Are Women
33% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 63%, NMSU Main Campus does not let just anybody through their doors! Make sure you spend enough time polishing up your application so you will make a great impression.

Approximately 39% of accepted students are men and 60% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 61%, and the acceptance rate for women is 64%.

Average Test Scores

About 33% of students accepted to NMSU Main Campus submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 480 and 580. Math scores were between 470 and 570.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for New Mexico State University - Main Campus  ( 480 to 580 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for New Mexico State University - Main Campus  ( 470 to 570 )
200
800
NMSU Main Campus received ACT scores from 70% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 16 and 23. Math scores were between 17 and 23. Composite scores were between 17 and 23.

ACT English Scores for New Mexico State University - Main Campus  ( 16 to 23 )
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ACT Math Scores for New Mexico State University - Main Campus  ( 17 to 23 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for New Mexico State University - Main Campus  ( 17 to 23 )
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36

Can I Afford New Mexico State University - Main Campus?

$26,843 Net Price
40% Take Out Loans
13.5% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of NMSU Main Campus is $26,843. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At NMSU Main Campus, approximately 40% of students took out student loans averaging $4,795 a year. That adds up to $19,180 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at NMSU Main Campus is 13.5%. This is higher than the national default rate of 10.1% so you should proceed with caution when taking out student loans.

New Mexico State University - Main Campus Undergraduate Student Diversity

9,466 Full-Time Undergraduates
58% Women
72% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 11,575 undergraduate students at NMSU Main Campus, with 9,466 being full-time and 2,109 being part-time.

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There are also 2,652 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 9,466 full-time undergraduates at NMSU Main Campus, 42% are male and 58% are female.

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Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of New Mexico State University - Main Campus students is as follows.

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 92
Black or African American 235
Hispanic or Latino 5,993
White 2,305
International Students 282
Other Races/Ethnicities 559

Geographic Diversity

New Mexico students aren't the only ones who study at New Mexico State University - Main Campus. At this time, 28 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 83 countries are represented at NMSU Main Campus. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Kuwait, Mexico, and India.

Online Learning at New Mexico State University - Main Campus

1,729 Took All Classes Online
7,731 Took At Least One Class Online
1.6% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 11 bachelor’s degree and 18 master’s degree programs available online at NMSU Main Campus. In 2019-2020, 7,731 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at NMSU Main Campus has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 2nd most popular in New Mexico for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2019-2020.

Online Affordability Rankings of NMSU Main Campus

The following table shows how NMSU Main Campus is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are not mostly online.

Major Tuition for In-State Students Tuition for Out-of-State Students
Family & Consumer Economics #1 #1
Electrical Engineering #1 #4
Social Work #1 #25
Industrial Engineering #1 #7
Sociology #1 #4
Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies #1 #10
Child Development & Psychology #1 #10
Romance Languages #1 #1
Ethnic Studies #1 #10
Chemical Engineering #1 #4
Foreign Languages & Linguistics #4 #7
Economics #4 #16
Public Administration & Social Service #4 #103
Visual & Performing Arts #4 #28
Engineering-Related Technologies #4 #4
Music #4 #22
Engineering #10 #55
Public Health #10 #37
Social Sciences #10 #76
Psychology #10 #76
General Education #12 #81
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences #13 #76
Human Development & Family Studies #18 #65
Criminal Justice & Corrections #19 #149
Educational Administration #19 #226
Teacher Education Grade Specific #19 #109
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #19 #152
Marketing #22 #128
Hospitality Management #22 #46
Education #25 #142
Curriculum & Instruction #28 #162
Teacher Education Subject Specific #31 #144
Health Professions #34 #251
Computer Information Systems #34 #103
Computer & Information Sciences #43 #109
Engineering Technologies #54 #124
Special Education #58 #269
Business, Management & Marketing #66 #378
Business Administration & Management #75 #446

Online Growth Rankings of NMSU Main Campus

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at New Mexico State University - Main Campus was 1.6%. This is the #1,646 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at NMSU Main Campus regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of NMSU Main Campus majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Business Administration & Management 10%
Business, Management & Marketing 1%
Child Development & Psychology 88%
Curriculum & Instruction 50%
Education 2%
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 18%
Health Professions 10%
Human Development & Family Studies 45%
Nursing 16%
Psychology 8%
Public Administration & Social Service 6%
Public Health 10%
Social Work 9%
Sociology 4%
Special Education 15%
Systems Engineering 67%
Teacher Education Subject Specific 17%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at NMSU Main Campus ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at NMSU Main Campus.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Engineering-Related Technologies #7
Family & Consumer Economics #7
Child Development & Psychology #16
Ethnic Studies #30
Systems Engineering #35
Industrial Engineering #40
Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies #43
Romance Languages #54
Electrical Engineering #64
Economics #82
Foreign Languages & Linguistics #93
Hospitality Management #119
Social Work #136
Sociology #141
Engineering #204
Public Health #254
Marketing #255
Human Development & Family Studies #259
Curriculum & Instruction #281
Engineering Technologies #315
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences #329
Special Education #373
Teacher Education Subject Specific #377
Computer Information Systems #377
Social Sciences #428
Public Administration & Social Service #460
Psychology #460

