Campus Life

What is the enrollment at UNM?
Enrollment on the main campus is made up of approximately 19,368 degree-seeking undergraduate students and 5,849 degree-seeking graduate students for a total of 27,278 students on the main campus.

What is the average class size?
Class size varies; for instance, beginning freshman English classes are limited to 25 students; however, some lecture classes that meet group requirements may have a much larger number of students. College Algebra and Spanish 101 are also limited to 25-30 students.

What is the student to professor ratio?

Where do UNM students come from?
Students come from all 50 states and 80+ foreign countries. 15% of the UNM student body is from outside of New Mexico.

Can students have cars on campus?
Yes, all students interested in parking on campus must purchase a permit. Parking services will mail an application in the summer to all admitted students. Dorm residents are given priority in specific lots. A parking lot exists on the north campus and is serviced by a shuttle bus every 10 minutes, taking students to the center of campus.

Is it safe to walk around on campus at night?
Yes, but students should take common sense precautions. UNM police patrol the campus continually and a 24-hour escort service is provided by the Security Escort Staff who are carefully screened before they are employed by the police department.

There are approximately 106 emergency phones located throughout the campus. Blue pole phones marked "emergency" are designed to dial the UNM Police Department directly when the red button is pushed. Callers talk directly with the communications operator through the speaker on the pole. Police, security, rescue or other appropriate personnel are then dispatched. This type of emergency phone is also equipped with a blue light that flashes when the red button is pushed. Other emergency phones are red standard style phones marked "Police" which are mounted on walls in various places. These phones also dial only directly to the UNM Police Department. The University of New Mexico Police Department can be contacted from any other phone on the campus by dialing 911. Cell phones dialing 911 will go to the City of Albuquerque's 911 service. Police Dispatch can be reached from cell phones by dialing 277‑2241.

How many student organizations are represented on campus?
There are over 400+ officially recognized clubs and organizations at UNM. These include honoraries, religious organizations, service organizations, special interest groups, intramural teams, and spirit groups.

Does UNM have a Greek system?
Yes, there are seven (7) nationally-recognized fraternities: Alpha Tau Omega, Phi Gamma, Delta Kappa Sigma, Pi Kappa Alpha, Sigma Chi, Phi Delta Theta, and Delta Lambda Phi.

There are four (4) national sororities: Alpha Chi Omega, Kappa Kappa, Gamma Chi Omega, and Pi Beta Phi.

There are twelve (12) multicultural Greek fraternities and sororities. Members of UNM's Greek system are very involved in a wide variety of campus and community projects and organizations.

What is the varsity athletic program like?
The UNM Lobos compete in 9 men's sports and 10 women's sports at the varsity level. Modern, well-equipped facilities include the famous "Pit" basketball arena, three gymnasiums, three swimming pools (one Olympic size), a weight room, racquetball and tennis courts, and several playing fields for soccer, baseball, football, track events, and other sports.

Does UNM participate in any student exchange programs?
The University of New Mexico offers several different student exchange programs. In most cases, students must complete two semesters at UNM before they can participate in the program.

  • National Student Exchange
  • International Student Exchange
  • WICHE Student Exchange
  • Contract Student Exchange
  • University Honors Program Exchange

What types of recreational activities/facilities are available at UNM?
The Recreational Services program provides students with a wide range of services and facilities. Among the Recreational Services programs are: Recreational Outdoor Shop, Sports Equipment Checkout, Get Away Program, Team Activities, Individual and Dual Activities, and Special Events.

Also, recreational facilities include: Three gyms, tennis courts, three swimming pools, one Wrestling-combative area, several dance areas, one weight room, and numerous playing fields

What types of entertainment are available at UNM?
Year-round entertainment at UNM ranges from rock concerts to chamber music, jazz ensembles to theatrical performances, ballet to reggae. Movies, musicals, modern dance and lectures also are presented. UNM's Popejoy Hall hosts such Broadway productions as Wicked and War Horse. All of these events make UNM an exciting and culturally enriching place.

Campus Life Reference Guide

UNM Global Exchange Programs:
The University of New Mexico sponsors a growing number of excellent study abroad programs around the world. At UNM, you can receive academic credit for this type of experience. Students may also be able to apply their financial aid to the program. At UNM, you can choose from several types of programs: UNM Exchanges, UNM Intensive Language Programs, UNM Faculty-Led Programs, Affiliate (non-UNM) Provider Programs, and CONAHEC Programs.

UNM Exchanges:
Immerse yourself by attending a college or university abroad. UNM students will participate full-time in this program - courses you take at the UNM partner/exchange institution can be applied toward your degree.

UNM Intensive Language Programs:
Intensive Language Programs are available for beginners as well as advanced students. Length of these programs can be for as little as one week and up to 2 semesters. Classes for the ILP are taught at accredited language schools (affiliated or linked to UNM partner schools abroad), and are intended for foreign students. UNM students pay the language school directly, and may use financial aid, the New Mexico Lottery Success Scholarship as well as other existing scholarships. These programs provide a good opportunity to improve or perfect language skills before participating in a full Semester Exchange.

UNM Faculty-Led Programs:
Various UNM trip leaders sponsor trips for groups of UNM students. Short-Term study abroad programs feature UNM courses and incorporate learning objectives and activities related to a specific area of study.

Non-UNM or Affiliate Programs:
UNM has established relationships with study abroad companies, organizations as well as foreign universities. Although these programs are not related to or run by the University of New Mexico, they occasionally offer programs geared toward student/s individual needs or desire for a study abroad destination. These programs are organized in a variety of locations at various times of the year.

UNM is a member of CONAHEC (Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration) and accordingly, UNM students may study abroad at any one of the other member universities. There are 17 universities in Canada, 72 universities in Mexico, and 28 Affiliate Member Universities around the world from which to choose.

New Mexico/WICHE (Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education):
Since 1951, New Mexico has sponsored and sent students across state lines to receive professional education. The 13 western states have provided this service under terms of the Western Regional Education Compact, which has been adopted by the legislatures of all 13 member states and has been administered by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. New Mexico participates in 7 of the 15 disciplines offered through WICHE Professional Student Exchange. Certified New Mexico residents are eligible for funding support at WICHE-participating institutions in the fields of dentistry, veterinary medicine, optometry, osteopathy, podiatry, graduate library studies and public health. In addition, New Mexico receives WICHE students from the other compacting states in the fields of medicine, physical therapy, law, pharmacy, and architecture.