Best Colleges in New Mexico 2022

Best Colleges in New Mexico 2022

Here are the best colleges and universities in New Mexico. Our list will help you find the right kind of school for you.

Colleges and Universities in New Mexico

New Mexico has 23 higher learning establishments to choose from, and a tuition range of $1,000–$8,000 in the public sphere makes this state one of the most affordable in the nation. The University of New Mexico, located in Albuquerque, has a student population just over 20,000 and an affordable cost of $8,000. The school is known for its health sciences and business programs.

New Mexico also has four tribal colleges and universities, including the largest tribal college in the country, Navajo Technical University. Students can complete programs in animal science, early childhood multicultural education, and industrial engineering. In addition, New Mexico provides two loan forgiveness programs, one for health professionals and one for public service attorneys. Those working in designated shortage areas can qualify for up to $25,000 per year, and attorneys providing service for government, non-profit, or underserved residents may acquire $7,200 per year.

Pueblos, roadrunners, cacti, and the Rio Grande make New Mexico one of the most unique states in the nation. Though its alleged history of UFO sightings is perhaps its most famous draw, New Mexico has another fascinating monument worth mentioning — Capulin Volcano. The peak of this extinct cider cone volcano, which can be reached by car, offers visitors a view of four other states. Students looking to earn an associate, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree in The Land of Enchantment are sure to find interesting activities to do alongside their studies.

Prepare to be enchanted by the higher education options and career prospects that New Mexico has to offer.

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How do we determine New Mexico's best colleges and universities?

Methodology

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great! If you are serious about finding the best colleges and universities for a bachelor’s degree, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching and whether their graduates are themselves advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence in their fields of study.

Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Concentrated Influence provides a ranking that is freer from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.

To rank the influence of schools, we first determine the influence of scholars and professionals based on the number of citations and publications they have had over the past 10 years. In addition to publications and citations, we consider the web links to and from these sources, and the page views of those sources. We then match the influential people to their alma maters and institutions of employment, so that their influence is attributed to those schools. Our machine-learning Influence Ranking algorithm produces a numerical score of academic achievements, merits, and citations across Wikipedia, wikidata, Crossref, Semantic Scholar and an ever-growing body of data. If you are interested in exploring how and why we rank by influence, explore our methodology in more depth.

We’ve identified 8 colleges and universities in New Mexico that meet our criteria. This list of the top colleges in New Mexico below focuses on schools that offer bachelor’s degrees. The ranking features fully accredited public and private colleges and universities in New Mexico.

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Best Colleges in New Mexico 2022

  1. #1

    University of New Mexico

    Albuquerque , NM
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    96%

    Graduation

    54%

    Student body

    19K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1130/22

    What is University of New Mexico known for?

    University of New Mexico’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Anthropology
    • Criminal Justice
    • Computer Science
    • Biology
    • Physics
    • Literature
    • Earth Sciences
    • Mathematics
    • Sociology
    • Medical

    Most Influential Alumni

  2. #2

    New Mexico State University

    Las Cruces , NM
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Acceptance

    63%

    Graduation

    51%

    Student body

    12K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1050/20

    What is New Mexico State University known for?

    New Mexico State University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Mathematics
    • Computer Science
    • Engineering
    • Anthropology
    • Chemistry
    • Criminal Justice
    • Physics
    • Earth Sciences
    • Biology
    • Economics

    Most Influential Alumni

  3. Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    97%

    Graduation

    54%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1275/26

    What is New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology known for?

    New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Earth Sciences
    • Physics
    • Engineering
    • Chemistry
    • Computer Science
    • Biology
    • Mathematics
    • Education
    • Psychology
    • Criminal Justice

    Most Influential Alumni

  4. Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Acceptance

    51%

    Graduation

    36%

    Student body

    4K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1005/19

    What is Eastern New Mexico University known for?

    Eastern New Mexico University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Anthropology
    • Criminal Justice
    • Literature
    • Engineering
    • Social Work
    • Psychology
    • Earth Sciences
    • Biology
    • History
    • Chemistry

    Most Influential Alumni

  5. #5

    Western New Mexico University

    Silver City , NM
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Graduation

    28%

    Student body

    2K

    What is Western New Mexico University known for?

    Western New Mexico University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Social Work
    • Criminal Justice
    • Nursing
    • Sociology
    • Chemistry
    • Psychology
    • Biology
    • Education
    • Medical
    • Business

    Most Influential Alumni

  6. Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Graduation

    29%

    Student body

    2K

    What is New Mexico Highlands University known for?

    New Mexico Highlands University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Social Work
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Criminal Justice
    • Psychology
    • Earth Sciences
    • Literature
    • Political Science
    • History
    • Computer Science

    Most Influential Alumni

  7. #7

    Northern New Mexico College

    Espanola , NM
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    31%

    Student body

    <1K

    What is Northern New Mexico College known for?

    Northern New Mexico College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Sociology
    • Nursing
    • Engineering
    • Computer Science
    • Biology
    • Business
    • Education
    • Mathematics
    • Criminal Justice
    • Medical

    Most Influential Alumni

  8. Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $16K

    Acceptance

    45%

    Graduation

    26%

    Student body

    <1K

    What is University of the Southwest known for?

    University of the Southwest’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Religious Studies
    • Political Science
    • Business
    • History
    • Sociology
    • Education
    • Biology
    • Literature
    • Medical
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2021 Ranking Archive

Many of our 2022 undergraduate focused rankings look considerably different than 2021. That’s because we took a fundamentally different apporach. For 2021 we utiulized our Concentrated Influence algorithm, designed to take away the size advantage larger schools have when we rank their faculty and alumni’s academic influence. Concentrated influence highlights smaller schools that are proportionally as successful as larger universities at cultivating influential alumni and faculty.

  1. University of New Mexico
  2. New Mexico State University
  3. New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
  4. Eastern New Mexico University
  5. St. John's College
  6. New Mexico Highlands University
  7. Western New Mexico University
  8. Northern New Mexico College
  9. University of the Southwest