The NMMI Junior College Program
“Academic Excellence and A Commission in Two Years”
(For more information on Academic Programs, visit the online catalog)
New Mexico Military Institute provides a comprehensive liberal arts and science curriculum including such disciplines as English, foreign language (Chinese and Arabic), history, sociology, philosophy, political science, psychology, business administration, economics, computer science, chemistry, physics, biology, math through college calculus, geology, art, music, and physical education to name a few.
The core curriculum requirements generate essentially a liberal arts/sciences associate degree, but by careful selection of elective courses, a cadet can build a course sequence, which parallels those in other institutions that lead to the bachelor’s degree. Cadets’ academic advisors will counsel their advisees on other institutions’ requirements for undergraduate degrees and suggest NMMI courses which parallel those sequences. Except at four-year institutions that do not sponsor ROTC programs, virtually all NMMI credit producing courses may count towards the 128-140 semester graduation total which most colleges require for the bachelor’s degree. However, as is increasingly becoming common, many bachelor’s degrees require 10 semesters to complete. All graduates are required to complete the CAAP assessment in their last semester. A student may not take more than 4.0 credits in PHEA or 8.0 credits in MUSC activity courses that will count towards graduation.
Similar to most schools offering a two-year degree for transfer to the university, NMMI degrees provide the general education core required for virtually any of the standard degree offerings including math, science, engineering, life science, physical sciences, pre-engineering, pre-med, pre-dent, pre-vet, social sciences/business, humanities, computer information systems, physical education, criminal justice, history, international business, political science/government, and more. Additionally, we offer concentrations in English and Philosophy. A normal semester load is seventeen hours. For detailed information go to our online catalog.
Whether in the area of general studies or working in a concentration, a cadet will be advised by a mentor. These include both professional counselors and teaching faculty with expertise in a particular concentration. NMMI has seventy-five full-time faculty, many with terminal degrees, and all required to have at least a masters.
New Mexico Military Institute has some of the finest academic facilities available. The Toles Learning Center houses the library and its 68,000 volume collection, TV/communication studio, academic computer center, 200 seat lecture hall, classrooms and the Student Assistance Center. Available to cadets is an on-line catalog. Also located in the Toles Learning Center is the Computer Services Center.
Over 88 percent of NMMI graduates go on to a four year college. New Mexico Military Institute is represented in the major colleges and universities throughout the United States.
College faculty academic advisors are available to provide students with assistance in college exploration and selection. Also advisors in the Student Assistance Center provide college and career counseling. Computerized college scholarship search programs are available in the center for cadet use. NMMI is a regional test center for the ACT, SAT, TOEFL, and GRE. College level Entrance Proficiency (CLEP) exams are available to those cadets wishing to challenge a course. A liaison officer is available whose duties include working with and assisting students interested in attending the national service academies.
Student Assistance Center
The Student Assistance Center (SAC) provides professional advisors who offer academic, career and personal counseling. ACT/SAT preparatory courses are offered each semester for students interested in increasing their scores. Transfer guidance on colleges and service academy admission is also available. More specifically, SAC works closely with teaching faculty guiding their students through the academic program supporting and encouraging good study habits, proper behavior and overall academic achievement and growth.
Student Body Conduct – Corps of Cadets
The junior college population at New Mexico Military Institute generally includes cadets from over forty-two different states and ten foreign countries. Over one-third of the college students are pursuing an Army Commission.
The Corps of Cadets at New Mexico Military Institute has its own chain of command which is responsible to the Commandant of Cadets and his staff. He and his staff are responsible to the Superintendent for the organization, control, discipline, training, health and welfare of the Corps of Cadets.
The Corps of Cadets is organized as a regiment of cavalry, emanating from the school’s cavalry tradition. The regiment consists of three squadrons. Each squadron has five troops with two platoons of three to four squads each. All cadet officers are college cadets.
College cadets entering the Corps of Cadets for the first time are new cadets for one semester. College new cadets receive yearling status at the completion of one semester and old cadet status with the completion of one year. The new cadet environment is stressful, formal, strict and just. All cadets are held strictly accountable for their actions.
The Corps of Cadets has an honor system and strives to instill in every cadet the highest standards of personal integrity. The system belongs to the Corps of Cadets but operates under the sanction of the Commandant of Cadets.
NMMI operates with a Cadet Honor Code that states a cadet will not “Lie, Cheat, or Steal, or Tolerate Those Who Do.”Every cadet is obligated to support and enforce the Honor System. Any cadet, staff or faculty member who believes an honor violation has occurred is responsible to report violations that come to their attention. The incidents are to be reported to the Deputy Superintendent for Leadership-Commandant. The Honor Board, acting on behalf of the Corps of Cadets and with the approval of the Commandant of Cadets investigates alleged violations of the Honor Code. The Honor Code is contained in the NMMI Blue Book and is distributed annually to each cadet. Honor education occurs throughout the school year with emphasis on developing ethical behavior in all aspects of life. NMMI maintains a strict policy regarding the possession, use, or sale of alcoholic beverages and illegal drugs.
Boarding and General Facilities
Cadet barracks are organized by troop with two or three cadets of the same status in each room. Rooms are subject to inspection at all times by cadet officers, noncommissioned officers, and uniformed members of the Commandant’s staff.
The dining hall seats the entire Corps of Cadets for meals. There is a student union complex with a snack bar, barber shop, game room, bowling alley, reading room and ballroom.
There is also a thirty-six bed infirmary on campus.
The cadet chapel is nondenominational and services are available for all principal faiths. Laundry and dry cleaning services are available. There is a 1400-seat auditorium with a band practice annex.
Safety and security procedures can be obtained upon request.
All cadets take physical education with an emphasis on life-time sports. All cadets not out for a varsity or club sport participate in intramurals two times a week, generally competing on their troop team.
New Mexico Military Institute has excellent athletic facilities and athletic playing fields. They include a physical education building, The Godfrey Athletic Center, with four regulation basketball courts, four handball/racquetball courts, an Olympic-size swimming pool with sunning decks and state-of-the-art exercise equipment. A separate building houses the varsity team locker and weight rooms, and gymnasium for varsity basketball games.
The playing fields include twelve tennis courts, a baseball diamond, running tracks (quarter-mile and half-mile), football and soccer fields, and an eighteen-hole golf course.
College varsity sports include baseball, basketball, football, golf and tennis. Club sports such as judo, rifle, precision drill teams and fencing are also available.
Intramural sports include flag football, racquetball, soccer, track, volleyball, tennis, basketball and softball.
Extracurricular activities involve 50 percent of the Corps of Cadets. Activities include marching, concert and jazz bands, string ensemble, color guards, rifle, and drill teams.
Cadets may also participate in the Pre-Med Club, Drama Club, Chess Club, Phi Theta Kappa, speech and writing contests, Shakespeare Festival, German, Mexican and Polynesian Clubs, African American Student Alliance, Astronomy Club, Ski Club, HAM Radio Club, Bataan Memorial Death March, Centennial Flame Guard, Leadership Education and Development, Spirit Squad, Hiking Club, Fencing Club, Character Counts, Paintball and National Honor Society.
Cadet publications include the Bronco (the yearbook) and the Maverick (literary magazine.)