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

New Mexico State University - Main Campus Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 166 0 1 2 169
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 152 0 16 0 168
Nursing 0 139 3 5 14 161
Business Administration & Management 0 55 0 71 3 129
Mechanical Engineering 0 109 0 18 0 127
Computer Information Systems 0 92 0 13 3 108
Social Work 0 45 0 53 0 98
General Business/Commerce 5 91 0 0 0 96
General Biology 0 80 0 9 6 95
General Psychology 0 89 0 1 1 91
Special Education 0 46 4 30 2 82
Industrial Engineering 0 36 0 45 0 81
Marketing 0 79 0 0 0 79
General Education 0 0 0 72 0 72
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 57 13 0 0 70
Accounting 0 49 0 18 0 67
Electrical Engineering 0 44 3 15 0 62
Finance & Financial Management 0 61 0 0 0 61
Health & Physical Education 0 57 0 0 3 60
Public Health 0 36 5 18 0 59
Animal Science 0 55 0 1 1 57
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 54 0 0 0 54
Sociology 0 41 0 12 0 53
Civil Engineering 0 39 0 13 0 52
Journalism 0 47 0 0 0 47
Chemical Engineering 0 38 0 5 0 43
Plant Sciences 0 20 0 15 6 41
General Engineering Technology 0 41 0 0 0 41
Educational Administration 0 0 0 24 16 40
Human Development & Family Studies 0 40 0 0 0 40
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 0 38 0 1 0 39
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 39 0 0 0 39
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 30 0 5 0 35
Mental & Social Health Services 0 14 0 21 0 35
Wildlife Management 0 28 0 7 0 35
Writing Studies 0 16 0 16 0 32
History 0 19 0 13 0 32
Political Science & Government 0 30 0 2 0 32
Hospitality Management 0 30 0 0 0 30
General English Literature 0 21 0 9 0 30
Agricultural Economics & Business 0 29 0 0 0 29
Economics 0 13 9 3 4 29
Graphic Communications 0 28 0 0 0 28
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 0 28 28
Anthropology 0 16 0 9 0 25
General Agriculture 0 20 0 3 0 23
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 13 0 7 3 23
Romance Languages 0 0 0 21 0 21
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 13 0 6 19
General Visual & Performing Arts 0 17 0 0 0 17
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 16 0 0 0 16
Family & Consumer Economics 0 0 0 16 0 16
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 14 0 1 0 15
Mathematics 0 8 0 4 3 15
Geography & Cartography 0 9 0 6 0 15
International Business 0 14 0 0 0 14
General Engineering 0 0 0 0 14 14
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 0 14 0 0 0 14
Music 0 4 0 10 0 14
Physics 0 8 0 4 1 13
Drama & Theater Arts 0 10 0 0 0 10
Textile & Apparel Studies 0 9 0 0 0 9
Chemistry 0 5 0 4 0 9
Genetics 0 8 0 0 0 8
Student Counseling 0 0 0 8 0 8
English Literature (Other) 0 0 0 0 8 8
Child Development & Psychology 0 0 0 7 1 8
Botany/Plant Biology 0 5 0 2 0 7
Natural Resources Conservation 0 7 0 0 0 7
Public Administration 0 0 0 7 0 7
Engineering Physics 0 6 0 0 0 6
Allied Health Professions 0 6 0 0 0 6
Statistics 0 0 0 6 0 6
Philosophy 0 6 0 0 0 6
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 5 0 0 0 5
Historic Preservation 0 0 5 0 0 5
Museum Studies 0 0 5 0 0 5
Agricultural Public Services 0 4 0 0 0 4
Engineering-Related Technologies 0 4 0 0 0 4
Dance 0 4 0 0 0 4
Environmental Engineering 0 0 0 3 0 3
Systems Engineering 0 0 3 0 0 3
Astronomy & Astrophysics 0 0 0 2 1 3
Fine & Studio Arts 0 0 0 3 0 3
Food Science Technology 0 2 0 0 0 2
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 0 0 2 0 2
Ethnic Studies 0 2 0 0 0 2
Computer Science 0 0 0 1 0 1
Horticulture 0 0 0 0 0 0
Soil Sciences 0 0 0 0 0 0
Urban & Regional Planning 0 0 0 0 0 0
Geoscience Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0
Natural Resource Management 0 0 0 0 0 0
Community Organization & Advocacy 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 5 2,429 63 658 126 3,281

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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