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New Mexico State University-Alamogordo (NMSU-A) is a two-year community college that provides traditional university-credited educational programs, occupational/technical programs, and personal enrichment courses. The school was established in 1958 with a total enrollment of 278 students with the purpose of providing post secondary education to the military and civilian personnel of Holloman Air Force Base. The first classes were held at night in the Alamogordo High School. Currently the school has an enrollment of over 3,600 students.

New Mexico State University-Alamogordo is located on the foothills of the Sacramento Mountains overlooking the Alamogordo city and the Tularosa Basin. The school primarily caters to the south central New Mexico region. The New Mexico State University-Alamogordo is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Nursing program offered at the school is accredited by the National League of Nursing.


New Mexico State University-Alamogordo offers degree and certificate programs to the students. The degree programs offered at the college include Associate degree programs for students who want to transfer to a four-year university or college to complete a baccalaureate degree. The areas of study for the Associate degree programs include Arts, Criminal Justice, Education, Science, Prebusiness, Nursing, and Social Services.

The school also offers the Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree programs for students who want to take up a profession directly after completing their course. Students opting for the Associate of Applied Science degree program can major in areas such as 3D Computer Animation, Biomedical Electronics Technology, Electronics Technology, and Graphic Design.

New Mexico State University-Alamogordo also offers various career-centric certificate programs in areas such as Electrical Apprenticeship, Heritage Interpretation, Emergency Medical (EMT) Services, Photographic Technology, and Microcomputer Applications.

New Mexico State University-Alamogordo offers limited entry Nursing Programs. The nursing programs offered at the school include the Associate of Nursing Degree program and the Pre-Nursing Certificate program. The New Mexico State University-Alamogordo offers Adult Education and registration for English as a Second Language classes. New Mexico State University-Alamogordo conducts Community Education and Professional Development Training classes offering numerous non-credit courses. These classes are held in areas like health, wellness, art, dance, and languages. The professional training programs are designed to help industries, businesses, and organizations improve their employee performance and productivity.

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Students can apply to New Mexico State University-Alamogordo for degree and non-degree programs. First-time college students wishing to begin degree programs need to submit the admission application along with their official high school transcripts or GED scores. Transfer students need to submit the application form, and official college and high school transcripts.

International students need to submit the application for admission and a certificate of finances to demonstrate availability of funds to finance the education expenses for a year. They are required to submit their high school and college transcripts. They are also required to provide evidence of their proficiency in English by submitting their TOEFL scores.

Financial Aid

The New Mexico State University-Alamogordo provides financial aid to students to meet their educational expenses. The basic objective of providing financial aid is to bridge the gap between family resources and annual educational expenses of the students enrolled for various programs at the New Mexico State University-Alamogordo. The different forms of financial aid available to students include federal and state grants, loans, work-study opportunities, and scholarships. To apply for financial aid from the New Mexico State University-Alamogordo, students are required to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the U.S. Department of Education. The school recommends a priority deadline of March 1 to apply for the financial aid.

Different types of federal and state aid programs that provide financial assistance to the students of the New Mexico State University-Alamogordo include the Federal Pell Grant, the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, and New Mexico Student Incentive Grants (SSIG). Different student employment options include on-campus part-time employment and off-campus part-time employment – community service, state work-study, and other regular part-time jobs. To be eligible for the work study programs, students must have a 2.0 continuing GPA and should be enrolled for at least half time in each semester. Various scholarships available for the students of the New Mexico State University-Alamogordo include the Bill Martin Memorial Scholarship, Fry Scholarship, Fulbright Scholarship, Hispanic Scholarship, and Larry Albers Scholarship.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 6014th for the average student loan amount.
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New Mexico State University-Alamogordo provides various services and facilities and offers many opportunities for students to make their college experience meaningful. The Career Center provides guidance to the students and helps them in exploring different career options. It provides information related to choosing a career, job prospects, preparing a resume, and tips for interviews. It also provides job search assistance to the students. The Academic Support Center provides individual and group tutoring facility to students. It provides writing assistance, and math and science tutoring. The school features the Alamogordo Bookstore which stocks textbooks, school and office supplies, apparel, gifts, computer supplies, and electronics. The Townsend Library stocks books, ebooks, college archives, databases, journals, periodicals, reference materials, and government documents.

The college encourages students to join the existing clubs or organizations or form new ones. Some popular student organizations include Advocates for Children and Education, Campus Christian Fellowship, Foreign Language Club, NMSU-A Student Government, and the Social Science Club.

New Mexico State University-Alamogordo does not offer on-campus housing but provides assistance to students seeking off-campus housing. There are a number of affordable apartment complexes and houses within walking distance of the school that can be rented by the students.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Additional School Information

New Mexico State University-Alamogordo features the Tays Center, which is the largest facility on the campus. The Tays Center hosts special events and features a 13,275 square-foot gymnasium, a 1,230 square-foot stage, a 2,300 square-foot lobby, and a seating capacity for 2,000 people. The Adult Basic Education program of the New Mexico State University-Alamogordo is offered at the Tays Center.


  • New Mexico State University-Alamogordo. Degrees & Certificates. Web. 08 September 2011.
  • New Mexico State University-Alamogordo. Financial Aid. Web. 08 September 2011.
  • New Mexico State University-Alamogordo. NMSU-Alamogordo 2011-2012 Course Catalog. 2011. Print.

Information Summary

Ranks 24th in New Mexico and 2905th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 101 0.33
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 2 0.01
Forcible Rape 2 0.01
Robbery 6 0.02
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 160 0.52
Larceny 777 2.53
Vehicle theft 43 0.14

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Alamogordo, NM 88310
Surrounding communityFringe rural area (less than 5 mi. from an urban area)
Total Population40,994 (36,658 urban / 4,336 rural)
Households15,767 (2.57 people per house)
Median Household Income$31,574
Families11,275 (3.07 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public 2-year colleges under 4-year universities
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingSmall two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAssociate's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District3502

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 4459th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $1,824 $2,184 $5,064
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $96 $96 $96
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $76 $91 $211
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $3,004 $3,364 $6,244
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $13,955 $14,315 $17,195
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $6,220 $6,580 $9,460

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $1,824 $1,896 $2,160 $2,256 $4,872 $5,088
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,038(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,038(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,987(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,987(N/C)

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2581st for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $57,392 ($60,178 male / $48,881 female)
Number of FT Faculty 52 (20 male / 32 female)
Number of PT Faculty 143
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $1,461,135
2400 North Scenic Drive
Alamogordo, NM 88310
p. 575-439-3600
w. nmsua.edu

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