Albuquerque is perhaps best known for hosting one of the world's largest hot air balloon festivals, but the southwestern metropolitan city also boasts some of the leading postsecondary institutions in the state of New Mexico. When taking a break from studies, students at colleges in Albuquerque can take advantage of a number of attractions in the city and nearby area, such as Petroglyph National Monument, Sandia Peak Tramway, and of course, University of New Mexico Lobos sporting events.
Central New Mexico Community College is far and away the largest provider of vocational education in Albuquerque. The college offers a wide range of trade and technical programs for Albuquerque students. CNM has a long history with providing technical education — the school first opened in 1965 as Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute. Today, its most popular technical certificate programs include accounting, child care, emergency medical technician, nursing assistant and commercial vehicle operation.
Although there are nearly a dozen Albuquerque colleges that offer associate and bachelor's degree programs, the vast majority of Albuquerque students attend either Central New Mexico Community College or the University of New Mexico, which has its flagship campus at Albuquerque.
Founded in 1889, University of New Mexico is the oldest of the colleges in Albuquerque… and in the state. UNM also is the largest college in Albuquerque with an annual enrollment exceeding 25,000 students. The most popular degree programs at the college include business management, biology, early childhood education, and psychology. National American University has two locations in the city as well as offering more than two dozen online bachelor's degree programs in business administration, criminal justice, and IT, among others.
Students looking to earn an advanced degree have options through the three universities in Albuquerque: the New Mexico's main campus; Southwest University of Visual Arts; or the University of Phoenix. Some of the leading master's degree programs at UNM include business administration and management, nursing and public administration. Law is the college's most sought-after doctoral degree program.
To learn more about higher education options in the state, see our list of New Mexico colleges.