New Mexico Highlands University

New Mexico Highlands University

New Mexico Highlands University, also referred to as NMHU, is located in Las Vegas, New Mexico, United States. The university was established in the year 1893 as the New Mexico Normal School. It gained university status in 1902 and received its present name in 1941. The university enrolls more than 3,000 students on an annual basis. There are five degree-granting schools and colleges under the university. They are:

  • College of Humanities and Fine Arts
  • College of Science and Mathematics
  • School of Business
  • School of Education
  • School of Social Work

The men's athletic teams of NMHU are known as the Cowboys, and the women's teams are called the Cowgirls. The Cowboys participate in sports such as rodeo, football, baseball, basketball, and cross country. The Cowgirls participate in soccer, basketball, volleyball, softball, and rodeo.

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Contacting New Mexico Highlands University

New Mexico Highlands University
University Ave
Las Vegas , NM 87701
General Phone: (505) 425-7511

New Mexico Highlands University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching245education, curriculum and instruction, educational administration, special ed, school counseling, elementary school teaching, kindergarten/preschool teaching, health teaching, industrial arts teaching, ...
Therapy and Counseling221psychology, clinical social work
Business and Management125business management, accounting, finance, MIS, marketing
Liberal Arts43area studies, Spanish language, English, liberal arts and sciences, political science, social studies, history
Science17biology, chemistry, physics
Media16communication studies, communications tech courses
Conservation and Resource Management7environmental studies, natural resources management, forestry
Security and Law Enforcement6criminal justice and safety
Computer Science and Engineering4computer and info science, information science
Art Studies3art studies
Photography and Commercial Art0cinematography
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy0parks and recreation management
Engineering0engineering, electrical engineering
Family and Social Work0public administration
Design0design and visual communication

Number of programs and degrees for New Mexico Highlands University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree33538
Master's degree35414
Associate's degree22

New Mexico Highlands University Student Body

In 2007-2008, New Mexico Highlands University had a total enrollment of 3,457 students (2,737 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 54%
Graduate 46%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 31%
Black 4%
Hispanic 50%
Asian 2%
American Indian 7%
Unknown 3%
(Foreign Students) 3%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 13%
20-21 10%
22-24 15%
25-29 17%
30-34 11%
35-39 9%
40-49 12%
50-64 9%
65+ 2%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New Mexico73%
(International Students)5%
New York1%

New Mexico Highlands University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 45 %
Part-Time 11 %

New Mexico Highlands University Room and Board (2007)

New Mexico Highlands University offers campus housing for 553 of its 2,737 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Las Vegas, New Mexico for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other New Mexico Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

New Mexico Highlands University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 2,708
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 4,052
Room and board $ 5,843
Room charge $ 2,488
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,355
Books and supplies $ 794
Other expenses $ 3,922

Financial Aid:
New Mexico Highlands University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 265300)

New Mexico Highlands University Faculty

New Mexico Highlands University has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Instructorcalendar year6$40,0001*
All faculty totalcalendar year6$40,0001*

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year11$64,1709$60,630
Associate professoracademic year22$56,92215$53,308
Assistant professoracademic year27$48,87632$46,740
Instructoracademic year2*4$41,020
No academic rankacademic year4$55,4892*
All faculty totalacademic year66$54,37562$50,001

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

New Mexico Highlands University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
Basketball Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
Baseball Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
Track Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports34144

New Mexico Highlands University Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Finance, General
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Information Science/Studies

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies
Forestry, General
Natural Resources Management and Policy

Design and Visual Communications, General

Education And Teaching
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Education, General
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
Health Teacher Education
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education

Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering, General

Family And Social Work
Public Administration

Liberal Arts
Area Studies, Other
English Language and Literature, General
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, Other
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Communications Technologies/Technicians & Support Services, Other

Music, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management

Photography And Commercial Art
Cinematography and Film/Video Production

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Clinical/Medical Social Work
Psychology, General

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New Mexico Highlands University Highlights

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What Sets New Mexico Highlands University Apart:

% of degrees in education and teaching
(vs. all colleges)
Top 6%New Mexico Highlands University % of degrees in education and teaching
Dorm rooms per full-time student
(for open-admission colleges)
Top 7%New Mexico Highlands University Dorm rooms per full-time student
% of degrees in therapy and counseling
(vs. all colleges)
Top 9%New Mexico Highlands University % of degrees in therapy and counseling
% students 40 years or older
(vs. all colleges)
Top 11%New Mexico Highlands University % students 40 years or older
% students on athletic fin. aid
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 13%New Mexico Highlands University % students on athletic fin. aid
Minority % of student body
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 14%New Mexico Highlands University Minority % of student body
Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
(vs. all colleges)
Top 14%New Mexico Highlands University Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
Number of degree programs
(vs. all colleges)
Top 16%New Mexico Highlands University Number of degree programs
Number of students
(for open-admission colleges)
Top 19%New Mexico Highlands University Number of students

checked Open admission
checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked On-campus day care
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Offers athletic scholarships
checked NCAA athletic conference member

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