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  • 02/23/2016

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    I love socializing with people and it is a privilege for me to take good opportunities as a student to maintain good grades. Having fun with the other will also motivate me to do better

  • 02/23/2016

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    2 of 6

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    I love socializing with people and it is a privilege for me to take good opportunities as a student to maintain good grades. Having fun with the other will also motivate me to do better

  • 08/26/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 3 of 6

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus police drives around the school all day and night. Trust me, you're pretty safe here.

    Clubs and Activities

    Various clubs/sports such as Football, Soccer, Swimming, Track, Spirit Squad (kind of like cheer-leading, but not as good), a rifle spinning/flipping/throwing/whatever team, Air Rifle team, Paintball, Mexican club, Native American club, Pacific Islander club, Gay-Straight Alliance, scuba diving club, etc.

    Great for these types of students

    People who don't like privacy, freedom, or eating good food. Also good for people who like being sleep deprived and stressed out all the time.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    All of the RAT stuff, such as rat walking, squaring corners, other stuff like that. It's really annoying, even for me as an old cadet to watch them do it.

    What to do for fun

    We get most of the weekend off, but sometimes Saturdays are so busy that all you wanna do afterwards is go back to your room and sleep.

    Food and Dining

    Food isn't all that good here, sometimes there are even bugs and other gross things in the food.

    Dorm Life

    TLAs and other faculty can walk into your room whenever they want. You have to clean your room every morning, and you have very little free time (except for the weekends, but even then we do a lot of stuff on Saturdays). Wake up every morning at 6 and go to formation. Go to class then go to formation for lunch, then back to class. After classes are done, you have to do PT, then you shower and go to yet another formation, this time for dinner (YAY!). After dinner, you have Night Study Hall, which is where you have to stay in your room or go to the library and do homework or study from 7 to 9:30. Then you go to sleep at 10, then repeat everything the next day. Fun, I know :/

    Academic Rigor

    Classes and teachers are pretty good. It's (supposedly) harder here than most other high schools (I'm a high school student), but I finished with a 3.67 GPA, which could have been higher.

    Tips for prospective students

    This school made me a little bit more immature and kind of bitchy, and it kind of gave me an attitude, but a lot of the other people you'll meet here are good to be around. I made some new friends and they even helped me to be more outgoing (and talkative). Thanks to them, I'm not shy and quiet anymore (is that a bad thing?). This school also puts me in a really bad mood and sometimes I really want to leave, but other times it's fine. It just depends on how patient and tolerant you are.

    In three sentences

    Sleep deprivation, gross food, and no free time. Little to no privacy or freedom. Sometimes you hate your life because of this school.

  • 04/13/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 4 of 6

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Full-time armed policeman and chase car always on campus. Security cameras keep watch across the barracks area. No multitools or knives of any kind allowed. Smoke detectors in each room and bars in the outside windows. If you don't keep your door and closet locked, you'll be punished. Faculty looks into your room at midnight to make sure you're there, busts into the room if you're not the only one in the bed. Very safe ;-)

    Clubs and Activities

    Include scuba diving, boxing, judo, paintball, choir, and a weird rifle-twirling drill team. Rigid scheduling of school life can make participation difficult. By the way, don't join marching band! Their troop is the strictest, most repressive one in the school.

    Great for these types of students

    Girls who like being surrounded by single males. Anybody who likes a regimented, rule-driven life but is not confident or assertive enough to be rigid about enforcing these rules upon others. The Early Commissioning Program is worth looking into but consider going to basic and then paying for ROTC at a four-year university with the GI bill.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Apparently when you graduate there's a tradition to take off all your clothes and ride the Bronco statue. There's the Death Bell, which supposedly causes a cadet's death if you ring it. There is also this one brick which was symbolically painted black by sexist cadets in protest of women being allowed into the school, which apparently has been painted back and repainted several times. I don't know where it is though.

    Bang for the buck

    Well on one hand, it's a lot cheaper than many state and private universities, and there are quite a few easy scholarships. On the other hand, it's a lot more expensive than a typical community college.

    What to do for fun

    Well you can only go off campus two or three days a week, but Roswell has nothing to do anyway. You can surf the Internet but be sure to download Hotspot Shield first so you can get through their Internet filter.

    Food and Dining

    Food is generally disliked. Multiple incidents of insects found in food and drink, glasses improperly cleaned. Overly long buffet lines, messy unkempt salad bars. Hopefully the planned renovation of the dining facility this summer will make it better...

    Dorm Life

    Minimal privacy; some faculty members enjoy walking in on cadets masturbating. Random room checks to make sure it's clean, wake up at 5:50am every day, etc. The school has a psychologically repressive and destructive environment rife with sadists (both cadets and faculty) who demonstrably enjoy making other people unhappy. The skewed male/female ratio is also unfortunate.

    Academic Rigor

    Probably the same as any other school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit, talk to students about how their days go by, think rationally if you would really like this kind of life.

    In three sentences

    Are you the kind of person for whom the idea of a rigorous, strict military education is appealing? If so, don't come here. You'll be the kind of cadet who makes life difficult for everyone else.

  • 04/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 5 of 6

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus police surround the area and people don't mess with cadets for the most part.

    Greek Life

    Nonexistent.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of clubs and activities for college and high school students. Not much club time however.

    Great for these types of students

    People who want to become officers in the U.S military, especially for aspiring Army officers. People who want a great education at an affordable cost.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Many traditions such as the RAT walk and other humiliating techniques to develop stress tolerating individuals. Sometimes the lifestyle can be bothersome but it makes people more precise, efficient and understanding.

    Bang for the buck

    This is hands down the most affordable military school education in the United States. Out of state rates are extremely cheap in proportion to other military schools and in-state tuition is dirt cheap. A Lot of scholarship money is offered and the alumni are very generous.

    What to do for fun

    Not much except for video games, socializing with other cadets, going off post. The town is small but the people are nice and there are plenty of restaurants.

    Food and Dining

    Buffet system with a salad bar and decent options. The food can be a bit unhealthy sometimes but healthy options are always available. The food is okay.

    Dorm Life

    The rooms are decent but the dorms lead directly to the outside. Males and females are separated and rules are strict. Most people have a roommate and must have their room clean and orderly.

    Academic Rigor

    High school curriculum is top notch and offers small classes for college as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for a sometimes bothersome lifestyle of developmental and experimental military customs. You will learn a lot about yourself at this school. The faculty is amazing and self improvement is noted at the Institute.

    In three sentences

    Cheap school with a good education for high school and college. Pre-Med and Law programs. Early Commissioning Army ROTC program and small classes.

  • 09/08/2011

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 6 of 6

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for high schoolers who need space from home, college students who wish to prep for an Academy, and people in New Mexico who qualify for the Legislative Scholarship.

    Tips for prospective students

    Just last through the first RAT week. It gets a whole lot better, I promise. Once school starts, those scary old cadets will seem waaaay friendlier.

    Bang for the buck

    Although NMMI was a great school for me, it is quite expensive. So expensive, in fact, that I could not return for my Senior year of high school. However, if you live in New Mexico, you may qualify for the Legislative Scholarship which makes tuition more affordable.

    Did enjoy being here

    I loved being at NMMI. NMMI gave you a feeling of family; your troop was who you ate with, lived with, and mostly saw.

    Did learn a lot

    NMMI taught me a lot of life skills- independence, self-motivation, self-confidence, etc. Note: I was a high school student here my Junior year. (NMMI is both a prep school for high schoolers and a Junior College)