Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute

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School Overview

Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (abbreviated SIPI) is a two-year community college in Alburquerque, New Mexico that is funded and operated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), an agency of the U.S. federal government. The student body at SIPI is represented by more than 120 Native American indian tribes.

SIPI was established in 1971 in order to prepare Native American Indians to effectively integrate in a modern society and obtain good jobs through advanced training and higher education, and to help students develop the skills necessary to help establish strong Native American communities. In short, the institute was conceived to as a means to serve the Native American Community.

Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute is a land grant institution and was regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (up until 2010). It has articulation agreements with several four-year colleges and universities, inside and outside of New Mexico, that ensure its quality students will be admitted upon graduation. Specifically, SIPI has established a special relationship with New Mexico State University, University of New Mexico, and New Mexico Highlands University that ensure its students receive special consideration with respect to recruitment, retention and admittance.

General Information

Admission Office

9169 Coors Road NW

Albuquerque, NM 87184

(505) 346-2324

(800) 586-7474

Fax: (505) 346-2373

Contact: Joseph Carpio

Main Address

PO Box 10146

Albuquerque, NM 87184

(505) 346-2347

Total undergrads: 470

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 143

Degree-seeking undergrads: 470


Urban setting

Large city (250,000 – 499,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: No

Admissions Policies/Requirements

Very important admission factors:

Racial/Ethnic Status


Character/Personal Qualities

ACT, COMPASS, and TABE required for placement.

College Majors

Agriculture & Related Sciences

Agribusiness Operations A
Agronomy/Crop Science A
Soil Science and Agronomy A

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting Technology A,C
Business – General A,C
Business Administration/Management A,C
Hospitality Administration/Management A
Hospitality/Recreation Marketing A
Information Processing/Data Entry A,C

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science A,C
Computer/Information Sciences – General A,C
Networking/LAN/WAN Management A,C


Early Childhood Education A,C

Engineering Technologies

Civil Drafting/Civil Engineering C
Electrical Engineering Technologies A
Environmental Engineering Technology A
Manufacturing Technologies A
Surveying Technology A

Family & Consumer Sciences

Institutional Food Production A

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Opticianry/Opthalmic Dispensing Services A
Optometric Technician/Assistant A,C

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences A

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Science A,C
Natural Resources & Conservation – General A,C
Natural Resources Management/Policy A,C

Personal & Culinary Services

Culinary Arts/Related Services A,C
Food Prep/Professional Cooking C
Personal & Culinary Services – General A,C

Social Sciences

Cartography A,C

Degrees, certificates and diplomas 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.

Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (505) 346-2347
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Apply Online:
Address: 9169 Coors Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120-3101
Setting: Suburb: Large
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 443
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): %
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 20 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 435 (98% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Associates

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $1,095
Out-of-state Tuition: $1,095
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 70%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $5,187

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

Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 23
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 1
Education 11
Engineering 1
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 11
Health Professions and Related Programs 11
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 1
Natural Resources and Conservation 1
Personal and Culinary Services 11
Social Sciences 11
Grand total 712

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $1,095
Out-of-state $1,095
Books and supplies $825

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $0
Out-of-state $0

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 81 70%
Grant or scholarship aid 81 70% $5,187
Student loan aid 0 0% $0

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 249 68% $4,820
Federal student loans 0 0% $0

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute students.

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

Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 443
Undergraduate enrollment 443
Graduate enrollment 0

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

Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

*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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