SOCORRO, N.M., March 14, 2003 -- New Mexico Tech has been listed among the best values among national universities in a new college guide published this month by U.S. News & World Report.

The state-funded research university in Socorro received special mentions in the 2003 issue of Paying for College in the guidebook's categories of "Least Debt," "Lowest Tuition (In State)," and "Lowest Tuition (Out of State)."

About half of New Mexico Tech's 2001 graduating class graduated from the university debt-free, the annual guidebook noted in one of its charts.

The cost of tuition and required fees and the combined cost of room and board at New Mexico Tech for the 2002-2003 academic year also was listed as $2,911 for in-state students and $9,122 for out-of-state students.

U.S. News & World Report's special issue of Paying for College 2003 currently is on sale at bookstores and newsstands.