Las Cruces has a general population of 74,267 and an overall student population of 28,575. Approximately 18,526 of Las Cruces's students are enrolled in schools that offer engineering programs.
New Mexico State University-Main Campus is the largest engineering school in Las Cruces, based on student population. In 2010, New Mexico State University-Main Campus graduated approximately 55 students with credentials in engineering.
In 2010, 215 students graduated with an engineering degree in Las Cruces. If you decide to attend one of Las Cruces's engineering schools, you can expect to pay an average of $17,434 per year in instate tuition and $27,586 per year in out of state tuition.
In addition to tuition costs, you should plan on spending an average of $1,032 for books and supplies each year, while enrolled in a engineering program in Las Cruces. And if you live on campus at one of the Las Cruces-based engineering schools, you will have an added expense of $6,338 per year, on average, for room and board. Students who live at home can cut this cost down to approximately $9,908.
Many engineering graduates choose to work as engineers after graduation. If you choose to follow that path and remain in Las Cruces, your job prospects are not very good. In 2010, 1 out of every 6 engineers in New Mexico were working in the greater Las Cruces area. Las Cruces's engineer workforce is projected to decrease by -1% by the year 2018. This anticipated change is slower than the projected nationwide trend for engineers.
As an engineer in Las Cruces, you can expect to make an average salary of $63,140 per year. This is lower than the average salary for engineers in the state.