Western New Mexico University

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School Overview

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

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.

Western New Mexico University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (505) 538-6336
Website: www.wnmu.edu
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online: www.wnmu.edu/applynow/
Address: 1000 W. College Ave, Silver City, NM 88061
Setting: Town: Remote
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 3,193
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 23%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 13 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 1,071 (34% 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: $6,306
Out-of-state Tuition: $13,539
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 95%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $9,758

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

Western New Mexico University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Western New Mexico University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 4
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 3351
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 1
Education 6286
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 42
English Language and Literature/Letters 11
Health Professions and Related Programs 214
History 11
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 311
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 11
Mathematics and Statistics 11
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 11
Natural Resources and Conservation 2
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 1
Physical Sciences 2
Precision Production 21
Psychology 11
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 1111
Social Sciences 12
Visual and Performing Arts 113
Grand total 2716389

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Western New Mexico University 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 $6,306
Out-of-state $13,539
Books and supplies $1,600

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $4,960
Out-of-state $10,334

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 234 95%
Grant or scholarship aid 229 93% $9,758
Student loan aid 132 54% $6,217

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 1,458 65% $7,400
Federal student loans 872 39% $7,490

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Western New Mexico University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Western New Mexico University 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

Western New Mexico University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 3,193
Undergraduate enrollment 2,214
Graduate enrollment 979

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

Western New Mexico University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
    • Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
  • American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
    • Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) - Programs leading to an associate degree
    • Occupational Therapy (OTM) - Programs leading to a Master's Degree
  • 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. CollegeAtlas.org 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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