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Colleges in New Mexico

25 colleges
34,090 yearly degrees
$3,747 average yearly in-state tuition
$20,027 average 4-year student loan

There are fewer schools than is typical in this state, but students should remember quality is more important than quantity. New Mexico colleges offer students average in-student tuition of $3,747, while students attending out-of-state may pay something more like $7,854.

An estimated 32% of college students in New Mexico take out loans, with the average loan amount being $5,007.

Below is a listing of the most popular colleges in New Mexico sorted by largest school to smallest:

#1

Central New Mexico Community College

Albuquerque, New Mexico
Public public vs private
9,610 yearly awards
$4,066 net cost

There are approximately 24,442 students at CNM in total, 6,684 of which are full-time undergraduates.

12% of CNM students take out loans to afford college costs. Most of these students take out loans totaling $3,132. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 24.3% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

$30,000 is the average amount a bachelor-degree holder from CNM earns.

#2

University of New Mexico - Main Campus

Albuquerque, New Mexico
Public public vs private
6,350 yearly awards
$14,315 net cost

There are 15,093 full-time undergraduates at UNM, and 26,221 students altogether. Students tend to stick around at UNM. The freshman retention rate is 78%.

About 67% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 43% are men and 57% are women.

Roughly, 34% of students at UNM take out loans to pay for college. The typical loan amount is $6,315. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.4% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

Students who graduate for UNM with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $36,400 after graduation.

Public public vs private
3,400 yearly awards
$8,625 net cost

The total student population at New Mexico State University - Main Campus is 14,432, of which 9,703 students are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average New Mexico State University - Main Campus undergraduate about 4.8 years to complete their degree.

About 64% of students who apply get accepted. Around 39% of accepted students are men, and 61% are women.

Approximately 36% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of these loans is $4,760. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 17.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor-degree holder from this school earns $34,600.

#4

San Juan College

Farmington, New Mexico
Public public vs private
1,650 yearly awards
$4,738 net cost

The total student population at San Juan College is 7,030, of which 2,454 students are full-time undergraduates.

Roughly, 7% of students at SJC take out loans to pay for college. The typical loan amount is $5,020. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 18.4% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

The average earnings of bachelor-degree holders from SJC is $30,700.

#5

New Mexico State University-Dona Ana

Las Cruces, New Mexico
Public public vs private
1,420 yearly awards
$6,175 net cost

There are 3,547 full-time undergraduates at NMSU-Dona Ana, and 7,917 students altogether.

Approximately 23% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of these loans is $2,983. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 17.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

The typical graduate with a bachelor’s degree from NMSU-Dona Ana earns $34,600.

Public public vs private
1,270 yearly awards
$8,801 net cost

There are approximately 6,023 students at Eastern New Mexico University - Main Campus in total, 2,590 of which are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average Eastern New Mexico University - Main Campus undergraduate about 4.7 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone: It has an acceptance rate of 60%. Around 41% of accepted students are men, and 59% are women.

38% of Eastern New Mexico University - Main Campus students take out loans to afford college costs. Most of these students take out loans totaling $4,985. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.7% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

The average earnings of bachelor-degree holders from Eastern New Mexico University - Main Campus is $29,500.

#7

Santa Fe Community College

Santa Fe, New Mexico
Public public vs private
1,050 yearly awards
$8,062 net cost

There are 1,245 full-time undergraduates at SFCC, and 4,581 students altogether.

Approximately 1% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical loan amount is $4,905. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 16.6% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

$31,400 is the average amount a bachelor-degree holder from SFCC earns.

#8

New Mexico Highlands University

Las Vegas, New Mexico
Public public vs private
960 yearly awards
$13,685 net cost

There are approximately 3,098 students at New Mexico Highlands University in total, 1,315 of which are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average New Mexico Highlands University undergraduate about 4.7 years to complete their degree.

43% of New Mexico Highlands University students take out loans to afford college costs. Most of these students take out loans totaling $2,252. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

Students who graduate for New Mexico Highlands University with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $36,300 after graduation.

#9

Clovis Community College

Clovis, New Mexico
Public public vs private
930 yearly awards
$6,738 net cost

The total student population at Clovis Community College is 3,114, of which 737 students are full-time undergraduates.

Roughly, 14% of students at Clovis Community College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of these loans is $4,958. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 17% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor-degree holder from this school earns $25,800.

Public public vs private
890 yearly awards
$5,602 net cost

There are approximately 2,686 students at Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell Campus in total, 1,053 of which are full-time undergraduates.

4% of Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell Campus students take out loans to afford college costs. Most of these students take out loans totaling $4,853. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.7% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

The typical graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell Campus earns $29,500.

#11

Western New Mexico University

Silver City, New Mexico
Public public vs private
850 yearly awards
$12,045 net cost

The total student population at Western New Mexico University is 3,088, of which 1,266 students are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average Western New Mexico University undergraduate about 4.7 years to complete their degree.

Roughly, 49% of students at Western New Mexico University take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of these loans is $5,597. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 19.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

Students who graduate for Western New Mexico University with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $30,900 after graduation.

#12

Pima Medical Institute-Albuquerque

Albuquerque, New Mexico
Private for-profit public vs private
510 yearly awards
$18,352 net cost

There are 820 full-time undergraduates at Pima Medical Institute-Albuquerque, and 820 students altogether.

Approximately 77% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical loan amount is $7,571. Pima Medical Institute-Albuquerque has a 7.9% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

$28,800 is the average amount a bachelor-degree holder from Pima Medical Institute-Albuquerque earns.

