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NMSU’s national top tier university ranking improves

For the eighth time in the last nine years, New Mexico State University has been recognized as a top tier university on the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges for 2021 National Universities rankings.


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U.S. News & World Report has ranked New Mexico State University as one of the top tier universities for 2021. (NMSU photo by Andres Leighton)

NMSU improved in many ranking categories this year and is tied for 241 with West Virginia University, Utah State University and others. Additionally, NMSU ranks tied for 117 in top public schools, tied for 119 for top performers on social mobility, tied for 145 in undergraduate engineering programs, tied for 171 in undergraduate computer science programs, a new category, and tied for 201 in undergraduate business programs.

“This past year, our strategic plan, NMSU LEADS 2025, focused our efforts on improving student success, increasing faculty research scholarship and creative activity, and better serving our industries, communities and state through economic development, extension, outreach and service. This ranking is a significant improvement over last year, and we are thrilled to once again be recognized as a top tier university by U.S. News & World Report,” NMSU President John Floros said.

The methodology for the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings is based on outcomes (40 percent), faculty resources (20 percent), expert opinion (20 percent), financial resources (10 percent), student excellence (seven percent) and alumni giving (three percent).

For a complete list of the U.S. News & World Report rankings, along with the methodology, please visit https://www.usnews.com/best-colleges.