Top 2020 Colleges in New Mexico

New Mexico's 49 Colleges and Universities

Colleges in New Mexico are mainly located around Albuquerque, the largest city in the state. Colleges range from large public state institutions to two year community colleges. Let’s look at some NCES stats about the "Land of Enchantment":

  • New Mexico is home to 18 four year colleges. All of them offer master's or doctorate programs in addition to undergraduate studies.
  • There are 31 two year or less colleges. About 61% are public community colleges.
  • Over the past 5 years New Mexico colleges have seen a moderate 17.2% decrease in students. In 2017, 129,494 students were enrolled in college.
  • In total, there were 24,274 degrees were awarded for the 2016 school year. Nearly 43% of those awards were bachelor's degrees.

Salary Breakdown

College Scorecard tells us alums from University of Mexico earn the highest average salary. 10 years after starting school, the average alum earns $69,500. Meanwhile, the 2018 mean annual wage earned in New Mexico is $69,500. You do the math!

New Mexico Tuition Program

There are several New Mexico tuition savings programs. For example, the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) allows students to receive in-state tuition at one out of 15 Western states. New Mexico's students have saved about $96 million out-of-state tuition since 1988. Students saved $9.9 million in 2018-2019! Other participating states are Arizona and Colorado.

New Mexico residents may also enroll in The Education Plan, a 529 savings plan. There are tax benefits such as growing your contributions tax-free from federal and state income tax. The plan covers tuition, books, computers, fees, supplies and room and board. It's a great way to invest and save your money for college!

Top Colleges in New Mexico

Top New Mexico colleges ranked by total student population.

#1
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque NM
24,319
Total Number of Students
$7,633 / $22,586
Tuition & Fees
67%
Acceptance Rate
#2
23,553
Total Number of Students
$1,626 / $7,338
Tuition & Fees
Open
Acceptance Rate
#3
14,289
Total Number of Students
$6,686 / $21,770
Tuition & Fees
64%
Acceptance Rate
#4
7,876
Total Number of Students
$2,154 / $5,658
Tuition & Fees
64%
Acceptance Rate
#5
San Juan College, Farmington NM
6,679
Total Number of Students
$1,546 / $4,330
Tuition & Fees
Open
Acceptance Rate

All Colleges in New Mexico

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Source for school statistics and data is the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.

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