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New Mexico State University

Las Cruces, NM

About This Campus

New Mexico State University is a land-grant institution, a NASA Space Grant College, a Hispanic-serving institution and is home to the only Honors College in New Mexico. NMSU ranks in the top 100 institutions in the country in terms of Federal Research Expenditures. The faculty to student ratio is 1:19. Las Cruces, a town of 102,000, is located in southern New Mexico where the sun shines practically every day. Opportunities for mountain climbing, backpacking, hunting, desert exploring, and fossil hunting abound. For day trips, within a three hours driving distance, you can choose between the native beauty of White Sands National Monument, the ski slopes in Ruidoso, or cave exploring in the Carlsbad Caverns. Annual events throughout the region include the Whole Enchilada Festival, the Hatch Chili Festival, the International Hot Air balloon Festival (first two weekends of October), and the Southern New Mexico State Fair.

Location Information

NMSU is at the foot of the Organ Mountains and along the banks of the Rio Grande. Las Cruces is 225 miles south of Albuquerque, NM, 275 miles east of Tucson, AZ an 42 miles west of El Paso, TX.

2020/2021 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

2021/2022 Placement

Home Payment (B)

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

Location | Las Cruces
Population | 102,000
Enrollment | 14,289
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | N/A
Term Dates
Fall | 08/21-12/13
Spring | 01/22-05/15

Campus Diversity

White | 28%
Black | 3%
Hispanic/Latino | 57%
Asian | 1%
Native/1st Nation | 2%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 1%
Two or more | 2%
Other | 6%


-- Campus Catalog --

Registration Priority
  • After campus students
Closed Programs
Nursing, social work, and education

Classes in community health and environmental and occupational health require permission. Professional Golf Management and some courses in Art may have limited enrollment.

Unique Academic Programs

  • Aerospace Engineering - Among institutions of higher education in New Mexico, NMSU is the only one to offer.
  • Engineering Physics - Among institutions of higher education in New Mexico, NMSU is the only one to offer.
  • Engineering Technology - Among institutions of higher education in New Mexico, NMSU is the only one to offer.
  • Industrial Engineering Technology - Among institutions of higher education in New Mexico, NMSU is the only one to offer.
  • Pro-Golf Management - Among institutions of higher education in New Mexico, NMSU is the only one to offer.

Honors Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students
Aerospace Sciences: Aerospace Studies

Agriculture: Agricultural Biology, Agricultural Business, Agricultural Chemical Sales, Agricultural Communications, Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Education, Agricultural Journalism, Agricultural Sciences, Agricultural Technology Management, Agriculture Biology, Agronomy, Animal Sciences, Golf Course Management, Horse Management, Livestock Production, Pest Management, Plant Genetics, Plant Pathology, Soil Science, Water Management

Anthropology: Anthropology

Area Studies: Art Studies, Chicano/Mexican American Studies, Latin American Studies, Native American Studies, U.S. - Mexico Border Health Issues

Art/Design/Fine Art: Art, Art History, Ceramic Art/Ceramics, Computer Graphics, Digital Arts, Drawing, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Jewelry and Metalsmithing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Studio Art

Athletics: Athletic Training, Coaching

Biological Sciences: Biology/Life Science, Botany/Plant Sciences, Entomology, Human Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Wildlife Biology, Zoology

Business: Accounting, Business, Business Administration, Business Education, Entrepreneurship, Finance/Banking, Human Resource Management, International Business, Management, Marketing, Marketing, Retailing and Merchandising, Pro-Golf Management, Public Relations, Secretarial Administration/Science, Transportation Management

Chemistry: Biochemistry, Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry

Communications: Communication, Journalism, Mass Communication

Consumer and Family Studies: Child Consumer and Family Studies, Consumer Sciences/Services, Family Science/Services, Home Economics

Criminal Justice: Criminal Justice, Forensic Science

Earth Sciences: Astronomy, Geology

Economics: Economics

Education: Home Economics, Physical Education

Engineering: Agricultural Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Geological Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Survey Engineering

English: Creative Writing, English, Linguistics

Environmental Studies: Conservation, Conservation Biology, Environmental Biology, Environmental Geology, Environmental Management, Environmental Sciences, Fisheries Science, Natural Resources/Science/Management, Range Management/Resources, Wildlife Biology/Science, Wildlife Management

Fashion: Apparel/Fashion Merchandising, Textiles and Clothing

Food Science: Food Science, Food Services Management, Nutrition

Forestry: Forestry

General Studies: Individualized Degree Program, Interdisciplinary Studies

Geography and Urban Studies: City Planning, Community Development, Geography, Surveying

Geology: Geology

Health and Safety Sciences: Community Health, Environmental Health, Gerontology, Health Services Administration, Health Services/Hospital Administration and Management, Kinesiology

History: History

Hospitality and Tourism: Hotel/Restaurant Management, Hotel/Travel Administration, Tourism Management

Information Studies: Computer Programming, Computer Science, Information Science, Information Services, Information Systems

International Studies: International Relations, International Studies

Languages: French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Mathematics: Applied Mathematics, Mathematics, Statistics

Military Sciences: Air Force ROTC, Army ROTC, Military Sciences

Performing Arts: Dance, Music, Music Education, Music Performance, Music Theory and Composition, Theater Arts/Drama

Philosophy/Religious Studies: Philosophy, Religious Studies

Physics: Applied Physics, Energy Studies, Geophysics, Physics

Political Science: Government, International Affairs/Relations, Political Science, Public Administration/Affairs

Psychology: Counseling, Psychology

Recreation: Commercial Recreation Management, CommunityRecreation Management, Professional Golf Management

Sociology/Social Work: Sociology, Womens Studies

Speech Pathology and Audiology: Communication Disorders, Speech Pathology and Audiology

Technology: Civil Engineering Technology, Computer Engineering Technology, Computer Technology, Construction Technology, Electronics Engineering Technology, Engineering Technology, Information Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Radiologic Technology

Theater: Performance and Directing


Quick Links GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • No students accepted from NSE members within my own state
  • 2.5 GPA
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will not accept

Tuition / Fees

-- Campus Budget --
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment (Plan B) Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment (Plan B) students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Home Payment (Plan B): 18
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 07/01/19.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Application Fee $20 Year Plan B Mandatory
Housing Deposit $250 Year Plan B Mandatory
Parking Fee $60 Year Plan B Mandatory
Programming applied to campus residents Fee $14 Year Plan B Mandatory

Financial Aid

Home Payment (Plan B)
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 07/01/19

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • 20% living on campus
  • Double: $2600
  • Full-year contract required for a full-year exchange
  • On campus living encouraged
Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $700
  • Proximity to campus: 3
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Meal Plans Per Semester
  • Meal purchase is not required for on campus living.
  • $1900 declining balance plan.

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.
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