Colleges in New Mexico: Universities, Trade and Technical Schools

New Mexico Colleges Summary

New Mexico has more than 130,000 students enrolled in nearly 50 colleges and career schools. A large percentage of these are public. New Mexico is one of four states where public institutions represent more than 55% of their post-secondary schools. In addition, more than nine out of ten students in New Mexico are enrolled in these public institutions. Only two US states have a higher percentage of students in public schools.

There are only three colleges in New Mexico with more than 10,000 students. These are the University of New Mexico (more than 25,000 students), Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute (a public school with more than 20,000 students), and New Mexico State University (more than 20,000 students in 2 locations).


New Mexico does not have many community colleges, only four as of 2005. In addition, only about 30% of its schools are for-profit. Typically, community colleges and for-profit schools provide career-focused training options for students. One of the more interesting examples of this is the Southwest Acupuncture College, with locations in Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

The mailing address and web site address for the New Mexico Public Education Department is as follows:

300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, NM 87501-2786
Website: http://www.ped.state.nm.us/

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Colleges and Universities in New Mexico

School City Students Dorms Open Admission Typical SAT Range
Central New Mexico Community College Albuquerque 22,759   Yes
Clovis Community College Clovis 3,706   Yes
College of Santa Fe Santa Fe 672 545 No V: 510-650
M: 460-580
W: 500-640
College of Santa Fe at Albuquerque Albuquerque 1,035 545 No
De Wolff College Hair Styling and Cosmetology Albuquerque 92   Yes
Eastern New Mexico University Main Campus Portales 4,173 1,198 No V: 420-510
M: 405-535
Eastern New Mexico University Roswell Campus Roswell 3,917 258 Yes
Eastern New Mexico University Ruidoso Ruidoso 771   Yes
IIA College Albuquerque Albuquerque 273   Yes
Institute of American Indian and Alaska Native Culture Santa Fe 231 154 No V: 400-500
M: 200-300
W: 300-550
Luna Community College Las Vegas 2,112   Yes
Massage Therapy Training Institute Las Cruces 35   Yes
Mesalands Community College Tucumcari 635   Yes
Navajo Technical College Crownpoint 367 204 Yes
New Mexico Highlands University Las Vegas 3,457 553 Yes
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology Socorro 1,710 670 No V: 530-660
M: 550-680
New Mexico Junior College Hobbs 3,001 392 Yes
New Mexico Military Institute Roswell 466 990 No V: 420-540
M: 450-570
W: 420-520
New Mexico State University Alamogordo Alamogordo 2,512   Yes
New Mexico State University Carlsbad Carlsbad 1,425   Yes
New Mexico State University Dona Ana Las Cruces 7,803   Yes
New Mexico State University Grants Grants 798   Yes
New Mexico State University Main Campus Las Cruces 16,722 3,612 No V: 430-560
M: 430-560
W: 430-550
Northern New Mexico College Espanola 2,237 80 Yes
Olympian University of Cosmetology Alamogordo 776   Yes
Pima Medical Institute Albuquerque Albuquerque 35   Yes
Pima Medical Institute Albuquerque Albuquerque 716   Yes
San Juan College Farmington 6,991   Yes
Santa Fe Community College Santa Fe 3,963   Yes
Southwest Acupuncture College Albuquerque Albuquerque 88   No
Southwest Acupuncture College Santa Fe Santa Fe 58   No
Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute Albuquerque 600 394 Yes
St John's College Santa Fe Santa Fe 535 325 No
The Art Center Design College Albuquerque Albuquerque 298   No V: 401-510
M: 394-509
University of New Mexico Gallup Campus Gallup 2,636   Yes
University of New Mexico Los Alamos Campus Los Alamos 627 124 Yes
University of New Mexico Main Campus Albuquerque 25,672 2,470 No V: 470-600
M: 460-600
University of New Mexico Taos Branch Taos 1,072   Yes
University of New Mexico Valencia County Branch Los Lunas 1,713   Yes
University of the Southwest Hobbs 552 190 No V: 290-470
M: 308-522
W: 350-470
Western New Mexico University Silver City 2,697 402 Yes
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