New Mexico Highlands University

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School Overview

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.

New Mexico Highlands University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (505) 425-7511
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online:
Address: 803 University Ave, Las Vegas, NM 87701
Setting: Town: Remote
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 2,787
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 22%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 13 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 1,141 (41% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Associates, Bachelor's, Master's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $6,318
Out-of-state Tuition: $10,590
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 95%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $7,532

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

New Mexico Highlands University Programs

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Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 11
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 11
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 221
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 1
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services 1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 21
Education 6175
Engineering 12
English Language and Literature/Letters 11
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 1
Health Professions and Related Programs 321
History 1
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 1
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Natural Resources and Conservation 3
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 1
Physical Sciences 231
Psychology 11
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 1
Social Sciences 12
Visual and Performing Arts 114
Grand total 1533815

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

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Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $6,318
Out-of-state $10,590
Books and supplies $1,144

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $6,990
Out-of-state $11,214

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 266 95%
Grant or scholarship aid 257 92% $7,532
Student loan aid 80 29% $4,911

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 1,357 73% $7,135
Federal student loans 575 31% $6,081

Admissions & Enrollment

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Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

New Mexico Highlands University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 2,787
Undergraduate enrollment 1,750
Graduate enrollment 1,037

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

New Mexico Highlands University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does 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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