Parents of Students

    • Be prepared to handle tuition and college costs by saving early.

    • Help your child find more information on the careers they are interested in.

    • Research the majors to find out more about our ETSE programs.

    • Begin reviewing the advising and contact someone for free information and help.

    • As soon as possible, create your FAFSA ID. Help your child complete and submit their Financial Aid application through FAFSA. Use NMSU’s FAFSA Code, 002657, and fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to see if they qualify.
      Start Your FAFSA

    • Use NMSU’s Net Price Calculator can help you determine scholarship eligibility, and federal and state aid eligibility.
       Net Price Calculator

    • Learn the differences between grants, loans, workstudy, and scholarships:
      Different Types of Aid
      • Grants – financial aid that doesn’t have to be repaid (unless, for example, you withdraw from school and owe a refund)
      • Scholarships – award of financial aid for a student to further their education, awarded based upon various criteria
      • Work-Study – a work program through which you earn money to help you pay for school
      • Loans – borrowed money for college or career school; you must repay your loans, with interest

    • Learn about the SAT/ACT exams for college admission. ACT requirement is 21.

    • Attend some of our college fairs with your child, but don’t take over the conversation with the college representatives. Just listen; let your child do the talking.


General Information

Be Bold. Shape the Future – New Mexico State University sits on a 900-acre campus and enrolls more than 15,000 students from 49 states and 89 foreign countries. NMSU is a NASA Space Grant College and is home to the very first Honors College in New Mexico. A Hispanic-serving institution, NMSU serves a multi-cultural population of students and community members across the state at five campuses, a satellite learning center in Albuquerque, cooperative extension offices located in each of New Mexico’s 33 counties, and 12 agriculture research and science centers. Plus, distance education programs give students maximum flexibility.

  • Excellence in Teaching – Our dedicated professors provide the resources our students need to achieve their best and meet their academic and personal goals. Inside and outside of the classroom, NMSU’s professors actively engage with undergraduate and graduate students, offering individual attention in a learning-centered environment.
  • Celebrating Diversity – NMSU is classified as a Hispanic-serving institution by the U.S. Department of Education and is a member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities. Our student population on the Las Cruces campus is 45 percent Hispanic; other minorities that make up the student body include American Indians, Asians and African-Americans. Historically, NMSU has supported minorities in their academic goals–in fact, we admitted an African-American woman in 1928, well ahead of most other institutions of higher education. 
  • NMSU ranked first in the country for federal obligations for science and engineering activities for minority-serving institutions according to a report from the National Science Foundation’s National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics in 2017. 
  • Admissions – Learn about New Mexico State University, request information and invitations to events, or take a virtual
  • Student Accessibility Services – New Mexico State University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified NMSU students in accordance with state and federal laws. Student Accessibility Services at New Mexico State University offers a variety of services to students with documented physical, learning, or psychological disabilities. 
  • NMSU Police Department – The NMSU Police Department strives to provide an environment free of crime to enhance the educational process at the university.  The members of the Department are committed to the protection of the lives, rights, and property of all citizens; the vigorous apprehension of criminals; the creation of new and innovative programs; and effective dialogue with the members of the public.