4 reasons to study at the New Mexico Military Institute
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4 reasons to study at the New Mexico Military Institute

Duty, honor and achievement. For any individual young or old, these three principles are key to helping them turn ambition to success, and to do so honourably, without sacrificing personal integrity.

At the New Mexico Military Institute (NMMI), these values form the very core of an education that focuses on developing the “whole person”, and teaching cadets how to be the best version of themselves.

NMMI represents the only state-supported, co-educational college preparatory high school and junior college in the United States. In order to serve the divergent needs of the international student population, the institute imposes a strict admissions standard that yields it an annual enrolment of around 1,000 students from 43 states, the District of Columbia and 13 foreign nations.


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NMMI’s emphasis on honor, integrity and responsibility not only contributes significantly to its unique academic philosophy, but also ensures all students leave as grounded and respectable individuals, ready not only to tackle but to thrive in the face of regular adversity. Upon the completion of a High School Diploma, Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science Degree, NMMI graduates always go on to find success in any field of their choice – whether in business, public service, education, or a professional or military career.

Here are 4 great reasons why you should consider the New Mexico Military Institute for your child:

1. The NMMI education is outstanding value for money

Among many of the NMMI’s unparalleled strengths is its sheer value for money. Compared to similar institutions, NMMI’s tuition costs are extremely economical in every sense of the word.

In fact, the Boarding School Review has even named the NMMI as the fifth least-expensive boarding school in the U.S. in terms of tuition fees.


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During a student’s time at NMMI, the value of their education will generally fall at around the US$45,000 mark. But due to the institution’s access to unrivalled state support services, international students only need to fork out US$23,000 for a world-leading NMMI education. The school does everything it can to ensure those who aspire to learn on its campus are able to do just that, regardless of financial ability.

2. NMMI students benefit from its unique location

New Mexico Military Institute is located in 300 acres on top of a hill in sunny Roswell, Southeast New Mexico.  Mention Roswell and you might think of little green men with dark gaping eyes. But this vibrant and multi-cultural city, although somewhat iconic among conspiracy theorists around the globe, is not just about aliens. Truth be told, there’s so much more to this safe, community-centric city than your initial Google search will point out.


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NMMI, for example, forms the much-loved and integral bedrock of the Roswell society, presenting a rich history and tradition for educating leaders of tomorrow via a strong and challenging program enriched with leadership preparation, and character development.

3.The NMMI supports a curriculum that’s stimulating, balanced and world-renowned

As the only exclusively state-supported, co-educational, military-based college in the region, NMMI gives graduates the tools they need to slip into the higher education stratosphere seamlessly, confidently and comfortably, making it the ideal launching pad for individuals hoping to make a powerful, decisive start to adult life.

The school understands the influence of academics on professional success, which is why its curriculum and teaching approach has been specifically-designed to help students unleash their very best. Also, their faculty is tied for first nationally in percentage of faculty with advanced degrees.

And it would seem that the proof is very much in the pudding, since NMMI high school students consistently score above the average state and national scores for ACT tests. In addition to this, 95 percent of NMMI graduates go on to complete four-year degrees at top-tier U.S. universities such as Penn State, Stanford, Rice, Cornell, University of Texas, Arizona State University, University of Colorado, and the nation’s Service Academies.

But how does NMMI ensure graduates are readily equipped with the necessary knowledge, depth, expertise and self-confidence to tackle the key players of international higher education? The answer lies in strategies such as its Elite Scholar’s Program; established in 1891 to build on the “educational excellence of NMMI by encouraging talented students to gain a broad knowledge base”, as well as to understand the “interaction and interrelationships between diverse academic disciplines”. Their moto, “Think, Research, Determine, Re-imagine!”


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4. NMMI students have access to an exceptional range of athletic opportunities and facilities

All NMMI students are able to freely access the school’s remarkable sporting facilities – from its crystalline swimming pools to its cutting-edge basketball courts, baseball fields and tennis courts.

Here, students are given the chance to excel in soccer, cross country, diving golf, volleyball, or any other active endeavour that inspires healthy sportsmanship and encourages personal growth. This, paired with their exposure to a colorful range of global cultures, means the flexible and well-rounded NMMI graduate will always meet the needs of the international employer, making them always sought-after on a global scale.

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