New Mexico State University
New Mexico State University, or NMSU, is a land-grant university that has its main campus in Las Cruces, New Mexico. The school was founded in 1888 as an agricultural college and preparatory school. NMSU has approximately 26,200 students enrolled as of Fall 2004, and has a faculty-to-student ratio of about 1 to 19. NMSU offers a wide range of programs and awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. It is the only land-grant institution that is also classified as Hispanic-serving by the federal government and ranked by the Carnegie Foundation in the top research category, Research-Extensive. The university is also home to New Mexico's NASA Space Grant Program.
NMSU is broken up into several smaller colleges. These include:
- College of Agriculture and Home Economics
- College of Arts and Sciences
- College of Business Administration and Mome Economics
- College of Education
- College of Engineering
- College of Health and Social Services
NMSU's teams are called the Aggies, a nickname derived from the university's agricultural beginnings. They compete in the Western Athletic Conference. Their mascot was formerly known as "Pistol Pete", but Pete was redesigned in 2005 as part of the university's plan to remake its image on the national stage; today, the mascot is known simply as "Pete," whose pistol has been replaced with a lasso. NMSU's colors are crimson and white.
NMSU has major rivalries with the University of New Mexico (the NMSU-UNM football game is called "The Battle of I-25"), and the University of Texas at El Paso (called "The Battle of I-10", with the winner of the NMSU-UTEP football game getting the Silver Spade).
NMSU has two radio stations, as well as a TV station and a student run newspaper. The radio stations are KRUX, a station run by students, and KRWG, a public radio station. (The TV station is also known as KRWG). The "Round Up" is the student-run newspaper.