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New Mexico (NM) Colleges, Trade Schools, and Universities

New Mexico is home to 31 public and private, non-profit colleges, trade schools and universities. Compare the schools in New Mexico to discover which schools might be right for you.

Individuals who want to study in New Mexico can select from a variety of 4-year and 2-year schools to earn certificates or degrees at varying levels. Using data from the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES), we'll discuss the largest schools in the state, as well as those close to large cities, among other topics.

New Mexico Schools Near Large Cities

New Mexico offers the opportunity for students to go to school in various settings around the state. Albuquerque is the largest city and is the home of one university as well as one community college. Most of the schools in this state are located in rural areas. The five closest schools include:

  • Central New Mexico Community College (Albuquerque)
  • University of New Mexico-Main Campus (Albuquerque)
  • San Juan College (Farmington)
  • New Mexico State University-Main Campus (Las Cruces)
  • New Mexico State University-Dona Ana (Las Cruces)

Largest Schools in New Mexico

New Mexico is home to several schools that have student populations over 7,000 as of the fall of 2015. All of the largest schools listed are public institutions. Three are 4-year schools, and two are two-year schools. If school size is a major deciding factor for you, consider the following schools:

  • University of New Mexico-Main Campus (27,285 students)
  • Central New Mexico Community College (25,760 students)
  • New Mexico State University-Main Campus (15,490 students)
  • New Mexico State University-Dona Ana (8,252 students)
  • San Juan College (7,254 students)

Lowest Net Price

Students are often concerned with the cost of attending college. The average net price published by the NCES is calculated by subtracting the amount of financial aid awarded from the total cost of attendance for in-state students per year. Based on 2014-2015 figures, the following New Mexico schools had the lowest average net prices for full-time undergraduates:

  • Central New Mexico Community College ($3,846)
  • New Mexico State University-Grants ($5,257)
  • Northern New Mexico College ($5,680)
  • San Juan College ($5,724)
  • University of New Mexico-Valencia County Campus ($5,726)

Highest Graduation Rate

The graduation rate reported by the NCES is based on first-time students who entered programs in 2009 and 2012 and graduated within 150% of the normal time. This rate could indicate the quality of programs and student satisfaction. The following schools had the highest graduation rates for full-time undergraduates in 2015:

  • New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (49% graduation rate)
  • University of New Mexico-Main Campus (48% graduation rate)
  • St. John's College (45% graduation rate)
  • New Mexico State University-Main Campus (43% graduation rate)
  • Clovis Community College (40% graduation rate)

Looking at cost, location, graduation rate, and the student enrollment of colleges, trade schools, and universities in New Mexico are several factors that you can consider to narrow down your search for a school.

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