Etablished in 1888 as a comprehensive land-grant institution, and has since then become a comprehensive doctoral level university offering over 120 undergraduate and graduate degrees through the Graduate School and eight colleges. The current enrollment (Las Cruces campus) is over 18,000 students, with approximately one-fourth of these students pursuing graduate degrees. NMSU is a Hispanic-serving institution (HSI) under Title III and Title V programs administered by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education, and is the lead institution for the New Mexico INBRE Program. In addition to hosting strong research programs in basic biomedical sciences, other academic units are engaged in research and the promotion of physical activity and healthy nutrition, with programs and interventions in communities throughout the Paso Del Norte region. These include the College of Health and Social Services’ Southwest Institute for Health Disparities Research, the Southern New Mexico Area Health Education Center, and a diverse faculty committed to research addressing the high rates of obesity-related illnesses along the U.S./Mexican border.