Aug 20, 2017

New Mexico

Located in the southwest of the U.S., New Mexico shares borders with Arizona, Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah. The state also borders Mexico to the south. U.S. Census Bureau estimates from 2013 put New Mexico’s total population at 2,085,287. Nearly 50 percent of the state’s residents are Hispanic. There is also a sizeable representation of Native Americans making New Mexico a truly multicultural state.

New-MexicoThe largest city in the state is Albuquerque, while Santa Fe is the capital. Other major cities in the state include Las Cruces and Rio Rancho.

The New Mexico Higher Education Department oversees the state’s universities and community colleges. As of 2014, there were seven four-year public postsecondary institutions, ten two-year branch community colleges, seven two-year independent community colleges; and four Tribal postsecondary institutions in the state.

Top Reasons to Study in New Mexico

  • Education Focus: New Mexico universities and colleges have developed unique strengths in environmental sciences, geology and other natural sciences, owing in part to the state’s dependence on the mining and oil and gas sectors. Prospective students looking to enter this sector should consider studying in New Mexico.
  • Employment Prospects: New Mexico is the third leading crude oil and natural gas producer in the country, and, not surprisingly, the sector accounts for a significant chunk of the job market. Tourism is another major contributor. In addition, students may want to consider working for the federal government, which has a number of major installations in the state.

Featured Colleges and Universities

Below are some of the popular colleges in the state. You can also use our college finder search tool  to find the right college for you based on your preferred area of study.

For a full list of accredited colleges and universities in New Mexico, contact the New Mexico Higher Education Department.


College Popular Majors Type of Institution Enrollment
New Mexico Highlands University Architecture,Civil Engineering,Mechanical Engineering Public >10,000 Request Info
Eastern New Mexico University Business,Education,Liberal Arts Public >10,000 Request Info
New Mexico State University Business,Education,Health Public >10,000 Request Info

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