Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute

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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

[email protected]

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.

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