University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM

About the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque

The University of New Mexico in Albuquerque (UNM) was established in 1889, and is located within the urban area of Albuquerque near the waters of the Rio Grande river. UNM acquired the nickname of Lobo in 1920, which later became the university's official mascot.

Science buffs and astronomy enthusiasts will enjoy the Meteorite Museum that's located on the campus of UNM since it contains a variety of interesting astronomical exhibits. The university has several libraries located on the main campus in Albuquerque including the Bunting Visual Resources Library, Clark Field Archives & Library, Women's Resource Center Library and the Native American Studies Library.


Academics at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque (UNM) includes 87 degree programs at the bachelor's level, 72 degree programs at the master's level and 38 doctoral degree programs. For students exploring alternative formats for pursuing their education, UNM offers programs during the evening and weekend as well as online classes via distance education.

The University of New Mexico in Albuquerque (UNM) achieved recognition for several of their programs within the 2012 edition of U.S. News & World Report's 'America's Best Graduate Schools.' These programs included engineering, which ranked 88th in the nation, pharmacy, which ranked 48th, and fine arts, which ranked 53rd.


Submission deadlines for incoming freshman students are May 1 for fall admission, November 15 for spring admission and May 1 for summer admission. Materials to include with your application include your scores for either the ACT or SAT and an official high school transcript.

Students that are active duty military members may submit an application to request a waiver of non-resident tuition costs if they are not in-state residents. This will allow such students to pay the tuition at the rate set for in-state residents during their period of enrollment at UNM.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition rates as of spring 2012 for full-time undergraduate students that are residents of New Mexico was $2,904 per semester. Out-of-state tuition rates for undergraduate students for the same period was $9,959.

In-state, full-time graduate students paid $3,165 during the spring 2012 semester. Out-of-state, full-time graduate students paid $10,209 during the same time period.

UNM offers students several options for housing that includes residence halls and apartment style complexes. Living on campus provides numerous perks at no cost for the student including access to features such as on-site facilities for laundry, campus shuttle service and no charge bus transportation within the city of Albuquerque through ABQ Ride.

School Type Public, 4-year**
Degrees Offered Associate's, certificate, bachelor's, master's, graduate certificate, post-graduate certificate, doctorate and educational specialist*
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting City: large**
Student Body 22,643 undergraduate students and 6,334 graduate students, fall 2011**
Student Housing 4 residence halls, 2 apartment style buildings*
Schools and Programs 12 schools; 87 bachelor's programs, 72 graduate programs, 38 doctoral programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 23:1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Bachelor's: Business Administration and Management (491)
Master's: Business Administration and Management (215)
Doctoral: Law (102)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates Students starting in 2003:
10% in 4 years
43% in 6 years
49% in 8 years**
Admission Rate 66% admitted, 48% enrolled, in Fall 2010**
First-Year Retention Rates 74% for full-time students; 52% for part-time students for 2010-2011**
Average SAT Scores of Admitted Students 75th percentile SAT scores: 620 in critical reading, 620 in math for Fall 2010**
Undergraduate Application Due Date May 1 for fall enrollment; November 15 for spring enrollment; May 1 for summer enrollment*
Tuition Undergraduate tuition rates were $2,904 per semester for full-time, in-state residents; out-of-state, full-time undergraduate students paid $9,959 per semester for spring 2012*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) 2010-2011: Federal grants (39%), state and local government grants or scholarships (78%), student loans (27%), school grants or scholarships (59%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 97% for 2010-2011**

Sources: * University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, **IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics, College Navigator.

School Contact Information

  • Address: The University of New Mexico, Office of Admissions, P.O. Box 4895, Albuquerque, NM 87196-4895
  • Phone: (505) 277-8900
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