At NMMI, athletic performance is an active part of the school's mission to educate the whole person, and NMMI cadets have been competing at the highest levels for more than a century. The foundation of NMMI’s athletic philosophy lies in our determination to help our student-athletes develop the character and intellectual capabilities that will ensure their success in life. Lessons learned on the athletic field mirror those taught in the Corps of Cadets – academic excellence, leadership, character development, and physical fitness.
NMMI's proud athletic history dates back to 1891 with baseball the predominant sport and in 1902 football arrived on campus. The Institute also was one of only two schools in the country at the time to boast a "natatorium," or indoor swimming pool. Since those early beginnings, NMMI athletic teams have consistently represented the school, winning championships at both the intercollegiate and interscholastic levels. NMMI is the proud holder of three national collegiate championships, two in Polo and one in Football.
NMMI fields both men’s and women’s teams at the intercollegiate and interscholastic levels in sports that include: football, baseball, basketball, track, men's soccer, tennis, swimming, golf and volleyball. Our college teams compete in the Western States Football League, the Western Junior College Athletic Conference, and the National Junior College Athletic Association.
NMMI boasts some of the finest facilities in the State of New Mexico and in the nation and are available for both team and individual use by cadets.