Western New Mexico University

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Western New Mexico University (locally referred to as WNMU) has served the residents of Silvery City, New Mexico and the surrounding regions as a comprehensive, public, coeducational university since 1893.

WNMU offers students an extensive selection of more than 70 areas of study to a diverse study body. WNMU students come from a large variety of cultural, language and ethnic backgrounds. Twelve master degrees, 41 baccalauereate degrees, and 20 associate degrees and certificate programs are available in disciplines such as accounting, criminal justice, education, nursing, occupational therapy and zoology.

In addition to its main location in Silver City, WNMU has a graduate studies center located in Gallup, NM which serves the educational needs of northwestern New Mexico and northeastern Arizona. The university offers Master of Arts (M.A.) programs in Counseling and Educational Leadership and Master of Teaching programs in Elementary, Secondary and Special Education. Bilingual Education, TESOL, as well as New Mexico Alternative Teaching Licensure in Elementary, Secondary and Special education are some of the courses offered at WNMU that lead to teaching endorsements.

General Information

Admission Office

Castorena 106

Box 680

Silver City, NM 88062

(505) 538-6106

(800) 872-9668

Fax: (505) 538-6127

[email protected]

Contact: Dan Tressler

Director of Admissions
Main Address

PO Box 680

Silver City, NM 88062

(505) 538-6011


Total undergrads: 2,385

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 343

Degree-seeking undergrads: 1,753

Graduate enrollment: 577


Suburban setting

Large town (10,000 – 49,999)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: No

Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: Not reported

Open admission

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 48%

College Majors

Agriculture & Related Sciences

Agriculture – General A

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

Hispanic-American Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Fine/Studio Arts B
Music – General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B
Botany B
Zoology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Administrative/Secretarial Services A,C
Business – General A,B,C
Business Administration/Management B
Business/Managerial Economics B
Marketing Management B
Office Management A,C
Operations Management B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer/Information Sciences – General B


Art Teacher Education B
Biology Teacher Education B
Business Teacher Education B
Chemistry Teacher Education B
ESL Teacher Education B
Early Childhood Education A,C
Education – General B
Elementary Education B
Health Teacher Education B
Junior High Education B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Science Teacher Education B
Secondary Education B
Social Science Teacher Education B
Social Studies Teacher Education B
Spanish Language Teacher Education B
Special Education B
Technology/Industrial Arts Education B

Engineering Technologies

Construction/Building Technologies A,C
Drafting and Design Technology A,C

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technology B
Medical Administrative Assistance A,C
Nursing – Practical A


History – General B

Law & Legal Studies

Legal Administrative Assistance A,C

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences B


Mathematics – General B

Mechanic & Repair Technologies

Automotive Technology A,C
Electrical/Electronics Equipment Repair A

Natural Resources & Conservation

Wildlife/Wilderness Management B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Social Work B

Security & Protective Services

Criminal Justice Studies B
Law Enforcement Administration B,C

Social Sciences

Social Sciences – General 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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