New Mexico Military Institute

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Coed | Full Boarding, & International | Grades: 9 - 12 & Junior College

Roswell, NM, USA

New Mexico Military Institute

Mission: To educate, train, and prepare young men and women to be leaders capable of critical thinking and sound analysis, leaders who possess uncompromising character, and leaders able to meet challenging physical demands.

T he NMMI experience comprises a demanding set of challenges designed to test and grow a cadet’s talents, abilities and self-confidence. NMMI provides a comprehensive college preparatory curriculum at the high school level and university parallel curriculum at the junior college level, both within a structured environment of discipline and physical development that emphasizes the NMMI motto of "Duty, Honor, and Achievement."

Cadets are encouraged to reach beyond existing, often self-imposed, limits in academic, leadership, and physical activities. The focus of the NMMI experience is on each cadet’s success through individual attention and mentoring by their instructors in the classroom and their leaders in the Corps of Cadets. Each graduating cadet is well-equipped to handle the challenges of college life after NMMI.

Duty, Honor, Achievement

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  • Military
    Goss Drill Team

    Military Activities

    • Coast Guard Club
    • Color Guard
    • Competition Pt
    • Drill Team
    • Early Commissioning Program
    • Goss Rifle Team
    • Marksmanship
    • Semper Fi


  • Athletics / Clubs / Activities

    NMMI Athletics:


    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cross Country
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Tennis
    • Track And Field
    • Volleyball

    Clubs & Activities

    • African American Student Alliance
    • Asian Club
    • Band
    • Bataa Memorial March
    • Bible Study
    • Big Brothers Big Sisters
    • Bowling Club
    • Boxing
    • Boy Scouts
    • Cadet Ambassador Program
    • Centennial Flame Guard
    • Chess Club
    • Concert Choir Club
    • Drama Troupe
    • Etiquette Committee
    • Falcon Club
    • Fellowship For Christian Athletes
    • Fight Club
    • First Tee-golf
    • Latin Dance
    • Leadership Education And Development Club
    • Math Club
    • Mexican Club
    • National Honor Society
    • Native American Club
    • Pacific Islander Club
    • Paintball Club
    • Photo Squad
    • Pre-med Club
    • Ranger Challenge
    • Ski Club
    • Technical Cadet Squad
    • Weightlifting/workout
    • Yoga


  • History

    The New Mexico Military Institute, located in Roswell, NM, is the nation’s oldest State-supported, nationally accredited, coeducational college preparatory military boarding high school and junior college, offering 4-years of high school and 2 years of college.

    On September 3, 1891, the Goss Military Academy was founded through the efforts of Captain James C. Lea and Colonel Robert Goss. With an initial enrollment of 28 students, including female students, the school was the first in New Mexico to adopt military features. The Academy was later made a territorial school and renamed New Mexico Military Institute in February 1893. However, there were no funds appropriated by the Territorial Legislature and the Institute suspended operations for two years.

    On February 13, 1895, an appropriations bill passed by the Territorial Legislature provided a bond issue and maintenance funds contingent on the provisioning of a 40-acre tract of land for the school. Mr. J.J. Hagerman deeded the 40 acres of property on North Hill, the Institute’s current location, and the school became a fully recognized territorial entity under the Legislature. A new $12,000 physical plant was built that housed 105 male students during school year 1896. At that time the curriculum consisted of as many as eight years of academic work and students were organized into two cadet companies.

    In 1906, the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) was introduced. In 1909, the War Department designated the Institute as one of the ten distinguished military schools in the nation, a distinction the Institute has earned annually since. Being so designated enables the Institute to annually nominate eight deserving cadets to attend the nation’s military academies.

    Today, the Institute sends approximately 80 cadets annually to attend the nation’s service academies through its Service Academy Preparatory Program, the largest of the five military junior colleges serving the nation.

    In 1910, NMMI was singled out in the New Mexico Enabling Act as a beneficiary of land-grant status and the revenue provided for by the Enabling legislation and the prior enacted Ferguson Act of 1898. The New Mexico Constitution further solidified NMMI’s state status by identifying it a "state educational institution." In 1915, the Institute took on its modern form when a junior college was inaugurated.

    The Institute now had a four-year high school and a two-year junior college and was quickly becoming recognized throughout New Mexico and the nation as a pioneer in education and the development of young people.

