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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 | 14,296
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home (B)
Term Dates
Fall | 08/19-12/11
Spring | 01/20-05/14

Campus Diversity

White | 27%
Black | 2%
Hispanic/Latino | 58%
Asian | 2%
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, education 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.

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
  • Agricultural Biology
  • Agricultural Business
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agricultural Education
  • Agricultural Journalism
  • Agricultural Technology Management
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Animal Sciences
  • Anthropology
  • 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
  • Civil Engineering
  • Coaching
  • Communication
  • Communication Disorders
  • Community Health
  • Computer Graphics
  • Counseling
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminal Justice
  • Dance
  • Digital Arts
  • Drawing
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • English
  • Entomology
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Fashion/Retail Merchandising
  • Finance/Banking
  • Fine Art
  • Food Science
  • Forensic Science
  • Forestry
  • French
  • Geography
  • Geological Engineering
  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • German
  • Gerontology
  • Government
  • Graphic Design
  • Health Services/Hospital Administration and Management
  • History
  • Human Resource Management
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Information Technology
  • International Business
  • International Relations
  • Jewelry and Metalsmithing
  • Journalism
  • Kinesiology
  • Latin American Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Marketing
  • Mass Communication
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Microbiology
  • Military Sciences
  • Molecular Biology
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Native American/American Indian Studies
  • Nutrition
  • Painting
  • Performance and Directing
  • Philosophy
  • Photography
  • Physics
  • Plant Pathology
  • Political Science
  • Portuguese
  • Printmaking
  • Psychology
  • Public Relations
  • Range Management/Resources
  • Religious Studies/Theology
  • Russian
  • Sculpture
  • Sociology
  • Soil Science
  • Speech Pathology and Audiology
  • Statistics
  • Studio Art
  • Theater Arts/Drama/Acting
  • Tourism Management
  • Water Management
  • Wildlife Biology
  • Wildlife Management
  • Zoology


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
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 520.00 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 Plan B

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 08/14/20.

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

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

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 08/14/20

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • 20% living on campus
  • Double: $2650
  • 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
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 Per Semester

  • 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.

Health Ins.

Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 08/14/20.

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

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