New Mexico State University

New Mexico State University appears in these rankings:

50 Best Value Engineering Schools

5 Best Value Colleges and Universities in New Mexico

Before New Mexico was a state, Las Cruces College opened the doors of a two-room building in 1888, the dream of Hiram Hadley, a respected educator from Indiana. In 1889, the territorial legislation authorized the creation of an agricultural college and experiment station in or near Las Cruces. The new school would be a land-grant college under the Morrill Act and named New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts. Las Cruces College merged with the new land-grant institution, opening in 1890, with classes still meeting in the same two-room building while a bigger campus was built three miles south of Las Cruces.

The first graduation was planned for 1893, but the only senior, Sam Steel, was murdered before he could receive his diploma. McFie Hall, known as "Old Main," opened in 1891. The building burnt down in 1910 but its remains can still be seen in the center of Pride Field on the University Horseshoe.

In 1960, the school was renamed New Mexico State University to better represent the programs available at the university.

Today, New Mexico State University has more than 21,000 students enrolled. U.S. News & World Report has named the school a top tier university and the graduate programs as some of the best online. In 2015, the Carnegie Foundation gave the school a Community Engagement Classification, the only recipient in New Mexico. Forbes consistently ranks New Mexico State University as one of the country's top colleges.

New Mexico State University Accreditation Details

New Mexico State University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, which means students, parents and employers know that the education provided will prepare graduates to be leaders in their field of study. In addition, programs at the school may be accredited by specialized accreditations from industry-specific organizations and associations.

New Mexico State University Application Requirements

Students who have not earned college credits after high school graduation are considered freshmen. Students must complete the online application and submit official high school transcripts and may be required to submit SAT or ACT scores. Students who have earned college credit after high school graduation may be considered transfer students. They must submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. Graduate admissions vary depending on the program the student plans to enter. Students are encouraged to contact an admissions counselor before applying.

New Mexico State University Tuition and Financial Aid

Undergraduate tuition is $221.80 for residents and $244.00 for non-residents. Graduate tuition is $243.90 for residents and $268.30 for non-residents.

New Mexico State University understands that students sometimes need help paying for their college education. For this reason, they offer many financial aid options to help students achieve their higher education goals. The Financial Aid and Scholarship Service Office can help guide students through the financial aid process. Students may be eligible for scholarships, grants, loans or work-study programs. In order to receive any financial assistance, they must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

New Mexico State University Degree Program(s) Available

Civil Engineering Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering is designed to provide a broad background in civil engineering. The program is designed so that students may concentrate their studies during their senior year. Students may choose more than one concentration or may choose to intern in one of the fields of study. Graduates are prepared for professional engineering licensure and to become leaders in the field. Graduates will have sound technical competencies while also gaining an understanding of how to design and conduct experiments as well as to analyze and interpret the data. Courses required for the program include:

  • Calculus and Analytic Geometry I, II & III
  • Civil Engineering Materials
  • Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology or Anthropology electives
  • Electric Circuit Analysis
  • Engineering Economics and Construction Management
  • Engineering Physics I & II with laboratory
  • Environmental Engineering and Science with laboratory
  • Foundation Design
  • Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering
  • History, Philosophy, Literature, Art, Music, Dance or Theater electives
  • Hydraulic Engineering
  • Hydraulic Systems Design
  • Introduction to Civil Engineering
  • Introduction to Engineering
  • Introduction to Fluid Mechanics
  • Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations
  • Mechanics-Dynamics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanics-Statics
  • Plane Surveying
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Reinforced Concrete Design
  • Rhetoric and Composition
  • Soil Mechanics
  • Statistics for Engineers and Scientists I
  • Structural Analysis
  • Survey of Geology
  • Thermodynamics
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Viewing a Wider World Elective
  • Written Communication or Oral Communication Elective

Concentrations include:

  • Environmental
  • General
  • Geotechnical
  • Structural
  • Water Resources

Undergraduate students also have the opportunity to participate in the Bridge Inspection Program through the Undergraduate Cooperative Opportunity Program. During this program, students spend six months performing bridge inspections with a licensed engineer. In addition, the Samuel P. Maggard Quality Concrete School within the School of Engineering offers workshops and lectures throughout the year.

Master of Science in Civil Engineering

The Master of Science in Civil Engineering program at New Mexico State University provides students with professional training in the industry. The university has 15 teaching and research laboratories with an energetic and highly-motivated faculty. Students must have an undergraduate degree in engineering and they may choose either the thesis or non-thesis option. Courses required include:

  • Advanced Soil Mechanics
  • Deep Foundations
  • Foundation Design
  • Reinforced Concrete Design
  • Slope Stability Analysis and Design
  • Soil Mechanics
  • Survey of Geology

Students must also choose six credits from the first group, six from the second group and three form the third of the following courses:

Group One:

  • Advanced Pavement Analysis
  • Design of Earth Dams
  • Ground Water Hydrology

Group Two:

  • Advanced Pavement Analysis
  • Finite Element Methods
  • Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering
  • Pavement Analysis and Design
  • Plasticity Theory

Group Three:

  • Advanced Concrete Design
  • Advances in Concrete Technology
  • Special Topics
  • Statistical Inference I

New Mexico State University has been providing programs that demonstrate excellence in education for over 100 years. The school helps many individuals advance in a current career or move into a new career. New Mexico State University also participates in the New Mexico Alliance for Minority Participation with a focus to increase the number of minority students completing undergraduate degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs.