Albuquerque Colleges and Schools

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.

Albuquerque, New Mexico Colleges

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.

Trade and Vocational Schools in Albuquerque

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.

Careers in Albuquerque

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:

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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:

Occupational Area

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Architecture and Engineering




Computer and Mathematical


Life, Physical, and Social Sciences


More Information

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

Education Institutes in Albuquerque
Total Number of Educational Institutes
Total Enrollment in all institutes
Number of Public Educational Institutes
Number of Private For-Profit Institutes
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Graduation Rate
Total Graduates With Bachelors Degree
On Campus and Online Programs in Albuquerque
Number of Institutes Offering on-campus programs
Number of Institutes Offering on-line programs
Number of Institutes Offering both
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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Colleges and Universities in Albuquerque
SchoolTotal EnrollmentInstitution LevelAvg In-State TuitionPrograms Offered
Central New Mexico Community College24,781At least 2 but less than 4 years1,248165
De Wolff College Hair Styling and Cosmetology44Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A2
University of New Mexico-Main Campus26,999Four or more years6,664234
Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute367At least 2 but less than 4 yearsN/A19
Southwest University of Visual Arts-Albuquerque85Four or more years22,4888
University of Phoenix-New Mexico502Four or more years11,57530
Universal Therapeutic Massage Institute84Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A2
Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy-Albuquerque118Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A4
Aveda Institute-New Mexico122Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A2
ITT Technical Institute-AlbuquerqueN/AFour or more yearsN/AN/A
Pima Medical Institute-Albuquerque872At least 2 but less than 4 yearsN/A11
National American University-Albuquerque229Four or more years12,96033
National American University-Albuquerque West162Four or more years12,96027
Carrington College-Albuquerque434At least 2 but less than 4 yearsN/A7
Pima Medical Institute-Albuquerque West121At least 2 but less than 4 yearsN/A5
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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