Albuquerque, New Mexico (NM) Colleges and Universities

There are a total of 18 schools within 25 miles of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Compare several different evaluation factors that could help you select the right school for your future.

Students looking for higher education in Albuquerque have a variety of institutions to choose from. In order to help make the best college selection, data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) on proximity to Albuquerque, school size, cost, and graduation rates will be presented.

Schools Near Albuquerque

More than half of the 18 colleges within a 25-mile radius of Albuquerque are actually within 20 miles from the city. There is a mix of both 2 and 4-year public and private institutions. Below are the schools closest to the city.

  • Central New Mexico Community College (1.8 miles away)
  • University of New Mexico-Main Campus (1.8 miles away)
  • University of Phoenix-New Mexico ( 7.5 miles away)
  • University of New Mexico-Valencia County Campus ( 20.4 miles)

Largest Schools in Albuquerque

There are only 2 large colleges near Albuquerque with more than 26,700 total students. The other 16 schools near the city have roughly 2,300 students or less. The following schools are the largest near the city.

  • University of New Mexico-Main Campus (27,844 total students)
  • Central New Mexico Community College (26,771 total students)
  • University of New Mexico-Valencia County Campus (2,321 total students)
  • University of Phoenix-New Mexico (1,473 total students)

Lowest Net Price

Cost is often the most heavily weighted evaluation criteria for prospective students. The net price of a school is calculated by subtracting the amount of financial aid full-time undergraduate students receive from the total cost of attendance. Below are schools with the lowest net price, ranging from roughly $4,000 to $11,100.

  • Central New Mexico Community College ($3,846)
  • University of New Mexico-Valencia County Campus ($5,726)
  • University of New Mexico-Main Campus ($11,107)

Highest Graduation Rate

The NCES defines a school's overall graduation rate as the percentage of full-time students who graduate within 150% of 'normal time' for program. For example, since a bachelor's degree program normally takes 4 years to complete, 6 years would be 150% of 'normal time'. None of the schools in the Albuquerque area have exceptionally high rates. The following schools had the highest graduation rates according to NCES figures from 2009 and 2012.

  • University of New Mexico-Main Campus (48% graduation rate)
  • University of Phoenix-New Mexico (20% graduation rate)
  • Central New Mexico Community College (16% graduation rate)
  • University of New Mexico-Valencia County Campus(8% graduation rate)

With this information in hand, prospective students can make a college selection with confidence that they fully understand important evaluation factors about the schools under consideration.




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