University of New Mexico (UNM) is a public research university located along old Route 66 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Situated on a 600-acre campus surrounded by mountains and mesas, the Pueblo Revival architecture of UNM's buildings is a cultural reflection of the neighboring Pueblo communities.
UNM offers more than 200 academic degree programs at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels. The university also offers professional degree and certificate programs, and a unique Evening and Weekend Degree Program that allows working students to complete degrees at non-traditional hours that fit around their busy schedules. Distance education is available through many online courses and programs.
UNM has several programs that rank high according to national reports, including its Rural Medicine, Family and Community Medicine, and Nursing/Midwifery programs. The Photography program at UNM is ranked second in the nation. UNM also has top-ranking research units, with its Cancer Center, Center for High Technology Materials, and Environmental Law and Policy programs receiving high marks for outstanding research. The university's Health Sciences Center is the largest integrated health care treatment, education and research organization in New Mexico.
According to Hispanic Magazine, UNM is ranked among the top 25 colleges and universities in the nation for Latinos. In rankings listed in other publications targeted to the Latino population, the university's Law School, School of Engineering, and School of Medicine earn high marks.
The faculty at UNM is highly acclaimed, with many professors regularly earning awards for their work or being quoted in the media. Among the UNM faculty are a Nobel Laureate, Fulbright scholars, MacArthur Fellows and members of prestigious academies.
The University of New Mexico was founded in 1889.
The academic calendar of the University of New Mexico follows the semester format, with fall, spring and summer semesters.
Colleges and Schools
- Anderson School of Management
- College of Arts & Sciences
- College of Education
- College of Fine Arts
- College of Nursing
- College of Pharmacy
- School of Architecture and Planning
- School of Engineering
- School of Law
- School of Medicine
- School of Public Administration
- University College
There are many "Lobo" student organizations and clubs available at the University of New Mexico for students who want to become more engaged and involved on campus. There are local chapters of national fraternities and sororities, as well as ROTC offices for the Army, Navy and Air Force. There is also a College Enrichment Program (CEP) that provides leadership and coordination of student support services and activities. All CEP activities are designed to enrich student achievement and social development.
In addition to the many groups, support services and activities available to students on the UNM campus, there are many campus venues and sites to enjoy. The Campus Arboretum is nationally recognized for its beauty, and the Duck Pond is a popular outdoor attraction on campus. UNM has two art galleries, four museums, and three campus venues for performing arts and entertainment. The UNM Performing Arts Department produces "Shakespeare on the Rail," which presents Shakespearean plays on the local metro rail to introduce new audiences to Shakespeare's works. The University Arena has been ranked one of the top sports venues in the nation, and draws many fans to the UNM "Lobos" sports events.
UNM offers many residence halls for on campus living, as well as a variety of dining services.
The UNM mascot is the wolf, or "Lobo," and the school's athletic teams are called the "Lobos."
The New Mexico "Lobos" athletic teams compete in several intercollegiate sports, including:
- Cross Country
- Track and Field
- Cross Country
- Swimming and Diving
- Track and Field
In addition to its main campus in Albuquerque, UNM offers graduate and upper division courses in Santa Fe. It also has several branch campuses (satellite campuses) in New Mexico:
- Gallup Campus
- Los Alamos Campus
- Taos Campus
- Valencia County Campus
The main campus of UNM is in Albuquerque, New Mexico's largest city with a population of 700,000. Albuquerque is a culturally diverse city surrounded by natural beauty and offers many outdoor activities and entertainment. Locals enjoy 310 days of sunshine per year. Albuquerque is one of the top 15 hot job centers in the U.S., partly for its focus on high-tech companies and businesses. The Rio Grande winds through the area, and is bordered by many biking and hiking trails. The many lakes in the area offer fishing, boating and water skiing.
Admission Requirements & Details
The admission details below may provide a better idea of the students UNM accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP credits that may be transferred.
College Credits Accepted
- Dual Credits
- AP Course Credits
Total enrollment at University of New Mexico is around 27,000 students. The student body is made up of 78% undergraduate students and 12% graduate students.
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $11,100. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. There is also a $20 application fee for students applying to the school. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Annual tuition estimates are:
- In-State: $5,800-$7,000
- Out-of-State: $20,000-$24,060
- Charges per unit:
- In-State: $240-$290 per unit
- Out-of-State: $810-$970 per unit
Financial Aid Details
The information below lists the financial aid types students are receiving. Also shown are the percent of students receiving aid and the average amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||96%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||96%||$5,833|
|Receiving Student Loans||61%||$5,482|
Academics & Student Services
Student ServicesTo help students and alumni, University of New Mexico may provide services to students like:
- Online classes
- Classes offered on nights and weekends
- Academic counseling for students
- Work study style employment
- Assistance to find work
- Day care
University of New Mexico has an overall graduation rate which is close to 48%.
|Number of Year to Graduate||Percent of Entering Class|
|Students Graduating in 4 Years||15%|
|Graduating in 5 Years||25%|
|Graduating in 6 Years||8%|
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
Campus: University of New Mexico
- Clinical Psychology (Ph.D.) Program
- Dance Program
- Dietetics Program
- Law Program
- Medical (M.D.) Program
- Music Program
- Nurse Midwifery Education Program
- Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program
- Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program
- Occupational Therapy (OT) Program
- Pharmacy (Pharm. D.) Program
- Graduate Level Public Health (Outside School of Public Health) Program
- Speech-Language Pathology Program
- Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program
- Theatre Program
Campus: UNM Health Sciences Center
- Dental Hygienist Program
- * Accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (since 1961)
UNM is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports belonging to the NCAA Division I-A classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:
- Baseball (Mountain West Conference)
- Basketball (Mountain West Conference)
- Track and Field (Mountain West Conference)
- Football (Mountain West Conference)
- Swimming and Diving
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
Get more information about the programs offered by University of New Mexico by clicking the request information to the right.
(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Business and Marketing Studies
Communications and Journalism
Computer and Information Sciences
English Language and Literature
Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies
Family and Consumer Sciences
Foreign Languages and Literature
Health and Clinical Professions
Legal Professions and Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mathematics and Statistics
Natural Resources and Conservation
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Public Administration and Social Services
Security and Protective Services
Visual and Performing Arts
Other 4-Year Public Colleges
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- Institute of American Indian and Alaska Native Culture in Santa Fe, NM (46 miles away)
- New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in Socorro, NM (72 miles away)
- New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, NM (87 miles away)
- Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO (167 miles away)
- New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM (167 miles away)
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