“New Mexico’s Honors College”
The Honors College at New Mexico State University—New Mexico’s first honors college—offers talented and motivated undergraduate students the experience of a highly selective, small liberal arts college together with the opportunities of a large public research university. As a student in The Honors College, you will have the best of both worlds: challenging General Education course in small seminar classes and the rich resources of New Mexico’s land grant university.
With more than 3,500 Crimson Scholars on the main campus, the Honors College serves a student body drawn from every department on campus and creates a vibrant and diverse community that encourages the exchange of ideas.
Benefits of the Honors College
Once admitted to the Honors College, students may pursue degrees in any of NMSU’s 87 undergraduate majors, with the option of a dynamic Honors Living Learning Community, research opportunities, cultural programs, advisement, preparation for graduate or professional school, study abroad opportunities, and mentoring for prestigious national and international scholarship and fellowship competitions.
The honors faculty at NMSU is comprised of some of NMSU’s most distinguished teachers. Many have won national awards for their creative approaches in the classroom. As a member of the Honors College, you will receive personal mentorship and advising from the honors faculty, who will help you integrate honors courses into your undergraduate major.
In addition, world-renowned researchers in every discipline will engage you in hands-on research projects and will inspire your curiosity and challenge you to explore the world around you in new and different ways.
As a freshman honors student, you will also be able to join our local chapter of Phi Eta Sigma, the national honorary society. Each spring semester more than 100 students are inducted into our campus chapter.
Eligibility and Admission
If you have been admitted to NMSU and meet the eligibility requirements for the Crimson Scholars Program, you are automatically a member of the Honors College. It’s that simple. There’s no cumbersome application process, no forms to fill out. Each semester that you meet Crimson Scholar eligibility requirements, your membership in the Honors College is automatically renewed. Each semester that you qualify as a Crimson Scholar, you will be notified through your NMSU email address. However, should you ever have questions about your Crimson Scholar status, please contact us.
This means that if you are eligible to be a Crimson Scholar, you are a Crimson Scholar. In addition, you are eligible to take any honors course and that you will receive all the privileges of membership in Crimson Scholars. Although, as a Crimson Scholar, you are not required to take honors courses, there are many advantages in doing so.
You can read more about Crimson Scholars here.
Journeys of Discovery
Designed to enhance your first-year experience at NMSU, “Journeys of Discovery” are a great way to start your university career. Taught by regular faculty members and limited to 15 students, “Journeys of Discovery” allow first-year honors students to interact in a smaller setting and connect with a faculty member. “Journeys of Discovery” meet weekly for one hour and are open to honors-eligible freshmen.
Start your journey into the college experience with one of these innovative one-credit seminars for entering honors freshmen and explore, with one of our top teachers, one of the many fascinating subjects taught at the university.
All “Journeys of Discovery” courses are listed under HON 115. Check out our Fall 2012 “Journeys of Discovery” courses here.