NMSU & Location Information

About New Mexico State University

New Mexico State University is considered to be one of “America’s Best College Buys” and is ranked among the top 100 research institutions in the United States. NMSU is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and offers over 150 degree programs, including 24 doctoral, 3 specialist in education, 51 master’s, and more than 80 bachelor’s degrees. NMSU offers academic excellence at outstanding value.

Founded in 1888 as an agricultural college, NMSU is now the second-largest public university in the state of New Mexico. NMSU’s buildings and facilities sit on a scenic campus of about 6,250 acres (24km²).
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NMSU highlights:

  • NMSU enrolls more than 30,000 students at 5 campuses.
  • NMSU is recognized as one of America’s Top 100 ‘College Buys.’
  • NMSU is rated one of the top 100 research universities in the United States.
  • More than 80% of faculty members hold the highest degree in their field.
  • Has a faculty-to-student ratio of 19:1.
  • Also offers 2-year programs through its Doña Ana Community College branch (located on the main campus facility).

Of NMSU’s 18,000 students at our main campus, more than 1200 are international students, representing more than 75 countries (see the table on the FAQs page for a list). Many of our international students are pursuing advanced (graduate) degrees. NMSU, as a premier research institution, has excellent research facilities and opportunities; learn more at NMSU Research News.

NMSU also has 33 extension and 10 research centers, an Albuquerque Center, and campuses in Alamogordo, Carlsbad, Doña Ana County, and Grants. Please visit New Mexico is Our Campus for details about the various programs on offer at NMSU branch campuses and research centers.

About Las Cruces and the state of New Mexico

NMSU is located in Las Cruces, New Mexico, a fast-growing small city in the southwestern United States. With a population of about 100,000, Las Cruces is large enough to offer a wide variety of recreational, shopping and dining attractions, but is small enough to easily navigate and feel at home. Las Cruces is the second-largest city (by population) in New Mexico. The spectacular Organ Mountains edge the city to the east.

The cost of living in Las Cruces is comparatively low, the climate is pleasant and mild, and the city is a safe and secure one with very little violent crime. The El Paso, Texas International Airport with service from several airlines is less than an hour away by car. Albuquerque (the largest city in New Mexico) is 3 1/2 hours north on a major highway.

New Mexico is the fifth largest U.S. state by area (315,194 km²), but the population remains small (36th in the U.S.) and spread out. The largest city is Albuquerque, with a population of half a million. The state is unique in that it has in its history been controlled by Native American groups, the Spanish, Mexico, and now is a U.S. state. The state is still strongly Hispanic, Mexican, and Native American influenced.

New Mexico enjoys some of the most beautiful, unspoiled natural scenery in the U.S., with desert landscapes complemented by soaring peaks. Outdoor recreational opportunities are numerous. The climate in the state is an attraction, with mostly mild winters and comfortable springs and autumns throughout the state.

  • NMSU International & Border Programs: ISSS
  • isss@nmsu.edu
  • (575) 646-2834
  • Garcia Annex, Room 246
  • MSC 3567 / P.O. Box 30001, Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001


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