National magazine rankings place NMSU among best colleges

By Justin Bannister

New Mexico State University is listed in the top half of universities ranked in a recent analysis by Washington Monthly magazine. This follows NMSU ranking among the top third of universities in a similar list released last month by

Washington Monthly’s College Guide rated NMSU 109 out of 258 universities it studied. The magazine based the rankings on what it defines as a “contribution to the public good.” Scores focused on recruiting and graduating low-income students, producing cutting-edge research and encouraging students to give something back to their country.

“NMSU has a commitment to the people of New Mexico,” said Waded Cruzado, NMSU’s executive vice president and provost. “As a land-grant university, it is our mission to make a quality education accessible to people throughout the state, as well as to conduct research and provide outreach to benefit those who need it. This ranking highlights the superior job done by our faculty, students and staff.”

Last month, released its annual list of America’s Best Colleges for 2009. In it, NMSU ranked 193 out of 600, placing in the top third of universities across the country. The Forbes rankings heavily weighted student satisfaction with their course instruction, employment success after graduation, the likelihood of graduating on time and tuition costs.

In recent years, NMSU has actively addressed student retention by providing a wide range of academic and other services to those who may need extra help keeping up in class or dealing with personal issues that arise.

To find out more about the Washington Monthly rankings, including the study’s methodology, and to see how other schools fared, visit Similar information for the rankings can be found at

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