University of the Southwest

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The University of Southwest (USW), located in Hobbs, New Mexico, is a four-year private interdenominational college. In 1962, the school adopted it’s current name from the two-year Baptist institution it had been previously.

USW offers baccalaureate degrees in various fields of study and disciplines including business, administration, education, psychology, criminal justice, sports management and more. The university also has a prestigious graduate program that awards degrees in bilingual education, business, counseling and special education.

To satisfy the growth and development of the school, the Board of Trustees at USW voted to change the official name from College of the Southwest to “University of the Southwest” in March 2008. The transition from “College of Southwest” to “University of Southwest” took several years and for quite some time people continued referring to the university as College of the Southwest.

The USW Mustangs contend in the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) which is part the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). USW offers student the opportunity to participate in various athletic teams and sports including basketball, cross country, soccer, tennis and track and field, baseball and volleyball.

General Information

Admission Office

6610 Lovington Highway #506

Hobbs, NM 88240

(505) 392-6563

(800) 530-4400

Fax: (505) 392-6006

[email protected]

Contact: Ashley Taylor

Admissions Coordinator
Main Address

6610 Lovington Highway

Hobbs, NM 88240

(505) 392-6561

Total undergrads: 397

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 87

Degree-seeking undergrads: 393

Graduate enrollment: 191


Suburban setting

Large town (10,000 – 49,999)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $25

Online application fee: $25

Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 79%

Open admission, but with selective admission to some programs

College Majors

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business Administration/Management B
Management Information Systems B
Marketing Management B


Bilingual/Bicultural Education B
Elementary Education B
English Teacher Education B
Mathematics Education B
Physical Education B
Sales/Marketing Education B
Science Teacher Education B
Secondary Education B
Social Science Teacher Education B
Special Education B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B


History – General B

Law & Legal Studies

Prelaw B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Humanities B
Liberal Arts & Sciences B


Mathematics – General B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Studies B
Natural Resources & Conservation – General B

Philosophy & Religion

Religion/Religious Studies B


Psychology – General B

Security & Protective Services

Criminal Justice Studies B

Social Sciences

Social Sciences – General B

Theological Studies & Religious Vocations

Pastoral Counseling B
Youth Ministry 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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