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New Mexico State again rated a "Best Buy"

For the fifth consecutive year, New Mexico State University has been designated as one of "America's 100 Best College Buys" by Institutional Research & Evaluation Inc., an independent research and consulting organization for higher education.

The Gainesville, Ga., company gathered data on 1,219 four- year universities before compiling its fifth annual report of "colleges and universities that provide students the very highest quality education at the lowest cost."

Selections are based on such factors as the cost of tuition, fees, room and board, the average high school grade point average or ACT scores of entering freshmen, and opportunities for qualified students to obtain need-based, academic-based or athletic-based financial aid.

Only eight of the other colleges and universities in the "100 Best College Buys" report had 2000-2001 costs lower than NMSU's for in-state students. NMSU's in-state costs were calculated at $6,682 per year, including tuition, required fees and average room and board expenses.

The survey considers out-of-state tuition at public institutions and the regular cost of tuition at private institutions in determining the best buys. NMSU's out-of-state costs, including room and board, were calculated at $13,054, compared with a national average of $17,865.

Karl Hill
Nov. 27, 2000