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Tech Featured In Annual Rankings Again

SOCORRO, N.M. June 4, 2013 – Once again New Mexico Tech has received high ranking statistics from prominent sources. Tech has received high marks in a number of different areas from no less than four different sources, each time in different areas.

University President Dr. Daniel H. Lopez said, “While national rankings may not be the most precise measure of the quality of higher education institutions, they do provide a benchmark of the performance of such institutions – especially when an institution is rated high on various quality measures by multiple rating groups. As such, it is very gratifying to see New Mexico Tech rated so high by a number of rating groups.”

In their most recent list of “Top Public Schools” rankings, U.S. News & World Report lists Tech as the second highest ranked school behind California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo for the western region 2013 ranking. These numbers come from U.S. News rankings for “Best Colleges” where New Mexico Tech is ranked No. 20 in the west. As one of the few public schools near the top, Tech easily climbed these rankings into the published list for Top Public Schools. The website reports that after categorizing schools, they measure Best College values based on assessment by administrators at peer institutions, retention of students, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, and alumni giving.

Another source, the Washington Monthly, ranked New Mexico Tech as 7th nationally among Masters Universities in the nation out of 682 schools on the journal’s published rankings list for 2012. Tech was boosted to the top of this list largely due to its enormous amounts of funding towards researched where it ranked No. 1, next being CUNY City College of New York. The ranking was also bolstered by Tech’s Bachelor’s to Ph.D. rank where it ranked fourth behind St. John’s College of New Mexico, University of Dallas of Texas, and Trinity University of Texas.

Payscale’s College Salary Report compares graduate salaries of various universities and ranks them publicly. The 2013 study lists New Mexico Tech behind only Colorado School of Mines in the Mountain Region and 34th out of 1058 schools. Payscale also ranks Tech highly on their Return on Investment scale, as 76th nationally for in-state investment value and 91st nationally for out-of-state investment value. New Mexico State University ranked 317th and 527th respectively while the University of New Mexico ranked 527th and 653rd respectively. Eastern New Mexico University ranked 746th and 813rd respectively. On the ROI scale, Tech is ranked 2nd regionally behind Colorado School of Mines among public schools and ranked 4th regionally among both public and private schools.

Finally, Kiplinger ranked New Mexico Tech nationally on their top 100 “Best Values in Public Colleges” rankings of 2012 as 79th using in-state costs and 88th using out-of-state costs. Kiplinger rankings are based on all student costs and financial aid. On this list Tech is ranked 3rd for lowest in-state cost per year, behind Appalachian State University and University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. Kiplinger also ranks Tech as 5th under lowest total out-of-state cost per year. Tech ranked as the 6th most affordable school based on cost after need-based aid. New Mexico Tech ranks 19th on Kiplinger’s Best Value rankings for lowest average debt at graduation, graduating students with an average debt of less than $18,000.

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By David Wood/New Mexico Tech