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University of New Mexico

Albuquerque, NM

The University of New Mexico, founded in 1889, is a public, comprehensive institution. It has the unique quality of having a wonderful moderate climate, with a ski area less than 30 miles away. Programs are offered through the Colleges of Architecture, Arts and Sciences, Dental Programs, Education, Engineering, Fine Arts, Nursing, and Pharmacy, and the Schools of Management and Medicine. Students may choose to work at UNM's Maui, Hawaii High Performance Computer Center. UNM has a number of engineering research and development opportunities in the fields of space and nuclear power, high technology materials, micro-engineered ceramics, microelectronics, photonic technology, waste management, plastics and satellite technology. Its 729-acre campus is located in Albuquerque.

Institution TypePublic
Undergraduate Students20,522
   Women11,336 (55.2%)
   Men9,186 (44.8%)
Graduate Students6,831


Entrance DifficultyModerately difficult
Overall Admission Rate50% of 13,517 applicants were admitted
Early Action OfferedNo
Early Decision OfferedNo
Regular Admission DeadlineRolling
Selection of Students
FactorVery ImportantImportantConsideredNot Considered
Academic GPAX
Standardized TestsX
Extracurricular ActivitiesX
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA3.38
SAT Math470-600 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading480-610 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing460-590 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite19-25 range of middle 50%


Cost of AttendanceIn-state: $21,360
Out-of-state: $36,346
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $6,950
Out-of-state: $21,936
Room and Board
Average Percent of Need MetNot reported
Average Freshman AwardNot reported
Average Indebtedness of
2015 Graduates
Not reported


Academic Calendar SystemSemester
General Education/
Core Curriculum
Full-Time Faculty
Teaching Undergraduates
Regular Class Size2-9 students: 29% of classes
10-19 students: 26% of classes
20-29 students: 23% of classes
30-39 students: 7% of classes
40-49 students: 5% of classes
50-99 students: 7% of classes
Over 100 students: 3% of classes


Albuquerque Population552,804
Nearest Metropolitan AreaAlbuquerque
Freshman Housing Guarantee 
Students in College Housing 23% of freshmen, 8% of all students
Athletic ConferencesNCAA Division I
Sororities5% of women participate
Fraternities 3% of men participate


Ethnicity of Students from U.S.5.8% American Indian/Alaskan Native
3.5% Asian
2.5% Black/African-American
47.2% Hispanic/Latino
3.5% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.2% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
35.9% White
1.5% Unknown
International Students1.4%
First-Year Students Returning79.5%
Students Graduating
Within 4 Years
Graduates Offered Full-Time
Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing
Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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CLASS OF 2021 Profile of Students on COLLEGEdata
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Average 3.53 3.73 507 587 25
Low 2.00 2.00 420 490 13
High 4.00 4.50 600 680 30
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• UNM's LodeStar Astronomy Center offers a public planetarium with daily dome shows.

• The 4.5-acre duck pond in the heart of the UNM campus is a popular place for students and staff to study, relax or just feed the ducks.

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