    During World War I, the Institute sent 320 young men to the defense of their nation. Of these young men, 163 served as officers. Many of those who served received distinguished service recognition and medals of high order. In 1917, the Institute’s high school became a charter accredited school of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

    In 1932, NMMI’s junior college was accredited by the Higher Learning commission of the North Central Association. NMMI has since remained the only state-supported, nationally accredited, college preparatory military high school and junior college in the United States. During World War II, Institute graduates saw service in every theater of the war. Over 150 Institute graduates gave the last full measure of devotion to their country. Institute alumnus John "Red" Morgan was awarded the Medal of Honor, and other alumni distinguished themselves in combat.

    In 1948, the Institute inaugurated a four-year liberal arts program offering a bachelor degree. The school specialized in preparing students for government service. Many NMMI graduates went on to distinguish themselves by their service to their nation as military officers and civil servants. In 1956, the four-year program was discontinued and the school reverted back to a high school and junior college.

    During the Vietnam War the Institute again sent its sons off to conflict. And, again Institute graduates gave of themselves for the nation. In 1977, full-time female students returned to the Institute and their numbers have steadily grown.

    Women now number about 20 percent of the Corps population. Of that first group of women graduates, several went on to become members of the Corps of Cadets at Virginia Military Institute and were among that school’s first women graduates. 1998 saw another first, as the Corps of Cadets was led by its first woman Regimental Commander, Heather Christensen of Roswell. Since then three other women, Lindsey Schuda, of California, Danielle Valerio, of New Mexico, and Sara Brown, of New Mexico have served in the top cadet spot.

    In 2003, the Institute appointed its first African-American to the position of Regimental Commander, Cadet John White of Houston, Texas.

    In 2004, Cadet Luis Aranda was named as Regimental Commander, earning him the honor of being the first RC from Mexico. 2004 provided another first as NMMI welcomed Rear Admiral David R. Ellison, as Superintendent. And, in January, 2005, NMMI welcomed back Brigadier General Richard V. Geraci, a 1975 graduate of the Institute, as Commandant. In 2010, another first came with the installation of a National Guard Flag Officer as Superintendent. Major General Jerry W. Grizzle, US Army National Guard (Retired), took on the daunting task of leading the school out of a decade long decline in enrollment. School year 2011-12 saw MG Grizzle’s efforts bear fruit as enrollment climbed to 960.

Other Programs at NMMI

  • NMMI Summer Math & English Programs

    NMMI Summer Math & English Programs

    The New Mexico Military Institute Summer Math and English Program mission is to successfully prepare Cadet-Candidates for the rigors of cadet life via:
    Early acclimation to NMMI’s Academic Standards
    Early assimilation into the NMMI Corps of Cadets
    Early achievement of NMMI Corps of Cadet Physical Fitness Standards
    The summer programs are only available for applicants to NMMI who meet academic standards, and is not open to the general public.

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    • Grades: 9 - 12
    • Cost: $3,250
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  • A W McBee
    2018-08-01 12:49:38

    I enjoyed reading the above comments and wanted to add my bit as my experience at the school was extremely positive, not only at the time, but even more so in retrospect. The physical plant is evocative of a cavalry post. I still hear the halyard against the flag pole in front of headquarters building and see in my mind's eye sunsets that would freeze a callow 15 year old mid stride, awed by the majesty. A great rite of passage experience that I wouldn't have missed for the world and, as others noted, when I return (all too infrequently), I experience a tranquility that surprises and pleases me. The Institute experience is one I shared with my father, uncle and so many others I've greatly admired. If you're searching, give NMMI a good, hard look. Allan

  • Jean Clabaugh Ridgway
    2017-03-31 18:55:42

    I attended all four years of high school at NMMI. The Post is beautiful. The architecture of the buildings and the grounds are beautiful. The atmosphere is serene. Every time I step back on Post, I am home.

  • Brandi Wood
    2017-03-31 16:10:41

    My daughter was a legacy cadet, who graduated simultaneously from HS and JC in 2014!!! She was a 3rd generation legacy cadet who thrived at NMMI!!! Not only is Old Post, beautiful, the professors and all of the staff are committed to the students and in seeing them succeed!! There is no better academic institution for a young person to become an adult, with all of the tools to succeed in life! Duty, Honor, Achievement!!!

