About New Mexico State University-Main Campus

Founded in 1888, New Mexico State University-Main Campus. is a Public college. Located in New Mexico, which is a city setting in New Mexico, the campus itself is Suburban. The campus is home to 12,027 full time undergraduate students, and 2,825 full time graduate students.

The New Mexico State University-Main Campus Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 16:1. There are 650 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at New Mexico State University-Main Campus include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate59%
Application Deadline
Application Fee20
SAT Range820-1070
ACT Range18-24

Admissions at NMSU are considered Selective, with ,78% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 24 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

75% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 42% were in the top quarter, and 16% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE Reviews

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at New Mexico State University-Main Campus.

1%
“We”re apathetic”
38%
“We know about current events and vote”
57%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
4%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
3%
“We save it for the classroom”
28%
“Sometimes, but not often”
53%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
16%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
3%
“I only go out in groups”
53%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
44%
“I feel extremely safe”
1%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
29%
“We bought the gear”
70%
“We live for the big game”
7%
“It”s not really our thing”
20%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
55%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
19%
“We”re a very artistic group”
3%
“Haven”t met them”
2%
“Available in class”
66%
“They keep regular office hours”
29%
“They”re always available”
0%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
25%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
71%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
4%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
3%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
27%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
46%
“We only party on weekends”
24%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
12%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
58%
“There might be people who do”
29%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
1%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
1%
“We”re apathetic”
38%
“We know about current events and vote”
57%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
4%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
3%
“We save it for the classroom”
28%
“Sometimes, but not often”
53%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
16%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
3%
“I only go out in groups”
53%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
44%
“I feel extremely safe”
1%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
29%
“We bought the gear”
70%
“We live for the big game”
7%
“It”s not really our thing”
20%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
55%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
19%
“We”re a very artistic group”
3%
“Haven”t met them”
2%
“Available in class”
66%
“They keep regular office hours”
29%
“They”re always available”
0%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
25%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
71%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
4%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
3%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
27%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
46%
“We only party on weekends”
24%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
12%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
58%
“There might be people who do”
29%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
1%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    197 Students rated on-campus housing 3.6 stars. 18 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    167 Students rated off-campus housing 3.7 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    232 Students rated campus food 3.4 stars. 20 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    245 Students rated campus facilities 4.1 stars. 33 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    246 Students rated class size 4.1 stars. 37 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    244 Students rated school activities 3.9 stars. 32 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    247 Students rated local services 4 stars. 37 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    246 Students rated academics 4.2 stars. 41 % gave the school a 5.0.

New Mexico State University-Main Campus REVIEWS

What's your overall opinion of New Mexico State University-Main Campus?

99 Students rated New Mexico State University-Main Campus

Luis - 02/13/2024

NMSU is a good school with all the basic things you need, it's not very big or doesn't have any high buildings or many restaurants but you still have some stuff. I like my school and major because it's close to home but I do admit that the facilities are old and not the best. Las Cruces is a small town so there's not much to do but the good thing about this is that it is calm and quiet. If you are looking for a place that has all the basic needs and is calm with not many people this is a good school.

Yamilex - 10/02/2023

I believe that it is a good university. It definitely has opportunities for everyone. It is an uplifting and welcoming campus. There are some professors that let their students know of resources they can use to help them get through college. Information on events is always every where around you so that you do not miss anything. I do feel that it is a great school in the aspect that there is help, resources, and many opportunities.

Gerardo - 06/02/2023

really great school anyone can get involved in anything and no one really judges you just enjoy it live life these are the years youll never get back remember that or trust me youll regret it. and never let anyone decide a life choice unless its you making it live life enjoy.

Shotah - 08/15/2022

New Mexico State University is a vibrant school full of great opportunities for just about every type of person. The school feels safe and fun to be a part of and I would recommend this school to anyone that gets the chance to attend. NMSU has a great facility that is well kept and staff that will make you feel welcomed to be there.

New Mexico State University-Main Campus FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at New Mexico State University-Main Campus?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for New Mexico State University-Main Campus is 59%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself to focus on school rather than my social life. Senior year, I put my school work second in my life and I regret that. Next, I would say prepare to grow up; in college, no one cares about who you were in high school. I would also tell myself to spend as much time as possible with my family and close friends because you don't realize how important they are until you don't get to see them everyday. And lastly, although your parents are pushing you, it is only for your benefit and you will be thankful for it one day.

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  3. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    It is a very diverse university with many people who are more than happy to go out of their way to help.

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  4. Describe the students at your school.

    Motivated and intelligent individuals seeking a better education to make a great impact in the world.

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  5. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    School spirit. I feel like we students need to come and support their school more.

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  6. What's unique about your campus?

    The friendly people on campus.

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  7. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    I wish I knew what I really wanted to study because when I switched my major after 2 years it postponed finishing and now I have to pay for school out of my own pocket which brings me to, I wish I knew how expensive going to college would be.

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  8. What kind of person should attend this school?

    Nothing

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  9. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    They are best known for their engineering programs, their social work programs and every other academic programs.

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  10. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    It is in my home town

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  11. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    Any person that enjoys learning, volunteering, and being involved in school activities. Someone who really has their future planned out for them and wants to thrive and excel. A person that has pride in themselves.

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  12. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    The one thing that is frustrating is dealing with the education building staff sometimes.

