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New Mexico State University, based in Las Cruces, is the state's land-grant institution, with more than 23,000 graduate and undergraduate students on the main campus and four branch campuses.
Facts About NMSU
New Mexico State University, which began in 1888 as an agricultural college and preparatory school, is a comprehensive institution dedicated to teaching, research, and service at the graduate and undergraduate level. It is the only land-grant institution that is also classified as Hispanic-serving by the federal government and ranked by the Carnegie Foundation in the top research category, Research-Extensive. The university is also home to the state's NASA Space Grant Program. With extension and research sites in every county, New Mexico State is developing distance-education capabilities to extend its reach to all the citizens of the state. It is located in the southern New Mexico city of Las Cruces, which has a population of about 75,000. The region features desert mesas, the farmlands of the Rio Grande Valley, and the Organ Mountains, an extension of the Rocky Mountain chain.
Total fall 2004 enrollment for NMSU main campus and branch campuses is 26,232. The main campus enrollment is 16,428, which includes 3,153 graduate students. Minority enrollment at the main campus is more than 49 percent (41.7 percent Hispanic, 2.9 percent American Indian, 2.7 percent African-American and 1.3 percent Asian-American).
Faculty and Staff
Regular faculty members on the main campus number 693. Eighty-one percent of the full-time faculty hold earned doctoral degrees. The faculty/student ratio is 1 to 19. The professional and classified staff total 3,113.
Bachelor's - 76
Master's - 51
Specialist in Education - 3
Doctoral - 22
Classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a Doctoral/Research University - Extensive, NMSU had research and public service expenditures exceeding $134 million in 2003-2004. The university anchors the southern end of New Mexico's Rio Grande Research Corridor.
NMSU-Alamogordo, NMSU-Carlsbad, NMSU-Grants, and NMSU-Doña Ana (two campuses located in Las Cruces). All offer two-year programs.
NMSU enters the Western Athletic Conference July 1, 2005. The university sponsors six intercollegiate sports for men and ten for women. Pan American Center seats 13,071. Aggie Memorial Stadium seats 30,343.
Arts and Recreation
The university offers a museum and art galleries, professional theater, music ensembles and symphony, visiting artists, national performers, professional road shows, PBS and NPR campus stations, an 18-hole golf course, a tennis center, swimming pools and an activity center.
New Mexico State University is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, Illinois 60602-2504. Telephone: (800) 621-7440.
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