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Colleges / University of New Mexico

University of New Mexico

Albuquerque, NM 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate65%
Acceptance Rate65%

About University of New Mexico

New Mexico’s flagship institution is located a stone’s throw from the monumental Sandia Mountains in the heart of Albuquerque. The University of New Mexico is a 600-acre oasis of knowledge, technology and everything Lobos need to thrive. There you’ll find great halls, thundering arenas and collaborative spaces to search for answers. The University represents a cross-section of cultures and backgrounds and is a place where R1 research brings solutions to challenges facing our world each day. Home to nearly 200,000 alumni and counting – hundreds of thousands of bold personalities and perspectives set out into the world from The University of New Mexico.

University of New Mexico Overview

University of New Mexico is a public, state school in the urban setting of Albuquerque, New Mexico. University of New Mexico was founded in 1889 and the school presently has around 21,708 students per year, which includes 15,336 undergrad students. University of New Mexico provides housing for up to 2,085 students. Most students live in off campus housing.Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should hear from University of New Mexico by December 1.

There are many ways for students to get involved at University of New Mexico!

Love music or performing? At University of New Mexico you can join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of the school's theater groups.

Are you interested in journalism and communications? University of New Mexico students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Interested in joining a fraternity or sorority? University of New Mexico has both fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? University of New Mexico has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at University of New Mexico on the Student Life page.

2022 University of New Mexico Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 65%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate Info Not Available
Early Action Acceptance Rate Info Not Available
Average GPA 3.4
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 1%
In-State Tuition $8,504
Out-of-State $25,139
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $8,718

Is University of New Mexico a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is.

Let's take a closer look at these areas to get a better view of what University of New Mexico offers and if it might be the right college for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for University of New Mexico

It is moderately difficult to get into University of New Mexico. Around 65% of applicants get into University of New Mexico each year. Last year, 14,026 students applied to University of New Mexico and 9,079 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of New Mexico

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It gauges how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Approximately 68% of first-year, full-time undergrads who start at University of New Mexicoare still enrolled their sophomore year. University of New Mexico's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 51%. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outlook University of New Mexico Graduates

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers.

Check with University of New Mexico directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

University of New Mexico's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

As of 2022, the total market value of University of New Mexico's endowment was $400.8 million. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021.

Tuition and Financial Aid at University of New Mexico

Tuition is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

First-year students that attend University of New Mexico full-time are awarded $8,718 a year in financial aid, on average.

The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2022 was around $23,033 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at University of New Mexico.

Based on this information, is University of New Mexico the school for you? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is University of New Mexico a good school for you?

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Where is University of New Mexico?

University of New Mexico is located in the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

If you would like to see University of New Mexico for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstates 25 and 40 to Albuquerque, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Albuquerque International Sunport.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what University of New Mexico and Albuquerque are like without leaving home.

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College Info

1 University of New Mexico Albuquerque, NM 87131-2039

Campus Setting: Urban

University of New Mexico Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

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Transfer Applications are Due

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The deadline for Fall first-year applications to University of New Mexico is Continuous processing.

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University of New Mexico ACT Scores


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20 - 26

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University of New Mexico Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at University of New Mexico is like? There are approximately 21,708 students enrolled at University of New Mexico, including 15,336 undergraduate students and 6,372 graduate students. 75% percent of students attend school full-time, 73% percent are from NM and 27% percent of students are from other states.


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