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NMSU to host Dia de Descubre recruiting event in Juárez

Mexican nationals looking to attend college in the United States can learn more about what New Mexico State University has to offer during NMSU’s first Dia de Descubre, or day of discovery, recruiting event in Juárez.


The event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 10, at Technology Hub Juarez, Av. Lopez Mateos 924. Prospective students and their families are invited to attend. The event will feature presentations by representatives from various colleges and departments, food and opportunities to apply to NMSU and have photos taken with Pistol Pete.

NMSU officials are enhancing recruiting efforts in Mexico in order to increase student enrollment. Application fees for those attending Dia de Descubre will be waived for anyone who completes an application during the event.

“I think this is a fantastic effort,” said NMSU Chancellor Garrey Carruthers. “It’s important for us not only to recruit new students from Mexico but to also start a relationship where our students, faculty and staff benefit from partnerships with Mexico.”

The recruiting event is a follow-up to a similar recruiting event hosted by NMSU at its Las Cruces campus in April. Mexican nationals who attend NMSU are eligible for the Descubre tuition rate, which is 1.5 times the in-state tuition rate. Cornell Menking, NMSU associate provost of International and Border Programs, said promoting Descubre, which has been in place for a year, is one of the university’s most important international initiatives.

“We want more Mexican students at NMSU and know that cost is an important factor for when Mexican families are choosing a college for their sons and daughters,” Menking said. “The Descubre program responds to that by offering tuition at half the price of other international students. All Mexican citizens who are admissible to both undergraduate and graduate programs automatically qualify for the special tuition rate. Our undergraduate Mexican admissions have doubled since this time last year, so it seems the program is very popular with our neighbors in Mexico.”

The goal of the event is to provide an overview of NMSU with college-specific information, details on NMSU’s intensive English program, and information regarding NMSU’s admissions process. Representatives from NMSU will also be on hand to assist attendees with the application process.

“We’re thrilled to see such strong interest in this recruiting event,” said Kristian Chervenock, director of the Center of English Language Programs at NMSU and one of the event organizers. “As of Wednesday this week, we have 357 people registered to attend the Dia de Descubre event in Ciudad Juarez on Saturday. Our ultimate goal for the event is to encourage as many students as possible to apply to NMSU. It’s exciting to see NMSU’s increased brand presence in Ciudad Juarez, across the state of Chihuahua as well as Sonora and Nuevo Leon.”

NMSU is a land-grant institution established in 1888 and has been ranked as a top tier university by U.S. News & World Report. NMSU has also been ranked by the Carnegie Foundation as a RU/H institution, or a research university with high research activity, and is designated as a NASA Space Grant College.