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New Mexico State University
Undergraduate Catalog
2013-2014

GENERAL INFORMATION

THE UNIVERSITY

New Mexico State University (NMSU) is the state's land–grant university, serving the educational needs of New Mexico's diverse population through comprehensive programs of education, research, extension education, and public service. NMSU was founded in 1888 as Las Cruces College and later renamed New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts. In 1960, the constitution of New Mexico formally recognized the institution as NMSU. Throughout its history, the university has preserved many of the traditions of its land–grant origin while also increasing emphasis on the fine arts, humanities, social and natural sciences. Today, NMSU is a major institution of higher education.