The best and brightest students at NMSU have homes in two colleges – they pursue an academic degree in their chosen discipline, but they also participate in the NMSU Honors College. Our Honors College is the oldest in New Mexico, and is a nurturing liberal arts college embedded within the bigger university. Our Honors College students receive the same type of quality education that a student might at an elite college like Oberlin, Swarthmore, or Dartmouth – without the $60,000 annual price tag that accompanies attending these colleges. Our students fulfill some of their required General Education courses by taking classes in the Honors College – courses taught by master teachers that emphasize interactive learning, challenging readings, enhanced analytical abilities, and superior communication abilities. When they complete their general education requirements they continue on to take honors designated courses in their academic majors, and complete their degrees with a Senior Capstone Project.
The students who pursue their education in Honors graduate with special distinctions, but even more importantly they graduate with additional skills, knowledge, and abilities that will make them competitive in the global work force. They are supported and encouraged to set ambitious goals for themselves, such as Danielle Miyagashima who is interviewing at a dozen elite institutions for pursuing graduate studies (MD + PhD) in neurobiology, or Arthur Tillbrook who spent a year doing a study abroad in Korea, or Damaris Lewis who is a finalist for a Fulbright award to teach English in west Africa, or Cindy Yeh who is applying for a Goldwater grant to support her research in biology, or Owen Cortner whose interests in plant sciences led him to a career in international agricultural research to improve the global food supply. These are the students who come through our Honors College, and graduate as students who will make a difference in the world.
Our goal: To motivate students to reach their full potential.