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/

Sources:

  • 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
50
Total Enrollment in all institutes
125,109
Number of Public Educational Institutes
28
Number of Private For-Profit Institutes
19
Number of Private Non-Profit Institutes
3
Graduation Rate
11%
Total Graduates With Bachelors Degree
3,288
On Campus and Online Programs in New Mexico
Number of Institutes Offering on-campus programs
0
Number of Institutes Offering on-line programs
6
Number of Institutes Offering both
44
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Colleges and Universities in New Mexico
SchoolCityTotal EnrollmentInstitution LevelAvg. In-State Tuition & FeesNumber of Programs Offered
University of New Mexico-Main CampusAlbuquerque24,319Four or more years$7,633238
Central New Mexico Community CollegeAlbuquerque23,553At least 2 but less than 4 years$1,626193
New Mexico State University-Main CampusLas Cruces14,289Four or more years$6,686190
New Mexico State University-Dona AnaLas Cruces7,876At least 2 but less than 4 years$2,154100
San Juan CollegeFarmington6,679At least 2 but less than 4 years$1,546121
Eastern New Mexico University-Main CampusPortales6,005Four or more years$6,32673
Santa Fe Community CollegeSanta Fe4,207At least 2 but less than 4 years$2,115154
Western New Mexico UniversitySilver City3,248Four or more years$6,06690
Clovis Community CollegeClovis3,107At least 2 but less than 4 years$1,61671
New Mexico Highlands UniversityLas Vegas3,037Four or more years$6,15069
Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell CampusRoswell2,427At least 2 but less than 4 years$2,42470
New Mexico Junior CollegeHobbs2,247At least 2 but less than 4 years$1,77645
University of New Mexico-Gallup CampusGallup2,190At least 2 but less than 4 years$1,98946
University of New Mexico-Valencia County CampusLos Lunas2,041At least 2 but less than 4 years$1,87845
New Mexico Institute of Mining and TechnologySocorro1,895Four or more years$7,77056