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New Mexico Tech

National Rankings

The New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology ranks among the nation’s elite universities in academic value and quality of education.

College Factual

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For decades New Mexico Tech has been ranked among the top universities in the nation in science and engineering education.

2019 Rankings


Niche LogoNew Mexico Tech was once again acknowledged by Niche.com's 2019 College Rankings as New Mexico's Best College, College with the Best Academics, Best Value College, and New Mexico's Top Public University. 

According to Niche's 2019 rankings, Tech also scores highly when compared to colleges across the nation: 


College Factual

College Factual LogoNew Mexico Tech once again topped the College Factual rankings for the Best Values for a Degree in Physics, remaining #1 nationwide while the Materials Engineering program jumped to the #1 spot nationally in their Best Value category.

New Mexico Tech's engineering program was ranked in the Top 1% nationwide for ROI, and in the top 10% of all engineering programs across the U.S.

New Mexico Tech also scored in the Top 1% nationally in Physics and Engineering, and Top 5% in Computer and Information Sciences, Materials Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physical Sciences.

New Mexico Tech's Mechanical Engineering program is ranked #4 out of 268 US universities reviewed as “Best for the Money,” placing Tech in the Top 5% of all such programs in the USA.

Overall, Tech remained ranked #1 in New Mexico and #9 in the Southwest for getting the best education for your tuition.

Kiplinger's Top 50 Public Colleges

Kiplinger LogoNew Mexico Tech was ranked the #44 Best Public College in the September 2019 issue of Kiplinger's Personal Finance.


Forbes logoNew Mexico Tech continued to climb the Forbes "America's Best Value College" rankings, moving twenty spots up to #56 best value college in 2019! 


CNBC LogoIn 2019, CNBC's "The top 50 US colleges that pay off the most" ranked New Mexico Tech the #13 best public university for graduates that ended up getting the highest salaries for their tuition dollars.  

U.S. News and World Report

New Mexico Tech repeated its ranking as one of the top regional universities in the United States. In the 2019 U.S. News and World Report college rankings for the western U.S., Tech was listed the #7 Top Public College, and tied for #35 for best Regional University in the Western U.S. Additionally, Tech was ranked #146 when compared to all of the higher education engineering programs in the U.S.

College Factual 2018

New Mexico Tech was named #1 nationwide in Engineering and Physics when it comes to the being the best college for your money.

Tech repeated its #1 ranking in Chemical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering while remaining in the Top 2% among all universities in Computer Science and in the Top 2% in Physical Sciences.

New Mexico Tech also scored in the Top 1% nationally in Mathematics, Top 2% in Mathematics and Statistics, Top 2% in Computer and Information Sciences, and Top 5% in Electrical Engineering

Overall, Tech ranks #1 in New Mexico, #2 in the Southwest, and 31st nationally among all public universities for the best education for your tuition. 

College Factual 2017

Tech topped the College Factual rankings for Engineering and Physics, scoring #1 nationwide among all universities, #1 nationally in Chemical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, #1 among all public universities in Computer Science, Physical Sciences and, #2 in both categories among all universities.

New Mexico Tech had five programs listed in the Top 10 and four in the Top 5 among College Factual's "Most Focused" rankings; its measure of how well a university focuses its available resources on a specific field of study.

Tech is ranked #1 among all public institutions and #4 overall in Physics. Tech is ranked #2 in Materials Engineering among all U.S. institutes of higher education, behind only the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Forbes LogoForbes ranked New Mexico Tech #76 in the United States for America’s Best Value College in 2018

Tech was ranked #327 in America’s Top Colleges for 2018 ahead of the Rochester Institute of Technology (361),  University of Houston (369), Louisville (426), Oregon Institute of Technology (436), UNM (#563) and NMSU (#627)


Career Trend LogoNew Mexico Tech was ranked the 14th Hardest Working College in America, out of 1,731 four-year institutions. 

College Choice - 2018

College Choice LogoCollege Choice ranked New Mexico Tech’s Petroleum Engineering Department #1 in the nation, ahead of programs at the Colorado School of Mines, Stanford, Penn State, and the University of Texas.

New Mexico Tech’s Masters of Engineering Management program was recently ranked #9 for education value, and #11 for quality education by College Choice.


Payscale LogoIn 2018, PayScale ranks NMT #5 among all public universities on ROI by annual percentage (12.1%).

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Niche.com 2018

Niche.com LogoNew Mexico Tech consistently tops Niche's statewide rankings for Best College, Best Value College, and New Mexico's Top Public Universities.

According to Niche, Tech also scored highly when compared to colleges across the nation: 

  • Top Public Universities: #71 of 666
  • Best Small Colleges: #76 of 1,002
  • Colleges with the Best Academics: #86 of 1,594
  • Hardest Colleges to Get Into: #80 of 1,671
  • Colleges with the Best Professors: #176 of 1,599 

College Consensus

New Mexico Tech is ranked in the Top 100 Best Public Colleges and Universities in the United States.

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"According to the New York Times, a low-income student who graduates from New Mexico Tech has a 48% chance of becoming a wealthy adult – making NMT #10 in the nation for best chances of leaping upward in class."


Kiplinger LogoNew Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology is ranked #21 in Kiplinger's list of Best Values in Public Colleges and is ranked 88 among all colleges.

New Mexico Tech undergraduates are often as well-prepared for professional scientific careers as master’s graduates at other institutions, and are highly qualified for graduate education at prestigious universities. From astrophysics to petroleum recovery, NMT students are at the center of research innovation.

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