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Santa Fe, New Mexico (NM) Colleges and Universities

While there is only one traditional school in Santa Fe, there are a total of nine schools located within a 25-mile radius. Read about the range of schools in the area, and learn about their offerings, to find the school for you.

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Prospective students in the Santa Fe, New Mexico, area have a small selection of non-specialty schools to choose from. Learn which schools are closest to the city, have the lowest net prices, the highest graduation rates and the largest student populations according to data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Closest Schools To Santa Fe, NM

Students who are looking to attend a community college or university without going too far from home have a few options to choose from. These nearby schools offer a range of programs from certificate to graduate levels and are the closest to downtown:

  • Southwestern College (0.3 miles from downtown)
  • Santa Fe Community College (4.2 miles from downtown)
  • University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Campus (22.0 miles from downtown)
  • Northern New Mexico College (23.7 miles from downtown)

Largest Schools Near Santa Fe, NM

The largest school in the Santa Fe area is Santa Fe Community College. As one of only two two-year public colleges near Santa Fe, the community college had 4,880 enrolled students in 2015, and all of them were in undergraduate programs. These universities and community colleges had the largest student populations in 2015:

  • University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Campus (946 students)
  • Northern New Mexico College (923 students)
  • Southwestern College (168 students)

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Lowest Net Price

The NCES calculates schools' net prices by subtracting the average financial aid award from the estimated total cost to attend a school for students paying the in-state rate. This figure takes into account the cost of tuition, supplies and living arrangements in addition to the average amount of financial aid beginning undergraduate students receive. These schools had the lowest net prices in 2015 and reflect the price paid by full-time undergraduate students during the academic year:

  • Northern New Mexico College ($5,680)
  • University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Campus ($7,124)
  • Santa Fe Community College ($9,575)

Highest Graduation Rate

NCES-reported overall graduation rates are determined by the number of full-time beginning undergraduate students who completed their selected programs within 150% of the normal amount of time. Examples of 150% of normal time are three years to finish an associate's degree program and six years to complete a bachelor's degree program. The following colleges and universities had the highest graduation rates in 2015:

  • Northern New Mexico College (19%)
  • Santa Fe Community College (16%)
  • University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Campus (8%)

Santa Fe, New Mexico, has a few colleges and universities to choose from. If your educational needs combine with a value for school proximity, population density, low net cost, and high graduation rates, then considering an education in Santa Fe may be the right option for you.

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