New Mexico State University – Dona Ana
3400 S. Espina
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001
(575) 527-7710
Accrediting Agency:
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

New Mexico State University’s Dona Ana campus, commonly known as Dona Ana Community College, is a public two-year institution located in Las Cruces. The school was originally established in 1973 to provide area residents with access to vocational and technical education programs. This location currently serves more than 9,800 students from a wide variety of backgrounds. Associate and certificate programs are available primarily in career-focused areas, but some liberal arts programs are available as well. These programs can serve to provide students with a direct path into the workforce or a foundation for further academic study at a four-year institution.

Programs Offered

Dona Ana Community College offers a number of degree programs across four academic schools. Available areas of study include, but are not limited to, aerospace technology, manufacturing technology, construction, business management, information technology, creative media, dental hygiene, health information technology, criminal justice, and public health. Adult basic education and continuing education classes are also offered at Dona Ana Community College. Area residents also have access to online courses designed to help working adults and those with families balance their course work. While the majority of assignments can be completed remotely, students enrolled in online courses may be required to commute to designated locations for presentations or proctored exams.


New Mexico State University’s Dona Ana campus has been accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1973.


Students can complete DACC’s application online. The school has an open admissions policy but a $20 application fee is required. Prospective students will also need to submit their high school transcripts or GED test scores. Students who have already completed some college course work can submit their college transcripts. COMPASS, ACT, or SAT scores are also required. Students can make arrangements to take their first COMPASS assessment free of charge. ACT or SAT scores must be less than two years old, and will be accepted in lieu of the COMPASS test.

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