What is CAMP at NMSU?

CAMP LogoNew Mexico State University’s College Assistance Migrant Program (NMSU CAMP) is a federally-funded program to help migrant or seasonal farm worker students attend college. Our program’s goal is to ensure each CAMP student graduates from NMSU with a bachelor’s degree. CAMP offers the first line of support for CAMP students to succeed during their first year at NMSU. CAMP also strives to maintain communication with former CAMP students to guarantee that they receive the support needed in order to graduate from NMSU

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Student Responsibilities:

  • Maintain enrollment as a full-time student at NMSU, complete designated course work at a level acceptable by NMSU and maintain at least a 2.5 GPA
  • Meet with CAMP staff on a monthly basis for individualized Academic Advising and meet with CAMP COMPA once a week
  • Attend and participate in CAMP workshops/meetings for students
  • Attend tutoring sessions, when required
  • Complete and submit all necessary CAMP forms on time
    • Enroll and successfully complete University 150, “Freshman Year Experience” class
      • Must reside in designated NMSU dormitories


Who is eligible?

To be eligible to participate in CAMP you must:

  • Be accepted to NMSU through NMSU’s Office of Admissions (the office will waive admissions fees for CAMP students, if provided ACT Test Waiver Form)
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident

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AND meet at least one of the following criteria:
  • Prospective students or their parents must have been employed at least 75 days during the past 24 months in seasonal agricultural employment


  • Prospective students may also be eligible if they participated in a Migrant Education Program while in school
  • Participated or currently eligible to participate in a Department of Labor Employment Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Farm Worker programDSC_0078What people are saying about CAMP at NMSU:

“New Mexico State University’s College Assistance Migrant Program provides a critical and exceptional service to the young migrant and seasonal farm workers in New Mexico who pursue higher education.  The program has consistently graduated the majority of its eligible students from college and has helped some go on to and complete graduate school.”  -United States Senator Jeff Bingaman, New Mexico

“All too often we focus entirely on the quantitative aspects of student success.  Our CAMP program has demonstrated success in terms of retention and graduation.  I am most impressed by the interpersonal development and dedication of our CAMP students and staff.  Positive differences in the lives of individuals – from a qualitative standpoint, that is what a university degree should provide and it is what I see in the NMSU CAMP program.” – Dr. Greg Fant, Associate Vice President and Deputy Provost, New Mexico State University.