5 Biggest Colleges in New Mexico

5 Biggest Colleges in New Mexico

Gorgeous sunsets and affordable colleges are just two of the qualities of schools in New Mexico.

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Due to its large Hispanic population – the largest in the U.S. – New Mexico even has universities that cater to minority groups.

From stretches of desert to colorful sunsets, New Mexico is known for its impressive landscape. It’s also the location of a strong public university system, and home to a number of design-focused private colleges.

Earning a degree in New Mexico is affordable as well. Due to its large Hispanic population – the largest in the U.S. – New Mexico even has universities that cater to minority groups. Here are the five biggest colleges in the state, and what their costs of attendance are.

5. Eastern New Mexico University

Type of College: Public University

Enrollment: 5,080

Cost: $2,924 for residents, $8,434 for out-of-state students

Best Program: Education is the most popular department, offering students degrees in either early childhood or elementary education. The curriculum requires majors to do extensive student teaching prior to graduation, and prepares them for state certification.

Fun Fact: ENMU has one four-year campus in Portales and two two-year campuses in Roswell and Ruidoso.

4. San Juan College

Type of College: Community College

Enrollment: 8,763

Cost: $41 per credit hour for residents, $105 per credit hour for out-of-state students

Best Program: The health sciences program attracts more students than any other. With majors in health information technology, nursing, physical therapy, and more offered, the department provides a lot of options for students interested in entering the medical field.

Fun Fact: San Juan College was originally dedicated to the studies of agriculture and mechanical arts.

3. New Mexico State University

Type of College: Public University

Enrollment: 18,024

Cost: $3,020 for residents, 9,534 for out-of-state students

Best Program: With over 5,000 students enrolled in the program, arts and sciences is by far the biggest program on campus. Majors receive an education that encompasses humanities, fine arts, science, and social science.

Fun Fact: New Mexico State is considered a NASA Space Grant College, and receives grants from NASA to conduct space-related research.

2. University of New Mexico, Albuquerque

Type of College: Public University

Enrollment: 27,278

Cost: $3,024 for residents, $10,344 for out-of-state students

Best Program: The health sciences department, which includes the colleges of nursing, pharmacy, and medicine, is the largest program on campus. It’s not just popular with students, however, the medicine and nursing subprograms consistently rank in the top ten nationwide.

Fun Fact: The UNM photography program is ranked fifth nationally.

1. Central New Mexico Community College

Type of College: Community College

Enrollment: 29,180

Cost: $579 for residents, $3,156 for out-of-state students

Best Program: Liberal arts is by far the most popular program at the college. Designed to prepare students for transferring to a four-year college, the major covers the general education requirements for New Mexico state universities.

Fun Fact: Ninety-five percent of CNMCC graduates find a job related to their major.

Quick Facts

  • New Mexico has more Ph.D. holders than any other state.
  • Some of the most impressive university research facilities are located in New Mexico, making it a leader in post-secondary research.
  • Most public universities in the state have more than three campuses.

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