3. Eastern New Mexico University, Portales
ENMU is also a Hispanic-Serving Institution and a member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities. There are around 5,946 students on campus coming from 48 states and 31 countries. 41% are male, and 59% are female. The student population is made up of 4.5% African American, 2.2% American Indian, 1.1% Asian, 32.5% Hispanic, 45.1% Caucasian, 2% Nonresident Alien, and 9.7% unknown.
Students can choose from more than 60 associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees. ENMU also brags that it is in the top 10% of eighty-one public Southwestern institutions offering the lowest tuition.
ENMU offers students a healthy life outside the classroom as well through numerous organizations, leadership opportunities, Greek Life and sports and recreation. The school slogan is “Student Success – that’s what it’s all about!” Who would not be drawn to at least explore a university that openly states student success is a priority.
Annual cost to Attend* – $12,270
Average debt at graduation – $18,384
2. New Mexico State University, Las Cruces
New Mexico State is a land-grant institution focused on teaching, research, and public service. The campus of 15,000 students from 49 states and 89 countries is on 900 acres in Las Cruces. Las Cruces has a population of about 200,000.
NMSU is noted in several publications for being a top performer overall and particularly noted for the Business School.
It is the First Honors College in New Mexico and has 5 campuses, a satellite learning center in Albuquerque, cooperative extension offices in each of New Mexico’s 33 counties, 12 agriculture research and science centers, is classified through the US Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is a member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities.
The university also offers Division I-A athletics, museums and art galleries. It is the second-largest four-year university and is the oldest higher education institution in the state. Students can attain associate, bachelor, masters and doctoral degrees at its three main campuses and four community colleges.
You can play golf on the school golf course, be part of the student-run newspaper, two radio stations or have a hands-on role at the PBS TV station, to name a few of the 200 plus activities on campus. There is also a Greek system if you are interested. Everyone wears crimson on Friday to show school spirit.
The student population is made up of about 46% male and 53.9% female, 49.7% Hispanic, 30.9% White, 1.3% Asian, 2% American Indian/Alaskan, 3% Black, 2.9% unknown, and 8.3% Nonresident Alien.
Not sold yet? Well, it is a NASA Space Grant College. You can major in aerospace engineering or animation or Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management and become the next Jon Taffer. That sounds interesting. The campus is attractive and begs for a visit. Better start shopping for crimson.
Annual cost to attend* – $15,913
Average debt at graduation – $19,972
1. New Mexico Institute of Mining Technology, Socorro
My number one pick is New Mexico Institute of Mining Technology or New Mexico Tech. The curriculum specializes in science and engineering, there are over 30 bachelor of science degrees in technology sciences, engineering, management, and technical communications, but New Mexico Tech offers 153 degrees ranging from associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and postgraduate degrees in several disciplines.
2014 was a big year for this institution as it was listed at #8 in USA Today’s top 10 engineering programs nationally, #2 for Best Value Colleges in U.S. News and a #3 Top Public School/Regional Universities (West).
The campus of 2100 students is about one hour south of Albuquerque in the city of Socorro, population 8,906, where there are 300 days of sun. Maybe that’s why they have an 18 hole championship golf course.
There is plenty to do on campus with 44 clubs and organization and intramural sports. You can also enjoy numerous outdoor activities in the Rio Grande Valley. The campus split is 68% male and 32% female. The ethnic makeup is 32.3% Hispanic, 4.1% American Indian, 2.7% Asian, 0.6% Black, 50% White, 2.7% Nonresident Alien, 2.1% unknown, and 5.3% students with more than one race.
So why is this school my number one pick? It was a tough choice, but this school offers a great technical education mixed with liberal arts and all for a super price. It is a school that emphasizes finding solutions through education, which requires graduates and undergraduates to be involved with research and practical application. And it’s located in an area that is sunny with lots of beautiful New Mexico to explore. Can’t beat that!
Annual cost to attend* – $15,633
Average debt at graduation – $19,584
Good for you, New Mexico. You are obviously working hard to stay in step with the needs of your students and your communities. It is wonderful to see that commitment to education and humanity.
*Cost to attend is an estimate based on tuition, room and board, books and other fees unless otherwise noted.
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