Students Say

Offering a “solid education” in a beautiful setting, the University of New Mexico offers “academic excellence…through some of the best teachers and tough classes.” Students also cited affordability and excellent scholarships awarded to both in-state and out-of-state applicants as a decisive factor in attending UNM. The affordability also extends to “amazing opportunities to travel abroad.” At UNM, “there is something here for everyone.”

Overview

Applicants
11,410
Acceptance Rate
64%
Average HS GPA
3.29

GPA Breakdown

24%
Over 3.75
16%
3.50 - 3.74
13%
3.25 - 3.49
16%
3.00 - 3.24
24%
2.50 - 2.99
8%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
470 - 600
SAT Math
470 - 590
ACT Composite
19 - 25

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Overall

Students Say

Offering a “solid education” in a beautiful setting, the University of New Mexico offers “academic excellence…through some of the best teachers and tough classes.” Students also cited affordability and excellent scholarships awarded to both in-state and out-of-state applicants as a decisive factor in attending UNM. The affordability also extends to “amazing opportunities to travel abroad.” At UNM, “there is something here for everyone.” The education program and variety of science programs—including Earth and planetary sciences, biology, and the premed and nursing programs—also attract students. Some students express frustration with it at times being “difficult to work your way around the student services system,” but the “very knowledgeable” teaching faculty are roundly praised as “teachers who care.” UNM students also agree that “professors are helpful [and] genuinely interested in your personal success.” Professors are approachable both in class and out and “talk to and with you and not just at you.” “It’s very easy to come to instructors outside of class with questions,” and “most professors are willing to meet with you at your convenience.” As for UNM’s greatest strengths, students cite both the “research-oriented staff“ and “the research opportunities available. Oftentimes the research can be done with top-of-the-line equipment” nearby at Sandia National Labs, Los Alamos National Labs, and other well-known research institutes. In UNM’s collaborative environment, students also often work together and “are eager to form study groups.” Also, students who need additional help can rely on academic support with “tutoring, study groups and, supplemental instruction for most courses.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
22.7:1
Total Faculty
1,427
with Terminal Degree
922

743
Men
684
Women
325
Minority
32
International

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Henry Crumpton
fmr Dir Counterterrorism,State Dept, designed US Strategy in Afghanist

Edward Lewis
founder of Essence Communications (publisher or Essence magazine)

Joe Garcia
president, National Congress of American Indians

Petra Jimenez Maez
first Hispanis woman Chief Justice of the NM Supreme Court

Joy Harjo
Renowned Native American poet, musician, and author

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
65
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics


Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$958

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,684

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Nursing Scholarships
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships
Need-Based United Negro College Fund

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

Time and time again, students select UNM’s “diversity” as its greatest strength, and one student even stated “no one will ever feel ethnically alone since there are so many different kinds of people.” This also means at UNM, “people never get boring,” and “you meet someone different every day.” In addition to the diversity, the prevailing atmosphere is a friendly one where “people get along regardless of origin,” but “like any school there are cliques…but that does not mean they do not interact with each other.” One student reserved special praise for the university, “UNM is sensitive and very engaged with its diverse population of students…concerned with facilitating in-depth inquiry and learning,” and more than one student observed that at UNM, “everyone brings something to the table.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State
10%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
92

Demographics

10% are out of state

Overview

Students Say

With “ways for everyone to get involved,” UNM offers “hundreds of great student organizations” providing “opportunities for fun events.” There is a student group “that will fit everyone,” and at UNM, “everyone seems to find their niche.” Offering another opportunity to become more involved on campus, the Greek community “makes up a lot of the senate and other extracurricular activities” and “with them, any activity has fun attached.” UNM students are divided in their support of the school’s athletics program. With some thinking “this school should concentrate less on sports and more on academics,” other students feel “attending games is a must.” Students enjoy spending time at the Student Union Building (SUB), because “there is always something going on.” Even with a dry campus, “a lot of people drink, just like at any college.” Students often leave campus for Albuquerque and its “excellent nightlife.” UNM students also mention attending concerts and art shows for fun. Students also go to the weekly free movies at The Cellar, and to stay active, students frequent the Johnson Gym. Students say that “hanging out at the duck pond is a great way to pass time between classes in warmer months,” and “during the winter season, there are numerous ski resorts and places to go snowboarding that are not far away.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
10%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
65
First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Large Urban
Fire safety rating
72

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
Other
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Accessibility Resource Center

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Joan Green

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
•Cognitive testing; examples of instruments include: o Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (Revised or IV) o Woodcock Johnson Psychoeducational Battery Test of Cognitive Ability (Revised or III) o A complete neuropsychological battery describing processing strengths and weaknesses • Achievement testing; including: o test results from individualized achievement measures that describe strengths or difficulties with both basic and higher level skills in reading, math, written expression, and, if relevant, foreign language acquisition •A clear diagnosis of disability, with evidence of a substantial impact on learning.

