By: Luigi Finston
New Mexico State may not be as large in population, or be a household name such as schools like Ohio State, UCLA, or ASU, but when it comes to getting your money’s worth for an education, NMSU ranks right next to them. NMSU, known for its cheaper tuition compared to other schools in the surrounding areas, has found its niche as a formidable alternative. Some of the degrees that have a large student population enrolled in them include Journalism, Nursing, Engineering, Education, Criminal Justice, Agriculture, and Health & Social Services.
According to a U.S. News Education report, NMSU’s in-state tuition and fees are $6,729, as of the 2015-16 school year, and its out-of-state tuition and fees are $21,234 in that same span. Room and board estimates total about $7,572. A full time in-state student attending NMSU will be paying approximately $4,088 per year while a full time out of state student will be paying around $14,254 per year. At NMSU, about 66% of undergraduates receive some kind of financial aid. The average need based scholarship or grant award is $6,576.
NMSU has been recognized as a “top-tier university” in the latest Best College Rankings by U.S. News & World Report. It is the third time in four years that NMSU has held this distinction. Eleven of NMSU’s programs have been recognized as a part of the top 150 programs in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools- 2017. These rankings are based factors such as assessment of excellence, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance and alumni giving.
One thing that makes NMSU so unique is its diversity. Being so close to the border with Mexico and with the city of El Paso, only 30-45 minutes away, opens to door to a large population of Hispanic and Latino students at NMSU. NMSU was also recognized by The Hispanic Outlook for Higher Education, essentially suggesting the University for prospective Hispanic students in the United States. In the Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education’s Top 100 Colleges and Universities, NMSU ranks 24th in total bachelor’s degrees granted and 22nd in graduate student enrollment, making the School a leading university for awarding degrees to Hispanic students.
Additionally, NMSU ranks seventh in bachelor’s degrees in education, 25th in engineering and 28th in business management, marketing and supporting services, evidently, for minorities, the School provides a solid education, and opportunities, at a cheaper price.
Undergraduates can choose from a variety of nearly 90 bachelor’s degrees, and graduate students can pursue more than 50 master’s programs. Some of the Master’s programs offered include those in the Colleges of Business, Engineering and Education. NMSU also offers freshmen who are eligible for honors programs to take specialized classes called “Journeys of Discovery.”
New Mexico State University also a number of student services such as tutoring, a women’s center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. NMSU also offers campus safety and security services. These include things such as 24-hour patrols, late night transport and escort service, lighted pathways and sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access, which is only accessible with key or a swipe card.
The University has undoubtedly set up students for successful tenures while attending school, not only academically, but even socially as well. These rankings inly further backend the point that NMSU is continuing to make strides for its students, both inside and out of the classroom, while also keeping costs down for their most valued customers.