The New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (New Mexico Tech) was founded in 1889 in Socorro, New Mexico as part of the national land-grant movement in the late 1880s. The area is known for over 300 days of sunshine and the mining in the Magdalena Mountains. The main campus has 320 acres and is adjacent to a 18-hole championship golf course. Socorro is 75 miles south of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology offers 30 majors for 1,633 undergraduate students. Inside the classroom, the student-faculty ratio is 13-to-1. Nearly 57% of the classes have less than 20 students. Outside the classroom, student can access over 25 student organizations. Top majors include:Mechanical Engineering Petroleum Engineering Biology Computer Science Chemical Engineering
The New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology is sometimes referred to as a research institution that happens to have university on the same property. New Mexico Tech has over 12 research divisions that work with private industry, government agencies and other universities. Some of the research is about lightening, DNA sequencing, seismology and explosives.