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Information about the ADD or ADHD must come from a person qualified to diagnose it. It should demonstrate that the student is substantially limited and be thorough enough to support the accommodations and/or services the student is asking for. The documentation should include: o A clear diagnosis, generally based on DSM-IV-TR or DSM V criteria o A history of symptoms of the disorder o An explanation of the functional limitations, in the educational and/or living environment. This is most typically provided in a detailed psychoeducational report: • Cognitive testing; examples of instruments include: o Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (Revised or IV) o Woodcock Johnson Psychoeducational Battery Test of Cognitive Ability (Revised or III) o A complete neuropsychological battery describing processing strengths and weaknesses • Achievement testing; including: o test results from individualized achievement measures that describe strengths or difficulties with both basic and higher level skills in reading, math, written expression, and, if relevant, foreign language acquisition • A clear diagnosis of disability, with evidence of a substantial impact on learning.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
400
Number of Honor Societies
17

Number of Social Sororities
10
Number of Religious Organizations
30

3% join a fraternity
3% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Lobos)
11 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Skiing Downhill Alpine
Skiing Nordic Cross Country
Soccer
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Lady Lobos)
13 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Skiing Downhill Alpine
Skiing Nordic Cross Country
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Navy ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

“Love Red, Live Green.” Sustainability is a core value at the University of New Mexico. The Sustainability Council consists of students, staff, and faculty working with the Office of Sustainability to oversee the Sustainability Policy. UNM celebrates Earth Day each year with a Sustainability Expo. The Sustainability Studies Program (SSP) was one of the first of its kind in the country and SSP students were instrumental in writing UNM’s Climate Action Plan (with a goal to reduce carbon usage 80 percent by 2030) and developing community gardens on campus. SSP students launched the “Knowledge is Power” campaign, designed to reduce the electrical usage on campus by 10 percent. The Research Service Learning Program (RSLP) offers UNM students courses related to sustainability, food security, and social development. RSLP students wrote a “Guide to Green Living at UNM” and developed an Eco-Rep program for the residence halls to provide peer-to-peer guidance in recycling, energy conservation, alternative transportation, and purchasing locally grown organic foods. In an effort to conserve energy, the administration has moved swiftly, retrofitting 90 percent of the campus’ existing buildings over the past several years. UNM is an institution that prides itself on innovative research, and the National Science Foundation established a new Engineering Research Center whose goal is to replace the common light bulb with next-generation lighting devices that are smarter, greener, and technologically advanced. Electrical and computer engineering students have designed a solar-powered car in a photovoltaic course. Classes with topics related to sustainability are also offered in diverse disciplines ranging from American studies to journalism.

Green Rating
84
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
20

Average Number of PC's per Lab
38

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple Store Dell

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Address
1155 University Blvd SE
MCS11 6325
Albuquerque, NM 87106

Phone
505-277-8503

Email
unmlobos@unm.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
SUB (Student Union Building)
Duck Pond
Zimmerman Library
Popejoy Hall - Performing Arts Center
Residency Halls
Maxwell Museum, Trolley Tour of Campus for new and prospective students

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Route 66
Old Town
Sandia/ Santa Fe/ Taos Ski areas
Nob Hill
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
M-F
8 am to 5 pm
505-277-8503

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
w/appointment

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions office or Athletics Department

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Department

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Buses/Taxis Albuquerque International Sunport RailRunner (light rail) with free shuttle bus to campus, city bus

Driving Instructions to Campus
From airport, take the Yale Blvd exit. Head north on Yale about 4 miles to Central Ave. The campus is located on the north side of Central.
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Key Stats

11,410
Applicants
0
Size
64%
Acceptance Rate
1060
SAT Scores

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