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New Mexico State University

Las Cruces, NM



  1. NMSU is a NASA Space-Grant College and is home to the very first Honors College

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 Hatch Chili Festival 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.

Helpful Information

NMSU welcomes all students on Home Payment to consider NMSU as your NSE Exchange program of choice! On-campus housing is available to all students!

2021/2022 Placement

Home Payment

2022/2023 Placement

Home Payment

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

Location | Las Cruces
Population | 102,000
Enrollment | 14,296
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home Payment
Term Dates
Fall | 08/18-12/10
Spring | 01/12-05/06

Campus Diversity

1st Nation/Native | 2%
Asian | 2%
Black | 2%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 1%
Hispanic/Latino | 58%
Two or more | 2%
White | 27%
Other | 6%
International | 0%


  • Campus Catalog
  • Priority: After campus students
  • Syllabus Request for Course Pre-Approval: Contact Host Coordinator for assistance
Closed Programs
Nursing, social work, and CMI (film studies)

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

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.

Honors Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

  • Accounting
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Agricultural Biology
  • Agricultural Business
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agricultural Education
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Animal Sciences
  • Anthropology
  • Apparel/Fashion Design
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Physics
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Artificial Intelligence and Robotics
  • Astronomy
  • Athletic Training
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Life Science
  • Botany/Plant Sciences
  • Business Administration
  • Business Education
  • Business Management
  • Ceramic Art/Ceramics
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Choral Music
  • Civil Engineering
  • Coaching
  • Communication
  • Communication Disorders
  • Communication Studies
  • Community Health
  • Computer and Information Science
  • Computer Graphics
  • Counseling
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminal Justice
  • Dance
  • Digital Arts
  • Drawing
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • English
  • Entomology
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Family Consumer Science
  • Fashion/Retail Merchandising
  • Finance/Banking
  • Fine Art
  • Food Science
  • Forensic Science
  • Forestry
  • French
  • Geography
  • Geological Engineering
  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • German
  • Gerontology
  • Government
  • History
  • Horticulture
  • Hospitality Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Information Technology
  • International Business
  • International Relations
  • Japanese
  • Jewelry and Metalsmithing
  • Journalism
  • Kinesiology
  • Latin American Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Literature
  • Marketing
  • Mass Communication
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Microbiology
  • Military Sciences
  • Molecular Biology
  • Music
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Native American/American Indian Studies
  • Nutrition
  • Painting
  • Philosophy
  • Photography
  • Physics
  • Plant Pathology
  • Political Science
  • Portuguese
  • Printmaking
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Public Relations
  • Range Management/Resources
  • Sculpture
  • Sociology
  • Soil Science
  • Spanish
  • Speech Pathology and Audiology
  • Statistics
  • Studio Art
  • Theater Arts/Drama/Acting
  • Tourism Management
  • Water Management
  • Wildlife Biology
  • Wildlife Management
  • Women and Gender Studies
  • Zoology


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
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of N/A paper, N/A computer or 68.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6.00
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept on Home Pay

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 05/21/21

  • Campus Budget
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment 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 students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Home Payment: 18

Financial Aid - Home Payment
For eligible Home Payment students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Financial Aid - Canada
Regardless of Payment Plan, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.

Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
NSE Program Fee $200 Year Home Mandatory
Housing Deposit $200 Year Home Optional
Parking Fee $60 Year Home Mandatory
Programming applied to campus residents Fee $14 Year Home Mandatory
Housing Application Fee $50 Year Home Mandatory
Meal Plan Application Fee $15 Year Home Mandatory

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 05/21/21

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • On-Campus Housing
  • 20% living on campus
  • Double: $2729
  • Full-year contract required for a full-year exchange
  • On campus living encouraged
Off-Campus Housing
  • Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $700
  • Proximity to campus: 3
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Notes About Housing
NSE students are only eligible for the On-Campus Apartment Communities. If the student is applying for Fall semester only, then a year contract is required, however, the contract can be cancelled with a memo from the NSE coordinator at the end of the Fall semester.

Meal Plans

  • Campus Meal Plans
  • Meal purchase is not required for on campus living.
  • $2070 declining balance plan.
Notes About Meal Plans
The cost above reflects an unlimited meal plan. There are multiple meal plan options available that range in price from $400 - $2070 per semester.


Figures per Semester are current as of 05/21/21

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $650 per semester.


    Other Health Related Comments
    International Students are required to take a TB Test or provide TB Test results during the orientation period. All students must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or undergo weekly testing for COVID-19.

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