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NMSU receives 2021 top graduate school program designation

  • By Tiffany Acosta
  • 575-646-3929
  • Aug 20, 2021
Exterior of Zuhl Library

New Mexico State University has been recognized as one of Abound’s 2021 Top Grad School Programs. NMSU qualified based on factors that focus on the needs of non-traditional students, including flexible classes and services, affordable courses, a range of quality programs, and degrees that help students advance in their field.

“As a public land-grant research university, NMSU’s mission is to serve diverse needs of the state through comprehensive programs of education, research, extension and outreach, and public service. To this end, we are committed to offering graduate programs, using all modalities, which meet the needs of both the student, at any age, and workforce,” said Luis Cifuentes, vice president for research and dean of the Graduate School.  

For adult learners, Abound suggests individuals consider a school’s accessibility, affordability, acceleration and advancement when choosing a graduate program. Abound selects its cohort to ensure a list with accessible, high-quality graduate schools that are up to date with how institutions meet students’ needs.

Abound selects the top 15 percent of institutions according to its holistic grading criteria and adjusts the cohort to have a more representative distribution of school locations, school sizes, religious affiliations, public schools, private schools and historically black colleges and universities.  

To view the complete list of top grad programs visit or to read the complete methodology visit