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National survey of guidance counselors rates New Mexico State as a "hidden treasure"

High school guidance counselors surveyed by the publisher of a national college guide ranked New Mexico State University among the nation's "Hidden Treasures" and "Schools Representing the Best Value for Your Money."

NMSU also landed on the list of "Schools Providing a Good Liberal Arts Education" in the 2000 edition of the Kaplan Newsweek College Catalog 2000.

Editors of the guide, published by Kaplan Educational Centers and Simon & Schuster, said they contacted about 4,500 guidance counselors from public and private high schools around the country for the survey.

Schools recommended as "hidden treasures" are described as "terrific colleges that aren't as well known as they should be." NMSU shares that status with 166 other colleges and universities, public and private, out of more than 1,100 that are profiled in the college guide.

"You don't have to go deep into debt to pay for a top-notch college education," the publication says in introducing a list of 128 colleges and universities "that guidance counselors believe offer the best value for your tuition dollar."

Although NMSU is perhaps more widely known for its engineering and agricultural programs, it also is included among 145 colleges and universities the guidance counselors recommended "to those students seeking a good liberal arts education."

"We are pleased that New Mexico State University is recognized by high school guidance counselors as being among the nation's top schools in these categories," said NMSU President William B. Conroy. "Thanks to the fine work of our faculty and staff, NMSU provides affordable programs of the highest quality."

For three consecutive years, NMSU has been named one of "America's 100 Best College Buys" by Institutional Research & Evaluation, Inc., an independent research and consulting organization for higher education.