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The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education™

About The Carnegie Classifications

In 1970, the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education developed a classification of colleges and universities to support its program of research and policy analysis. Derived from empirical data on colleges and universities, the Carnegie Classification was published for use by other researchers in 1973, and subsequently updated in 1976, 1987, 1994, 2000, and 2005. For over three decades, the Carnegie Classification has been the leading framework for describing institutional diversity in U.S. higher education. It has been widely used in the study of higher education, both as a way to represent and control for institutional differences, and also in the design of research studies to ensure adequate representation of sampled institutions, students, or faculty.


 Institutional Profile of New Mexico State University – Las Cruces Campus

Level 4-year or above
Control Public
Enrollment 16, 428
Classification Category
Undergraduate Instructional Program: Prof+A&S/HGC: Professions plus arts and sciences, high graduate coexistence
Graduate Instructional Program: CompDoc/NMedVet: Comprehensive doctoral (no medical/veterinary)
Enrollment Profile: HU: High undergraduate
Undergraduate Profile FT4/S/LTI: Full-time four-year, selective, lower transfer-in
Size and Setting: L4/NR: Large four-year, primarily nonresidential
Basic RU/H: Research Universities (high research activity)