New Mexico Colleges & Universities

Find out about higher education in New Mexico: What schools and colleges are there in New Mexico? How much does tuition cost? What kind of job could you get when you graduate?

New Mexico Schools and Colleges: An Overview: Students entering higher education can choose from a long list of excellent schools and colleges in New Mexico. Many New Mexico schools and colleges are located in the capital Albuquerque, Santa Fe in the north, and Las Cruces in the south, but you should be able to find a program to suit your needs at a college near you wherever you are living in New Mexico. If not, you could choose to study online--many New Mexico colleges and universities offer 100% online programs.

The Five Largest New Mexico Colleges:

  • University of New Mexico. Located in the heart of Albuquerque, UNM had a total enrolment of 26,098 in Spring 2010, of whom 18,499 were undergraduates. In spring 2010, undergraduate tuition and fees were $2,550 per semester for residents; $8,626.80 for non-residents.
  • New Mexico State University. Based in Las Cruces, NMSU's total enrolment was 18,497 in fall 2009, 14,698 of whom were undergraduates. In spring 2010, undergraduate tuition and fees were $2,499 for residents; $7,575 for non-residents. NMSU is home to the only Honors College in New Mexico.
  • Eastern New Mexico University: ENMU has campuses in Portales, Roswell, and Ruidoso. It has 4,685 undergraduates enrolled. Tuition and fees for undergraduates were $1,950 per semester for residents and $4,716 for non-residents.
  • New Mexico Highlands University: NMHU's main campus is in Las Vegas, with centres in across New Mexico. Total enrollment in 2009 was 3,786, of whom 2,680 were undergraduates. Full-time tuition and fees for undergraduates in fall 2010 to spring 2011 were $1,476 per semester for residents; $2,316 for non-residents.
  • Western New Mexico University: Located in the mountain community of Silver City, WNMU had a total enrollment of 3,269 in fall 2009. Full-time tuition and fees for undergraduates were about $1,905 per semester in fall 2010 to spring 2011; $6,705 for non-residents.

The Art Institute, University of Phoenix, Strayer University, and DeVry University also have colleges in New Mexico. There are hundreds of other colleges in New Mexico, including campuses of national universities, community and technical colleges, and schools and colleges specializing in subjects such as design, nursing, and automotive training.

Diversity of New Mexico's Student Population: New Mexico's largest universities have an ethnically diverse student population. White, non-Hispanic, and Hispanic students make up the majority of the student population in almost equal numbers. NMSU and ENMU pride themselves as Hispanic-serving institutions. On average, there is a slightly higher ratio of female to male students at New Mexico's largest universities.

What Can New Mexico Offer its Graduates?: When you graduate from one of New Mexico's schools and colleges, you want to know what the job market can offer you.

New Mexico's unemployment rate was 8.2% in July 2010, compared to a national rate of 9.5%. The mean annual wage for all occupations in New Mexico was $38,920 in May 2009, compared to $43,460 nationally; the mean hourly wage was $14.10, compared to $15.95 nationally.

The five industries employing the largest number of people in New Mexico in July 2010 were:

  • • Government
  • • Trade, Transportation, and Utilities
  • • Education and Health Services
  • • Professional and Business Services
  • • Leisure and Hospitality

The five occupations with the highest number of employees (in parenthesis) in New Mexico in May 2009 were:

  • • Office and Administrative Support: 130,140
  • • Sales and Related: 79,990
  • • Food Preparation and Serving Related: 73,520
  • • Construction and Extraction: 59,370
  • • Education, Training, and Library: 56,710

Check out New Mexico's schools, colleges and universities today to find out whether your career could start here.

The writer Karin has been a freelance writer for several years. She has a PhD and a background in education and research.

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