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New Mexico Military Institute was established in 1891 and became a State (Territorial) School in 1893. Its purpose then and now is "for the education and training of the youth of this country with a mandate by law to be of as high a standard as like institutions in other states and territories of the United States." New Mexico Military Institute is primarily an academic institution operating within the framework of a military environment.
The junior college curriculum is primarily designed to prepare students to transfer to four-year colleges and universities as juniors in good standing. An Associate in Arts degree is awarded upon graduation from the junior college. As a military junior college, New Mexico Military Institute offers an Army College ROTC program that permits a young person, in the college, to be commissioned as a second lieutenant in only two years. Students who receive a commission may serve in the U.S. Army Reserve or National Guard, or may choose to apply for active duty upon receipt of their baccalaureate degree.
The high school curriculum is a solid academic college preparatory course of study. A student may be permitted to take college courses while in high school.
New Mexico Military Institute is located in the city of Roswell in the southeastern part of New Mexico. It is within sixty miles of skiing in the mountains of Ruidoso and within two hundred miles of El Paso to the south, Albuquerque and Santa Fe to the north.
New Mexico Military Institute is governed by a Board of Regents appointed by the Governor of New Mexico. The superintendent is appointed by the Board and is responsible to them for the day-to-day operations of the school.
New Mexico Military Institute is a land grant school with permanent land fund monies dedicated to its support. The budget is approved annually by the New Mexico Legislature. The school conducts an aggressive fund raising effort every year through the New Mexico Military Institute Foundation for capital improvements and scholarship endowment support.
The New Mexico Military Institute Alumni Association participates actively in the support of the school and its membership. Many alumni act as voluntary admissions representatives throughout the United States.
Accreditation and Memberships:
New Mexico Military Institute is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools (High School accredited as college preparatory); Department of Education, State of New Mexico, and by the Department of the Army as a Military Junior College offering Junior and Senior ROTC (Honor School with Distinction or its equivalent since 1909).
New Mexico Military Institute is a member of the American Association of Junior Colleges, the Association of Military Schools and Colleges of the United States and North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.