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New Mexico State University

Las Cruces, New Mexico

New Mexico State University is deeply rooted in the tricultural tradition of the Southwest. Situated at the gateway to Mexico, the university's 6,250-acre campus is among the largest in the world. Six undergraduate colleges offer 86 areas of study, while the Graduate School offers 48 areas of study on the master's level, 4 on the Specialist in Education level, and 245 on the doctoral level.

The university has one of only three full-time planetary observatories in the nation, as well as one of the largest computer centers in the Southwest. New Mexico State ranks in the top two percent of institutions in the nation for providing personal computers for students. It is ranked by the Carnegie Foundation as a level one research institution with research contracts totaling over $300 million. New Mexico State is the only member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities with a Carnegie designation.

Specialized research facilities include the Agricultural Research Station, the Arts & Sciences Research Center, the Astrophysics Research Consortium, the Border Research Institute, the Center for Latin American Studies, the Consortium for International Development, and the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute.

The Plant Genetic Engineering Laboratory for Desert Adaptation is conducting high-technology research designed to improve crop and agricultural opportunities. The New Mexico Regional Primate Research Laboratory maintains the largest captive colony of chimpanzees in the world and conducts research in toxicology, metabolism, pharmacology, pathology, reproduction, breeding, virology, and immunology.

Minorities account for 35% of the population, with Hispanics making up 28% of the total. Coed and female residence halls, on-campus married apartment and other housing options are available. Overview

Type of school: Public institution
Year founded: 1888
Affiliation: None
Academic calendar: Semester
Undergraduate student body: 13,210
Environment: Urban
Endowment: $72,056,375
Admissions Address

Box 30001, MSC 3004
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001



Admissions E-mail



Selectivity: Selective
Average high school GPA: 3.4
Send application by: August 28
Admissions Contact Information
Admissions director: Tyler Pruett
Admissions office telephone: (505) 646-3121
Fall 2008 Admissions Deadlines Regular decision
Send application by: August 28
Decision sent by: Accept offer by: No set date
Early decision
Not offered
Early action
Not offered Application fee: $20
Is the fee refundable? No
Can fee be waived for students with financial need? No
Does school have a waiting list? No
Can admission be deferred? Yes
Accepted application formats:
Applications on floppy disks: No
Applications via E-mail: Yes
Electronic application:
http://www.nmsu.edu/~admision/admit-form.html Tuition deposit: None
Room deposit: $100 (Nonrefundable)
Admissions Requirements
High school completion requirement: High school diploma is required and GED is accepted
General college-preparatory program: Required
Distribution of high school units required and/or recommended*
  Units Required Units Recommended
English 4 N/A
Mathematics 3 N/A
Science 2 N/A
Lab 2 N/A
Foreign language 1 N/A
Social studies N/A N/A
History N/A N/A
Academic electives N/A N/A
Total academic units 10 N/A

*One unit equals one year of study or its equivalent.
Campus visit: Recommended
Admissions interview: Neither required nor recommended
Off-campus interview: May be arranged
Does the college use SAT or ACT scores in admissions decisions for first-time, first-year applicants? Yes
SAT/ACT requirements: Either SAT or ACT required.
SAT/ACT scores must be received by: N/A
Tests accepted for Fall 2008 entering class: ACT with writing, ACT without writing
SAT Subject Test scores must be received by: N/A
Open admission policy? No
What is the relative importance of specific academic factors in admission decisions?
Rigor of secondary school record: Very important
Class rank: Not considered
Academic GPA: Very important
Standardized test scores: Very important
Application essay: Not considered
Recommendation: Not considered
What is the relative importance of specific nonacademic factors in admission decisions?
Interview: Not considered
Extracurricular activities: Not considered
Talent/ability: Not considered
Character/personal qualities: Not considered
First generation: Important
Alumni/ae relation: Not considered
Geographical residence: Not considered
State residency: Not considered
Religious affiliation/commitment: Not considered
Racial/ethnic status: Not considered
Volunteer work: Not considered
Work experience: Not considered
Level of applicant's interest: Very important
2006-2007 Admissions Statistics
Selectivity: Selective
Overall acceptance rate: 87%
Early-decision acceptance rate: N/A
Early-action acceptance rate: N/A
Acceptance rate (excluding early-action and early-decision students): 87%
Total applicants: 5,434
Total acceptances: 4,735
Total freshman enrollment: 1,946
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision: N/A
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision is not available for graphing.

Male applicants: 2,411
Male acceptances: 2,073
Male freshman enrollment: 943
Female applicants: 3,023
Female acceptances: 2,662
Female freshman enrollment: 1,003
Out-of-state freshmen: 15%
Qualified applicants offered a place on waiting list: N/A
Applicants accepting a place on waiting list: N/A
Students enrolled from waiting list: N/A

 2006-2007 Freshman Class Profile
Top 10 percent of high school class: 17%
Top 25 percent of high school class: 44%
Top 50 percent of high school class: 76%
First-year students submitting high school class standing: 71%
Average high school GPA: 3.4
First-year students submitting GPA: 99%
First-year students submitting SAT scores: 21%
SAT scores (25/75 percentile):
Critical Reading: N/A
Math: 430 – 570
Combined: –

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  SAT Critical Reading SAT Math
700-800 N/A 2.0%
600-699 N/A 16.0%
500-599 N/A 30.0%
400-499 N/A 37.0%
300-399 N/A 13.0%
200-299 N/A 2.0%

First-year students submitting ACT scores: 97%
ACT scores (25/75 percentile):
English: 16 – 23
Math: 16 – 23
Composite: 17 – 23

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  ACT Composite ACT English ACT Math
30-36 2.0% 4.0% 2.0%
24-29 22.0% 22.0% 20.0%
18-23 50.0% 41.0% 42.0%
12-17 25.0% 29.0% 35.0%
6-11 1.0% 4.0% 1.0%
Below 6 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%


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