University of New Mexico Overview


LOCATION: Founded in 1889 as New Mexico’s flagship institution, the University of New Mexico now occupies nearly 800 acres along old Route 66 in the heart of Albuquerque, a metropolitan area of more than 900,000 people. From the magnificent mesas to the west, past the banks of the historic Rio Grande to the Sandia Mountains to the east, Albuquerque is a blend of culture and cuisine, styles and stories, people, pursuits and panoramas. 

ENROLLMENT: Current enrollment is 26,748 (Spring 2014) students, 19,299 undergraduates.

FACULTY: 3,145 full-time teaching faculty; 90% hold an earned doctorate or other terminal or professional degree.

PROGRAMS: UNM Offers more than 200 degree and certificate programs, UNM has 87 bachelor’s degrees, 75 master’s degrees and 48 doctoral programs. Many of the degree programs have additional concentrations and options; for example, either a bachelor’s of science or a bachelors of arts. In addition, there are certificate programs, an associate degree program, Educational Specialist Degrees (graduate programs beyond the masters level); and first professional programs in law, medicine and pharmacy.

COLLEGES: UNM's 15 degree-granting schools and colleges are:

  • Anderson School of Management
  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • College of Education
  • College of Fine Arts
  • Health Sciences
  • Honors College
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Pharmacy
  • College of University Libraries & Learning Sciences
  • School of Architecture and Planning
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Law
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Public Administration
  • University College

TUITION & FEES: Full-time resident students, $6,447; full-time non-residents, $20,688; residence halls/meals, $8,580 a year; books and supplies, approximately$1,064 a year. Note: Figures indicate costs per year, and are based on expenses for the 2014 fall semester.

ALUMNI: It has 189,878 alumni, with Lobos in every state and 92 foreign countries. More than half choose to remain in New Mexico.

UNM Excels

  • UNM is the largest of New Mexico's six four-year public universities and has the state's only schools of law, medicine, architecture and planning, and pharmacy.
  • UNM ranks in the top 20 universities in the United States for Fulbright Scholarships awarded to faculty members. UNM has an outstanding faculty that includes a Nobel Laureate, two MacArthur Fellows, 35 Fulbright scholars and several members of national academies. Faculty publish in many professional journals including Scientific American, New England Journal of Medicine and Nature. UNM professors have been quoted in Newsweek, Los Angeles Times, Business Week, People Magazine, Parade Magazine, US News and World Report, and the New Yorker, among others. They have shared their expertise on CNN, the Today Show, Good Morning America, Nova National Geographic and other news shows.
  • UNM is nationally recognized for its programs in anthropology, history, photography, biology, Latin American Studies, geology, professional writing, engineering, business, lithography and medicine.
  • UNM students represents a diverse group: 35.6% of UNM students are Hispanic, 5.59% are Native American, 2.73% are African American, 3.28% are Asian, 43.94% are White, and 3.34% are from foreign countries. UNM has the largest American Indian population of any research university in the U.S.
  • UNM's libraries, galleries, museums, theaters and art programs provide New Mexico with a rich cultural resource. Popejoy Hall, located in the center for the Arts, is home of the New Mexico Ballet, New Mexico Philharmonic Orchestra and Albuquerque Civic Light Opera Association, as well as UNM student productions and speakers series. University Art Museum has one of the top five photography collections of any university or college museum in the country, while the College of Fine Arts sponsors Arts of the Americas, a unique multi-cultural summer arts festival.
  • Health Sciences Center is the state's largest integrated health care treatment, research and education organization. UNM Health Sciences is a community of 7,800 students, faculty and staff and consists of 14 components: School of Medicine; College of Pharmacy; College of Nursing; University Hospital; the Cancer Center; the Children's Hospital of New Mexico; Carrie Tingley Hospital; the Mental Health Center; the Children's Psychiatric Hospital; the Center for Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Addictions; the Center for Non-Invasive Diagnosis; the Office of the Medical Investigator; the Emergency Medical Services Academy; and the Medical Center Library.
  • US. News and World Report's 2014 edition of "America's Best Graduate Schools" ranks the UNM School of Medicine 19th (primary care )with specialties; family medicine ranking of 7th and rural medicine ranking 2nd . Additionally, in health disciplines, UNM's nursing/midwifery program is ranked fifth. UNM School of Law is ranked 64th, with 11th in clinical training. UNM College of Fine Arts is ranked 53rd, with its photography program ranked fifth in the nation and printmaking 17th. The engineering program is ranked 81th nationally, with nuclear engineering ranking 17th.
  • Half of New Mexico's pharmacists, one-fourth of the state's teachers, one-third of the state's doctors and one-third of the state's lawyers are UNM graduates
  • UNM is a Carnegie Research I university, one of 88 nationwide. This high distinction is carried by 59 public and 29 private institutions. Among the University's outstanding research units are the Center for Advanced Research Computing, Cancer Center, New Mexico Engineering Research Institute, Center for High Technology Materials, Design Planning Assistance Center, and the Mind Research Network
  • UNM is the only Hispanic-Serving Institution in the U.S. that is also classified a Carnegie Research University with Very High Activity. Recently, Hispanic Business Magazine ranked four University schools among the top 10. The list included: UNM School of Law, fifth; UNM Anderson School of Management, seventh; UNM School of Medicine, eighth; and the UNM School of Engineering, ninth.
  • UNM has the largest academic library in New Mexico with more than 3 million volumes. Zimmerman Library, the main library, is world famous for its Latin American and archeology collections. The Latin American collection ranks in the top 10 nationwide. University Libraries (UL) serves every undergraduate, graduate student, Continuing Education student, Evening and Weekend Degree student, faculty member and staff member. Nearly 1.5 million visits are paid to the UL per year. Nearly 3 million visits were paid to the library website which does not include a count of visits paid to the many subsidiary sites they maintain. The physical library is comprised of Zimmerman Library, Centennial Science and Engineering Library, Fine Arts & Design Library, Parish Memorial Library for Business and Economics, and the Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections. Zimmerman Library celebrates its 75th Anniversary at Homecoming 2013.
  • University Arena or "The Pit" is one of college basketball's most famous and recognizable buildings. In fact, The Pit was ranked 13th by Sports Illustrated as one of the top sporting venues of the 20th century.