Community Colleges in New Mexico

Community colleges in New Mexico offer education opportunities that usually last no more than two years. Community colleges offer several options, including transfer programs to four year institutions or technical degrees and certificates for entry into the workforce upon graduation. Community colleges tend to have lower tuition than their four year counterparts, which is particularly appealing for individuals wishing to save money while receiving a quality education. Although community colleges are traditionally two year public institutions, some four year hybrid schools may also be listed below as they are still primarily associate degree granting institutions.

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Community Colleges in Albuquerque

We have ranked the community colleges in the Albuquerque area by the percent of students who either completed their degree or transferred to a 4-year institution. Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque, NM ranked as the #1 community college in this area. Visit their official website at

Central New Mexico Community College Highlights

  • Serving students from Albuquerque and surrounding areas
  • 34% of students either graduated or transferred to a 4-year college/university
  • Tuition & fees are about $1,500 per year for state residents ($7,000 for out of state)

Top Community Colleges in Albuquerque

RateInstitution NameLocationEnrollment
34%Central New Mexico Community CollegeAlbuquerque, NM26,000
31%Southwestern Indian Polytechnic InstituteAlbuquerque, NM-
20%University of New Mexico - Valencia CampusLos Lunas, NM2,000

Other Community Colleges in New Mexico

The table below lists all the other community colleges in New Mexico that do not belong to any large metropolitan or urban concentrated area. The table also displays the "Rate" column, which is the percent of students completing course work.

RateInstitution NameLocationEnrollment
41%University of New Mexico - Los Alamos CampusLos Alamos, NM1,000
39%Eastern New Mexico University - RuidosoRuidoso, NM1,000
39%New Mexico Junior CollegeHobbs, NM3,000
32%Mesalands Community CollegeTucumcari, NM1,000
32%Eastern New Mexico University - Roswell CampusRoswell, NM3,000
31%Santa Fe Community CollegeSanta Fe, NM5,000
29%New Mexico State University - AlamogordoAlamogordo, NM2,000
28%Clovis Community CollegeClovis, NM3,000
27%New Mexico State University - GrantsGrants, NM1,000
25%San Juan CollegeFarmington, NM7,000
19%Dona Ana Community CollegeLas Cruces, NM8,000
19%Luna Community CollegeLas Vegas, NM1,000
19%New Mexico State University - CarlsbadCarlsbad, NM2,000
16%University of New Mexico - Gallup CampusGallup, NM2,000
10%University of New Mexico - Taos CampusRanchos de Taos, NM2,000

Notes: Tuition & fee amounts are for both New Mexico in-state residents and out of state students, unless noted otherwise. The tuition information displayed is an estimate, which we calculated based on historical data and should be solely used for informational purposes only. Please contact the respective school for information about the current school year.

Source: IPEDS Survey 2012-2015: Data obtained from the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Data may vary depending on school and academic year.