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Why This Matters


    According to College Navigator, the four-year colleges in New Mexico include 9 public and 3 private non-profit options.


    For the 2022-23 school year, the average in-state tuition for public four-year colleges in New Mexico is $8,933, according to College Board.


    In the U.S., full-time undergraduate students attending college in 2021-22 received an average of $15,330 per year in financial aid.

Our Research

This list features some of the best brick-and-mortar colleges in New Mexico. Each school featured is a nonprofit, accredited institution — either public or private — with a high standard of academic quality. We included liberal arts colleges and research universities as well as small, midsize, and large institutions. Next, we compared this comprehensive list to a list of aggregated college rankings from reputable publications, such as U.S. News & World Report, to simplify a student’s college search. We pored through these rankings so students don’t have to.

The colleges on our list are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) — this organization examines the objectives, quality, and overall effectiveness of postsecondary education programs in the central United States.

We evaluated each school on tuition costs, admission standards, retention and graduation rates, faculty, and reputation as well as the resources and services provided for on-campus students. Then, we used this information to calculate the Intelligent Score on a scale of 0 to 100. Read more about our ranking methodology.

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The Top 50 Colleges in New Mexico

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University of New Mexico

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What You Should Know About Graduating From College in New Mexico

When deciding on where to attend school, prospective students should consider the job opportunities that will be available for them after they graduate. In New Mexico, the five largest industries are office and administrative support occupations, food preparation and serving, sales, transportation and material moving, and healthcare support occupations.

There are numerous fast-growing careers for those with bachelor’s degrees in the state. Between 2020 and 2030, the careers that are projected to experience the most growth for this education level in New Mexico include fine artists, producers and directors, and museum technicians and conservators.

Also, New Mexico has several large employers that can provide you with job opportunities after graduation. Some of the largest employers include the U.S. Department of Energy, the University of New Mexico, Optum Care, Presbyterian Hospital, and Intel.

What’s Next?

The majority of New Mexico students receive financial aid to help fund their education. The resources listed below can provide you with information on need- and merit-based scholarships, grants, and student loans:

  • New Mexico Higher Education Department. This agency offers helpful resources on state financial aid opportunities and provides funding for educational expenses. Through their website, students can learn about programs such as loan-for-service, loan repayment, scholarships, and grants.
  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Provided by the U.S. Department of Education, FAFSA is the main form students use to apply for financial aid for college. To determine if you’re eligible for aid, submit a completed FAFSA form online.
  • CareerOneStop Scholarship Finder. This tool will show you available scholarships, grants, and loans and can be filtered by state and degree type. It includes information such as dollar amounts, how to apply, qualifications, deadlines, and contact details.

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