Aggie bragging rights

NMSU receives top tier designation

For the sixth consecutive year, NMSU has been recognized as a top tier university according to the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges for 2021 rankings. NMSU is tied for 241 for national universities, tied for 117 in top public schools and tied for 119 for top performers on social mobility. Additionally, NMSU is 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. The rankings are based on outcomes, faculty resources, expert opinion, financial resources, student excellence and alumni giving.

Creative Media Institute programs rank in top 25

The Animation Career Review ranked NMSU’s animation and visual effects program 22nd among the country’s public animation schools and colleges for 2020. The Creative Media Institute program also ranked sixth among the top 10 animation schools in the Southwest.

CMI’s animation curriculum includes focus on the art, craft and business of storytelling as well as 2D animation, 3D animation, character design and development, digital illustration, drawing for animation, modeling, rigging for 3D animation, screenwriting, sets and environment, 2D and 3D production studio, visual effects and writing for animation.

Programs earn graduate schools ranking

Several NMSU graduate programs have been recognized on the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools 2021 rankings. Graduate programs in the College of Education, College of Engineering, College of Business, College of Health and Social Services and College of Arts and Sciences were ranked. 

U.S. News & World Report ranks professional school programs in business, education, engineering, law, medicine and nursing along with area specialties annually. The rankings are based on two types of data: expert opinions about program excellence and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school’s faculty, research and students.

Studio G among most successful university business incubators

Arrowhead Center’s Studio G, NMSU’s student business accelerator, is featured in Forbes’ “Which colleges produce the most start-ups.” University-related business incubators are one metric for how colleges can lead to successful startsups. Research has shown that university incubators have a lasting impact on a startup growth, which helps more new companies reach viability. The piece referenced UBI Global’s university business incubator rankings, which looked at factors such as the program’s impact on economic growth, access to network partners and access to funding.