Colleges and Universities in New Mexico

New Mexico looks out for its people, and New Mexico’s colleges and universities even more so. Affordability and value are central to higher education in New Mexico, along with community engagement and outreach. From online to on-campus, public and private, New Mexico’s colleges and Universities are dedicated.

Public Colleges and Universities in New Mexico

  • Eastern New Mexico University – Portales
  • New Mexico Highlands University – Las Vegas
  • New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology – Socorro
  • New Mexico State University – Las Cruces
  • University of New Mexico – Albuquerque
  • Western New Mexico University – Silver City

Community Colleges in New Mexico

  • Central New Mexico Community College – Albuquerque
  • Clovis Community College – Clovis
  • Luna Community College – Las Vegas
  • Mesalands Community College – Tucumcari
  • New Mexico Junior College – Hobbs
  • New Mexico Military Institute – Roswell
  • San Juan College – Farmington
  • Santa Fe Community College – Santa Fe
  • Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute – Albuquerque

Private Colleges and Universities in New Mexico

  • Navajo Technical University – Crownpoint
  • St. John’s College – Santa Fe
  • Santa Fe University of Art and Design – Santa Fe
  • Southern Methodist University – Taos
  • Southwest University of Visual Arts – Albuquerque
  • University of Phoenix, Albuquerque – Santa Fe and Santa Teresa
  • University of the Southwest – Hobbs

The Land of Enchantment Goes to College

Part of the region won by the US in the Mexican-American War, New Mexico is a place deeply rooted in culture, with the large Hispanic and Native American populations. The vast, rocky deserts make New Mexico a magical place – it is the Land of Enchantment, after all – and its spread-out populations and large, empty spaces made it an ideal place for scientific experiments – including the invention and testing of nuclear weapons. Much of New Mexico’s economy depends on the federal government, including laboratories in Los Alamos and Sandia, the White Sand Missile Range, and Air Force Bases, and these economic centers create a need for excellent STEM research and education. But New Mexico also has significant underserved populations, which creates a further responsibility for the colleges and universities of the state to bring education to the people, in an affordable way.

How New Mexico Does Higher Education

At that, New Mexico’s colleges and universities excel. The state’s higher education system is the single largest source of economic uplift and social mobility – in fact, the University of New Mexico is one of the state’s biggest employers. Three main public universities – UNM, New Mexico State, and the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology – bear the largest part of the challenge, bringing the highest class of research, professional education, and career and technical training to the people of the state, all for some of the lowest tuition rates in the nation. In addition, New Mexico has one of the lowest levels of population density in the US, and New Mexico’s universities have recognized that fact, making online education a priority in the 21st century to reach as many students as possible.


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