New Mexico State University (NMSU) was established in 1888 as an agricultural college and preparatory school. Since that time, it has developed into a technologically advanced comprehensive institution and is ranked as a Doctoral/Research University - Extensive, the top category given by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

NMSU is only one of three research-extensive universities nationwide that is classified by the U.S. Department of Education as Hispanic-serving. As a land-grant institution established to serve the entire state, NMSU has developed extension and research sites in every county throughout New Mexico. The university currently is working on a distance-education program to extend its reach to every citizen of the state.

Additionally, NMSU houses the New Mexico Space Grant Consortium, funded by NASA. The Consortium includes 25 partner institutions and provides a wide range of research, education and public service programs. As a SATOP silver Alliance Partner, NMSU has agreed to make its various research programs, facilities and other resources available to small businesses in need of technical assistance. The University will donate up to 500 hours of work to help solve the challenges faced by small businesses.

“New Mexico State University has distinguished itself by developing strong programs while serving a diverse student body,” said Richard Hills, NMSU Interim Vice Provost for Research. “We have instituted a number of highly successful programs that involve both undergraduate and graduate minority students in extended research studies under the mentorship of our faculty members. We are proud that much of our research has a public service component, which is true of our alliance with SATOP.”

In 2002, NMSU enrolled a total of more than 24,000 students, including those who attended the main campus in Las Cruces as well as the four branch campuses: Alamogordo, Carlsbad, Grants and Dona Ana. With a faculty of 654 members, the university has maintained a teacher-to-student ratio of 18.5. NMSU’s research programs cover a wide array of disciplines including applied optics, information science, infrastructure safety and surety, electromagnetics, biotechnology, including infectious diseases and pathogens, cognitive sciences, and environmental monitoring and research.

“We are very excited about NMSU’s involvement with SATOP as an Alliance Partner,” said Hugo Hinojosa, Director of SATOP New Mexico. “The university’s research capabilities cover a broad spectrum and will be very valuable to our program and the small businesses we serve.”