Mission Statement


Mission Statement and Core Values


The College of Arts and Sciences is the intellectual core of New Mexico State University, providing cutting-edge academic programs supported by active research and creative activities. The College provides the foundational education for every NMSU student and a wide array of degrees preparing students to be life-long learners, knowledgeable and responsible citizens of our world.


Central to the College of Arts and Sciences land-grant mission our core values are:

  • Rigor & Excellence: We believe the best education is rigorous, challenging, and demands perseverance. We believe that the best creative and scholarly work demands the same efforts. Those who excel in these endeavors should be recognized, cultivated, rewarded, and celebrated.
  • Exploring and Discovery: We value and strive for excellence in research, scholarship and creative activities, positioning the College to be a leader in discovery and innovation, meeting the challenges of modern society and improving lives.
  • Accessibility: We value being accessible to the diverse people of New Mexico and beyond. We value education and research that is inclusive, available, and affordable. We recognize diversity as a strength and an opportunity for excellence and success. We are the gateway to learning for all students, which provide us both an opportunity and responsibility to impact their learning experience in a positive way, developing a sense of inclusion, belonging and respect. We value serving the citizens of New Mexico, achieving a sustainable existence in the environment we occupy and integrating ourselves into the community and region of the border Southwest.
  • Learning and Knowledge: We value learning and knowledge for their own sake, and creating broadly educated members of society who can think critically and improve their communities. We strive to model a love of learning and to instill a desire for a lifetime of learning. We value providing advanced education and scholarship through strong graduate and undergraduate program.