Where to Start Looking to Find a College in New Mexico
Families looking for New Mexico colleges should start with the NMKnowledge4college.org website which is a part of the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions. The website has an interactive Financial Aid Handbook that contains information on New Mexico state scholarships. It includes a description of various financial aid options, how to apply for aid, and a basic planning timeline.
The website has a calendar listing area FAFSA workshops. Users can click on questions with video responses in English or Spanish. The community section lists various scholarships as well as links to videos. You can also ask questions through the website’s chat or by calling a toll-free number.
The website links to the New Mexico Student Loans website which is a non-profit corporation that provides student loans. The Financial Aid Resources section has information on the FAFSA and the loan process. It also includes a planning time line.
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. The College Readiness section links to the NMknowledge4college.org website. There is a limited amount of credit transfer information under the Institutions section, curriculum option.
Some Numbers to Help You Find a College
There are eight public four-year New Mexico colleges with 500 or more full-time undergraduates according to the Integrated Post-secondary Education Data System. There are no private institution with more than 500 full-time undergraduates in the state.
College-bound seniors in New Mexico had an average of 19.9 ACT Composite score with a 18.9 for English and 19.7 for Math. The 75th Percentile scores were a Composite of 23, 23 for English, and 23 for Math. A total of three colleges reported 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
- Central New Mexico Community College
- Eastern New Mexico University
- Arizona State University
- Texas Tech University
- New Mexico Tech
- Fort Lewis College
- New Mexico Highlands Univ
- New Mexico State Univ-Dona Ana Brnch Cc
- University of Arizona
- Colorado State University
- Western New Mexico University
- Northern Arizona University
- Univ of Colorado-Boulder
- Adams State University
- Univ of Texas At El Paso
- Univ of Texas At Austin
- University Of Colorado Denver
- San Juan College
New Mexico Colleges Conferences and Divisions
List of New Mexico Colleges
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 December of 2014 which are available on the DIY College Search spreadsheet.
New Mexico Colleges with Test Scores and Graduation Rates
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Name Type Full-time
Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus Public 2759 25 63 540 540 22 9695
Navajo Technical University Public 1271 4418
New Mexico Highlands University Public 1646 14 10109
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology Public 1418 38 41 670 680 29 10735
New Mexico State University-Main Campus Public 11297 37 85 540 540 24 10933
Northern New Mexico College Public 821 0 4821
University of New Mexico-Main Campus Public 17091 39 65 610 600 25 11101
Western New Mexico University Public 1510 15 9963