NMSU Carlsbad is a two-year branch community college of New Mexico State University and is independently accredited by the North Central Association. For 1998, 1999, and 2000, NMSU Carlsbad was the only two-year college in the state to be recognized consecutively by Quality New Mexico. NMSU Carlsbad has a student population of approximately 2,000 students, approximately 41 full-time faculty members, 63 part-time faculty members and 72 full-time staff members. The mission of NMSU Carlsbad is to provide students the resources necessary for them to fulfill their educational potential so that they may help meet the needs of their community as well-trained, well-educated and productive citizens. NMSU Carlsbad, a diverse and community-centered institution dedicated to excellence and student success through transformative discovery. NMSU is classified as a Hispanic-serving institution by the federal government with a total minority enrollment over 48%.