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| Anyone wanting to go to college in New Mexico needs to SERIOUSLY consider NMSU as an option. Guess what?!-even staff members of UNM take NMSU classes!! Really says something about UNM, right?! |
Ok, where to begin...
First of all, good faculty members seem to leave in droves every semester-and who can blame them?! No funding in their department means inadequate pay. This, in turn, leaves less and less available classes for students by the semester. But guess what-buildings keep going up (as opposed to one or two being fixed every decade). The University even purchased new, ugly and expensive signs for their campus. Aesthetics are LITERALLY more important to to the administration than the future of the students. Oh, did I mention that these pricey new signs are falling apart?!
Ah, the students-closed minded. Also, they seem fed up with a university which doesn't seem to realize that students are people and not solely a mechanism whose presence pads the pockets of the corrupt regents. That, and the definition of 'multiculturalism' at UNM is focusing on nothing but Hispanics and Latin America. There's less emphasis on Native American history and culture than UNM would have you believe. This is sorely disappointing. Also, UNM seems to miss the fact that there is a whole world outside New Mexico and Latin America worth paying attention to.
I wish I had considered NMSU. I am lucky that I am finishing by bachelors in the nick of time before it ALL goes to hell. There are less and less classes with each passing semester-even core classes required for completing a degree program-and decent professors to teach them by the semester. So, this all seems pretty negative, right? But you may be asking yourself-'why did this person list this rating as advise instead of just hitting the "negative" button?'. Here's my advise-know that there are other options other than UNM that are high quality and affordable. Las Cruces may seem like a less than ideal place to live, but you may end up with a better quality education. Heck, even other states have good quality universities who offer more than UNM is capable of offering its students. You have options.
|Oct 31 2011|| Male --
Class 2000 |
| I wish I had gone to NMSU. Since there is pretty much nothing good to say about this excuse for a university as far as I'm concerned, I'll refrain from wasting my time standing on a soapbox. Just do your research when choosing where to go; if you're a New Mexico resident and want to stay in state, then NMSU is worth a look. |
|Sep 30 2011|| Male --
Class 2000 |
| If you're from a Texas school, UNM will be super easy and you won't learn anything. Take this into consideration, especially students who were awarded UNM's full scholarship for being a National Hispanic Merit Scholar. Supposedly New Mexico's public school system isn't as good as Texas's and their University reflects that. |
Some students here are very clique-ish and if you are from Texas, be prepared to here a lot of "Oh, I hate Texans." There's no reason for this, or at least no one's told me, but apparently New Mexicans have a feud with Texans that Texans don't know about? It's confusing and don't take it personally.
If you smoke weed, you will fit in perfectly! Just about everyone smokes weed and it's not unusual to see people smoking on campus. Not many students do hard drugs and drinking's about normal.
The food in the cafeteria is terrible (in 2009 the cafeteria had 15 Health Code violations!) They've been trying to make it better, but if you have a weak stomach, it's not worth it.
The dorms are okay, they are by no means nice but they will do. Stay out of Hokona though, they had a fire in their laundry room in Fall 2009 and you can hear everything in one hall through the vents. The apartments have paper thin walls. Supposedly the sinks in Coronado sometimes flood rooms. You're best bet would be Laguna/De Vargas, Santa Ana, Alvarado, or Santa Clara.
Advisement and Financial Aid are not helpful at all. Be prepared to NOT listen to your advisers and just ask for the list of requirements for your major. It's easier and will save you wasted credits. Also, if you do go to advisement, stay away from a tall thin man at University Advisement. He's not only messed me up, but seven of my friends. Seven!
Again, classes are very easy. If you have a pulse, you'll get into UNM and if you're from New Mexico and have a pulse, you'll get in because of the lottery scholarship. It's a scholarship for tuition that pretty much every kid who graduates from a New Mexico school gets. So yes, everyone's here for free and no, they didn't have to really work for it. Like, if you have half a brain you'll make an A. It's all busy work, too. There's nothing challenging or innovative. UNM has confused busy work with challenging work.
If I had the chance, I'd have just taken out student loans and gone to my community college in Texas.
|Mar 08 2010|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2012 |