Colleges in Albuquerque, New Mexico
There are at least 18 colleges in Albuquerque, including universities, colleges and trade schools. The Albuquerque Economic Development Council reports that the metropolitan area is home to 60,000 enrolled college students and, on a per capita basis, ranked among the top 25 areas in the nation with the most college graduates. More than 29 percent of adults living in the metro area have at least a Bachelor's degree, which is just slightly above the nationwide average. Interestingly, the state as a whole has one of the highest concentrations of PhD holders in the entire country, according to the Albuquerque Economic Development Council.
The University of New Mexico. In addition to offering distance learning, the university's main campus provides Bachelor's degree programs in areas as varied as Business; English; General Studies; Journalism; Nursing and Psychology. This research university has more than 22,000 enrolled undergraduates, as of 2013, and an overall graduation rate of 48 percent, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). In-state tuition and fees were $6,846 in the 2013-2014 school year, but reached $20,688 for out-of-state students, the NCES reports.
Central New Mexico Community College. The NCES reports that this urban multi-campus has an enrollment of nearly 29,000 undergraduate students as of 2013, but this includes students enrolled at its main campus as well as four other campus site also in the metropolitan Albuquerque area. Major Associate degree programs available at the school include Business Administration; Computer and Information Sciences; Liberal Arts; and Nursing. In-state tuition reached $1,364 for the 2013-2014 year and $6,656 for out-of-state students, according to the NCES, and the school's overall graduation rate is 11 percent.
Pima Medical Institute-Albuquerque. This private for-profit school provides students with certificates and Associate degrees in Dental Hygiene; Medical Assisting; Nursing; Radiologic Technology; and other fields. Student enrollment hit 930, as of 2013, and the school's overall graduation rate is 69 percent, according to the NCES. The NCES also reports that tuition and fees for its largest program, Medical Assisting, were $11,397 for both in-state and out-of-state students as of the 2013-2014 school year.
Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute. Approximately 530 students were enrolled in this public tribal college, as of 2013, the NCES states. Major programs of study that have certificate or Associate degrees include Accounting; Early Childhood Education; Optometry Assisting; and the Liberal Arts. The overall graduation rate is 7 percent, and tuition and fees were just $675 for the 2013-2014 school year, according to the NCES.
Adults with higher levels of education generally earn more than those with a high school education. Below are the median earnings, as of 2012, for adults age 25 and older living in Albuquerque, according to the U.S. Census Bureau:
Less than high school graduate
High school graduate or equivalent
Some college or associate degree
Graduate or professional degree
The mean hourly wage in Albuquerque is $20.60 per hour, which is just below the national mean hourly of wage of $22.33, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The BLS also reports that some of the highest paying occupational fields in the metropolitan Albuquerque area were, as of May 2013:
Mean Hourly Wage
Architecture and Engineering
Computer and Mathematical
Life, Physical, and Social Sciences
Students seeking additional options in New Mexico can turn to the links posted on the left side of this page, which include information about colleges in nearby areas, such as Los Lunas. We have also compiled an extensive list of Albuquerque colleges below, and more information can be found by clicking on any of the posted links.
College Navigator, National Center for Educational Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?s=NM&ct=1+2+3&ic=2+3&of=1&od=0&id=442602
Demographics, Albuquerque Economic Development. http://www.abq.org/Demographics.aspx
Fact Book, Central New Mexico Community College. https://www.cnm.edu/depts/planning/instres/fact_book/fact-books/Fact-Book_2012.pdf
Median Earnings in the Past 12 Months, United States Census Bureau, American Fact Finder. http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?src=CF
Occupational Employment and Wages in Albuquerque, May 2013, Bureau of Labor Statistics. http://data.bls.gov/cgi-bin/print.pl/ro6/fax/oes_albq.htm
USA Quickfacts, United States Census Bureau. http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/00000.html
|School||Total Enrollment||Institution Level||Avg In-State Tuition||Programs Offered|
|Central New Mexico Community College||24,781||At least 2 but less than 4 years||1,248||165|
|De Wolff College Hair Styling and Cosmetology||44||Less than 2 years (below associate)||N/A||2|
|University of New Mexico-Main Campus||26,999||Four or more years||6,664||234|
|Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute||367||At least 2 but less than 4 years||N/A||19|
|Southwest University of Visual Arts-Albuquerque||85||Four or more years||22,488||8|
|University of Phoenix-New Mexico||502||Four or more years||11,575||30|
|Universal Therapeutic Massage Institute||84||Less than 2 years (below associate)||N/A||2|
|Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy-Albuquerque||118||Less than 2 years (below associate)||N/A||4|
|Aveda Institute-New Mexico||122||Less than 2 years (below associate)||N/A||2|
|ITT Technical Institute-Albuquerque||N/A||Four or more years||N/A||N/A|
|Pima Medical Institute-Albuquerque||872||At least 2 but less than 4 years||N/A||11|
|National American University-Albuquerque||229||Four or more years||12,960||33|
|National American University-Albuquerque West||162||Four or more years||12,960||27|
|Carrington College-Albuquerque||434||At least 2 but less than 4 years||N/A||7|
|Pima Medical Institute-Albuquerque West||121||At least 2 but less than 4 years||N/A||5|