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  13. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    The people are friendly, and there's always something amusing or entertaining to see on campus. My professors are all amazing, and helpful, and the classes are small enough I can get individual attention when I need it.

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  14. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    "alternative kids" or "ghetto/hip hop kids"

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  15. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    The best thing about New Mexico State University is the feeling of family on campus. In my experience, everyone is so friendly and helpful. It truly feels like one big happy family. This comes from the size of the student body; not too big, not too small, but just right. You will always see a familiar face in classes and walking around campus, but there is also unlimited opportunity to meet new people. The one thing I would change, however, is the parking situation. Unfortunately, there is limited student parking, but the parking passes are very cheap compared to other universities. The limited parking is definitely the largest complaint from the student body. When I tell people that I go to NMSU they assume I am not very bright and that I like to party, but I am changing this by high scholastic achievement and very limited partying. On campus, I spend most of my time in the Buisness Complex (because I am a business major), Corbett Center Student Union, and my sorority house. Las Cruces, home to NMSU, is very much a college town. This leads to a lot of campus news in the local newspaper, and a ton of student discounts around the community. Recently, we have had a couple of students pass away because of drug-related behaviors. It has definitely been a big deal on campus, and people are becoming more aware of the behaviors of their friends and roommates. There is a lot of Aggie Pride, just not centered around our sports teams. Our basketball team is great, as well as our volleyball team. Our football team is getting better, and the games are getting more and more exciting to attend. The one thing that I think sets NMSU apart from other schools is the sense of close knit community on campus. Also, the AMAZING food in the Las Cruces area. After graduating, these are the two things I will miss the most.

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  16. What are the academics like at your school?

    If it is a small class then the professors know your name. The professors with smaller classes like to do team work and are interesting in your performance throughout school.

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  17. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    Some of the most popular groups on campus are Greek Life, Wesley, Aggies for Christ, and FFA. I am involved in Greek Life and I love it. It has opened a lot of doors to leaderships on campus and academic success that I would not have found otherwise. The other, most important thing Greek Life has given me, is the opportunity to be philanthropically active. Not only for my own philanthropic cause, but for all of the other causes represented on campus. Students in the dorms do not tend to leave their doors open, but are very friendly with one another. Athletic events are growing in popularity as our athletic teams get better and better with each passing year. Guest speakers and theater events are not as popular, but are still highly attended by students and community members. The dating scene on campus is hard to describe. It seems like a very normal environment, where people meet people with similar interests and they go out for a movie or some ice cream. Every year we have Homecoming and big rivalry games that are very popular on campus. People at NMSU do party a lot. There is a very friendly environment that lends itself to a very social atmosphere that tends to lead to partying. If you are awake at 2am on a Tuesday, you are probably studying. Fraternities and Sororities are very visible on campus, although they do not represent a large portion of the student body. In Las Cruces, there is not much to do in terms of night life, but El Paso i just 30 minutes away and they have a lot of options. The movie theaters in Las Cruces are pretty much what people do if they are not drinking on a Saturday night. However, a lot of people go to clubs in El Paso to dance and choose not to drink so they can drive home afterward. Off campus there is a ton of excellent food, some shopping, hiking, and a lot of places to exercise.

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  18. What are your classes like?

    My classes have been both traditional and online. I have had classes held in lecture halls with 200 students to 50 students. I have also had classes in traditional classrooms with around 25 students. I have also had online classes, that allow you to work at your own pace. All of my classes begin with the professor providing a syllabus, or a structured outline of the course. This is the most helpful document you can have to be successful in any type of class. In traditional and lecture classes, there are normally 3-4 exams, and weekly homework or quizzes. Online classes tend to be less demanding on a weekly basis, but have larger projects that you work on for the duration of the semester with a couple of exams or quizzes along the way.

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  19. Why did you decide to go to this school?

    I was attracted to NMSU because they offered me a great scholarship- the lottery scholarship allows them to offer great financial aid to in-state students. That was about all that attracted me, to be honest, although I discovered that the programs for my majors (English and Theatre) are really good here, and that it's a very good place to become involved in extra-curriculars.

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  20. Where is the best place to get work done on campus?

    My favorite place for homework is the third floor of Zuhl Library. There is a designated "quiet zone" on that floor, and they have tables with individual cubicles. I personally have a hard time getting work done if there is any noise or people to distract me, so this area of the library is perfect for getting me focused.

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  21. What do students complain about most?

    Parking seems to be the number one complaint. Its kind of silly though. We only pay $48 for a year parking pass. Other schools charge students hundreds of dollars. We also have 2 free parking lots, thats where I park. It's any easy 20 min walk to get to my classes and since the weather is almost always nice it really is not a big deal.

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Student Body

Students

54%

female

46%

male

12,027

Total Undergrad Enrollment

2,825

Total Grad Students

21%

Out-Of-State

76%

In-State

3%

International

Organizations

251

Student Organizations

13

Fraternities

7

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

22%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
2%
% Asian/Pacific Islander
1%
% Black or African-American
3%
% Hispanic/Latino
56%
% White or Caucasian
28%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

95% of students attending New Mexico State University-Main Campus receive some sort of financial aid. 45% were awarded federal grants. While 33% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$19,652

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$1,298

Books and Supplies

$7,988

Room and Board

28,938

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$7,701
$30 - $48K
$8,803
$48 - $75K
$10,605
$75 - $110K
$13,448
$110K & UP
$13,483

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