September 9, 2015 by Tiffany Acosta, NMSU News Center
New Mexico State University has been recognized as a top tier university on the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges for 2016 National Universities rankings.
“This is further recognition of the important work we are doing for our students, and just the latest in a series of recent recognitions for the university,” NMSU President Garrey Carruthers said. “I was especially pleased to see our U.S. News ranking was driven by our graduation rate, which was higher than predicted. Seeing our students through to graduation is a high priority for NMSU and the state of New Mexico.”
NMSU has ranked in the top tier for three of the last four years and this year is listed at 199. The U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings are based on seven factors: assessment of excellence (22.5 percent), graduation and retention rates (22.5 percent), faculty resources (20 percent), student selectivity (12.5 percent), financial resources (10 percent), graduation rate performance (7.5 percent) and alumni giving (5 percent).
Last month, NMSU was listed on the Washington Monthly National Universities rankings for 2015 at 114. Washington Monthly ranks institutions based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility, which includes recruiting and graduating low-income students, research and service.
NMSU ranked 519th on the Center for World University Rankings for 2015. With more than 22,000 degree-granting institutions of higher education worldwide, this ranking would place NMSU in the top 2.4 percent.
NMSU was recognized as one of the best institutions for Hispanics in the United States, according to the Top 100 Colleges and Universities for Hispanics list in The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education. NMSU ranked in the top 25 in both total bachelor’s degrees granted (24th) and graduate student enrollment (22nd).
In a Brookings Institute report, NMSU ranked in the top 10 percent for value-added mid-career salary. NMSU is listed at 89th of 863 institutions for value added mid-career earnings. Value added is the difference between a college’s predicted and actual student economic outcomes, as defined in the report.
In January, NMSU received a 2015 Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its institutional commitment to serving communities across New Mexico. NMSU is the only institution in the state and is one of 361 colleges and universities in the country to carry the Community Engagement Classification.
For a complete list of the U.S. News & World Report rankings, along with the methodology, please visit www.usnews.com/colleges.