The Las Cruces Public Schools is the largest district in New Mexico. It encompasses the City of Las Cruces, the villages of La Mesilla and Doña Ana, and covers the middle third of the county. The district has 35 schools, 6 of which are magnet schools. Student enrollment is more than 24,000 and the district employs 3,600, which includes about 2,200 classroom teachers and educational assistants. Student/teacher ratios are 16.5 to 1.
The Gadsden Independent School District serves the southern portion of Doña Ana County, including Santa Teresa and Sunland Park. The district has 26 schools and enrollment is nearly 14,000. The district employs 934 teachers with a student/teacher ratio of 14.9 to 1.
The Hatch Valley Public Schools serve the northern portion of Doña Ana Country. It has 5 schools with enrollment of more than 1,300.
Las Cruces is the home of New Mexico State University (NMSU), the state's second largest university. NMSU is ranked by the Carnegie Foundation in the top research category, Research-Extensive. Main campus enrollment is 18,000 which includes over 3,500 graduate students. Minority enrollment at the main campus is more than 48%. The faculty/student ratio is 1 to 15.
|New Mexico State University|
|Doña Ana Community College|
|Doña Ana County Public Schools|
|Exp. Per Student||$8,567|
Source: National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data; 2011-2012