New Mexico Highlands University

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New Mexico Highlands University (NMHU), located in Las Vegas, New Mexico, is a 4-year higher education institution that was established in 1902. It was founded by Edgar Lee Hewitt, the university’s first president and a renowned archeologist. The university was first recognized as New Mexico Normal School in 1893 before it was formally estabslished as a university. In 1941, New Mexico Highlands University (NMHU), became an official university that focused on meeting the needs of its Latin and Native American people and cultures. Average annual enrollment at New Mexico Highlands is around 2,800 students with a majority of its student-body commuting from the Northern and Southern regions of the state.

New Mexico Highlands University (NMHU) is accredited by the New Mexico Higher Learning Commission, the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), the National Nursing Association. New Mexico Highlands University (NMHU) offer an extensive selection of graduate and undergraduate programs in various areas of study including education, social work and behavioral sciences. NMHU’s education, social work and behavioral sciences programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), and by the Master’s in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC), respectively. New Mexico Highlands athletics programs are accredited by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Competitive traditional athletic programs remain a hallmark of student life along with its academic programs at New Mexico Highlands. The New Mexico Highlands University (NMHU) athletic teams are referred to as the Cowboys and have maintained National Collegiate Academic Association (NCAA) Division II standing within the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. New Mexico Highlands University (NMHU) athletic program areas include ten athletic programs in men’s and women’s soccer, cross-country, track, volleyball, men’s and woman’s basketball, baseball and college-level football.

General Information

Admission Office

Box 9000

Las Vegas, NM 87701

(505) 454-3434

(877) 850-9064

Fax: (505) 454-3552

Contact: John Coca

Director of Admissions
Main Address

PO Box 9000

Las Vegas, NM 87701

(505) 425-7511

Total undergrads: 2,178

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 437

Degree-seeking undergrads: 1,984

Graduate enrollment: 1,454


Rural setting

Large town (10,000 – 49,999)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $15

Online application fee: $15
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: Not reported

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 45%

College Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business Administration/Management B
Finance/Banking B
International Business B
Management Information Systems B
Marketing Management B

Communications & Journalism

Mass Communications/Media Studies B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B


Biology Teacher Education B
Computer Teacher Education B
Early Childhood Education B
Elementary Education B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Science Teacher Education B
Special Education B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

Spanish B


History – General B


Mathematics – General B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Forest Management B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Health/Physical Fitness B
Sport/Fitness Administration B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Forensic Chemistry B
Geology B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Social Work B

Security & Protective Services

Criminal Justice Studies B
Forensic Technologies B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Criminology B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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