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New Mexico State University-Main Campus – Tuition & Success Analysis

Las Cruces, NM

New Mexico State University-Main Campus – Snapshot


Four-Year Public University

Undergraduate Enrollment: 11,421

Average annual cost of attendance: $9,571

(National Median: $15,523)

Median student debt for loan recipients: $17,000

Campus Setting: Midsize Suburb

Religious Affiliation: None

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New Mexico State University-Main Campus Tuition based on Family Income


For a family income of $0 to $30,000 the average cost is $7,701

For a family income of $30,001 to $48,000 the average cost is $8,803

For a family income of $48,001 to $75,000  the average cost is $10,605

For a family income of $75,001 to $110,000  the average cost is $13,448

For a family income above $110,000 the average cost is $13,483


The “average cost” shown here is a NET cost and reflects the tuition cost after financial aid is taken into account, as reported by New Mexico State University-Main Campus. This average is based on the students who receive grant or scholarship aid. In-state tuition is used for public schools.

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New Mexico State University-Main Campus Graduate Success


Graduation rate: 44%

(National Median: 49%)

Students returning after first year: 73%

(National Median: 68%)

Median annual earnings (10 years after first attending): $34,600

(National Median: $33,028. The salary data measures salaries of students who received federal student aid. The Salary data does not break down earnings or graduation rates by major, or by state—an important consideration, since salaries can vary widely depending on geographical region. )

Percentage earning above a high school graduate (6 years after first enrolled): 49%

New Mexico State University-Main Campus Admissions

New Mexico State University-Main Campus Acceptance Rate: 60%


Half of the recent accepted students had test scores in the range of:

SAT Math: 420 to 540

SAT Critical Reading: 400 to 530

SAT Writing: 400 to 520

ACT English: 16 to 24

ACT Math: 17 to 24

ACT Writing: 6 to 8

Twenty-five percent of students accepted to New Mexico State University-Main Campus actually performed better than the range reported above.  Another twenty-five percent had scores below the reported range.

New Mexico State University-Main Campus Student Debt


Percentage of students awarded Pell Grants: 41%

Percentage of students receiving federal student loans: 38%

Typical student debt: $17,000

Typical monthly loan payment: $181

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Majors at New Mexico State University-Main Campus


These are the most popular areas of study offered at New Mexico State University-Main Campus:

  • Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences – 5%
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences – 4%
  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services – 17%
  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs – 2%
  • Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services – 1%
  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services – 3%
  • Education – 7%
  • Engineering – 11%
  • Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields – 2%
  • English Language and Literature/Letters – 3%
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences – 2%
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics – 2%
  • Health Professions and Related Programs – 7%
  • History – 1%
  • Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services – 7%
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities – 6%
  • Natural Resources and Conservation – 1%
  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies – 2%
  • Physical Sciences – 1%
  • Psychology – 4%
  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions – 2%
  • Social Sciences – 5%
  • Visual and Performing Arts – 4%

For more information about the various majors at New Mexico State University-Main Campus, visit their website.

New Mexico State University-Main Campus Diversity


Overall Composition at New Mexico State University-Main Campus

Percentage of Undergraduate Students who attend New Mexico State University-Main Campus full time:  86%

Percentage of Undergraduate Students who attend New Mexico State University-Main Campus part time:  14%

Percentage of Undergraduate Students who are twenty-five years old, or older at New Mexico State University-Main Campus:  22%

Racial Diversity Composition

American Indian/Alaska Native: 2%

Asian: 1%

Black: 3%

Hispanic: 56%

Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0%

Non-resident alien: 5%

Two or more races: 2%

Unknown: 2%

White: 28%

New Mexico State University-Main Campus Success Ratios

TUN ratios to help compare schools


Earnings to Debt Ratio: 2.0

The median earnings 10 years after start of attending school divided by the median federal debt of borrowers who graduated. TUN found an average of 2.5 based on data of 3,210 schools.

Earnings to Tuition Ratio: 3.6

The median earnings 10 years after start of attending school divided by the average annual cost of attendance that financial aid recipients incurred.  TUN found an average of 3.0 based on data of 3,337 schools.

Monthly Liquidity Ratio: 15.9

The median monthly gross earnings 10 years after start of attending school divided by the median monthly debt payment that borrowers who graduated experience with a 10-year repayment schedule. TUN found an average of 19.3 based on data of 3,210 schools.