  • Janna Taylor
    2017-03-29 14:56:39

    NMMI = Outstanding Academics, leadership, faculty and many success stories! I graduated NMMI JC1989. Best decision I ever made. This is my 14 year old sons first year and he loves it!! The school speaks for itself.

  • David M Beeler
    2017-03-25 17:14:55

    I grew up in Roswell and have known quite a few of it's people thru-out these many years. The NMMI is as much of Roswell and it's history as the Lincoln County Wars. Always have had total respect and awe for the school and the people that have gone thru it. I also worked the Golf Course grounds for a couple of years. It is Roswell.

  • Sonia
    2017-03-25 10:52:05

    Is the first year in Junior College of my son. He is part of the Baseball players Broncos. We are from Puerto Rico and I visited the college two times. The Institution is excelent, is very very clean, the persons and employees are very atended and so sweet. I'm a very Proud Mom that my son is study there.

  • Abra Richards
    2017-03-21 11:19:41

    New Mexico Military Institute is an amazing sight to behold full of history and a rich tradition. The Cadets receive an affordable first class education in all aspects of life. The campus is breath taking and the beloved home of one very fast squirrel. To live NMMI, to be NMMI, will stay with a person for the rest of their lives. NMMI is truly a living breathing entity.

  • Karen
    2017-03-13 18:56:59

    NMMI is the best kept educational secret in the United States. We are so glad that we found it for our cadet in his second year. He is getting a grand foundation for his future success. The campus is large enough to feel special and small enough to feel like home.

  • Dana
    2017-03-13 16:14:15

    My son chose to attend NMMI for High School due to the outstanding academics. He also wanted to push himself to be better physically and to become a great leader. During the last three years he has done all those things and more. NMMI has prepared him well for college and he has some excellent Universities to choose from. It is important to note that ALL students live on campus. This creates unification, equality and commardaie. He now has lifelong friendships with amazing young people from all over the world. If you want to get in touch with parents of current NMMI Cadets, check out the Facebook page "NMMI Parents".

  • Louis
    2017-03-09 21:56:16

    Beautiful Institution

  • Ryan
    2017-03-09 15:49:20

    NMMI is a special place, with a wealth of history and a gorgeous campus! I am an alumni of this wonderful institution, and as much as I enjoyed my days as a cadet, I love even more returning to the Old Post to see the current Corps of Cadets continue to honor the traditions and legacies of past cadets.

  • Louis
    2017-03-09 13:56:01

    Beautiful Institution

  • Ray Seale
    2017-03-08 18:35:04

    Wish the pic was better of NMMI. It is majestic and beautiful as well as large and distinct. Since 1891. Very rich in frontier history as well. I lived in Roswell for 12 years attending NMMI for high school 78-82. Always a relaxing place when I return for visits.

  • Cheryl Duggan
    2017-03-08 15:19:49

    New Mexico Military Institute, (nmmi) is so beautiful. I think it looks like a castle. The grounds are immaculate, big beautiful trees, with squirrels everywhere. They joke that there's only one but he's real fast😏. The sculptures are amazing in the gardens and plaza. The honor of this school is seen throughout its campus.

  • Melissa
    2017-03-08 11:48:48

    I first drove by NMMI about a year before attending, and had no idea at first that it was a school. My adolescent mind believed it was a castle in the middle of nowhere. I still see it as a beautiful castle, but now that castle contains many fond memories and lasting friendships.

  • Thea
    2017-03-08 11:30:28

    Beautiful school. The grounds are well maintained.

  • Wendy Halik
    2017-03-08 11:14:05

    Awesome school, great atmosphere, and wonderful education!! Graduated & Commissioned in 1982

  • Cheryl Duggan
    2017-03-08 11:09:31

    New Mexico Military Institute, (nmmi) is so beautiful. I think it looks like a castle. The grounds are immaculate, big beautiful trees, with squirrels everywhere. They joke that there's only one but he's real fast😏. The sculptures are amazing in the gardens and plaza. The honor of this school is seen throughout its campus.

  • Hannah
    2017-03-08 09:00:14

    I am currently a cadet here and I love it! The campus is beautiful and there are so many wonderful teachers and faculty here to help you

  • Rockey
    2017-03-07 22:59:51

    N.M.M.I. is awe inspiring. Commanding. Historical. The grounds on Post are not meant to be beautiful. Juveniles enter and leaders emerge. I will vote for my alma mater, but other schools can keep a designation of "pretty" to themselves.

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