New Mexico Colleges Summary

The National Center for Education Statistics lists more than 50 higher education institutions in New Mexico — including 10 branch community colleges, seven independent community colleges, nine public four-year schools and almost a dozen private four-year schools.

The largest schools in the state are the main campus of the University of New Mexico and Central New Mexico Community College — both of which have undergraduate populations of more than 24,000 students.

There are ten private colleges in New Mexico, including the Computer Career Center in Las Cruces. The state also has several technical and vocational schools, with programs in tourism, industrial arts, and health care services.

New Mexico Colleges: A Few Highlights

Several public four-year universities in New Mexico offer comprehensive curricula. For example, Eastern New Mexico University offers more than 90 degree programs, including more than 30 online programs. And New Mexico Highlands University has more than 50 undergraduate and 25 graduate degree programs. The New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology has an intensive STEM-related focus, offering more than 45 degree programs at the bachelor's to doctoral levels. Other strong research-focused schools include New Mexico State University, and the University of New Mexico.

Education Initiatives in New Mexico

An initiative known as Gear Up New Mexico aims to prepare high school students for higher education and also improve access and opportunities within state colleges and universities for all students. New Mexico participates in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), which sets national standards for distance education, making it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in other states.

For more information on the New Mexico Higher Education Department, see: http://www.hed.state.nm.us/


  • CollegeCalc, Accessed March 2018, http://www.collegecalc.org/colleges/new-mexico/private/
  • Eastern New Mexico University, Accessed April 2018, https://www.enmu.edu/academics/degrees-programs
  • New Mexico Higher Education Department, Accessed March 2018, http://www.hed.state.nm.us/
  • New Mexico Highlands University, Accessed April 2018, http://www.nmhu.edu/
  • New Mexico Tech, Accessed April 2018, http://w17.nmt.edu/index.php

Education Institutes in New Mexico
Total Number of Educational Institutes
Total Enrollment in all institutes
Number of Public Educational Institutes
Number of Private For-Profit Institutes
Number of Private Non-Profit Institutes
Graduation Rate
Total Graduates With Bachelors Degree
On Campus and Online Programs in New Mexico
Number of Institutes Offering on-campus programs
Number of Institutes Offering on-line programs
Number of Institutes Offering both
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Colleges and Universities in New Mexico
SchoolCityTotal EnrollmentInstitution LevelAvg In-State TuitionPrograms Offered
Olympian Academy of CosmetologyAlamogordo916Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A6
Central New Mexico Community CollegeAlbuquerque24,781At least 2 but less than 4 years1,248165
Navajo Technical UniversityCrownpoint1,675Four or more years3,42049
De Wolff College Hair Styling and CosmetologyAlbuquerque44Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A2
New Mexico State University-Dona AnaLas Cruces8,157At least 2 but less than 4 years1,77696
Clovis Community CollegeClovis3,317At least 2 but less than 4 years1,00868
Eastern New Mexico University-Main CampusPortales6,010Four or more years3,42772
Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell CampusRoswell2,963At least 2 but less than 4 years1,800118
Institute of American Indian and Alaska Native Culture and Arts DevelopmentSanta Fe582Four or more years4,46016
New Mexico Highlands UniversityLas Vegas3,322Four or more years3,95264
New Mexico Junior CollegeHobbs2,408At least 2 but less than 4 years1,29644
New Mexico Military InstituteRoswell422At least 2 but less than 4 years1,6811
University of New Mexico-Gallup CampusGallup2,478At least 2 but less than 4 years1,68242
New Mexico Institute of Mining and TechnologySocorro2,135Four or more years5,84152
University of New Mexico-Los Alamos CampusLos Alamos1,031At least 2 but less than 4 years2,02417