Western New Mexico University

Western New Mexico University

Western New Mexico University, also referred to as WNMU, is located in Silver City, New Mexico, United States. It was founded in the year 1893 and known as the New Mexico Normal School. Classes started in 1894. Students of WNMU are offered degrees in different areas of study including applied technology, nursing, natural sciences, and social sciences. The university's academic divisions are:

  • School of Business Administration and Economics
  • School of Education
  • School of Health Sciences and Human Performance

Western New Mexico University's athletic teams are known as the Mustangs. The women's teams participate in cross country, basketball, softball, tennis, golf, and volleyball. The men's teams compete in cross country, basketball, golf, tennis, and football.

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Western New Mexico University
1000 W. College Ave
Silver City , NM 88061
General Phone: (505) 538-6336

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

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching135education, educational administration, special ed, school counseling, elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, kindergarten/preschool teaching, industrial arts teaching, physical education teaching, ...
Liberal Arts65Spanish language, English, general studies, interdisciplinary studies, social services, sociology, history
Business and Management61business management, operations management, electronic commerce, accounting, banking, MIS
Nursing and Emergency Medicine42registered nursing
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy28health and physical education, athletic trainer, occupational therapy, rehabilitation
Security and Law Enforcement22criminal justice and safety, criminal justice and police
Family and Social Work13public administration, social work
Therapy and Counseling12psychology, substance abuse counseling
Science8biology, botany, call and molecular biology, zoology, physical sciences, chemistry
Engineering Technician8electronics tech, construction engineering tech, drafting
Production Trades5welding
Conservation and Resource Management5wildlife management
Photography and Commercial Art4commercial art
Mechanics and Repair4computer repair, automobile mechanics
Office and Administration3administrative assistant
Fine Arts3fine arts
Art Studies1art studies
Media0digital communications
Medical Support and Technology0clinical lab tech
Computer Science and Engineering0computer and info science

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

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree19239
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years410
Associate's degree10618
Master's degree1128
Award of less than 1 academic year76

Western New Mexico University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Western New Mexico University had a total enrollment of 2,697 students (1,778 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 84%
Graduate 16%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 38%
Black 3%
Hispanic 44%
Asian 1%
American Indian 4%
Unknown 8%
(Foreign Students) 3%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 12%
18-19 13%
20-21 11%
22-24 15%
25-29 12%
30-34 10%
35-39 8%
40-49 11%
50-64 8%
65+ 1%

Western New Mexico University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 48 %
Part-Time 14 %

Western New Mexico University Room and Board (2007)

Western New Mexico University offers campus housing for 402 of its 1,778 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Silver City, 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.

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

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 3,431
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 12,718
Room and board $ 7,360
Books and supplies $ 1,000
Other expenses $ 3,720

Financial Aid:
Western New Mexico University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 266400)

Western New Mexico University Faculty

Western New Mexico University has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track1724
Non-tenured and not on tenure track31

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year0*3$73,718
Associate professorcalendar year0*2*
All faculty totalcalendar year0*5$67,152

*: 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 year15$52,08210$54,580
Associate professoracademic year12$50,78410$53,880
Assistant professoracademic year20$45,55220$50,885
Instructoracademic year2*1*
All faculty totalacademic year49$48,47341$52,267

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

Western New Mexico 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 Sports154358

Western New Mexico University Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Banking and Financial Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce
Management Information Systems, General
Operations Management and Supervision

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Conservation And Resource Management
Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management

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

Engineering Technician
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General
Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engr Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Public Administration
Social Work

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
General Studies
History, General
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Mechanics And Repair
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician
Computer Installation and Repair Technology/Technician

Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia

Medical Support And Technology
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist

Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Health and Physical Education, General
Occupational Therapy/Therapist
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other

Office And Administration
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General

Photography And Commercial Art
Commercial and Advertising Art

Production Trades
Welding Technology/Welder

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Botany/Plant Biology
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
Chemistry, General
Physical Sciences
Zoology/Animal Biology

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Police Science
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling

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Top 18%Western New Mexico University Minority % of student body
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Top 19%Western New Mexico University % of degrees in mathematics
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Top 19%Western New Mexico University Faculty/student ratio (full-time)

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checked Tenure system for quality teaching
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