Where to Start Looking to Find a College in New Mexico
If you find a central college search website for New Mexico, please let me know because I couldn’t find one. The closest is the New Mexico Student Loans website which is a non-profit corporation that provides student loans. These type of organizations usually have some college planning information if only so that they can get you to take out a student loan.
Under the Money for College section, users will find a good overview of the financial aid process including a financial aid handbook for downloading in PDF format. The section also includes information and links to New Mexico specific grants and scholarships.
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The planning for college section basically tells you to take the college tests and links to the ACT and SAT. There’s the usual timeline for juniors and seniors. The resources section has links to all New Mexico higher education institutions along with some various college planning related websites.
The New Mexico Higher Education Department has information on state specific financial aid and scholarships. It also has a listing of general education courses that transfer among New Mexico post-secondary public institutions. Otherwise, the site still has “coming soon!” messages and isn’t much help.
Some Numbers to Help You Find a College
There are eight public four-year institutions with 500 or more full-time undergraduates in the New Mexico according to the Integrated Post-secondary Education Data System. There are no private institutions with more than 500 full-time undergraduates in the state.
The average five-year graduation rate is 26%. None of the schools meets the DIY College Rankings 50-50 profile requirements. St. John’s College, which is a private school with less than 500 undergraduates, would meet the DIY College Rankings 50-50 profile requirements.
College-bound seniors in New Mexico had an average of 19.9 ACT Composite score with a 19.0 for English and 19.6 for Math. The 75th Percentile scores were a Composite of 23, 23 for English, and 23 for Math. A total of four colleges ACT 75th% Composite scores were at or above this level.
The top 20 colleges ACT test takers in New Mexico applied to:
- University of New Mexico
- New Mexico State Univ
- Eastern New Mexico University
- Central New Mexico Community College
- Arizona State University
- New Mexico Tech
- New Mexico Highlands Univ
- Texas Tech University
- New Mexico State Univ-Dona Ana Brnch Cc
- Fort Lewis College
- University of Arizona
- Colorado State University
- Western New Mexico University
- Northern Arizona University
- Univ Of Texas at El Paso
- Univ Of Colorado-Boulder
- Univ Of Texas at Austin
- Eastern New Mexico U-Roswell Comm Coll
- San Juan College
- West Texas A&M University
List of Colleges in New Mexico
In the following table, the four-year graduation rate is used for private colleges and the five-year rate for public colleges. The data are based on the data available from IPEDS in the fall of 2012 which are available on the DIY College Search spreadsheet.
Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus Public 2768 20 63 550 550 23 8840
Navajo Technical College Public 907 2314
New Mexico Highlands University Public 1675 13 9969
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology Public 1243 37 70 660 660 28 9044
New Mexico State University-Main Campus Public 10743 37 80 530 530 24 8492
Northern New Mexico College Public 991 5046
University of New Mexico-Main Campus Public 16723 35 66 620 620 25 10272
Western New Mexico University Public 1587 14 9009