#13

Olympian Academy of Cosmetology

Alamogordo, New Mexico
Private for-profit public vs private
470 yearly awards
$16,700 net cost

There are approximately 842 students at Olympian Academy of Cosmetology in total, 842 of which are full-time undergraduates.

Roughly, 80% of students at Olympian Academy of Cosmetology take out loans to pay for college. The typical loan amount is $6,975. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 21.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor-degree holder from this school earns $17,100.

Public public vs private
400 yearly awards
$13,694 net cost

There are 1,294 full-time undergraduates at New Mexico Tech, and 2,009 students altogether. It takes the average New Mexico Tech undergraduate about 4.8 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone: It has an acceptance rate of 22%. Of the accepted students, 70% are men and 30% are women.

56% of New Mexico Tech students take out loans to afford college costs. Most of these students take out loans totaling $5,355. The school reports a student loan default rate of 6.2% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The typical graduate with a bachelor’s degree from New Mexico Tech earns $50,000.

#15

New Mexico Junior College

Hobbs, New Mexico
Public public vs private
400 yearly awards
$7,075 net cost

The total student population at New Mexico Junior College is 2,310, of which 721 students are full-time undergraduates.

Approximately 8% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of these loans is $2,766. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 18.2% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

The average earnings of bachelor-degree holders from New Mexico Junior College is $29,200.

Public public vs private
320 yearly awards
$6,369 net cost

The total student population at University of New Mexico-Gallup Campus is 2,194, of which 995 students are full-time undergraduates.

Roughly, 15% of students at UNM-Gallup take out loans to pay for college. The typical loan amount is $3,881. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.4% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

The typical graduate with a bachelor’s degree from UNM-Gallup earns $36,400.

#17

University of the Southwest

Hobbs, New Mexico
Private not-for-profit public vs private
280 yearly awards
$15,761 net cost

There are approximately 1,026 students at USW in total, 417 of which are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average USW undergraduate about 4.9 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone: It has an acceptance rate of 35%. Of the accepted students, 50% are men and 50% are women.

89% of USW students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of these loans is $5,778. The school reports a student loan default rate of 8.6% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The average earnings of bachelor-degree holders from USW is $36,200.

#18

Navajo Technical University

Crownpoint, New Mexico
Public public vs private
270 yearly awards
$6,058 net cost

There are 935 full-time undergraduates at Navajo Tech, and 1,772 students altogether.

Approximately 0% of the students who attend this school take out loans. Most of these students take out loans totaling $.

$16,100 is the average amount a bachelor-degree holder from Navajo Tech earns.

#19

Carrington College-Albuquerque

Albuquerque, New Mexico
Private for-profit public vs private
260 yearly awards
$20,400 net cost

There are approximately 419 students at Carrington College-Albuquerque in total, 382 of which are full-time undergraduates. Students tend to stick around at Carrington College-Albuquerque. The freshman retention rate is 76%.

About 34% of students who apply get accepted. Around 15% of accepted students are men, and 85% are women.

Roughly, 79% of students at Carrington College-Albuquerque take out loans to pay for college. Most of these students take out loans totaling $7,668. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 20.9% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor-degree holder from this school earns $25,400.

Public public vs private
250 yearly awards
$6,886 net cost

The total student population at University of New Mexico-Valencia County Campus is 2,097, of which 648 students are full-time undergraduates.

8% of UNM - Valencia students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical loan amount is $5,240. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.4% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

Students who graduate for UNM - Valencia with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $36,400 after graduation.

#21

Northern New Mexico College

Espanola, New Mexico
Public public vs private
200 yearly awards
$9,246 net cost

There are 629 full-time undergraduates at Northern New Mexico College, and 948 students altogether. It takes the average Northern New Mexico College undergraduate about 4.7 years to complete their degree.

Approximately 7% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of these loans is $3,605. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 22.3% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor-degree holder from this school earns $27,900.

#22

New Mexico State University-Carlsbad

Carlsbad, New Mexico
Public public vs private
180 yearly awards
$7,945 net cost

There are approximately 1,952 students at NMSU-Carlsbad in total, 504 of which are full-time undergraduates.

Approximately 8% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical loan amount is $4,657. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 17.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

The average earnings of bachelor-degree holders from NMSU-Carlsbad is $34,600.

#23

University of Phoenix - New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico
Private for-profit public vs private
160 yearly awards
$14,010 net cost

There are 217 full-time undergraduates at UOPX - New Mexico, and 266 students altogether. It takes the average UOPX - New Mexico undergraduate about 5.3 years to complete their degree.

100% of UOPX - New Mexico students take out loans to afford college costs. Most of these students take out loans totaling $9,500. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.3% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

Students who graduate for UOPX - New Mexico with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $47,100 after graduation.

#24

Luna Community College

Las Vegas, New Mexico
Public public vs private
150 yearly awards
$4,841 net cost

The total student population at Luna Community College is 1,356, of which 300 students are full-time undergraduates.

Roughly, 13% of students at Luna Community College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of these loans is $4,659. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 27% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

$28,300 is the average amount a bachelor-degree holder from Luna Community College earns.

Public public vs private
140 yearly awards
$7,848 net cost

There are approximately 918 students at UNM - Los Alamos in total, 188 of which are full-time undergraduates.

Roughly, 6% of students at UNM - Los Alamos take out loans to pay for college. The typical loan amount is $2,746. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.4% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

The typical graduate with a bachelor’s degree from UNM - Los Alamos earns $36,400.

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